Comic-Con is a comic book convention, also known as the San Diego Comic-Con. This event began in 1970 as a way to increase awareness and recognition of the comic book and science fiction movie industries. The event includes film screenings, interviews, programs and panels.
The non-profit organization Comic-Con International: San Diego runs San Diego Comic-Con run. The organization dedicates itself to awareness of the comic book industry and other forms of popular art.
Comic-Con events include a costume competition, the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, an area for prospective artists to have their portfolios reviewed, and hands-on workshops.
Comic-Con International: San Diego hosts several other events, including WonderCon Anaheim and the Alternative Press Expo.