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Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope (2011)

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A behind-the-scenes look at the fans who gather by the thousands each year in San Diego, California to attend Comic-Con, the world's largest comic book convention.

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Morgan Spurlock

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Cast

Credited cast:
Kevin Smith ... Himself
Seth Rogen ... Himself
Guillermo del Toro ... Himself
Kenneth Branagh ... Himself
Thomas Jane ... Himself
Eli Roth ... Himself
Corey Feldman ... Himself
Seth Green ... Himself
Edgar Wright ... Himself
Joss Whedon ... Himself
Stan Lee ... Himself
Paul Scheer ... Himself
Adrianne Curry ... Salve Leia
Frank Miller ... Himself
Matt Groening ... Himself
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Storyline

Since 1970, Comic-Con in San Diego has grown from an small and obscure comic book event, to a major multi-media extravaganza attracting thousands. As various creative celebrities discuss what attracts them to this shindig and how it has grown and changed, we follow various people who have come from all over. Whether it be a veteran comic book vendor trying to make a profit in an event that is now marginalizing his medium, aspiring artists wanting to break into it, an ambitious costumer or a romantic geek with a special surprise for his girlfriend, they all experience a special time of year where the fantastic imagination is celebrated. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sex and drug references, language and brief horror images | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 2012 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

Comic Con: Ein Trip durch die Welt des größten Science-Fiction und Fantasy Festivals See more »

Filming Locations:

San Diego, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,203, 8 April 2012

Gross USA:

$34,665

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,665
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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References Scooby Doo, Where Are You! (1969) See more »

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Well Done Comicon Docu-Drama - Not a Spoof!
29 July 2013 | by jmourgosSee all my reviews

I thought this film was well-made, using an interview format to tell the real story about Comicon. I actually went to the 2010 show that Spurlock used to document SDCC and I was surprised to see myself in the photo pit with others shooting the Mass Effect cosplayers. Maybe I should get a residual.

The film follows some fans and their stories, what their goals are for the con and a nice wrap-up with what they actually achieved. I especially liked James and his girlfriend as he prepared to propose marriage to her at the Kevin Smith panel. Very funny, especially when she makes the remark "I hope James doesn't ask any stupid questions." Indeed.

The clips from fans and actors was cool as well. The Kevin Smith F-bombs at the end though, I could have done without.

I've been following Mile High Comics outspoken owner Chuck Rozanski for some time, since he used to write for the now defunct Comic Buyers' Guide. His insight into the comics business and getting in a free plug for Mile High was a smart business move getting it all on film. Chuck is not totally correct that San Diego is not focused on comics.

They are right though that comics have fallen to a secondary status with the A-List stars and Hollywood's impact on the show.

To have to show dial down a bit to two shows has been proposed, aka Anaheim and San Diego. Another alternative was for the Hollywood end to go to Los Angeles.

Film is recommended and very cheap on Amazon Instant Video, only 99 cents to rent!


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