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COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE is by fans, for the fans

Kristal Bailey

March 5th, 2012

As a long time San Diego Comic-Con attendee, I can't stress enough how excited I am for the upcoming documentary COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE. Going to my first Comic-Con back in high school was an eye opening experience. As everyone can attest to, high school is where you feel like an outsider and a freak if you're not the most popular or mainstream person. Spending my weekends and nights at home watching genre fare like Buffy, Angel, Roswell, Star Trek and more definitely put me outside the mainstream. Walking on that convention floor, I finally felt like I'd found people like me. And in the six Comic-Cons I've been to since then, that feeling of belonging and acceptance has never changed. The con has grown in popularity every year, but it still remains a close-knit community of geeks, nerds, and pop-culture fiends.

I can only hope the documentary captures this spirit.

Watch the trailer after the jump.

Official Synopsis: 

Have you ever imagined a place where Vulcans and vampires get along? Where wizards and wookies can be themselves? Welcome to Comic-Con San Diego. What started as a fringe comic book convention for 500 fans has grown into the pop culture event of the year that influences every form of entertainment, now attended by over 140,000 strong.

COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN'S HOPE- a film by Morgan Spurlock explores this amazing cultural phenomenon by following the lives of five attendees as they descend upon the ultimate geek mecca at San Diego Comic-Con 2010:

  • Eric, an aspiring illustrator, is hoping to impress publishers and land a job;
  • Holly, costume and creature designer, hopes her creations will win the big prize;
  • Chuck, a long-time comic book dealer, is looking for a big sale to pay off his debts;
  • Skip, longtime amateur illustrator wants to be discovered at this year's event;
  • James, a young fan, hopes his girlfriend will accept a dramatic proposal.

One on one interviews with Comic-Con veterans who have turned their passions into professions include Stan Lee, Joss Whedon, Frank Miller, Kevin Smith, Matt Groening, Seth Rogen, Eli Roth and others are shared throughout the film along with up close and up front coverage of all the panels, parades, photos, costumes, crowds and camaraderie that make up one of the largest fan gatherings in the U.S.

Presented by Stan Lee and Joss Whedon, COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN'S HOPE is directed by Morgan Spurlock; produced by Spurlock, Jeremy Chilnick, Matthew Galkin, Harry Knowles and Thomas Tull; and written by Spurlock and Chilnick.

COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A NEW HOPE hits theaters and VOD on April 6, 2012.

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  • Jonnyvongolden

    This movie looks so cool.  I was there that year (2010) and it was best event I’ve been to.  So many good panels.  Can’t wait for the Con this year and the movie.  When is it coming out?

    • Kristaldbailey

      It’ll be in theaters on available on Video On Demand starting April 6. I can’t wait to see it! 

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