Comic-Con International also produces two other conventions, WonderCon and the Alternative Press Expo (APE), both held in San Francisco, California. Since 1974, Comic-Con has bestowed its annual Inkpot Award to guests and persons of interest in the industries of popular arts as well as to members of Comic-Con's Board of Directors and convention committee. It is also the home of the Will Eisner Awards.
Originally showcasing comic books, science fiction/fantasy and film/television (as was evident by the three circled figures appearing in Comic-Con's original logo), and related popular arts, the convention has expanded over the years to include a larger range of pop culture elements, such as horror, anime, manga, animation, toys, collectible card games, video games, webcomics, and fantasy novels. The convention is the largest of its kind in the world, filling to capacity the San Diego Convention Center with over 125,000 attendees in 2007. Although Comiket in Tokyo, Japan is four times larger in terms of attendance than Comic-Con, its focus is solely as a gather for the buying, selling, and trading of dōjinshi (self-published comic books and fanzines), somewhat akin to a huge swap meet, and is not a convention in the American sense.
The convention is organized by a panel of 13 board members, 16 to 20 full-time and part-time workers, and 80 volunteers who assist via committees. Comic Con International is a non-profit organization, and proceeds of the event go to funding it, as well as the Alternative Press Expo (APE) and WonderCon. The convention is scheduled to remain in San Diego until 2012.
Along with panels, seminars, and workshops with comic book professionals, there are previews of upcoming feature films, portfolio review sessions with top comic book and video game companies, and such evening events as awards ceremonies and The Masquerade; a costume contest, and the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival which showcases shorts and feature length movies that do not have distribution or distribution deals.
Traditional events include an eclectic film program, screening rooms devoted to Japanese animation, gaming, and the Comic-Con International: Independent Film Festival, as well as cartoonist Scott Shaw!'s "Oddball Comics" slide show and animation expert Jerry Beck's program featuring TV's "worst cartoons ever", as well as over 350 hours of other programming on all aspects of comic books and pop culture.
Like most comic book conventions, Comic-Con features a large floorspace for exhibitors. These include media companies such as movie studios and TV networks, as well as comic-book dealers and collectibles merchants. Like most comics conventions, Comic-Con includes an autograph area, as well as the Artists' Alley where comics artists can sign autographs and sell or do free sketches. Despite the name, artists' alleys can include writers and even models.
Academicians and comic industry professionals annually hold the Comics Arts Conference at Comic-Con, presenting scholarly studies on comics as a medium. Educational forums such as the Comics Arts Conference help Comic-Con maintain its non-profit status.
I never stayed in the old U.S. Grant [hotel] but it was the scene of the first San Diego Con, which I attended way back in 1970, back when we thought it was mobbed to have 500 comic fans in the same place at the same time. The hotel was undergoing a massive renovation then as well, but was merely upgrading from Extremely Shabby to merely Somewhat Shabby. The place I still miss is the El Cortez Hotel, where the con was held for several years in the seventies. I'd say the place was a dump but that would be demeaning to dumps. Still, it was a fun dump, run by a management that didn't seem to care all that much what we did to it.
Evanier on an early spillover venue:
In the seventies, when we all started going to San Diego Comic Book Conventions, back when they called them that, [the Hotel San Diego] was a frequent venue for con events. Some years, before it outgrew any available hotel ballroom, the Inkpot Awards presentation was held there. There were many memorable parties and gatherings, such as in 1982 when a group of Jack Kirby's friends staged a memorable surprise birthday party for him in one of its halls. Perhaps some year, you were either so hard up for money or so desperate for an available room (or both) that you even booked into its sadly deteriorating accommodations. It was one of the cheaper places to sleep and con-goers took advantage of that up until June of 2001 when the building was declared structurally unsafe and was closed down".
In 2008, all memberships were sold out before the convention for the first time ever. This sellout has given rise to the new phenomenon of Comic-Con memberships being scalped for exorbitant prices on websites such as eBay.
In April 2008, David Glanzer, Comic-Con's director of marketing and public relations, commented on the organization's desire to remain in San Diego:
We've been approached by other cities, [but] I don't think anybody wants to leave San Diego. I certainly don't. It's a perfect fit for us. It's expensive, whether it be paying for the street signs that tell you what streets are closed, or for any police or the hall or any of the myriad things, it's expensive. But it's a great city. There's been some talk of expansion of the center, which we would certainly welcome. Hopefully if everything lines up, we will be here for many more years.
