This weekend marked the debut of a new event in San Diego, The San Diego Comic Fest – put together by “some of the folks who…were Comic-Con co-founders and committee members”.
The event featured a “re-creation of Café Frankenstein, an infamous Beatnik-era “European Coffee House” that was co-owned in the late ’50s by author/screenwriter George Clayton Johnson who serve(d) as Storyteller in Residence (and) help(ed) bring this legendary Laguna Beach night spot back to life”.
In addition to “honoring Ken Krueger, Chairman of Comic-Con #1, member of First Fandom, beloved friend and mentor”…”and Comic-Con co-founder, Chairman of Comic-Con #2, and fandom’s friend Richard Alf“, they also celebrated the spirit of ALL the volunteers that helped make the original Comic Con the huge event it is today.
The following quote is taken from their website:
San Diego State University’s “Comic-Con Kids” History Project
SDSU has a project underway to document the history of how, beginning in 1969, a bunch of kids in San Diego banded together to create what was become Comic-Con International, a pop-culture phenomenon known worldwide. The San Diego Comic Fest will be providing a meeting room for use by SDSU in conducting interviews with Comic-Con founders and others who participated in the early years of Comic-Con.
Saturday night, accompanied by a scorching 30th anniversary acoustic set by Smith-Clausen, George Clayton Johnson and the rest of the Shel Dorf Fan Club presented awards to long time Organizer Greg Koudoulian, as well as my humble self. It is indeed a great honor to be given the same award received by the likes of Ray Bradbury and All the great artists, writers and others who have made the genres of fantasy, science fiction and comics what it is today.