The Growth of Comic-Con [Diagram]

SDCC Growth


The San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) is like the Super Bowl for comic and superhero enthusiasts. But fanfare wasn’t always this enthusiastic early on. In fact, back in the early 1970s, the SDCC was an event with a little more than 300 attendees. Led by a tight-knit, niche community of comic book lovers, and fed by the Hollywood superhero movie making machine over the decades, the SDCC has hit a fever pitch with a whopping 130,000 attendees in 2015. It has gained so much popularity over the years, officials are even looking to expand the San Diego Convention Center to accommodate the rabbles and hordes of cosplayers, comic book fans, and movie enthusiasts wanting tickets in the years to come.


As major Marvel and DC movies continue breaking records year after year, SDCC and Comic-Con culture aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. And while it’s no secret that attendance has skyrocketed over the years, this graphic demonstrates the unprecedented expansion of the SDCC much to the pleasure of comic book and superhero geeks like us. For the lucky attendees, enjoy claiming your small place in SDCC history this year and please, bring us back something nice!



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