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Cinema Junkie Podcast 174: Reflecting On Comic-Con 50

Interviews from past conventions, longtime attendees, and newbies

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Godzilla 2000 and Cinema Junkie Beth Accomando battle it out on the Comic-Con floor at Toho's debut booth at the pop culture convention.

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Comic-Con celebrated its 50th show and I celebrated my 41st. Join me as I speak with a trio of people who have attended all 50 shows plus some exhibitors who describe the changes they have seen over the years. I also pull out some archive footage from past Cons and visit Godzilla in his first Toho booth at Comic-Con.

Aired: July 26, 2019 | Transcript

Comic-Con celebrated its 50th show and I celebrated my 41st. I have collected some old archive interviews, plus spoke with longtime attendees and newbies at this year's convention to create a portrait of the pop culture convention over the decades.

I have been going to Comic-Con since I was a teenager when my parents would drop me off at the steps of the old San Diego convention center to go shop for movie posters. Of course they deny this, saying it would have been the height of irresponsibility. But it was a different time in the late 1970s and that is how I remember getting to the Con.

It was movies that drew me to Comic-Con in the beginning and then, while working for XETV Channel 6 in the 1990s, I started shooting a lot of footage at the shows. I had the chance to interview Guillermo del Toro, Simon Pegg, Stan Lee, Todd McFarlane and many more. Plus, I got to hear people like Sam Raimi, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino give advice to young filmmakers in Hall H.

I unknowingly met Tarantino just before "Reservoir Dogs" came out when I was standing at my favorite poster seller’s booth at Comic-Con and this "kid" (he seemed super young) was geeking out over the movie posters and spewing trivia about each poster as my friend turned the one-sheets in plastic sleeves. When the "kid" left, my friend said, "that guy just made a movie called 'Reservoir Dogs,' and once it opens people are going to go crazy over it.' And they did.

Those are the kind of memories I love about Comic-Con and I have put together a podcast to convey a sense of what the convention is like. If you have never gone, this will give you a good feel for the experience. And if you are a con veteran, maybe this will remind you of your own experiences.

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Beth Accomando
Arts & Culture Reporter

opening quote marksclosing quote marksI cover arts and culture, from Comic-Con to opera, from pop entertainment to fine art, from zombies to Shakespeare. I am interested in going behind the scenes to explore the creative process; seeing how pop culture reflects social issues; and providing a context for art and entertainment.

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