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Rumour: Massive New Awards Show For San Diego Comic-Con To Recognise All Fan Culture

9a8990ad-011d-47c4-b551-310a3366b5bfThe word on the street is that we are about to get a brand-new, very well-funded awards show for San Diego Comic Con.

I understand that high level talks are taking place between Jennifer O'Connell, Executive VP of Alternative Programming, Seth Lederman, Executive VP General Manager of the new streaming channel Comic-Con HQ and David Glanzer, Chief Communications and Strategy Officer of Comic-Con International, the people behind San Diego Comic Con.

While the existing Eisner Awards cover the comic book industry, and have been the premier awards at San Diego for some time, this new award show is planned to cover comics, TV, film, games and all manner of fan and genre culture. So expect very big names on hand to host and present awards.

Is it too soon for this year? Maybe not. I contacted Glanzer who told me,

Over the years we've been contacted by a number of companies hoping to create a Comic-Con awards show, however, for any number of reasons those explorations just didn't work out. While nothing has been finalized I can say that we have been approached by Lionsgate regarding their hopes of producing a televised Comic-Con specific awards show and their unique understanding of fandom has resulted in talks moving further along than any discussions we've ever had on this subject.

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Rich JohnstonAbout Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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