What is Comic-Con?
Every year in locations all over the globe, fans gather in convention centers to celebrate their favorite comic book characters, sci-fi and superhero franchises, anime and manga, video and tabletop games, and pop culture of all stripes. These gatherings are known as comic-cons, short for comic (book) conventions.
Calling a convention of fans of sci-fi, roleplaying games, and, of course, comics a "con" is much older than you think. It's recorded as early as 1940 for a sci-fi-based convention in Chicago, called Chicon.
Since 1970, the premiere convention each year in July is held in the San Diego Comic-Con. If people refer to just a Comic-Con, they mean this one. It grew from a humble meetup of lovers of comic books to an international, multi-day extravaganza of high-profile celebrities and cutting-edge cosplay.
Whether you're heading down to San Diego this year in your best Star Wars getup to brush shoulders with Mark Hamill or just looking to add to your collectibles at your local convention, it might be helpful to brush up on some of the lingo you might hear.