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WORK IN PROGRESS


Dates Location Attendees Notable guests Notes
March 21, 1970 U.S. Grant Hotel Forrest Ackerman, Mike Royer March's Minicon was staged to raise funding for the August convention
August 1-3, 1970 U.S. Grant Hotel 300 Jack Kirby, Ray Bradbury, A. E. van Vogt Known as the Golden State Comic Con
August 6-8, 1971 Muir College, University of California, San Diego Campus, La Jolla, California 800 Edmund Hamilton, Leigh Brackett, Kirk Alyn, Ray Bradbury, Jack Kirby
August 18-21, 1972 El Cortez Hotel 900+ Bob Clampett, Harry Harrison, Mell Lazarus, Katherine Kurtz, Jack Kirby Known as San Diego's West Coast Comic Convention
August 16-19 1973 Sheraton Hotel, Harbor Island, California 1,000+ Neal Adams, Carmine Infantino, June Foray, Mike Friedrich, D.C. Fontana, Ray Bradbury, Jack Kirby First time officially called San Diego Comic-Con, first 5-day Comic Con, first celebrity brunch
July 31 - August 5, 1974 El Cortez Hotel 2,000 Frank Capra, Milton Caniff, Charles Schulz, Chuck Jones, Russell Myers, Walter Koenig, Majel Barrett, Russ Manning, Larry "Seymour" Vincent, Bob Clampett, Ray Bradbury, Jack Kirby First year for the Masquerade Ball, MC'd by June Foray.
July 30 - August 3, 1975 El Cortez Hotel 2,500+ Will Eisner, Stan Lee, Jerry Siegel, Gil Kane, Jim Steranko, Robert Bloch, Dick Moores, Theodore, Sturgeon, Jack Katz, Jim Starlin, Don Rico, Mark Evanier, Chuck Norris, Jack Kirby Gabriel Wisdom, dressed as Thor, MC'd the Maquerade Ball, while Charlene Brinkman - now known as Brinke Stevens - provided entertainment as a dancer
November 7-9, 1975 El Cortez Hotel 1,100 George Pal, Jock Mahoney This was an ambitious undertaking by the Con Committee with the 3-day follow up to the summer Con. Comic Con incorporated as a nonprofit
July 21-25, 1976 El Cortez Hotel 3,000+ Joe Shuster, Dale Messick, Mel Blanc, Milton Caniff, Noel Sickles, Sergio Arragones, Rick Griffin, Don Thompson, Maggie Thompson, Jack Kirby Vaughn Bode was scheduled to appear, but died just before the Con.
July 20-24, 1977 El Cortez Hotel 4,000+ Robert A. Heinlein, Carl Barks, Harvey Kurtzman, Joe Kubert, Walter Gibson, B. Kliban, Bill Scott, C.C. Beck, Alex Nino, Stan Lynde, Trina Robbins, Michael Kaluta, Jack Kirby, Timothy Leary, Ted Sturgeon, George Clayton Johnson
July 26-30, 1978 El Cortez Hotel 5,000 Bob Kane, Burne Hogarth, Grim Natwick, Clarence "Ducky" Nash, Gardner Fox, Boris Vallejo, John Buscema, Frank Thorne, Steve Gerber, Howard Chaykin, Shary Flenniken, Wendy Pini, Gray Morrow, Greg Jein, Alan Dean Foster, Jack Kirby, Gilbert Shelton, Dave Sheridan, S. Clay Wilson, Spain, Melinda Gebbie, Paul Mavrides, George Metzger, Lee Marrs, Ted Richards, Dan O'Neil, Stanley Mouse, Russ Heath, Alex Toth, Neal Adams, Alfredo Alacala, Ernie Chan
August 1-5, 1979 Convention and Performing Arts Center and U.S. Grant Hotel 6,000 Kelly Freas, Mort Walker, John Romita Sr, Milos Jittlov, Harvey Kurtzman, Nestor Redondo, Marshall Rogers, Victor Moncoso, Len Wein, Marv Wolfman, Jack Kirby $12,000. in receipts were stolen from the home of the Treasurer, following the Con, which took a few years for the Con to recover from.
