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Name: Comic-Con
Dates: 1970-present
Frequency: yearly
Location: San Diego
Type: pro
Focus: comics in art and culture
Organization: Comic-Con International
Founder: Shel Dorf (1933-2009), Ken Krueger (1926-2009)
Founding Date: 1970
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an ad for the 1976 con, this one was printed in the Equicon 1976 program book
an ad for the 1987 con, this one was printed in the Equicon 1987 program book

'Comic-Con' is usually shorthand for San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), currently the largest North American fan convention. In 2014 it was matched in attendance by New York Comic-Con, run by ReedPOP. Comic-Con International, the parent organization of SDCC, also puts on the Alternative Press Expo and Wondercon.

According to the group web site:

"Comic-Con International is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture."

Alternate spellings for the name include ComicCon, Comic*Con.

Over the years, Comic-Con has become one of the primary venues for canon creators and stars to announce, create interest for, and sneak preview parts of their "genre" (not only comics and superhero-related but also science fiction and fantasy) films and television shows. It is typically attended by up to 130,000 fans in recent years and usually sells out quickly.