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What is a Comicon or Comic Con?

Comicon is often a misspelling of what people refer to as comic con or short for comic book conventions. It’s an event primarily focused on comic book culture. However, in the last few years, comic conventions have taken American pop culture by storm. It’s kind of like Disney World, birthday celebration, hair metal party, and blockbuster movie all rolled into one big event.
First brought to life by fans and owners of comic book stores. These superhero conventions are usually broken out by exhibit halls. In more traditional program settings, one end will usually house comic shop vendors. You can easily find old, new, discounted, and collectible comic books, along with action figures and any toy you can think of in the superhero / fantasy universe. Another section comprises of comic artists. They are super-friendly and will always engage in a thoughtful conversation with you. They will usually do a on-spot signed drawing for you for a reasonable fee. Yes, they have skills! In bigger conventions like San Diego Comic-Con and New York Comic Con, publishers, movie studios, and toy manufacturers come with a booth to advertise their latest comic series, tv shows, action movies, and toy lines. With a bigger advertising budget, they usually come armed with lots of freebies like posters, brochures, stickers, pens and mini figures. Panel discussions and movie screenings are also on the program schedule at bigger conventions like New York or San Diego Comic-Con, giving you even more opportunities to interact with your favorite creators. You can be sure big names from Star Wars, Star Trek, Marvel, DC Comics and Transformers will always be represented. Make sure you check the complete schedule for programs and guests before you head out.

Comic conventions have gotten bigger and better every year. It usually runs from Friday or Saturday to Sunday, but some start on Thursdays. Depending on the location and the size, you can also enjoy photo ops with A-list celebrities, comic artists, special guests and cosplaying fans. Ticket prices vary depending on the size of the event, running anywhere from $10 to $60 per day.

Another recent comic con phenomenal is seeing all the avid fans dressed up in costumes, these fans are more commonly known as cosplayers. The elaborate cosplay costumes and paint jobs are Oscar nominations worthy. It’s so awe-inspiring to see a character brought to life. If you’re looking to attend a comic con this year, or is a curious first-time goer, we’ve compiled a list of upcoming comic con 2018 dates and locations. You can also search the schedule and find any convention by name or place. Enjoy!