July 30 - August 3, 1980 Convention and Performing Arts Center and U.S. Grant Hotel 5,000 Osamu Tezuka, Chris Claremont, John Byrne, Wally Wood, Joe Orlando, Mike Grell, Paul Gulacy, Adam West, Wendy and Richard Pini, Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Jack Kirby
July 23-26, 1981 El Cortez Hotel 5,000 Julie Schwartz, Dick Giordano, Bil Keane, Jerry Bails, Jim Fitzpatrick, Bill Sienkiewicz, L.B. Cole, Dave Sim, Dave Berg, Jim Shooter, Harlan Ellison Gary Owens MC'd the Masquerade Ball
July 8-11, 1982 Convention and Performing Arts Center and Hotel San Diego 5,000 Hank Ketcham, Leonard Starr, Will Eisner, Carl Barks, Bill Woggon, Chuck Jones, Frank Miller, Brian Bolland, Walter Koenig, Robert Williams, Mike Grell, Max Allan Collins, Terry Beatty, Arn Saba, Ken Steacy, Jack Kirby
August 4-7, 1983 Convention and Performing Arts Center and Hotel San Diego 5,000 Douglas Adams, George Pérez, Floyd Gottfredson, Bob Clampett, Harvey Kurtzman, Norman Maurer, Grim Natwick, Trina Robbins, Ray Bradbury, Jack Kirby First year the Con tried a theme for the souvenir programs. Arn Saba MC'd the Masquerade Ball.
July 28 - July 1, 1984 Convention and Performing Arts Center and Hotel San Diego 5,500 Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, Al Williamson, Bill Woggon, Curt Swan, Burne Hogarth, Dave Stevens, Bob Layton, Greg Bear, Greg Jein, Stan Drake, Brant Parker, Marshall Rogers, Robert Shayne, Howard Chaykin, Mike Royer, Jack Kirby The Con was held earlier than usual due to the Los Angeles Summer Olympics. Sergio Arragones hosted the Masquerade Ball.
August 1-4, 1985 Convention and Performing Arts Center and Hotel San Diego 6,000 Alan Moore (in his only U.S. convention appearance), Jerry Siegel, Gil Kane, Harvey Kurtzman, Jack Davis, Alex Schomburg, Dan O'Bannon, Ben Bova, Jerry Ordway, Julius Schwartz, Jack Cummings, Walt Simonson, Louise Simonson, Jack Kirby The Con moved a step further towards professionalism, and adopted Rick Geary's toucan design as the official logo, and hired a general manager, Fae Desmond
July 31 - August 3, 1986 Convention and Performing Arts Center and Hotel San Diego 6,500 Poul Anderson, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Mart Nodell, Harvey Pekar, Stan Lee, Frank Miller, Lynn Varley, Moebius, Greg Evans, Dale Messick, Doug Wildey, Jim Valentino, Jack Kirby
August 6-9, 1987 Convention and Performing Arts Center and Holiday Inn 7,000 Harlan Ellison, Art Spiegelman, Françoise Mouly, B. Kliban, Mike Peters, Bernie Wrightson, Robert Silverberg, Bill Mumy, Miguel Ferrer, Ward Kimball, Jack Kirby Debuted the indespensible Convention Events Guide. Country Joe - of Country Joe & The Fish - gave a special performance.
August 4-7, 1988 Convention and Performing Arts Center and Omni Hotel 8,000 Jules Feiffer, Robert Asprin, Art Adams, Ray Feist, Matt Groening, George R.R. Martin, David Gerrold, Matt Wagner, Jack Kirby "Supergroup" Seduction Of The Innocent debuted - featuring Bill Mumy, Steve Leialoha, Miguel Ferrer, Chris Christensen, and Max Allan Collins. The Japanese animation department debuted.
August 3-6, 1989 Convention and Performing Arts Center and Omni Hotel 11,000 Gahan Wilson, Syd Mead, Bill Sienkiewicz, Gilbert Hernandez and Jaime Hernandez, Ron Goulart, Jerry Robinson, Ollie Johnston, Frank Thomas, Howard Cruse, Selby Kelly, Paul Chadwick, Fred Rhoads, Jack Kirby, Mark Hamill, Neil Gaiman Comic Con made a major jump in attendance at its 20th year anniversary.
August 2-5, 1990 Convention and Performing Arts Center and Holiday Inn 13,000 Will Eisner, Harvey Kurtzman, Grant Morrison, Peter David, Kelly Freas, Mell Lazarus, Michael Kaluta, Mark Schultz, John Romita Jr., Van Williams, Carl Macek, Jack Kirby Last year held at Convention and Performing Arts Center
July 4-7, 1991 San Diego Convention Center and Pan Pacific Hotel 15,000+ Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, Dan DeCarlo, Harlan Ellison, Joe Haldeman, Lynn Johnston, Jim Lee, Joe Kubert, Sheldon Moldoff, Rick Sternbach, Don Maitz, Jannie Wurts, Keith Giffen, Jack Kirby
August 13-16, 1992 San Diego Convention Center and Double Tree Hotel 22,000 Comic Con hosts Jack Kirby's 75th birthday party. Phil Foglio began his long run as MC for the Masquerade Ball.
