The San Diego Comic Con is an annual event that has celebrated everything to do with comics, filmmakers, writers, and science fiction for forty years. According to KPBS, the first Comic Con in 1970 drew 300 people in the basement of the U.S. Grand Hotel. This year’s attendees are going to be around 125,000 and they will take over the entire downtown area of San Diego.
Now the Comic Con is an international phenomenon that draws such big name celebrities as Angelina Jolie, Anna Paquin, Bruce Willis, and filmmakers of all kinds. Over the years some celebrities have made regular appearances at the San Diego event. Here are the most prominent regular guests at one of the world’s largest gathering of science fiction, fantasy, and anime fans.
The most famous name in comic books, whose creations include the X-Men, Spiderman, The Incredible Hulk, and The Fantastic Four, returns to Comic Con this year. Stan Lee has attended numerous events to talk about what went into his creations including any movies in the works as an executive producer.
At this year’s Comic Con, Lee will talk about Spiderman, lead a special panel on the Holocaust, and talk about his life in general over three days. If you love Marvel Comics, the 2010 Comic Con is the place to be. In 2009, Lee was there touting video games as another medium in which comics has excelled.
Kevin Smith’s quirky humor and Star Wars fandom are both world-renowned. The filmmaker has also attended many Comic Con events including a question and answer session last year. In 2010, Smith will make three appearances on Saturday and one on Sunday to talk about Cop Out, filmmaking history over the past 25 years, and even have a room all by himself to talk about whatever you want.
If you are a fan of children’s animation, Smith will make a special appearance to voice over a scene in an upcoming Phineas & Ferb episode that happens around the Comic Con. This will be the only time where Smith doesn’t use a four letter word in every other sentence.
If any one person’s voice is the most recognizable in animation over the past ten years it is surely that of Tom Kenny. The voice of SpongebobSquarepants will be at Comic Con again this year after attending several years in a row previously.
Kenny will be on hand to talk about an upcoming special episode of everyone’s favorite absorbent yellow square dude as well as his work on the new Cartoon Network show Adventure Time. Kenny is also a regular at autograph tables so if you want to meet the man behind the voice of the world’s most famous sponge then stick around.
One famous name in science fiction always finds time to attend the San Diego Comic Con. Ray Bradbury, author of The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451 returns to the hallowed halls of Comic Con International. Bradbury was one of the founders of the original Comic Con as he attended the first one back in 1970.
Bradbury will have two spotlight events back-to-back on Saturday afternoon. The first will be an hour-long question and answer session followed by a retrospective on how Bradbury’s work has influenced the future of humanity. Ray Bradbury is someone you do not want to miss.
Mark Hamill, who will forever be known as Luke Skywalker from the original three Star Wars films, returns to Comic Con for 2010 making a special appearance. This year Hamill will give you inside information on a new online game to be launched by DC Comics in November called DC Universe Online that will be a massive multiplayer online game along the lines of Everquest and World of Warcraft.
Hamill has previously appeared at autograph tables and to talk about video games and voice over work. Check out some of the very personable actor’s interviews on YouTube.