Comic Con International is Back in San Diego!

As the Comic-Con International: San Diego (better known as Comic-Con) has grown in importance and size, each year observers wonder if this is the year things get too big to handle. While the 2011 edition—to be held July 20–24 at the San Diego Convention Center—has scaled back the major media presentations for studio films, it still has no rival as the biggest pop culture event of the year. And publishers—both of graphic novels and traditional books— find it a key venue to promote authors and talk to fans.  (Publisher’s Weekly)

The full schedule is finally here, so take a look! The event is packed with panels from graphic novel and comic creators to previews of the “Glee” 3D concert and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer Musical and much, much more!

Starting Wednesday, July 20 with Preview Night, and four fabulous fun-filled days and nights, San Diego will be alive with comics, graphic novels, fantasy books and movies, science fiction, costumes, movies and TV ( you begin to get the scope of this event!)  In this 42 nd year, Comic Con has continued to grow and attract people from all over the globe.  Movie stars, comic books artists, super heroes and adoring fans swarm to this event.  Some of the hottest creators in the world, from mainstream to the alternative, will be there.

One of our own SDCL cataloging staff, Lisa Capeheart-Gidney, has been chosen to show her works in the Comic Con Art Show this year!  “I have been going to Comic Con for many years as a fan and every year they have an art show.   I am a trained visual artist (I have a degree is Visual Arts from UCSD) and admired the artwork in this show. I finally decided to try to get into the show and I made it my goal to participate in the 2011 Comic Con Art Show” Lisa explained.

The criterion for this show is the work has to be in one of 5 genres which include fantasy, science fiction, animation, comics, or fandom.  “I am very thrilled to be a part of this!  When I think of the volume of people who will be making their way through this show,  it’s amazing”  she exclaimed.

Tickets for all Comic Con events are totally sold out, and have been for months!  If you want to see some of the excitement, venture down to the Gaslamp/ Convention Center area, and watch the crowds, costumes, and fun!

Share some of the excitement…check out SDCL’s fabulous selection of comics and graphic novels right here at SDCL!!

Some of the highlighted authors from this year’s line up are shown below–check them out!

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The Accidental Genius of Weasel High by  Rick Detorie

 Bone (series)  by Jeff Smith ; color by Steve Hamaker

Babymouse  (series) by Jennifer Holms & Matthew Holms

Pale Demon (Rachel Morgan/ Hollows series)  by  Kim Harrison

 The Plain Janes  by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg ; with lettering by Jared K. Fletcher

The Magicians : a Novel  by  Lev Grossman

The Eternal Smile : Three Stories / by Gene Luen Yang & Derek Kirk Kim

Feed (Newsflash Trilogy series) by Mira Grant

Batman : Year One / Frank Miller, writer ; David Mazzucchelli, illustrator ; Richmond Lewis, colorist ; Todd Klein, lettering ; Batman created by Bob Kane

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