From 21st to 24th July, 2011, the world’s largest convention for comic enthusiasts will take place in San Diego. You may have heard of it – the San Diego Comic Convention – SDCC. When this convention originated in 1970, it was attended by a few hundred fans of comic books and science fiction – Batman, Superman, The Avengers, Spiderman…you get the idea. Of course, we cannot forget the Trekkies and the Star Wars fanatics. You couldn’t consider yourself a true comic enthusiast unless you could speak Klingon.
I don’t pretend to know anything about this event except that over the years, this gathering of “comic geeks” has grown and now includes a galaxy of stars from the small and big screens. Tickets were so in demand that the online sales service was not able to cope with the surge of orders when they were first released. The server crashed, although this might say more about the event’s lack of organisation than anything else, but tickets were released again a few months later. Still, to the fans who desperately wanted to attend, tickets were hard to come by. Even the process the press has to go through to get their passes seemed ridiculously complicated, but I have been told it is worth the effort.