There is only one time of year that it is socially acceptable for comic book fanatics to take over our city and storm the streets in an abundant display of costumes, get-ups, and unabashed zeal for 4 days of full-comic book immersion.
It’s back… Comic-Con 2011 is coming to a downtown street near you. July 21st through 24th, make way for the comic book event of the year. It’s that time again to start planning out your four day schedule of comic festivities.
At the San Diego Convention Center, you’ll find comic book fanatics and celeb guests alike under one roof for the 42nd annual international festival. This year’s San Diego celebration injects a little pop art culture into our city, bringing in a diverse group of celeb writers and stars in gaming, anime and independent films.
Writer and artist Alan Davis is one of the featured guests, his earliest work appearing on Batman and the outsiders (1985) and has continued to produce work in X-Men, ClanDestine, and Avengers Prime.
Other noted guests confirmed for the extravaganza includes author of The Hollows series Kim Harrison, whose debut book in her Hollows series, Dead Witch Walking landed as Romantic Times' Best Fantasy novel in 2004. The Former President and Publisher of DC Comics Paul Levitz also plans to grace the presence of all at Comic-Con this year. Levitz has an extensive career in the comic industry, including editor of Batman, writer of Legion of Super-Heroes and executive at DC Comics.
Comic-Con has something for everyone, with a program that includes more than 400 events, not without major comics publisher presentations, “Spotlight” panels featuring all the special guests, and much more. This year is set to include the major movie studio programs, and TV networks presenting their favorite and new shows. The complete programming schedule will be posted on the Comic Con website about two weeks prior to the show.
On Saturday night of Comic-Con, the lavish and unique 37th annual Masquerade costume show brings wonder and awe in a garb competition. As fans know, costumes play a vital role in all the popular arts of comics, from movies, TV, comic books, fantasy arts and computer games. The Masquerade costume show has earned a reputation of impressive and clever costumes showcasing true devotion, and is aimed for attendees to showcase their own amazing talents and creativity.
Of course, after-parties are a large part in the endless celebration. The most exclusive parties are still being leaked out, but there are some that all fans should keep on their radar. The Marked Men Party III, held on Friday, July 22nd is one of the largest con parties returning for another year, this year on top of the HMS Providence, an actual ship from the Pirates of the Caribbean films. Pirate themed happenings, music, drinks, and a huge dance floor are the usual features of this SDCC favorite. The second annual GGN Geek-Out on Friday, July 22nd once again hosts this meet-up and mingling event at Vin De Syrah lounge for a night of “nerds, tunes, and prizes.”
With an Exhibit Hall that spans over 460,000 square feet, Comic-Con has become the one show to attend.
Discover more about 2011 San Diego Comic Con on our San Diego events calendar.