For four short days, San Diego is transformed into the central hub of all things not only geeky, but also pop culture-obsessed.

Comic-Con is probably the geekiest, nerdiest, weirdest, and strangest convention you could ever attend in your life. But at the same time, it’s also one of the largest and most far-reaching conventions on the planet.

And with the growing popularity of superhero films, supernatural television series, and “Twilight” (I don’t think I’ll ever forgive America for that one), Comic-Con’s destiny was to become a pop culture staple that even the average person should be able to understand. But for those of you who don’t, here are some of the top questions posed by the outsider looking in:

1. What is Comic-Con, and why oh why is it such a big deal?

Imagine that anything and everything you ever cared about in pop culture, like movies, novels, movie characters, actors, comics, video games, toys, and so much more was all in one place at one time. Now, stop imagining! Because that’s what Comic-Con is!

2. Who’s bright idea was it to bring all of geekdom together in one place?

Some pretty awesome guys named Shel Dorf, Richard Alf, Ken Krueger, Mike Towry, and Greg Bear. Such strange last names these men have, right?

3. When was the first convention held, and did anyone actually show up?

Approximately 300 people showed up for the first convention (aptly named The Golden Sate Comic-Con), which was held back on August 1st, 1970 when comic books were still wildly popular with kids and the bane of most parents’ existence.

4. I’m still confused, why is this such a big deal?

Because where else can you come dressed up as Spiderman or Sailor Moon on a day other than Halloween and it be absolutely okay? Oh, and around here we like to call it cosplay.

5. How many geeks, I mean attendees, show up to Comic-Con?

More than 130,000 geeks is the number your looking for.

6. Where is it held?

The convention is held at the San Diego Convention Center in none other than San Diego, California, but I usually just call it “heaven”.

7. When did Hollywood actually start caring?

Well you can thank George Lucas and a film called “Star Wars” for that. He previewed the film one year before its theatrical release! Never doubt the power of the force!

8. Okay, one last time, why is this thing such a big deal?

…because a lot of cool celebrities show up, and whenever more than zero celebrities are in any place, the media can’t help themselves.

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