The San Diego Comic Con was born in the '70 and was originally dedicated to the comics world, but it grew up and became the most famous event in the world about this genre. It's awesome that this year it'll host two panels about X-Files.
It's difficult to explain what a "comic con" really is to someone who never attended one. For example, last year the San Diego Comic Con hosted a panel for the 10th anniversary of Firefly, the tv series created by Joss Whedon.
It counts only one season and a movie, but there are a lot of Firefly fans out there! For that occasion the "browncoats" (as the Firefly fans are called) spent the night before the panel camping outside the Ballroom 20 at
the San Diego Convention Center just to be sure to gain access to the panel with the Firefly cast and its creator. It ended up in about an hour of chatting that flew really fast between many applauses, funny and moving
moments as well, that left even a big man like Nathan Fillion (one of the main characters of the show) crying like a baby.
Things like that could happen only to a comic con and it's very plausible that next thursady is going to happen something similar (bring some tissues with you, just to be sure).
We're not celebrating only 20 years since the X-Files debut on tv, we're celebrating a tv series that brought something new in television in '90, a tv series we still can find reflexed in many successfully products of the
In all this years X-Files never completely left the tv schedule, but it became something else and it has "mutated" in passion, devotion and dedication. The years of the silence, between 2002 and 2008 (because after "I Want to Believe" the silence was gone) made the relationship with the fans, the new and the old ones, stronger. There are many 20 years old guys who are nowadays "abducted" by Mulder and Scully, we met some of them in our website. For the old fans who were in front of the tv the day the "Pilot" was aired, 20 years are a piece of real life.
Joss Whedon chose these words to close the Firefly panel last year: "When you're telling a story you're trying to connect to people in a particular way, it's not just about what you wanna say, it's about inviting them into a world and the way in which you've inhabited this world, this universe, have made you part of it, part of the story. When I see you, guys, I don't think the show is off the air, I don't think there's a show, I think that is what the world is like. The story is alive."
The 3,000 lucky fans who will be attending the X-Files panel are just the tip of the iceberg. At home, waiting for news and updates, there will be a lot of fans, maybe more than Chris Carter could ever imagine.
Often Chris Carter was asked about the X-Files legacy and some time ago he said this to the Archive of American Television: "I don't know what the ultimate influence would be, but I just hope it plays forever".
On our Facebook page the expectation for the upcoming event is growing up: someone is desperated because he won't be in California, someone is feigning an illusory calm and someone is making the countdown to next thursday.
Maybe, the real X-Files legacy, the one that it will be celebrated at the San Diego Comic Con with the cast of this thing that is very difficult to call only a "tv series", is just this. The real X-Files legacy is its fans, the ones who never stopped thinking about the episodes ("... but what about the Per Manum flashbacks then...?"), the ones who follow the values of loyalty, integrity and honesty that Scully taught them, the ones who never give up, in the everyday big and little battles of life, because Mulder never did.
This is the reason why, in a way or another, everyone of us will be at the San Diego Comic Con.