San Diego Comic-Con has been hosted in the heart of Downtown San Diego for quite some time now, and expanded into what one can only describe as a massive, immersive experience within geek culture. When you enter the Gaslamp District, you're practically transported to a completely different world: offsite events range from huge, freaky funhouses to zombie infestations in Petco Park. Comic-Con completely dominates downtown and offers an escape for fans into a world where they can practically live their geeky fantasies for a weekend.
So when news broke that the convention's host location will not be expanding (to contain the huge amount of people that attend every year), those of us waiting to hear about the future of Comic-con got a little worried. The rejection of the convention center's expansion and the pending end of Comic-Con international's location agreement with the space poses the possibility of Comic-Con looking for a new location.
Whether or not Comic-Con will stay in San Diego is still to be decided, but if it does move, what kind of potential place is large enough (and well-equipped) for the incredible crowds of Comic-Con? To quell the question burning in our minds, let's take a look back on previous San Diego Comic-Con events from before it became the titan of an event that it is today.
Check this out: This is Wendy Pini, co-creator of the explosive and long-running Elfquest series, cosplaying as Red Sonja. Back in the 70's, she and Red Sonja writer Frank Thorne used to host a show at the con called Red Sonja and the Wizard. Catch the full performance from 1978 here:
Up next: Old School Cosplay! These photos are from Tom on Flickr.
The next few images are said to be from Comic-Con 1980, but don't quote me on that.
Some more cosplay goods from Flickr user brengibble!
To round it out, here's a look at what the logo used to look like in 1988:
... and 1995!
Comic Con has exploded into multiple conventions (One of which - Wondercon - relocated to Anaheim, CA just a couple ago) and the most talked about nerd event every year. While the future of Comic-Con hangs in the balance, I'd say that whatever decision the staff makes, they'll be fine.