Editor's note: Aaron Sagers is a New York City-based entertainment writer and nationally syndicated pop-culture columnist. He has specialty knowledge in 'paranormal pop culture,' has lectured at conventions across the country on the topic and is a media pundit on supernatural entertainment. He covers pop culture daily at paranormalpopculture.com and can be found on Twitter @aaronsagers. Sagers attended New York Comic-Con this past weekend, and shared five things he learned with us (more coverage to come later this week).
1. The sixth annual New York Comic-Con really stepped up its game this year, and felt even more like a contender in the con realm, yet it still isn't on par with San Diego. The movie and TV presence isn't the same, but the cosplay element seemed stronger in 2011.
2. "Marvel's The Avengers" is only gaining momentum but Tom Hiddleston is the star to watch in the movie – and Loki is the Big Bad in the film, although he has "help." Cannot overstate how much Hiddleston is becoming huge with this flick.
3. Dark Horse Comics will be going to the very beginning of the Star Wars universe with the "Dawn of the Jedi" comic series. It begins with characters using swords, not lightsabers, as the early Jedi develop ties to the Force. This is the beginning of it all and it launches February 2012.
4. Stan Lee is getting back into the business of selling stories to kids with the family-friendly multi-platform imprint called "Stan Lee's Kids Universe" with 1821 comics, coming in Spring 2012.
5. Hasbro toys made their debut at Comic-Con with a big push on "Transformers Prime" toys and Marvel toys based on the comics and movies. Overall, "Transformers" made a big splash this year between the Hasbro toys and the presentation for the MMORPG "Transformers" universe.
What about five cool NYCC offerings behind the big splash stuff? (1) The Geek Parenting panel, where I learned about geekdad.com and geekmom.com (2) The awesome T-shirts from the Kill Shakespeare guys (3) The comiXology panel, where they actually listed and dialogued with their readers (4) The Comics Pro panel on store events: some stores give amazingly creative parties (5) The incredible mecha-meister cosplayers hanging out in the bus pickup lot on the ground level.
I'm all for Stan Lee's new imprint. Comics have been ignoring kids for to long.
"Comic-Con" (With a hyphen) is a trademark of the San Diego Comic-Con. The New York Comic Con website does not use the hyphen and neither should this article (when referring to the New York Comic Con).
Hey Ken, So the author of this article got it wrong. However, trademark does not apply when someone is reporting a news event. Plus, its a blog for pete's sake. Just to be on the correct side of things, It's Comic-Con International: San Diego
Why does fat people insist on showing off their fat in tight fitting or reveling costumes/outfits?
Same reason you insist on showing off you inability to write a coherent sentence.
Where is the PrivateIslandParty.com
Booth Girls as shown on MTV Clutch?
Origin of the Jedi? That is so f*@#$@ awesome! I hope they will do a book series as well as the comics
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