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.
For an entire generation of fans, the definitive representation of Marvel Comics‘ X-MEN characters will be and will remain the ground-breaking X-MEN: THE ANIMATED SERIES. Bringing a depth and dimensionality of the comics to a Saturday morning cartoon audience was something that simply hadn’t been tried before – remaining true to the epic drama ethos of the page, while still being a dynamic draw for a young television demographic – and showrunners/story editors/writers Eric and Julia Lewald and director Larry Houston look back at the landmark series they created, with this excellent panel on the history – and enduring legacy – of this incredible show.
Thanks to Matt and his team, allowing us permission to record and present this panel.