I am interrupting regular programming for this special PSA on the importance of nerdawesome events like The Con. Better known as San Diego Comic-Con International, the convention was founded by a Michigan born comics fan after he moved to San Diego in 1970. The original gathering was a three day event which drew 300 people. Nowadays it draws upwards to about 150,000 people. It is traditionally a four-day event (Thursday through Sunday — though a three-hour preview night on Wednesday is open to professionals, exhibitors, and some guests pre-registered for all four days) held during the summer in San Diego, California, United States, at the San Diego Convention Center.
The convention showcases comic books, science fiction/fantasy and film/television, and related popular arts, the convention has expanded over the years to include a larger range of pop culture elements, such as horror, animation, anime, manga, toys, collectible card games, video games, webcomics, and fantasy novels. Comic-con also features panels, seminars, and workshops with comic book professionals. There are also 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, as well as the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival, which showcases shorts and feature length movies that do not have distribution or distribution deals.