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San Diego Comic Fest returns in person

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In this undated image, the San Diego Comic Fest logo created by Scott Shaw! is shown.

San Diego Comic Fest bills itself as the “friendly, intimate comic convention experience.” And this year it can also boast that it is back in person starting April 21.

The last in-person San Diego Comic Fest was in March 2020 just days before the pandemic shut everything down.

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This year the fest will celebrate the belated 100th birthday of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and it has a new president in Little Fish Comic Book Studio’s Alonso Nunez.

Nunez sees Comic Fest as a low key complement to the mega pop culture convention of Comic-Con.

"I love Comic-Con, but for us, it's really a chance to kind of humanize the medium, to get those just personable stories from these creators, old and new, longtime creators, emerging creators, local creators that are here in San Diego, and to really give fans the chance to really just pop in," Nunez said. "What you're going to get is just a really ground-level, intimate experience where you get to meet professionals, you get to meet a lot of legends, you get to meet journalists, all these really exciting people in just a really accessible way."

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Beth Pollard, Bill Nericcio, Walter Penrose and Pamela Jackson on a panel at San Diego Comic Fest 2020. March, 2020

Full programming information is available online. The Comics at SDSU crew (pictured above) that had a panel at the last in person Comic Fest will have a back in-person panel on Friday about Horror, Masculinity and Desire in 1950s Comics. This year's panelists will be Elizabeth Pollard, William Nericcio, and Greg Daddis.


San Diego Comic Fest runs this Thursday through Sunday at the Four Points by Sheraton on Aero Drive. And tickets can be purchased in advance or even at the door.