Comic Fest San Diego, the Quieter Convention



Artist Alley


Video; Tom Abbott
Photos: Nadin and Tom Abbott

Feb 18, 2017 (San Diego) If you went to Comicon back in the day (and by that I mean the 1990s) or you simply would like a more intimate, friendly experience. Comic Fest is for you. This is at the Four Points by Sheraton at 8110 Aero Drive.

Reporting San Diego talked with Mike Towry who told us that “Comicon in the early days was much smaller. Comics were not as popular and science fiction was not as popular.”

His idea was to create a convention that looked back to that past, and it is not as crowded as Comicon gets. In effect, a place where you can go talk to the creators and have a nice one to one with them.

“In 2008, when they had the 40th anniversary a bunch of us got together who had worked on the old ones. There was that kind of feeling that we’ve missed this kind of event, which was smaller, more intimate, more relaxed.”

It was to have the same kind of programming but would be low key. We are embedding the full interview.

The convention still attracts a lot of filmmakers and animators. This year, one of the speakers is David Brin, who is a Hugo and Nebula award winner in science fiction. He is one of the best-known authors in the genre.



William Stout


One of the artists we met is William Stout. He has worked in Hollywood productions such as Conan the Barbarian, and Pan’s Labyrinth. This was nominated for six Academy awards.

He also was part of the production of the cult classic, Night of the Living Dead.

You can also see his work at the Natural History Museum, where he was responsible for the murals at the Dinosaur exhibit. He prefers that kind of work as well, since it is not just grand, but gives him a lot more freedom than Hollywood productions.

From the perspective of access, you do have a lot more access. It is easy to walk through the halls, of the relatively small convention, and the programs are held in small, quite cozy, rooms.

The convention runs through Monday.

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