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It’s official… Comic-Con International is the biggest and the best comic book convention in the world!
Guinness World Records, the authority on record-breaking achievements, has confirmed that Comic-Con International in San Diego garners over 125,000 attendees – making it the largest convention of its type in the world.
Guinness World Records descended on Comic-Con International 2010 to honor the best of the best in television, film, comics, video games and toys. During the four-day pop-culture extravaganza, Guinness World Records presented records for Star Wars, Rocky, Saw and to the convention itself. The book’s Editor-in-Chief, Craig Glenday, travelled from the London headquarters to present these achievements in advance of the 2011 release on September 15, 2010.
“Comic-Con remains the premier destination for pop-culture enthusiasts and is host to all of the biggest names in entertainment. That’s exactly the kind of place that Guinness World Records wants to be,” Glenday said.
Guinness World Records presented the following records at Comic-Con:
Most Successful Horror Movie Series – SAW – Producers Oren Koules and Mark Burg accepted the Guinness World Record for the “Most Successful Horror Movie Series” with $732 million total global box office sales.
Most Successful Sports Movie Franchise – Rocky – Stars of the upcoming theatrical release The Expendables and co-stars of Rocky IV, Sylvester Stallone and Dolph Lundgren, accepted the Guinness World Record for the “Most Successful Sports Movie Franchise” for Rocky, grossing $1,251,372,491 throughout its six installments, running from Rocky (November, 21 1976) to Rocky Balboa (December 20, 2006).
Largest Comic Book Convention – David Glanzer, Director of Marketing and Publicity for Comic-Con, accepted the record for Comic-Con International in San Diego.
Highest Rated Animated Sci-Fi Television Series - Airing on Cartoon Network, the popular CGI series Star Wars: The Clone Wars received the record for the “Highest Rated Sci-Fi Animation Show on TV,” averaging a viewership of 4 million at its launch. On hand to accept the award were Supervising Director Dave Filoni, CG Supervisor Joel Aron and Lead Designer Kilian Plunkett.
Most Ultimate Fighting Championships Heavyweight Championship Bouts Won – With seven wins between 1997 and 2008, Randy Couture accepted the Guinness World Record for the “Most Ultimate Fighting Championship Heavyweight Championship Bouts Won.”
Most WWE Royal Rumble Championships Won – “Stone Cold” Steve Austin was presented with the Guinness World Record for the “Most Wins of the World Wrestling Entertainment Royal Rumble” with three wins in 1997, 1998, and 2001.
Most Chocolate Bars Eaten in One Minute – The record-breaking bonanza continued with THQ setting the record for the Most Chocolate Bars Eaten in One Minute. The record of three Milky Ways was set jointly by Pat Bernaletti and Joey Chestnut to highlight the release of THQ’s Red Faction: Armageddon.
Highest Rated Animated Series (Current) – Futurama – With a favorable 80 per cent rating on Metacritic.com, FUTURAMA creator Matt Groening and executive producer David X. Cohen accepted the award for the highest rated animated series currently on television.
Most Eisner Awards in One Category
- Todd Klein accepted the record for the most Eisner Comic Award wins in one category. Klein received 15 wins in the Best Letterer/Lettering category from 1993 to 2008.
Tallest Structure Built With Interlocking Bricks – LEGO – Julie Stern, Brand Relations Manager for LEGO, accepted the award for the tallest structure built with interlocking plastic bricks. The structure was 99 ft 1 in high and was constructed by children and adults at an event organized by Lego Norway in Oslo, Norway, on April 24, 2010.
Guinness World Records 2011 is available September 15 for the suggested retail price of $28.95. The publishers advise that new to this year’s book launch. Guinness World Records will also introduce an iPad and iPhone version that will be available for a full interactive experience. .For more information about Guinness World Records 2011, or to find out how you can participate in Guinness World Records Day 2010, visit www.guinnessworldrecords.com.
Janet L. Hetherington is a writer, screenwriter and graphic storyteller. She is a pop culture addict who shares a studio in Ottawa, Canada, with artist Ronn Sutton and a ginger cat, Heidi. For more of Janet’s musings make visit @ Best Destiny