SAN DIEGO — More than 130,000 people of all ages, backgrounds, and interests thronged to the massive 2018 San Diego International Comic Con (SDCC), held from July 18-22 at the San Diego Convention Center and in surrounding hotels and open spaces of the San Diego Gaslamp District. Filipino Americans were among the enthusiastic attendees.
What began in 1970 as a modest comic book gathering of fans/geeks/nerds at the U.S. Grant Hotel is now the internationally known annual cultural showcase for all media expressions, far expanded from just comic books.
Among the crowds were Filipinos of various ages and who came from great distances. The most elderly was 72-year-old Lenuski Peruskiini, who enjoys taking pictures and attends various shows thru his son’s business “That Spiderman Booth.”
Perhaps the furthest traveling Fil-Ams came from New York and Texas. Although both Gabriela De Villa and Patricia Javellana, both 26, grew up as friends in Texas.
Patricia, dressed for cosplay in a costume she created by hand, now lives in New York and has attended other Comic Cons. She likes to show off her sewing skills and seeing her favorite personalities up close.