Star Wars Costumes for Comic-Con International San Diego
Thursday 19th July to Sunday 22nd July 2018
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.