San Diego Comic Con is the only major convention that does not charge artists for table space in Artist Alley. Other major conventions, Wizard and New York Comic Con to be specific, charge money for table space.
|March 21, 1970||U.S. Grant Hotel||145||Forrest Ackerman, Mike Royer||Minicon staged to raise funding for August convention|
|August 1–3, 1970||U.S. Grant Hotel||300||Ray Bradbury, Jack Kirby, A.E. Van Vogt||Known as Golden State Comic Con|
|August 6–8, 1971||Muir College, University of California, San Diego Campus, La Jolla, California||800||Kirk Alyn, Leigh Brackett, Ray Bradbury, Edmund Hamilton, Jack Kirby|
|August 18–21, 1972||El Cortez Hotel||900+||Bob Clampett, Harry Harrison, Jack Kirby, Katherine Kurtz, Mel Lazarus||Known as San Diego's West Coast Comic Convention|
|August 16–19 1973||Sheraton Hotel, Harbor Island, California||1,000+||Neal Adams, Ray Bradbury, D.C. Fontana, June Foray, Mike Friedrich, Carmine Infantino, Jack Kirby||Officially called San Diego Comic-Con; first five-day Comic-Con; first celebrity brunch|
|July 31–August 5, 1974||El Cortez Hotel||2,000||Majel Barrett, Ray Bradbury, Milton Caniff, Frank Capra, Bob Clampett, Chuck Jones, Jack Kirby, Walter Koenig, Russ Manning, Russell Myers, Charles Schulz, Larry "Seymour" Vincent||First Masquerade, emceed by June Foray|
|July 30–August 3, 1975||El Cortez Hotel||2,500+||Robert Bloch, Will Eisner, Mark Evanier, Gil Kane, Jack Katz, Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Dick Moores, Chuck Norris, Don Rico, Jerry Siegel, Jim Starlin, Jim Steranko, Theodore Sturgeon||Gabriel Wisdom (dressed as Thor) emcees Maquerade, with Charlene Brinkman (later known as Brinke Stevens), as dancer|
|November 7–9, 1975||El Cortez Hotel||1,100||Jock Mahoney, George Pal||Three-day follow-up to summer Con. Comic-Con incorporates as nonprofit.|
|July 21–25, 1976||El Cortez Hotel||3,000+||Sergio Aragonés, Mel Blanc, Milton Caniff, Rick Griffin, Jack Kirby, Dale Messick, Joe Shuster, Noel Sickles, Don Thompson, Maggie Thompson||Vaughn Bodé, scheduled to appear, dies just before Con.|
|July 20–24, 1977||El Cortez Hotel||4,000+||Carl Barks, C. C. Beck, Walter Gibson, Robert A. Heinlein, George Clayton Johnson, Michael Kaluta, Jack Kirby, B. Kliban, Joe Kubert, Harvey Kurtzman, Timothy Leary, Stan Lynde, Alex Niño, Trina Robbins, Bill Scott, Theodore Sturgeon|
|July 26–30, 1978||El Cortez Hotel||5,000||Neal Adams, Alfredo Alcala, John Buscema, Ernie Chan, Howard Chaykin, Shary Flenniken, Alan Dean Foster, Gardner Fox, Melinda Gebbie, Steve Gerber, Matt Groening, Russ Heath, Burne Hogarth, Greg Jein, Bob Kane, Jack Kirby, Lee Marrs, Paul Mavrides, George Metzger, Gray Morrow, Stanley Mouse, Clarence "Ducky" Nash, Grim Natwick, Dan O'Neil, Wendy Pini, Ted Richards, Spain Rodriguez, Gilbert Shelton, Dave Sheridan, Alex Toth, Frank Thorne,Boris Vallejo, S. Clay Wilson|
|August 1–5, 1979||Convention and Performing Arts Center and U.S. Grant Hotel||6,000||Kelly Freas, Matt Groening, Milos Jittlov, Jack Kirby, Harvey Kurtzman, Victor Moncoso, Nestor Redondo, Marshall Rogers, John Romita Sr., Mort Walker, Len Wein, Marv Wolfman||US$12,000 in receipts stolen from the home of Con's Treasurer|
