Comic-Con Begins

Origin Stories of the San Diego Comic-Con and the Rise of Modern Fandom

 

created and directed by Mathew Klickstein

executive produced by Rob Schulte

produced and written by Mathew Klickstein, Rob Schulte, Christopher Tyler

edited by Rob Schulte and Christopher Tyler

hosted by Brinke Stevens

mixed by James Bilodeau 

original score by Max DeVincenzo at Fox Tracks Music

historical consultant: Wendy All

Six-part series launched via SiriusXM/Stitcher June 22, 2021

(available FREE on ALL audio platforms)

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Named a "New & Noteworthy Podcast" on Apple Podcasts!

About the Podcast

In the Summer of 1970, a ragtag group of teenage hippies, proto-punks, artists, and science buffs assembled in a small, obscure town called San Diego to celebrate their pop culture heroes … and each other. They couldn’t possibly have known that the San Diego Comic-Con would over the decades grow into the largest pop culture gathering worldwide. Join original scream queen and cosplay pioneer Brinke Stevens as she, nearly 50 of her childhood cohorts, and a cadre of uber-geeky celebrity guests reveal their most fascinating, funny, and fannish memories of how they brought the Comic-Con together in the “early days” … as well as the profound impact the fandom community it helped spawn has had on our shared culture at large. — Celebrity guests include: Kevin Smith, Neil Gaiman, Frank Miller, Felicia Day, Bruce Campbell, The Russo Bros., Scott Aukerman, Trina Robbins, Stan Sakai, Tim Seeley, Maggie Thompson, Sergio Aragonés, Kevin Eastman, Ho Che Anderson, and many more!

Press

Forbes features Comic-Con Begins, created and directed by Mathew Klickstein

Forbes

Comic-Con Begins takes listeners back to the thrilling days of yesteryear, before the crowds and lines, before Hall H and Hollywood celebrities, before the endless summer of superhero box office blockbusters, to the halcyon days of the early 1970s when San Diego Comic-Con was the ramshackle creation of first-generation fans, teenagers and stoners.

San Diego Union Tribune features Comic-Con Begins, created and directed by Mathew Klickstein

San Diego Union Tribune

The story of Comic-Con is the story of underdogs who would not let the fact that they had no idea what they were doing stop them from doing something amazing. ...

Variety features Comic-Con Begins, created and directed by Mathew Klickstein

Variety

SiriusXM is dramatically expanding its podcast content offerings, launching a new destination for original, exclusive and popular podcasts ...

Dayton Daily News features Comic-Con Begins, created and directed by Mathew Klickstein

Dayton Daily News

Those curious about the early days of Comic-Con and its cultural significance will find local pop culture historian Mathew Klickstein’s latest project especially interesting. ...

The Orange County Register features Comic-Con Begins, created and directed by Mathew Klickstein

The Orange County Register

The podcast unfolds like an audio documentary, the voices of Klickstein’s subjects edited together to capture the stories and the memories of those early days were like, and how Comic-Con filled gaps in the culture of the day.

Word Balloon features Comic-Con Begins, created and directed by Mathew Klickstein

Word Balloon

Mathew Klickstein and Roger Freedman disucuss the creation of this iconic festival that not even covid could stop

Multiversity Comics features Comic-Con Begins, created and directed by Mathew Klickstein

Multiversity Comics

Radio and podcast broadcaster SiriusXM have announced their latest podcast series, Comic-Con Begins: Origin Stories of the San Diego Comic-Con and the Rise of Modern Fandom ...

Keith and The Girl features Comic-Con Begins, created and directed by Mathew Klickstein

Keith and The Girl

Mathew joins the show and talks about his myriad of projects that include Steven Seagal’s only horror film, Restaurant: Impossible, and Mr. Skin before getting into his latest project Comic-Con Begins ...

The Beat features Comic-Con Begins, created and directed by Mathew Klickstein

The Beat

Weaving together personal stories and outrageous anecdotes from key players in the early days of the convention, the podcast traces the event’s evolution from a disorganized gathering of comic book and sci-fi geeks to an international cultural pillar ...

CBR.com features Comic-Con Begins, created and directed by Mathew Klickstein

CBR.com

Comic-Con Begins: Origin Stories of the San Diego Comic-Con and the Rise of Modern Fandom will serve as an oral history of the event and will combine personal stories and wild anecdotes from both organizers and longtime supporters, dating back to the disorganized days of the first-ever gathering ...

