Visitors can be Super Man or Wonder Woman for a day at Comic-Con International, July 18-21, at the San Diego Convention Center. Comic-Con has become a signature summertime event for San Diego; it is the largest comics and pop culture event in the United States, attracting thousands of artists, celebrities and fans of comic books, movie memorabilia and all things related to pop culture.
Along with panels, seminars, and workshops with comic book professionals, there are previews of upcoming feature films, portfolio review sessions with top comic book and video game companies, and such evening events as awards ceremonies and the Masquerade; a costume contest, and the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival, which showcases shorts and feature length movies that do not have distribution or distribution deals.
Traditional events include an eclectic film program, screening rooms devoted to Japanese animation, gaming, as well as over 350 hours of other programming on all aspects of comic books and pop culture.
Exhibitors include movie studios and TV networks, comic-book dealers and collectibles merchants. There is also an autograph area, as well as the Artists' Alley where comics artists can sign autographs and sell or do free sketches.
Please see a list of confirmed special guests for this year's event here.
From the North
Drive South on Interstate 5. Take the Front Street exit. Continue on Front Street until you hit Harbor Drive and turn left. Take Harbor Drive to Convention Center Place.
From the South:
Drive North on Interstate 5. Take the Cesar Chavez Parkway exit and turn left. Follow Cesar Chavez Parkway to Harbor Drive and turn right. Take Harbor Drive to Convention Center Place.
From San Diego International Airport:
Recommendation: Take a cab or shuttle service, or find out if your hotel has an airport shuttle.) Leave the airport parking lot and follow signs to I-5/Downtown. The ramp will put you onto Harbor Drive going South. Take Harbor Drive to Convention Center Place.