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San Diego Comic-Con, commonly known as Comic-Con or the Comic-Con International, is an annual multi genre fan convention founded as the Golden State Comic Book Convention and later the San Diego Comic Book Convention in 1970 by Shel Dorf and a group of San Diegans. It is traditionally a four-day event (Thursday through Sunday) held during the summer in San Diego, California, at the San Diego Convention Center. Officially, the "San Diego Comic-Con" is the name of the non-profit organization that organizes and puts on the convention.
Originally showcasing comic books, the convention has expanded over the years to include a larger range of pop culture elements, such as science fiction, fantasy, horror, anime, manga, animation, toys, collectible card games, video games, television, and movies. The convention is the largest of its kind in the United States, filling to capacity the San Diego Convention Center with 125,000 attendees in 2006.
Since 1974, Comic-Con International has bestowed its annual Inkpot Award to guests and persons of interest in the industries of popular arts as well as to members of Comic-Con's Board of Directors and convention committee. It is also the home of the comic-book industry's Will Eisner Awards.