August 19-22, 1993 San Diego Convention Center and Doubletree Hotel 28,000 Don Martin, Roger Zelazny, Jim Aparo, Murphy Anderson, Peter Bagge, Dan Clowes, Paul Dini, Dave Sim, Michael Whelan, Robert Williams, Nancy Collins, Garth Ennis, Rick Kirkman, Jerry Scott, Ferd Johnson, Vincent Sullivan, Mac Silvestri, Olivia, Jack Kirby, Frank Miller, Neil Gaiman
August 4-7, 1994 San Diego Convention Center and Hyatt Regency 31,000 Mickey Spillane, Leonard Nimoy, Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, Al Feldstein, Matt Groening, Frank Miller, James O'Barr, J. Michael Straczynski, Rumiko Takahashi, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lucius Shepard, Chad Grothkopf, Dan Jurgens, Lurene Haines, Stan Goldberg, Robert Gregory, Mike Allred, Greg Bear, David Brin, Dave Dorfman, Rick Geary, John Pound, Evan Dorkin
July 27-30, 1995 San Diego Convention Center 34,000 Frank Frazetta (as a guest of rock singer Glen Danzig's new Verotik comic book line), James Gurney, Tim Hildebrandt, Greg Hildebrandt, Jeff Smith, Andrew Vacchs, Ramona Fradon, Joe Sinnott, Irv Novick, Harvey Pekar, Mike Baron, Simon Bisley, Stan Lee, Charles Burns, Alan Davis, Ryoichi Ikegami, Neil Gaiman, Stan Sakai, Gil Kane, Tom Sito, Charles Vess, Terry Moore, Batton Lash, Paul Pope, Don Simpson Comic Con official changed its name to Comic Con International, and introduced its new "eye" logo designed by Richard Bruning
July 4-7, 1996 San Diego Convention Center 36,000 Mort Drucker, Todd McFarlane, Jim Lee, François Schuiten, Dave McKean, Marie Severin, Jim Mooney, Joe Giella, Kurt Schaffenberger, Dave Gibbons, Ben Edlund, Paul Chadwick, Donna Barr, Garth Ennis, Steve Dillon, Evan Dorkin, Cassandra "Elvira" Peterson The second time that Comic Con falls on July 4th, this time due to the Republican National Convention.
July 17-20, 1997 San Diego Convention Center 40,000 Paul Verhoeven, Michael Jai White, John Leguizamo, David Hasselhoff, Sammo Hung, Terry Brooks, Michael Moorcock, Kevin Smith, Al Williamson, Kurt Busiek, Alex Ross, Mark Waid, Linda Medley, Peter Kuper, Carol Lay, George Pérez, David Lapham, Joseph Michael Linsner, Dick Ayers, George Tuska, Joe Kubert, Ralph McQuarne, Steve Bissette, Brent Anderson, Brian Pulido, Jhonen Vasquez, Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer, Hernandez Bros, Steven Hughes, R.A. Salvatore
August 13-17, 1998 San Diego Convention Center 42,000 John Carpenter, Patrick MacNee, (Sailor Moon creator) Naoko Takeuchi, Joss Whedon (who did an autograph signing along with most of the cast of Buffy The Vampire Slayer), Chris Ware, Eddie Campbell, Mark Crilley, Joe Simon, Paul S. Newman, John Severin, Nick Cardy, John Broome, Vincent Sullivan, James Robinson, Wendy Pini, Richard Pini, Lorenzo Mattotti, Terry Moore, Colleen Doran, Robert Williams, Paul Smith
August 9-11, 1999 Professional Expo before Comic Con
August 12-15, 1999 San Diego Convention Center Forrest Ackerman, Sergio Arragones, Samuel Delaney, Paul Dini, Arnold Drake, Will Eisner, Mark Evanier, June Foray, Neil Gaiman, Matt Groening, Mike Mignola, Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo), Scott Shaw!, Art Spiegelman, Jim Starlin, Jim Steranko, Dave Stevens, Jill Thompson, Barry Windsor-Smith Seduction Of The Innocent performed
July 20-23, 2000 San Diego Convention Center
July 19-22, 2001 San Diego Convention Center
August 1-4, 2002 San Diego Convention Center
July 17-20, 2003 San Diego Convention Center
July 22-25, 2004 San Diego Convention Center
July 14-17, 2005 San Diego Convention Center
July 20-23, 2006 San Diego Convention Center
July 26-29, 2007 San Diego Convention Center Upcoming