/Film features Comic-Con Begins, created and directed by Mathew Klickstein

/Film

Sirius XM is launching a new original podcast called Comic-Con Begins, detailing the origins of the massive pop culture convention ...

SiriusXM features Comic-Con Begins, created and directed by Mathew Klickstein

SiriusXM Blog

If you’re a comic book fan, you know the origin story of every hero and villain. But you may not know about the genesis of Comic-Con, the iconic annual comic book convention featuring a rich and compelling history that will be chronicled in a new SiriusXM original podcast series ...

Best Darn Diddly features Comic-Con Begins, created and directed by Mathew Klickstein

Best Darn Diddly

Simpson's showrunner Al Jean and documentarian Mathew Klickstein talk about the new documentary podcast, Comic-Con begins ...

KPBS features Comic-Con Begins, created and directed by Mathew Klickstein

KPBS

Mathew Klickstein and Christopher Tyler are self-described geeks who have loved Comic-Con from afar. Klickstein attended one Comic-Con with a documentary crew and Tyler, who hails from Australia, was never able to go. ...

Heroes Homebase Podcast features Comic-Con Begins, created and directed by Mathew Klickstein

Heroes Homebase Podcast

On this episode the guys welcome back Mathew Klickstein and a very special guest, The Legendary Cartoonist and one of the founders of SDCC Scott Shaw! They are here to discuss the brand new podcast Comic-Con Begins.

CineDump features Comic-Con Begins, created and directed by Mathew Klickstein

CineDump

SiriusXM’s new podcast series, Comic-Con Begins: Origin Stories of the San Diego Comic-Con and the Rise of Modern Fandom, promises to be the final word on the history of a beloved pop-culture juggernaut.

4 Your Excitement features Comic-Con Begins, created and directed by Mathew Klickstein

4 Your Excitement

Most Comic-Con fans know that the pop culture juggernaut began as a small comics convention in the 1970s. But a new Sirius XM and Stitcher podcast, Comic-Con Begins, unearths the full origins of San Diego Comic-Con and invites celebrity guests to tell their own SDCC and fandom-related stories.

Nerd News Social features Comic-Con Begins, created and directed by Mathew Klickstein

Nerd News Social

Starting in the 1930s, San Diego Comic Con had a humble beginning in the convention space of a small hotel. To imagine then, that it would become what it is, would be impossible.

Inside Radio features Comic-Con Begins, created and directed by Mathew Klickstein

Inside Radio

Weaving together personal stories and outrageous anecdotes from key players in the early days of the convention, the podcast traces the event’s evolution from a disorganized gathering of comic book and sci-fi geeks to an international cultural pillar where top studios, networks, and creators showcase the latest developments in sci-fi, comics, and fantasy.

Cherry the Geek TV features Comic-Con Begins, created and directed by Mathew Klickstein

Cherry the Geek TV

Christopher Tyler and San Diego Comic-Con co-founder Barry Alfonso talk about the new 6-part SiriusXM original podcast audio documentary about the San Diego Comic-Con and how it was founded.

Groo the Wanderer features Comic-Con Begins, created and directed by Mathew Klickstein

Groo the Wanderer (Official Website)

In the spirit of the recently completed Comic-Con@Home, Sergio joins: Kevin Smith, Neil Gaiman, Frank Miller, Felicia Day, Bruce Campbell, The Russo Bros., Scott Aukerman, Trina Robbins, Stan Sakai, Tim Seeley, Maggie Thompson, Kevin Eastman, Ho Che Anderson, and many more to discussed the history and start of Comic-con in the new 6-part podcast Comic-Con Begins.

Pop Culture Squad features Comic-Con Begins, created and directed by Mathew Klickstein

Pop Culture Squad

To be sure, San Diego Comic-Con, or Comic-Con International, has grown to become a sprawling, wonderous event. It will be fantastic when things ‘get back to normal’ for this annual celebration. So… while we’re waiting for that, maybe now is the perfect time to learn a little about the origins of this event?

Evil Genius Chronicles features Comic-Con Begins, created and directed by Mathew Klickstein

Evil Genius Chronicles

I am enjoying the Comic-Con Begins podcast about San Diego Comic Con