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While the San Diego Convention Center expansion looks to be dead in the water, Comic-Con International isn’t stopping on its moves to expand the footprint of the convention by expanding to other venues. Last year a couple of SDCC events were held at the San Diego Public Library, and this year the library will host an art show called The Art of Comic-Con that will showcase original art by more than 60 artists from the CCI archives including work by Sergio Aragonés, Howard Chaykin, Cliff Chiang, Michael Cho, Colleen Coover, Rick Geary, Gilbert Hernandez, Jim Lee, Dave McKean, Frank Miller, Marshall Rogers, John Romita Jr., Bill Sienkiewicz, William Stout, Babs Tarr, and others. The art was created for souvenir and program books for Comic-Con, WonderCon, and APE.

The show opens on Saturday, June 20, 2015 witha public reception from 12 to 2 pm and runs through August 30th 2015, so plenty of time to go see it during the con. It was jointly organized by Kara West, the Library’s Arts and Culture Exhibition Manager and Gary Sassaman, Comic-Con International’s Director of Print and Digital Media. The show will be held at the Art Gallery on the 9th Floor of the San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common.


  1. Given the mission of the “San Diego Comic Convention”, one might ask why CCI did not partner with the library decades ago. Or partner with other organizations to offer comics-centric programs for area youth.

    Maybe the folks who run the show in Denver can give them some pointers?

  2. Mr. Adair, the great new library has only been open a little more than one year. The old library would not have been a good location for Con-related events.

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