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Sunday, July 17, 2011
The 2011 Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) Part 6: A Look Back At Shel Dorf's Personal Collection!
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Comic Cons


Michael D Hamersky On Comics Is Preparing For...
The 2011 Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC)
Part 6 - A Look Back At Shel Dorf's Personal Collection!

The Special Exhibit Runs July 8th thru August 1st of 2011!

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Photo Above: At the Special Exhibit in the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park, San Diego California!  The name of the exhibit:  Comic-Con: The Early Years - Memorabilia From The Shel Dorf Collection! (Photos courtesy of my son, Vinnie!) (L-R)  Michael D Hamersky, Matthew (Matt) Schiff, and Jane Kenealy!  Video above:  Jane showing Matt & Michael just some of the items in the collection!

TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3462 - Part 6 of a series on the 2011 Comic-Con International San Diego:

NOTE: Part 1 of this ongoing series about the 2011 Comic-Con, (Blog #3450),  gave a 'general overview' of why the San Diego Comic Con / Comic Con International: San Diego is very important to me.  Along with multiple links to previous years blog posts, photo albums dating back to 1973, etc, etc.

Part 2, (Blog #3458), pointed out shopping tips on what we are buying to bring to the Comic-Con.  I haven't missed a year since the Comic-Con first moved to the San Diego Convention Center back in 1991.  I first started attending as a comic book dealer back in 1972, at the El Cortez Hotel.  But I still have to plan out what to bring each year, as five days on my feet means a lot of trekking around the convention center and surrounding environs! This con is expanding out every year it seems, with programs being held at two different adjacent hotels now, at opposite ends of the convention center!

Part 3, (Blog #3459), posted the links to what panels / programs I believe are the most important for those of you that are first timers to this comic convention. Plus they are the most 'representative' of what Comic-Con International is, without 'Hollywood' panels / programs being included, UNLESS they are truly comic book oriented.

Part 4, (Blog #3460) posted the links to where I normally would be spending a lot of time at while on the exhibit floor of this comic convention. Where's that?!  Well... When I'm not attending panels / programs with or without my wife Tina, I'll be most likely at the 'Artists Alley' or 'Small Press Pavilion' sections of this convention center.

Part 5, (Blog #3461) posted a link to what is in store for those of you attending the 2011 Comic-Con and wondering about how to beat the online mess of trying to buy memberships for 2012! I don't want to 'repeat' myself here, so please look at the blog #3461 link for the 'news'!

As for Part 6 of this series... Well, Part 5 was about the future, so here I am taking a 'look' at the 'Past'!  And not just a look via my thoughts or collections of memorablilia obtained at Comic-Cons in the past... But from the collection of the 'Founder' of the SDCC himself, Shelf Dorf!

First of all, a BIG THANK YOU to Facebook Friend, Greg Koudoulian, for bringing this special exhibit to my attention!

Secondly, Another BIG THANK YOU to both Matthew Schiff, Multimedia Communications Associate, and Jane Kenealy, Archivist, at the San Diego History Center, for taking time out of their busy Saturday to show both my youngest son and myself the exhibit and the rest of the collection in the reseach library portion of this center!

I'm posting just a couple of photos here from the trip to the Center, and the rest will be posted in a special photo album, 2011 Shel Dorf SDCC Collection - San Diego History Center, at my Facebook fan page, 'Michael D Hamersky On Comics'.

My youngest son, Vinnie, and I spent a total of two hours at the Center, and I know that we will be back to take a closer look at the items that are not on exhibit, but can only be accessed via the downstairs research library.

The exhibit itself? Well, upstairs there are three exhibit cases with items that are more likely to be of a more general public interest  to those coming to the Center.  After all, it is a museum on San Diego History!

There are also banners on the wall in back of the glass cases, where you can stand in front of for photo ops, like we did, as shown at the top right of this blog.

The items presented in the cases include SDCC program books, flyers, photos and other memorabilia.  And even a comic book or two!

For more on this special exhibit... 'right click' on the top left photo, which is the promotional flyer for this exhibit. It will expand to a larger sized flyer that you can see clearer. 

For additional info on hours and how you can access this material, feel free to contact the Center itself, as seen via this link.

Plus, I recommend clicking the 'LIKE' button on their Facebook Fan Page as well!

Again, my personal thanks to Matthew  (Matt) Schiff & Jane Kenealy for taking time out of their Saturday to meet with me to go over this exhibit.

I personally recommend you seeing this special exhibit upstairs and downstairs before it is taken off of display on August 2nd!  Of course you could still see the items via the research library afterwards...! 

That's It for Part 6... And I believe this is the last of the blogs on the Comic-Con prior to the Con as... Comic-Con is only FOUR DAYS away!

Whew, busy week ahead!  And I already have the next four blog slots filled with topics...Just have to write them!

~Michael D Hamersky (who is shown in the below photo at the 1973 San Diego Comic Con, his 2nd comic con as a comic book dealer!)

My thanks again to all of YOU reading this blog and our archived blog posts, now at 3,462 total posts in number!   I do appreciate your continued reading and support of this Blog!

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~ Michael D Hamersky

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