Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope

  • Have you ever imagined a place where Vulcans and vampires get along? Where wizards and wookies can be themselves? Welcome to Comic-Con San Diego. What started as a fringe comic book convention for 500 fans has grown into the pop culture event of the year that influences every form of entertainment, now attended by over 140,000 strong.

    COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN’S HOPE- a film by Morgan Spurlock explores this amazing cultural phenomenon by following the lives of five attendees as they descend upon the ultimate geek mecca at San Diego Comic-Con 2010:

    • Eric, an aspiring illustrator, is hoping to impress publishers and land a job;
    • Holly, costume and creature designer, hopes her creations will win the big prize;
    • Chuck, a long-time comic book dealer, is looking for a big sale to pay off his debts;
    • Skip, longtime amateur illustrator wants to be discovered at this year’s event;
    • James, a young fan, hopes his girlfriend will accept a dramatic proposal.

    One on one interviews with Comic-Con veterans who have turned their passions into professions include Stan Lee, Joss Whedon, Frank Miller, Kevin Smith, Matt Groening, Seth Rogen, Eli Roth and others are shared throughout the film along with up close and up front coverage of all the panels, parades, photos, costumes, crowds and camaraderie that make up one of the largest fan gatherings in the U.S.

premiere location: Toronto IFF 2011


  • director(s): Morgan Spurlock
  • producer(s): Jeremy Chilnick, Matthew Galkin, Harry Knowles, Morgan Spurlock, Thomas Tull
  • production company: Warrior Poets
  • script: Christine Öllinger , Morgan Spurlock

technical data

  • film format: HD
  • audio format: Stereo
  • production year: 2011
  • runtime: 86'
  • countries: UNITED STATES
  • genres: humor, arts&culture
  • languages: English


  • "Spurlock brings his usual good-humored approach to the subject, nicely balancing absurdity with genuine human interest." VARIETY
  • "Comic-Con, holds enormous appeal for both the geek audience and the casual viewer." THE WASHINGTON POST
  • "... is sweetly empathetic ... Plus, it's a lot of fun." LA TIMES
  • "It's a lot to squeeze into 86 minutes, and Spurlock pulls it all together with infectious brio, making us realize that geeks are people, too, who maybe just dream harder than the rest of us." GLOBE AND MAIL


  • Cambridge Film Festival
  • Glasgow Film Festival
  • Leeds International Film Festival
  • Rio International Film Festival
  • Rome Film Festival
  • Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival
  • Stockholm International Film Festival
  • Toronto International Film Festival
  • True/False

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