Comic-Con museum appoints first director

October 25, 2017 by  

In 1970, comic book enthusiasts established the first-ever Comic-Con in San Diego. Two small conventions that year drew a total of 445 fans. Today, the pop-culture celebration draws well over 100,000 people, and now will have a museum dedicated to it, directed by Adam Smith, who was just named to the post.

Smith has been working in museums for twenty years, most recently in Dallas where he served as executive vice president of strategic development for a group known as the Commemorative Air Force. The CAF is building a new attraction based on the planes flown in World War II.

Robert Stenevik, president of the group, praised Smith’s creativity, and his ability to use his imagination within the restrictions of what’s possible. He also said that Smith knows what people want, no matter what the project is.

The museum will be taking over the space formerly occupied by the Hall of Champions in Balboa Park, which closed this summer. It will be open year-round, featuring exhibits of popular art, television, film, and comics. The impetus for the museum came from the Comic-Con organizers, based on the huge popularity of that event. The facility could open next year.

Fans of this event would benefit from knowing about the new attraction, so organizers could take advantage of the variable data printing process to create letters informing them of the opening.