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Preview: San Diego Comic Fest

October 3, 2013 9:54 a.m.

KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando previews San Diego Comic Fest's second year.

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ANCHOR INTRO: The San Diego Comic Fest is not affiliated with Comic-Con but it wants to create an event that harkens back to the early days of Comic-Con when it was smaller, more intimate, and you had a chance to hang out with guests. KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando previews Comic Fest’s second year festivities.

San Diego Comic Fest promotes itself as “fun, casual, friendly, and on an intimate scale.” Attendance is capped at 1500 and founder Mike Towry says panels will draw hundreds and not thousands. One panel Towry is especially excited about features Barry Ira Geller.

MIKE TOWRY: He’s going to be telling the true story behind the movie Argo because he’s actually the one who wrote the script and commissioned Jack Kirby to do the art for the project he was working on that ended up being used by the CIA to provide cover for the Iranian hostage rescue so of course Hollywood dramatizes things and tells the story they want to tell, that they think will be most entertaining so he’s going to be there telling the true story.

Another panel of note features two veteran Disney animators.

MIKE TOWRY: Floyd Norman is our animation guest of honor, he was the first major African American animator to work at Disney and he actually worked personally with Walt Disney and we have another animator named Willie Ito, a Japanese American animator, they are going to be doing a very interesting panel and it’s going to be called “Who’s Afraid of Song of the South: Race and Ethnicity in Animation.” There’s a lot of controversy about the history of animation and some of the cartoons and trying to get a good perspective on those and I think it’s going to be a very exciting panel.

San Diego Comic Fest runs Friday through Sunday at the Town and Country Convention Center in Mission Valley.

Beth Accomando, KPBS News.