Gary Sassaman has been named as Curatorial Director of San Diego's Comic-Con Museum. Sassaman is a 20+ year veteran of Comic-Con International: San Diego, and for the past decade has been Director of Print and Digital Media.
"I’m a storyteller, pure and simple. The Comic-Con Museum will reveal brand new worlds - or provide visits with fondly remembered old ones - on a daily basis, through exhibitions, programs, special events, fun family activities, and so much more, including a rich, ongoing educational experience for all attendees," Sassaman told The San Diego Union-Tribune. "We’ll be the focal point of a robust community of comics and pop culture fans in San Diego and from around the world, just as Comic-Con has been for the past 50 years."
Sassaman joins the museum two months after the departure of their founding Executive Editor Adam Smith, who left in October.
"Adam’s role was to recruit talent to get the museum off the ground and to establish a master plan to make the museum a reality," SDC's Chief Communications & Strategy Officer David Glanzer said. "While we are currently focused on fundraising and implementing that plan, Gary will be able to focus on establishing exhibitions, programs, special events, family activities, educational experiences and so much more."
The Comic-Con Museum resides in a 68,000-square-foot building at the city's Balboa Park, formerly occupied by the San Diego Hall of Champions.
The museum is expected to open in mid-2021.