Comic Con Museum
The SAN DIEGO COMIC CONVENTION (Comic-Con International) is a California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation organized for charitable purposes and dedicated to creating the general public’s awareness of and appreciation for comics and related popular art forms, including participation in and support of public presentations, conventions, exhibits, museums and other public outreach activities which celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.
The vision of the Comic-Con Museum is to:
- Thrive as a world-class attraction and gateway to popular art, culture, and life-long learning for San Diego residents and visiting tourists.
- Serve as a pop culture focal point, enhancing the ways San Diego celebrates its unique place in the popular culture landscape.
- Enhance the economic strength of the community.
- Become a sustainable model for equitable and environmentally-sound community service through our practices and offerings.
These values are the core beliefs of Comic-Con and the Museum. They will be shared by the institution, its stakeholders, staff and volunteers alike. They will also be evident to visitors in each and every offering put forth by the Museum.
- Access. The Museum is a place where everything is made to be accessible. Intentionally placed within reach—physically, intellectually, and financially.
- Equity. The Museum will treat its diverse audiences fairly. Equity is being equivalent without sameness. Everyone will have an opportunity to get what they need based on where they are and where they want to go, taking into account their physical, intellectual, and financial abilities.
- Inclusion. The Museum embraces diversity of all types and is a place where the audience has a voice and a sense of authorship. The Museum will actively seek to provide opportunities for engagement to all people.
Comic-Con began in 1970 when a small group of comics, movie and science fiction fans from San Diego put on an event attended by just 300 people. Since then, Comic-Con has grown into a global phenomenon and is widely recognized as the premier pop culture convention in the world. Annually, the organization is focused on:
- Educational Programming. Core to Comic-Con’s work is using the educational power of popular culture to engage learners of all ages. We accomplish this through panels, and seminars as well as graphic novel clubs, conferences for teachers and librarians, how-to classes, and other activities.
- World Class Events. Each year, we put on two large-scale events that blend education and entertainment in San Diego (Comic-Con) and Anaheim (WonderCon). In 2019, we celebrated our 50th convention with nearly 2,000 programs and panels, including hands-on workshops, presentations, costuming competitions, art shows, and more.
- Arts Promotion. Comic-Con celebrates the popular arts by raising their visibility and public awareness in an effort to fuel creativity, imagination, and innovation. Examples include, the annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Comic-Con Independent Film Festival, Artists’ Alley (showcasing original works by artists at the convention) and Artist Portfolio Reviews (where up-and-coming artists are paired with experts to gain career guidance).
- Community Collaboration. Giving back is of the upmost importance to Comic- Con. We work with key stakeholders to strengthen our community through blood drives, charitable donations, and training more than 6,000 event volunteers annually.