|July 30–August 3, 1980||Convention and Performing Arts Center and U.S. Grant Hotel||5,000||John Byrne, Chris Claremont, Mike Grell, Matt Groening, Paul Gulacy, Jack Kirby, Larry Niven, Joe Orlando, Richard Pini, Wendy Pini, Jerry Pournelle, Osamu Tezuka, Adam West, Wally Wood|
|July 23-26, 1981||El Cortez Hotel||5,000||Jerry Bails, Dave Berg, L. B. Cole, Jim Fitzpatrick, Harlan Ellison, Dick Giordano, Matt Groening, Bil Keane, Julius Schwartz, Bill Sienkiewicz, Dave Sim, Jim Shooter||Gary Owens emcees Masquerade|
|July 8–11, 1982||Convention and Performing Arts Center and Hotel San Diego||5,000||Carl Barks, Terry Beatty, Brian Bolland, Max Allan Collins, Will Eisner, Mike Grell, Matt Groening, Chuck Jones, Hank Ketcham, Jack Kirby, Walter Koenig, Frank Miller, Arn Saba, Leonard Starr, Ken Steacy, Robert Williams, Bill Woggon|
|August 4–7, 1983||Convention and Performing Arts Center and Hotel San Diego||5,000||Douglas Adams, Ray Bradbury, Bob Clampett, Floyd Gottfredson, Matt Groening, Jack Kirby, Harvey Kurtzman, Norman Maurer, Grim Natwick, George Pérez, Trina Robbins||First year the Con tried a theme for the souvenir programs. Arn Saba MC'd the Masquerade.|
|June 28–July 1, 1984||Convention and Performing Arts Center and Hotel San Diego||5,500||Greg Bear, Howard Chaykin, Stan Drake, Matt Groening, Burne Hogarth, Greg Jein, Ollie Johnston, Jack Kirby, Bob Layton, Brant Parker, Marshall Rogers, Mike Royer, Robert Shayne, Dave Stevens, Curt Swan, Frank Thomas, Al Williamson, Bill Woggon||The Con was held earlier than usual due to the Los Angeles Summer Olympics. Sergio Aragonés hosted the Masquerade.|
|August 1–4, 1985||Convention and Performing Arts Center and Hotel San Diego||6,000||Ben Bova, Jack Cummings, Jack Davis, Matt Groening, Gil Kane, Jack Kirby, Harvey Kurtzman, Alan Moore (in his only U.S. convention appearance), Dan O'Bannon, Jerry Ordway, Alex Schomburg, Julius Schwartz, Jerry Siegel, Louise Simonson, Walt Simonson||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, Greg Evans, Matt Groening, Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Dale Messick, Frank Miller, Moebius, Mart Nodell, Harvey Pekar, Lynn Varley, Jim Valentino, Doug Wildey|
|August 6–9, 1987||Convention and Performing Arts Center and Holiday Inn||7,000||Harlan Ellison, Miguel Ferrer, Matt Groening, Ward Kimball, Jack Kirby, B. Kliban, Françoise Mouly, Bill Mumy, Mike Peters, Robert Silverberg, Art Spiegelman, Bernie Wrightson||Debut, Convention Events Guide. Country Joe of Country Joe & The Fish performs.|
|August 4–7, 1988||Convention and Performing Arts Center and Omni Hotel||8,000||Robert Asprin, Art Adams, Jules Feiffer, Ray Feist, David Gerrold, Matt Groening, Jack Kirby, George R.R. Martin, Matt Wagner||"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||Paul Chadwick, Howard Cruse, Neil Gaiman, Ron Goulart, Matt Groening, Mark Hamill, Gilbert Hernandez and Jaime Hernandez, Ollie Johnston, Selby Kelly, Jack Kirby, Syd Mead, Fred Rhoads, Jerry Robinson, Bill Sienkiewicz, Frank Thomas, Gahan Wilson|
|August 2–5, 1990||Convention and Performing Arts Center and Holiday Inn||13,000||Peter David, Will Eisner, Kelly Freas, Matt Groening, Michael Kaluta, Jack Kirby, Harvey Kurtzman, Mel Lazarus, Carl Macek, Grant Morrison, John Romita Jr., Mark Schultz, Van Williams||Final year at Convention and Performing Arts Center|
