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
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!
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.
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.
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 ...
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?