The annual San Diego Comic-Con International is a mecca for anyone who loves comics, animation, illustration, fashion, and design. While it started off as a forum for comic-book pros, these days, SDCC would be nothing without the fans, and given the traditionally hands-on approach to comics, the convention itself is an ideal subject for anyone who loves analog film, too.
The 43rd San Diego Comic-Con (July 12-15, 2012) proved to be the most popular yet — not surprising, considering its continuously mounting fan base. Over 100,000 comic book professionals, artists, publicists, families, fans, and cosplay devotees passed through the doors of the San Diego Convention Center, spending an average of $500 each.
Highlights of the four-day comic book fan festival included a booth manned by Weta and Air New Zealand, who were giving away a six-day trip for two to see the World Premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in New Zealand this fall. Weta shares its name with the world’s largest insect photographed last year, eating a carrot.
Also at Comic-Con, Sanrio officially launched a collaboration with Street Fighter by introducing the Street Fighter x Sanrio line of clothing and accessories. Hello Kitty is extra cute when she’s mad.
But one of the biggest highlights was definitely the production display for Tim Burton’s feature-length remake of his 1984 short film, Frankenweenie. Opening October 5, the stop-motion classic-in-the-making recalls the best of Tim Burton’s oeuvre, where no real-life actors appear onscreen, even if they still voice the characters. Check out a trailer for the film, and check the Comic-Con website for up-to-the-minute info on next year’s pop-culture bonanza.