It's Official: The Nerds Have Taken Hollywood

Last year, more than 130,000 attended the annual San Diego Comic-Con. This year's event should shatter that record. Tickets went on sale earlier this month and sold out in 90 minutes, leaving thousands to bemoan their bad luck on Facebook and Twitter.

Comic books have gone from the fringe investment category -- not unlike baseball cards -- to source material for Hollywood hits such as AMC Networks' (NASDAQ: AMCX  ) rating-buster The Walking Dead and Marvel's The Avengers, which broke box office records for studio parent Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS  ) .

How can investors profit from our increasing appetite for comics-themed entertainment? The Motley Fool's Alison Southwick asks Tim Beyers of Motley Fool Rule Breakers and Motley Fool Supernova for his perspective in the video below. Please watch, and then leave a comment below to let us know what you think.

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  • Report this Comment On February 27, 2013, at 11:35 PM, TheDarkestCorner wrote:

    If you believe in nerd culture, Disney is certainly a good starting point for investors. I started with Marvel. It was bought by the mouse and I've been wearing Mickey ears ever since. I'm excited about the Star Wars acquisition and am looking forward to many more great returns.

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