Comic Industry's Mecca In Feature Documentary
San Diego's 41st International Comic Convention

For 40 summers now the biggest baddest nerdfest on the planet has taken place in San Diego, California. Of what do we speak? COMIC-CON of course; the largest comic convention the world has ever seen. Sadly, I’ve never yet made it there myself but was delighted to hear that the rumours circulating earlier in the year are true.

A feature documentary entitled ‘Comic-Con Episode Four: A Fan’s Hope’ is due to begin filming early next month in advance of the 2010 bash. Thankfully it’s not being made by sneering ‘laugh at the losers’ Hollywood types but rather, a geek team extraordinaire…Oscar winning documentary maker Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me), Legendary Pictures chief Thomas Tull (300, The Dark Knight, Watchmen), writer/director Joss Whedon (Buffy, Alien Resurrection, X Men) and Stan Lee …venerated comic book head honcho and co creator of Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man and the Hulk.

So, with the biggest fanboys in the business at the helm, what’s this project all about then? Comic-Con has become a cultural phenomenon that grows every year and reflects the influence of comics, graphic novels, manga and associated disciplines on popular culture. The film will follow seven fans from across the globe as they make the pilgrimage to be with their own for one weekend of the year.

Amongst the exhibits, panels, competitions, awards and art shows expect a veritable cornucopia of crowds, queues, comedy and most thrillingly of all, costumes. And whilst the documentary is sure to be funny we’re also expecting intelligent interviews with fans and industry professionals, perhaps sprinkled with just a soupcon of pathos. Spurlock spoke of his motivations in a Press Release issued yesterday.

“When I was a kid, comics changed my life and my world. So when I got to San Diego, I felt like I was home. It was such an overwhelming experience for me, and I soon found out that I was not alone. So for me to get to share the experience of Comic-Con with fans all over the world will be an incredible opportunity.”

Only a ticket to the event could make my palms sweatier!

The 41st Comic-Con International is due to take place from 22nd-25th July at the San Diego Convention Centre.

Check out below just a few of the names that will be attending this years event.

Neal Adams - Artist, Publisher, Batman, X-Men, Ms Mystic
Jason Spyda Adams - Sculptor, DC Direct, Toy Biz
Joel Adams - Artist/Designer, Ms Mystic, King of the Hill
Josh Adams - Artist/Designer, House of Mystery
Brian Michael Bendis - Writer, Ultimate Spider-Man, Dark Avengers
Chris Claremont - Writer, Uncanny X-Men, X-Men Forever
Dave Dorman - Illustrator, Star Wars, Rail
Matt Fraction - Writer, Invincible Iron Man, Uncanny X-Men
Charlaine Harris - Author, Stackhouse novels; Creator, True Blood
Stuart Immonen - Artist, New Avengers, Ultimate Spider-Man
Tom Palmer - Inker, Kick-Ass, The Avengers, Star Wars
Jerry Robinson - Artist/cartoonist, Batman, comics historian
J. Michael Straczynski - Writer, Superman, Wonder Woman
Drew Struzan - Artist, Back to the Future, Indiana Jones posters
Al Wiesner - Writer/Artist/Creator, Shaloman
Michael Zulli - Artist, The Sandman, The Fracture of the Universal Boy

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