\" \" Fans attend Comic-Con International at the San Diego Convention Center on July 24, 2014 in San Diego, California. Little did they know that their event — San Diego Comic-Con — would one day be the best-known pop culture convention in the world. The inaugural Comic-Con — the name is short for Comic Convention — was actually two events, say Dani Fernandez and Ify Nwadiwe, co-hosts of the new podcast Nerdificent. In its inaugural episode, Nerdificent, which takes a deep dive into nerd culture, discusses the history of comic book conventions. The first Comic-Con was a \"mini-con,\" held in San Diego in March 1970 to test the waters.