When people talk about "the good old days," they're mourning the death of simplicity. For San Diego Comic-Con attendees, nostalgia has always rested with the diehards who haunt the floor of the Convention Center, lining up to buy artwork from their favorite illustrators or hunting down a copy of that formative book from their childhood. They're the ones who have seen SDCC go from comics convention to infrastructure-overwhelming pop-culture pilgrimage, the ones who can't help but feel a little territorial about the movie and TV fans flooding the city. Recent years have been a Gilded Age for those other fans, though, the ones who are here for a pan-pop spectacle. The ones who treat the overnight wait outside Hall H, the con's marquee stage, like an adventure in itself. The ones who plan their vacation time to take optimal advantage of the star-studded panels inside or just to visit the experiential "activations" that colonize ballparks and vacant lots throughout the city's Gaslamp District.
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San Diego Comic-Con International is a comic book convention and nonprofit  multi-genre entertainment held annually in San Diego, California , United States since On the Wednesday evening prior to the official opening, professionals, exhibitors, and pre-registered guests for all four days can attend a pre-event "Preview Night" to give attendees the opportunity to walk the exhibit hall and see what will be available during the convention. Since , Comic-Con has bestowed its annual Inkpot Award on guests and persons of interest in the popular arts industries, as well as on members of Comic-Con's board of directors and the Convention committee. It is also the home of the Will Eisner Awards. In and each year subsequently, it filled the San Diego Convention Center to capacity with more than , attendees.
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Mallory Yu. Petra Mayer. Godzilla — who's celebrating his own 65th birthday this year — watches over convention-goers on preview night at San Diego Comic Con. A good convention is almost a ritual space — a time and place away from time and place.
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