The cover to See You At San Diego by Mathew Klickstein, featuring a design of a ticket with a photo of early SDCC attendees on it. Text on the cover reads, "Fantagraphics Books Presents "See You At San Diego," an oral history of comic-con, fandom, and the triumph of geek culture. Foreward by Stan Sakai & Jeff Smith. Afterword by RZA. By Mathew Klickstein."
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Mathew Klickstein, Stan Sakai, Jeff Smith, RZA

See You At San Diego: An Oral History of Comic-Con, Fandom, and the Triumph of Geek Culture

On sale date: September 6, 2022

A comprehensive chronicle of Comic-Con International and modern geekdom itself as told through countless intimate, hilarious, and often-thought provoking stories by nearly fifty of the most integral members of today’s convention and fandom community.

This full-fledged oral history, bursting with intimate reflections, hilarious observations, and at times, heartbreaking, often thought-provoking stories, is about how the geek at last inherited the earth and the story of the transformation of mainstream American pop culture into comic book culture over the past century.

Join some of the biggest names in fandom as they launch off at ludicrous speed into the spiraling galaxy of geek culture through the kaleidoscopic lens of the planet’s biggest pop culture gathering worldwide (clocked twice by Guinness!): the San Diego Comic-Con. With such special guests as: Neil Gaiman, Frank Miller, Kevin Smith, Bruce Campbell, Felicia Day, Scott Aukerman, Stan Sakai, Sergio Aragonés, Trina Robbins, the Russo Bros., Lloyd Kaufman, Tim Seeley, Kevin Eastman, and many others — along with 400+ photos and art — the book also features forewords by Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo) and by Jeff Smith (Bone), plus an afterword by Wu-Tang Clan’s own uber-nerd mastermind RZA.


"The more time I spend with this thing, the more impressed I am with the curation, organization and the sheer amount of effort that went into it. Kind of mind-blowing!" — Jeff Smith, creator of BONE

"This is a book that I always wanted to exist." — Ed Piskor (Hip Hop Family Tree, X-Men: Grand Design)

"If you are a longtime devotee of either San Diego Comic-Con or premillennial geek culture, See You at San Diego is a wonderful trip down memory lane, featuring plenty of colorful anecdotes and history. And if you are a scholar, it's an essential primary resource." — Rob Salkowitz - Forbes

"The rambunctious, delicious story of how the biggest pop culture event in history was born – and grew from nothing to everything." — Allen Salkin (journalist, Los Angeles Magazine; bestselling author, From Scratch: The Uncensored History of the Food Network)

"Mathew Klickstein might be the geek guru of the 21st century." — Mark Mothersbaugh


Paperback / Softback
8.1" × 10.1"