§ Miyazaki’s attendance is confirmed, as are John Lasseter, Tim Burton, and Robert Zemeckis, all making their first appearances at Nerd Prom.
§ This Chicago Trib piece by Maureen Ryan contains much insight and information:
Four decades ago, fans of comic books gathered in the basement of a San Diego hotel not just to buy and sell rare issues, but to share their enthusiasm with each other and with the luminaries of the trade. The 40th annual San Diego International Comic-Con, which takes place July 23-26 and now attracts a capacity crowd of 126,000, has always been about the cultivation of those direct, personal connections.That is the reason for Comic-Con’s rise and its massive success: It’s about recognizing and honoring the bonds between the individuals who make movies, TV shows and comic books and people who care passionately about the best that pop culture has to offer.
Comic-Con isn’t important because superhero movies are successful. That’s like saying Twitter is successful because famous people are on it. No, Twitter is successful because it, like Comic-Con, levels the playing field.
We hadn’t thought about it that way, but it’s totally true. On Twitter and to Comic-Con you can run into ANYONE. (Last night, during the wee hours, our Twitter feed was filled by an unlikely mix of Peter Serafinowicz, Michael Kupperman, Neil Gaiman, Sarah Palin, and Chris Jericho.)
According to the piece, con organizers are considering running programming on Wednesdays to ease up the logjam; several TV events have also been moved to the Hilton Bayfront.