Welcome to The Comic-Con Kids: Finding and Defining Fandom website!

In 1970, five young San Diegans, who ranged in age from 12-17 years, were central to bringing together participants for the first San Diego Comic-Con.  Guided by an aspiring graphic artist (the late Sheldon Dorf), they formed alliances with various youthful communities that shared a common interest in comics, science fiction, and film.

Since 2011, San Diego State University Library has been collecting personal histories through a series of interviews with individuals involved in San Diego’s early Comic-Cons.  These stories help weave together the cultural history of San Diego and Comic-Con.  We hope you enjoy them!

This project was made possible with support from Cal Humanities, an independent non-profit state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, visit calhum.org.


Visit to Jack Kirby’s home in 1969. Copy of photo from the Richard Alf Papers, SDSU Library.


1972 Comic-Con Committee. Photo courtesy of Mike Towry.