|July 4–7, 1991||San Diego Convention Center and Pan Pacific Hotel||15,000+||Clive Barker, Dan DeCarlo, Harlan Ellison, Neil Gaiman, Keith Giffen, Matt Groening, Joe Haldeman, Jack Kirby, Joe Kubert, Lynn Johnston, Jim Lee, Don Maitz, Sheldon Moldoff, Rick Sternbach, Jannie Wurts|
|August 13–16, 1992||San Diego Convention Center and Double Tree Hotel||22,000||Clive Barker, Francis Ford Coppola, Creig Flessel, Bill Griffith, Matt Groening, Ray Harryhausen, Jack Kirby, Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Frank Miller, Diane Noomin, Rowena, William Shatner, Gilbert Shelton, Lewis Shiner, Mr. T, Gary Trousdale, Vernor Vinge, Kirk Wise||Con hosts Jack Kirby's 75th birthday party. Phil Foglio begins long run as Masquerade emcee.|
|August 19–22, 1993||San Diego Convention Center and Doubletree Hotel||28,000||Murphy Anderson, Jim Aparo, Peter Bagge, Dan Clowes, Nancy Collins, Paul Dini, Garth Ennis, Neil Gaiman, Matt Groening, Ferd Johnson, Jack Kirby, Rick Kirkman, Don Martin, Frank Miller, Olivia, Jerry Scott, Marc Silvestri, Dave Sim, Vin Sullivan, Michael Whelan, Robert Williams, Roger Zelazny|
|August 4–7, 1994||San Diego Convention Center and Hyatt Regency||31,000||Mike Allred, Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, Greg Bear, David Brin, Dave Dorfman, Evan Dorkin, Al Feldstein, Rick Geary, Stan Goldberg, Robert Gregory, Matt Groening, Chad Grothkopf, Dan Jurgens, Lurene Haines, Frank Miller, Leonard Nimoy, James O'Barr, John Pound, Lucius Shepard, Mickey Spillane, J. Michael Straczynski, Rumiko Takahashi, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Kevin VanHook|
|July 27–30, 1995||San Diego Convention Center||34,000||Mike Baron, Simon Bisley, Charles Burns, Alan Davis, Ramona Fradon, Frank Frazetta (as a guest of rock singer Glen Danzig's Verotik comic book line), Neil Gaiman, Matt Groening, James Gurney, Greg Hildebrandt, Tim Hildebrandt, Ryoichi Ikegami, Gil Kane, Batton Lash, Stan Lee, Terry Moore, Irv Novick, Harvey Pekar, Paul Pope, Stan Sakai, Don Simpson, Joe Sinnott, Tom Sito, Jeff Smith, Andrew Vachss, Charles Vess||(Comic-Con officially 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||Donna Barr, Paul Chadwick, Steve Dillon, Evan Dorkin, Mort Drucker, Ben Edlund, Garth Ennis, Dave Gibbons, Joe Giella, Matt Groening, Jim Lee, Todd McFarlane, Dave McKean, Jim Mooney, Cassandra "Elvira" Peterson, Kurt Schaffenberger, Francois Schulten, Marie Severin||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||Brent Anderson, Dick Ayers, Reggie Bannister, Steve Bissette, Terry Brooks, Kurt Busiek, Tia Carrera, Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer, Lou Ferrigno, David Hasselhoff, Gilbert Hernandez, Jaime Hernandez, James Hong, Steven Hughes, Sammo Hung, Matt Groening, Joe Kubert, Peter Kuper, David Lapham, Carol Lay, John Leguizamo, Joseph Michael Linsner, Linda Medley, Todd McFarlane, Ralph McQuarrie, Jason Mewes, Michael Moorcock, George Pérez, Brian Pulido, Alex Ross, R.A. Salvatore, Kevin Smith, George Tuska, Jhonen Vasquez, Paul Verhoeven, Mark Waid, Al Williamson, Michael Jai White|
|August 13–17, 1998||San Diego Convention Center||42,000||John Broome, Eddie Campbell, Nick Cardy, John Carpenter, Mark Crilley, Colleen Doran, Matt Groening, Patrick MacNee, Lorenzo Mattotti, Terry Moore, Paul S. Newman, Richard Pini, Wendy Pini, James Robinson, John Severin, Joe Simon, Paul Smith, Vin Sullivan, Naoko Takeuchi, Chris Ware, Joss Whedon (and most of the cast of Buffy The Vampire Slayer), Robert Williams|
