Top 9 Comic-Cons in the U.S.

Comic-Con International San Diego logos.
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Comic book conventions are huge events. They're not just for comic book fans, but lovers of pop-culture everywhere. The comic-con has become a big business and they are popping up in many major cities the world over. Take a look at some of the top comic book conventions to put on your list of must-do cons. 

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Comic-Con International (CCI)

Man in costume at Comic-Con International in San Diego.
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CCI (San Diego Comic-Con International) is the biggest comic book convention of them all. This monster of a con that has drawn in more than just comic books. Purveyors of every and all pop-culture items flock to comic-con and it has become a mecca for people that love comic books, sci-fi, video games, movies, television and more. The madhouse that is this comic-con is one that you have to see at least once in your lifetime.

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New York Comic-Con (NYCC)

New York Comic Con signs.
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The New York Comic-Con is quickly nipping at CCI's heels in terms of attendance and if it plays its cards right, could easily become the largest convention in the USA. It fits as New-York is the largest of all the comic book towns with Marvel and DC having their headquarters there. You will see the same kinds of spectacle at CCI, but with perhaps a bit more Big Apple attitude.

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Emerald City Comic-Con (ECCC)

A crowd at Emerald City Comic Con.
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The Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC) has been hailed by some as one of the last great comic-book conventions with a heavy emphasis on comics. It continues to grow larger each year and brings in more and more pop-culture items so perhaps this is short lived. Either way, ECCC is a gem on the comic-con circuit and one that you should not miss.

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Cosplayers posing in front of fountain at WonderCon.
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Wondercon is another comic book convention in the stable of conventions owned by CCI. It is held in the wonderful city of Anaheim and continues to grow in size each year. It is one of the first major conventions of the year and has been going strong for twenty plus years.

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Heroes Con

Heroes Convention poster.
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Heroes Con boasts itself as the largest independent comic book convention. It is still listed as a medium sized convention so you can be sure to get more face time with your favorite creators. It is said by many that they treat their guests very well and are extremely accommodating to everyone on the convention floor. For many, it's a must-see of the summer convention circuit.

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Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2)

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C2E2 is another convention put on by the crew that runs the NYCC. This convention is held in the Windy City of Chicago and has attracted large crowds in the three years of its existence. They have also nabbed some big names such as Ann Rice and ran some unusual events when they auctioned off items from the films Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor. It is a unique convention that continues to grow.

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MegaCon Orlando sign above a set of stairs.
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Megacon--short for Mega Convention--is one of the largest conventions in the southeast. Held in Orlando, Florida, this con is a family affair run by convention owner Beth Widera and many con attendees speak highly of her. It is one that every south easterner should check out.

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Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA)

Stan Lee presenting his work at Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art.
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MoCCA is a fundraiser for the Society of Illustrators with the mission to, "promote the understanding and appreciation of comic and cartoon art along with the artistic, cultural, and historical impact of what is the world’s most popular art form." It is a champion of small press comic books and is seen as one of the best for independent comic fans to attend.

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Small Press Expo (SPX)

Comic book display at SPX.
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The SPX is all about small press comic books and those of the independent comic book genre. It is a smaller convention, especially when compared to CCI, but it is certainly the place to go for independent publishers. They refuse to sell convention space to retailers and only offer booths to independent publishers. This makes it a very intimate affair for fans to meet and connect with their beloved creators and publishers of small press books.

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