Last weekend (20th-22nd April 2018), the Town & Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego played host to the sixth year of a convention that has a simple remit: taking the comic convention of the city that has grown into the behemoth that it is back to its core roots, while celebrating the history and legacy of comics and pop culture in a smaller, more intimate surrounding. With San Diego Comic Fest having a number of the original SDCC creators at its inception, the show faces the challenge of retaining its ‘con-in-a-hotel-ballroom, trestle tables, spit and sawdust’ ethos while attracting world-class creatives and growing in popularity itself.
Thankfully, Event Chairman Matt Dunford, in his second year in the role, tackles that challenge head-on by curating a show that doesn’t play a catch-all game with its content, carefully choosing some unique, legacy subjects which fascinate, entertain and inspire in equal measure.
Comics editor Karen Berger, as the woman that shepherded the creation of NEIL GAIMAN‘s version of The Sandman story to DC Comics‘ more auteur-led imprint Vertigo Comics, is the ideal person to talk about the books inception in 1989, covering primarily the first volume of the telling of the story of Dream of the Endless, THE SANDMAN (1989-1986), in this incredible spotlight panel between Berger and acclaimed writer Leslie Klinger, author of four volumes of THE ANNOTATED SANDMAN.
Thanks to Matt and his team, allowing us permission to record and present this panel.