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Comic-Con International: San Diego

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Comic-Con International: San Diego began in 1970 when a group of comics, movie, and science fiction fans -- including the late Shel Dorf, Ken Krueger, and Richard Alf -- banded together to put on the first comic book convention in southern California. Comic-Con started as a one-day “minicon,” called San Diego’s Golden State Comic-Minicon, on March 21, 1970 at the U.S. Grant Hotel in downtown San Diego. The purpose of this single-day event—which included two special guests, Forrest J Ackerman and Mike Royer, and drew about 100 attendees—was to raise funds and generate interest for a larger convention. The success of the minicon led to the first full-fledged, three-day San Diego Comic-Con (called San Diego’s Golden State Comic-Con), held August 1–3, 1970, at the U.S. Grant Hotel, with guests Ray Bradbury, Jack Kirby, and A. E. van Vogt. Over 300 attendees packed into the hotel’s basement for that groundbreaking event, which featured a dealers’ room, programs and panels, film screenings, and more: essentially, the model for every comic book convention to follow.

From the beginning, the founders of the show set out to include not only the comic books they loved, but also other aspects of the popular arts that they enjoyed and felt deserved wider recognition,  including films and science fiction/fantasy literature. After one more name change (San Diego’s West Coast Comic Convention, in 1972), the show officially became the San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) in 1973 with the fourth annual event. In 1995, the non-profit event changed its name to Comic-Con International: San Diego (CCI).

The show's main home in the 1970s was the fondly remembered El Cortez Hotel in downtown San Diego. In 1979, Comic-Con moved to the Convention and Performing Arts Center (CPAC), and stayed there until 1991, when the new San Diego Convention Center opened. Comic-Con has been at home in that facility for over two decades.

With attendance topping 130,000 in recent years—in a convention center facility that has maxed out in space—the event has grown to include satellite locations, including local hotels and outdoor parks. Programming events, games, anime, the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival, and the Eisner Awards all take place outside of the Convention Center, creating a campus-type feel for the convention in downtown San Diego.

Over the years, Comic-Con has become the focal point for the world of comics conventions. The event continues to offer the complete convention experience: a giant Exhibit Hall (topping over 460,000 square feet in its current incarnation); a massive programming schedule (over 600 separate events in 2012), featuring comics and all aspects of the popular arts, including hands-on workshops and educational and academic programming such as the Comics Arts Conference; anime and film screenings (including a separate film festival); games; the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the “Oscars” of the comics industry; a Masquerade costume competition with prizes and trophies; an Autograph Area; an Art Show; and Portfolio Reviews, bringing together aspiring artists with major companies.

Comic-Con has presented literally thousands of special guests at its conventions over the years, bringing comics creators, science fiction and fantasy authors, film and television directors, producers, and writers, and creators from all aspects of the popular arts together with their fans for a fun and often times candid discussion of various art forms. The event has seen an amazing array of comics and book publishers in its Exhibit Hall over the years. Over it’s four-decade-plus history, Comic-Con International has continually presented comic books and comic art to a growing audience. That love of the comics medium continues to be its guiding factor as the event moves toward its second half-century as the premier comic book and popular arts style convention in the world.

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Nickelodeon today announced their plans for San Diego Comic-Con '14, which includes panels for The Legend of Korra(Friday, July 25), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Saturday, July 26) and Sanjay & Craig (Sunday, July 27).

Meanwhile, TMNT's showcase will include appearances from the voice cast -- Sean Astin (Raphael), Rob Paulsen (Donatello), Greg Cipes (Michelangelo), Seth Green (thenew Leonardo), Mae Whitman (April O'Neil), Josh Peck (Casey Jones) and Kelly Hu(Karai) -- as well as executive producers Ciro Nieli and Brandon Auman.

TMNT Renewed for Season 4, Seth Green Replacing Biggs

Finally, Sanjay & Craig will perform an episode live, accompanied by clips and storyboard panels from the series. Scheduled to perform are Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist), Maulik Pancholy (30 Rock), Tony Hale (Arrested Development), Matt Jones (Breaking Bad), John DiMaggio (Futurama), Nika Futterman and other special guests. Fans will also get a quick look at an upcoming episode.

In addition to the panels, for the first time, Nickelodeon will also be holding an open call during the convention for original animated project ideas. The network's animation development team will be on-site from Thursday, July 24 to Saturday, July 26, with the goal of greenlighting a pitch for its global Animated Shorts Program, designed to develop original comedy-driven content for kids. (Participants must register in advance here.)

The full panel schedule follows below:


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11:15-12:15 - Legend of Korra: Book Three - Join executive producer and creator team Mike Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko (Avatar: The Last Airbender) as they give a behind-the-scenes peek at how they create one of animation's most stunning television productions. Special guests include voice actors: Janet Varney (Korra); David Faustino (Mako); Seychelle Gabriel (Asami); Mindy Sterling (Lin Beifong) and John Michael Higgins (Varrick). The panel includes an exclusive sneak peek screening of a new Book 3, Change episode. Moderated by Megan Casey (VP of Current Series for Nickelodeon). Room: Ballroom 20.

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11:15-12:15 - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Revel in the mutation madness as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles nunchuk their way through bad guys, eat pizza and kick Kraang butt! Executive producers Ciro Nieli and Brandon Auman pull back the curtain to give an in-depth look at the creation of the current series and talk with the amazing voice talent behind NYC's most dangerous teenagers: Sean Astin (Raphael); Rob Paulsen (Donatello); Greg Cipes (Michelangelo); Seth Green (Leonardo); Mae Whitman (April O'Neil); Josh Peck (Casey Jones) and Kelly Hu (Karai). Moderated by Rich Magallanes (SVP of Current Series Animation for Nickelodeon). Room: 6A.


10-11 - New Animated Comedies: Bringing you Buds, Baps & Bad Seeds! - Be the first to see an exclusive sneak peek of Nickelodeon's all new LOL-inducing animated comedies! You’ll also get an insider's look at the creative process behind these funny, warped, endearing and booty-shaking shows. The panel features Breadwinners creators Steve Borst and Gary "Doodles" Di Raffaele; Bad Seeds (working title) creator C.H. Greenblatt; Pig Goat Banana Cricket creators JRyan and Dave Cooper; and executive producer David Sacks. Moderated by Rich Magallanes (SVP of Current Series Animation for Nickelodeon). Room 7AB.

1:00-2:00 - Sanjay & Craig - For the first time ever at Comic-Con, the rad-awesome stars of Sanjay & Craig will perform an episode live, accompanied by clips and storyboard panels from the series. Co-creators Jay Howell and Jim Dirschberger will operate a sound board and pepper the performance with noiice SFX. Scheduled to perform are Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist); Maulik Pancholy (30 Rock); Tony Hale (Arrested Development); Matt Jones (Breaking Bad); John DiMaggio (Futurama); Nika Futterman and other special guests. Following the performance will be an exclusive sneak peek at an upcoming episode and audience Q&A with cast and creators. All children, doom babies, chicken-wing-eaters and talking snakes are welcome! Moderated by Claudia Spinelli (VP of Current Series for Nickelodeon) Room: 6A.…

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