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.