|August 9–11, 1999||Professional Expo before Comic Con|
|August 12–15, 1999||San Diego Convention Center||Forrest Ackerman, Sergio Aragonés, Samuel R. Delany, 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||Matt Groening, Don Hertzfeldt|
|July 19–22, 2001||San Diego Convention Center||Matt Groening|
|August 1–4, 2002||San Diego Convention Center||Ben Affleck, Avi Arad, Asia Argento, James Cameron, Emma Caulfield, Guillermo del Toro, Matt Groening, Ang Lee, Jason Lee, Lucy Liu, Mike Mignola, Jamie King, Timothy Olyphant, Ray Park, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Seann William Scott, Bryan Singer|
|July 17–20, 2003||San Diego Convention Center||Avi Arad, Sean Astin, Kate Beckinsale, Sal Buscema, Will Eisner, Neil Gaiman, Matt Groening, Paris Hilton, Hugh Jackman, Dave McKean, Alfred Molina, Dominic Monaghan, Andy Serkis, Elijah Wood|
|July 22–25, 2004||San Diego Convention Center||100,000||Kevin J. Anderson, Sergio Aragonés, Greg Bear, Claudia Black, Ray Bradbury, Ben Browder, Kurt Busiek, Roger Dean, Eliza Dushku, Will Eisner, Corey Feldman, June Foray, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Donato Giancola, Matt Groening, Sid Haig, Corey Haim, Paris Hilton, Christopher Judge, Jude Law, Mike Mignola, Frank Miller, Bill Plympton, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping, Tim Thomerson, Marv Wolfman, Rob Zombie||Comic-Con expands into Hall H of the San Diego Convention Center and now occupies the entire exhibit space.|
|July 14–17, 2005||San Diego Convention Center||113,000||Forrest Ackerman, Sergio Aragonés, Ralph Bakshi, Ray Bradbury, Beau Bridges, Ben Browder, Bruce Campbell, Shaun Cassidy, Ken Foree, Matt Groening, Sid Haig, Ray Harryhausen, Alexandro Jodorowsky, Christopher Judge, Richard Kelly, Stan Lee, Todd McFarlane, Natalie Portman, Joel Silver, Bryan Singer, Kevin Smith, J. Michael Straczynski, Amanda Tapping, Marv Wolfman, Rob Zombie|
|July 20–23, 2006||San Diego Convention Center||123,000||Forrest Ackerman, Avi Arad, Sergio Aragonés, Kristen Bell, Ray Bradbury, Nicolas Cage, Bruce Campbell, Thomas Haden Church, Gabrielle Carteris, Richard Ian Cox, Guillermo del Toro, Snoop Dogg, Kirsten Dunst, Ken Foree, James Franco, Jorge Garcia, Basil Gogos, Topher Grace, Seth Green, Matt Groening, Sid Haig, Ray Harryhausen, Don Hertzfeldt, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Paris Hilton, Bryce Dallas Howard, Hunter Jackson, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Judge, Richard Kelly, Kazuo Koike, Ali Larter, Tobey Maguire, Eva Mendes, Frank Miller, Terry Moore, Kenn Navarro, Masi Oka, Edward James Olmos, Diamond Dallas Page, Sam Raimi, Brande Roderick, Takashi Shimizu, Bryan Singer, Kevin Smith, Frank Spotnitz, Jason Statham, J. Michael Straczynski, Hilary Swank, Danny Trejo, Milo Ventimiglia, Nobuhiro Watsuki, Wayans Brothers, Billy Dee Williams and more.||While the San Diego Convention Center has never reached maximum occupancy; potential attendees were denied entry on Saturday for a period of a few hours.|
