"Last weekend, over 100,000 people, many of them decked out in wild, colorful costumes, packed the San Diego Convention Center to capacity for the annual event that some consider a pilgrimage: Comic-Con. The mega-convention showcases all kinds of pop-culture media in the fantasy and sci-fi genres, but was originally founded to specifically celebrate comic books. Comic books nowadays have a mass appeal – especially because so many are being turned into blockbuster movies – but the true comic “fanboy” forms a well-known stereotype of someone who is anything but mainstream: a geeky outsider whose obsession with the tales in his illustrated magazines borders on cult-like worship."
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