I’m a librarian, so I have been trained in how information has been organized.
I’m a collector, so I’m always looking for esoteric items never before seen again.
But, among my special powers, I have what I call “web-fu”. I have an almost zen/Force ability of finding things, almost at random.
Today, while scanning the newsfeeds from San Diego, I wondered… what is the oldest mention of “Comic-Con” on the Internet? Getty Pictures has a few photos from 1992, but not much appears in the Google News archives.
So I did a general search:
“comic-con” “san diego” Jan 1, 1970 – Dec 31, 1990
Now, some of the date tags are a bit false… but I found something that looked curious, so I clicked on the link.
Now, I recommend you spend an hour perusing the newsletter, but here are some highlights:
- Held August 4-7, 1988 at the San Diego Convention and Performing Arts Center & Omni Horton Plaza Hotel
- Memberships: $30 (before June 30), $36 at the door, $12 for one day
- Expected attendance: 9,000
- 350 exhibitors
- Golden Hall was turned into a lounge for attendees, and also served as overflow for the dealers room in Plaza Hall.
- This was the first year one-day memberships were sold in advance, due to long registration lines.
- Carol Kaleescky and Julie Roloff, the “registration twins” controlled an expanded registration desk.
- Hotels? Four. Room rates? $55-$115
- Howard Chaykin
- Will Eisner
- George R. R. Martin (then known as the producer of “Beauty and the Beast” on TV)
- Jules Feiffer
- Arthur Adams
- Matt Wagner
- Max Allan Collins
- Kirk Alyn
- Robert Asprin
- Raymond Feist
- June Foray
- Scott Shaw!
- Lynda Barry
- Matt Groening (back when he was known for “Life in Hell”, and The Simpsons were guests on The Tracey Ullman show)
- Kevin Fagan
- Jack Kirby
Headline on Page 8: “Programming to emphasize alternatives, diversity”
Anyone know what happened to 21st Century Comics & Toys in Orange, California?
How about Ninth Nebula in North Hollywood?
Comic Castle? (Four stores!)
Comico The Comics Company has a full page ad.
Artists Alley, sold out by mid-March, hosted 50+ creators. (Many of those listed I’m not familiar with.)
Father Tree Press (AKA Warp Graphics) offered a 40% discount on their graphic novels. $60 for all six volumes!
Wow… “Silver Card honors past members”
The Silver Card grants lifetime free admission to the Comic-Con.
Page 18 lists the entire (?) San Diego Comic-Con Committee!
Pages 19-21 list all advance members through April 10th. That doesn’t include professionals or media, it seems.
Wow. To go back in time… Would I meet you there, and what were you doing then?
I’ve been writing for The Beat since July of 2010.
I’ve been reading comics since 1974, collecting since 1984, and spreading the graphic novel gospel since 1994.
I’m a bookseller, a librarian, an amateur scholar, a cool uncle, and a comics evangelist.
Ask me anything!