|July 26–29, 2007||San Diego Convention Center||125,000||J. J. Abrams, Danny Antonucci, Sergio Aragonés, Kate Beckinsale, Tobin Bell, Johnny Yong Bosch, Darren Lynn Bousman, Blair Butler, Nicolas Cage, Steve Carrell, Dane Cook, Carlton Cuse, John DiMaggio, Sammantha- Jolie DiMaggio, Robert Downey, Jr., Warren Ellis, Jon Favreau, Renee French, Neil Gaiman, Jenny Goldberg, Chris Gore, Matt Groening, Laurell K. Hamilton, Allan Heinberg, James Farr, David Hewlett, Adam Hughes, Hunter Jackson, Al Jean, Scarlett Johansson, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Milla Jovovich, Bryan Konietzko, Alex Kurtzman, Maurice LaMarche, Brennan Laughter, Stan Lee, Damon Lindelof, Joseph Michael Linsner, Maddox, Seth MacFarlane, Bill Morrison, Olivia Munn, Kenn Navarro, Michael J. Nelson, Leonard Nimoy, Masi Oka, Roberto Orci, Gwyneth Paltrow, Hayden Panettiere, Kevin Pereira, Harold Perrineau, Lily Renee Phillips, Paul Pope, George A. Romero, Rowena, Katey Sagal, Andy Samberg, M. Zachary Sherman, Kevin Smith, Yeardley Smith, Cole Sprouse, Dylan Sprouse, J. Michael Straczynski, Roy Thomas, Liv Tyler, Rob Van Dam, Kevin VanHook, Jhonen Vasquez, Gerard Way, Billy West, Tom Wisdom and more.||All multi-day and single-day passes for Friday, Saturday and Sunday were sold out, for the first time ever on Friday and Sunday.|
|July 24–27, 2008||San Diego Convention Center||130,000||Tori Amos, Sergio Aragonés, Mike Barker, John Barrowman, Mike W. Barr, Carlos Bernard, Ed Boon, Ray Bradbury, Kipleigh Brown, Ed Brubaker, Blair Butler, Eddie Campbell, Chris Carter, Jon Cassar, Howard Chaykin, Kristin Chenoweth, David X. Cohen, Eoin Colfer, Frank ConniffGareth David-Lloyd, Felicia Day, John DiMaggio, Sammantha-Jolie DiMaggio, Thomas Dekker, Dakota Fanning, Cassidy Freeman, Bryan Fuller, Julie Gardner, Keith Giffen, Summer Glau, Howard Gordon, Chris Gore, Burn Gorman, Brian Austin Green, Seth Green, Matt Groening, Greg Grunberg, Mark Hamill, Neil Patrick Harris, Justin Hartley, Lena Headey, Jon Heder, Bryan Hitch, Eric Horsted, John Howe, Larry Hryb, Jamie Hyneman, Hugh Jackman, Al Jaffee, Thomas Jane, Al Jean, Richard T. Jones, James Kerwin, Kristin Kreuk, Tite Kubo, Mila Kunis, Hansi Kürsch, Maurice LaMarche, Ali Larter, Jim Lee, Yuri Lowenthal, Ludacris, Seth MacFarlane, Rachael MacFarlane, Allison Mack, Hiro Mashima, Chase Masterson, Peter Mayhew, Rose McGowan, Derek Mears, Stephenie Meyer, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Catherine Hardwicke, Steven Moffat, Naoko Mori, Bill Morrison, Olivia Munn, Noel Neill, Floyd Norman, John Newton, Greg Oden, Masi Oka, André Olbrich, Hayden Panettiere, Tahmoh Penikett Kevin Pereira, Tara Platt, Gavin Purcell, Keanu Reeves, Paul Reubens, Robert Rodriguez, Adam Savage, Katey Sagal, Lou Ferrigno, Wendy Schaal, Zachary Levi, James Franco, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Judd Apatow, Rick Gomez Ethan Van Sciver, Robert Smigel, Will Smith, Barry Sonnenfeld, Ray Stevenson, Joe Staton, Jessica Mae Stover, Kiefer Sutherland, Mark Wahlberg, Billy West, Joss Whedon, Wil Wheaton, Connie Willis, Ken Kennedy and more.||All multi-day and single-day passes sold out weeks ahead of the event for the first time ever.|
|July 23–26, 2009||San Diego Convention Center||To be determined.||Passes cannot be transferred or re-sold, as was the case in past years when multi-day and single-day passes were sold for more than their purchase price on eBay and Craigslist.|