There were certainly some big movies being promoted at San Diego Comic-Con this year, but the glitz of the big screen seemed no match for the momentum of the small screen. Television has gained a huge foothold at the annual event.
‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Big Bang Theory’ panels got star treatment in the main presentation area, Hall H. "Fringe" and "Doctor Who" also held panels on the biggest stage at Comic-Con.
Two of the most eye-catching "wrapped" buildings near the convention center this year featured ads for "Revolution," NBC's much-hyped fall offering, and the upcoming Syfy TV series/video game "Defiance."
Sunday's final panel for "Fringe," which enters its last season on Fox in the fall, was a memorable event: Producers of the series put together a montage to thank fans for their efforts in keeping the show on the air.
Cast members Anna Torv, Jasika Nicole and Lance Reddick struggled not to tear up as they recalled their most memorable scenes.
"The thing that holds 'Fringe' together is the power of love," star John Noble summed up. FULL POST
After hearing so much about San Diego Comic-Con, you may be considering attending next year. If so, here are a few helpful pointers:
Start planning early - like, now:
No trip to Comic-Con can be spur of the moment. Tickets go on sale months ahead of time–and usually sell out instantaneously. Once you have those tickets, you will want to lay out your plan of attack for the time you're there, not to mention figure out your accommodations, a separate battle.
Lines, lines, everywhere a line:
The lines at Comic-Con, especially for Hall H, make theme park lines seem like a breeze. This year, the line-to-line-up for Hall H serpentined past the convention center and around the back of the gigantic hotel next door - at 6 a.m. People sleep out there. Unless you have no interest in any major panels, you will wait in line seemingly endlessly. See this as a chance to get to know your fellow Con-goers.
Bring along a Con-veteran:
It can be a tremendous help if you have a friend with you who has been there and done that. It can get difficult flying blind. Especially with rumors of crowds pushing the 200,000 mark, if you don't know where you're going you may have no choice about where you end up.
Plan your day wisely:
"Never do anything before 11," said Geek and Sundry's Felicia Day. "And make sure you have dinner with the people you really want to catch up with. You can go from thing to thing and be so frenzied about it. Make your Con about things you really love, because there's so much to distract you."
Stake out specific panels:
The nichiest of niche panels exist at Comic-Con, such as the "Ball Jointed Doll Collectors Group" or "The Chilling Archives of Horror Comics 'Zombies' Panel." Look hard enough and you may find one for you, with a much shorter line to get in.
Prepare to geek out:
"You get to meet your heroes. It doesn't matter if you're here or if you're Peter Jackson," remarked "Doctor Who" star Matt Smith. "I bet Peter Jackson saw someone and said, 'Wow, you're here, too. Cool.' "
Whether it's going to a panel for something you like or finding a toy or comic book you've been looking for, prepare to squee.
See you at Comic-Con 2013!
Fans oohed, aahed, screamed and at times cried on Saturday afternoon in San Diego Comic-Con's famed Hall H.
It wasn’t a swoon-worthy "Twilight" panel causing all the ruckus though.
The long-awaited "Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" was one of several upcoming movies being teased with appearances by cast and crew. Hall H lived up to its reputation as a place where nerd dreams come true, if the reaction of the crowd - many of whom had been in line for hours - was any indication. Both Sir Ian McKellen and surprise guest Elijah Wood received standing ovations.
In the case of the J.R.R. Tolkien classic, the fans’ reactions - and dogged faithfulness to the characters - often go back to their early years.
"I've been a huge fan of 'The Hobbit' since I was 5 or 6, when my dad read it to me," said Antonio Cazzato of Santa Cruz, California.
"I love 'The Hobbit,'" said comic book artist Holly Golightly. "I remember reading in our class. … It changed my life. Those books are the reason that I'm a comic book artist. To see a glimpse of something that might inspire me and give me a lift - I think 'The Hobbit' (film) is going to be one of them."
George R. R. Martin, author of the "Game of Thrones" book series, was similarly inspired by Tolkien.
"I'm a huge fan of Peter Jackson. I love the 'Lord of the Rings' movies," he said. "I love what I've seen of 'The Hobbit' so far, so I'm looking forward to that one enormously." FULL POST
Fighting through the throngs of revelers at San Diego’s packed convention center during Comic-Con can be a harrowing experience - an overwhelming crush of sharp elbows and gigantic swag bags.
It's worth the hassle for plenty of pop culture fans. But lately, some pass-holders are happy to escape the panel lines and exhibition hall (which is as humid as any Florida afternoon) even though they likely spent $175 on admission.
Welcome to the party across the street - and even down the block. There's a slew of scheduled events and multi-day hangouts outside the venue that celebrate comic books and nerdery. FULL POST
Happy birthday, Han Solo!
Harrison Ford turns 70 today, a fact being celebrated by San Diego Comic-Con attendees, both the fans and the famous.
“[His impact] is huge. He single-handedly brought back the fedora, the Stetson and the leather jacket, the whip. He brought back the adventure with Spielberg and Lucas, brought back adventure in all genres, sci-fi, fantasy and the rest," said Christopher Shaw, a cosplayer who was all gussied up as Indiana Jones in the convention hall.
“Happy birthday, Harrison! Keep the adventures coming. Hopefully there will be an ‘Indy 5’ coming soon, and if you retire before then, I’m your man,” Shaw said.