Comic-Con

The Best Comic-Con Coverage

Every year, our battle-tested warriors brave the crowds that descend upon San Diego to bring you the best and most interesting coverage from Geek Mecca, the comic, film, pop culture, nerdathon known as the San Diego Comic-Con.

Get ready to go without sleep from July 17 – 20.

We’ll be there. Will you?

Oldboy

When it comes to grabbing the attention of the 120,000+ attendees of Comic-Con, movie studios will do just about anything. It isn’t just about showing up in Hall H and showing off a sizzle reel for your film, you have to lure them in with unique experiences. This year has seen even more of these offsite marketing pop-ups, including a Godzilla experience and an Ender’s Game fan experience. Both of these, large monster included, pale in comparison to what Film District has done around their upcoming release, Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake. There is no building with Godzilla graffiti, no Harrison Ford interactive war game, just girls with umbrellas, ready to serve you. For those who have seen the original Oldboy, this might just make your skin crawl.

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Did you hear that this weekend is Comic-Con? It’s true! It’s weird that no one told you. Fortunately, this week’s show features a visit to San Diego where our sentinels Robert Fure and Jack Giroux will tell us all the crazy stuff that’s happening on the ground there in geek paradise (which happens to be a hotel room that’s missing a bathroom door). Plus, Geoff and I disagree wildly in our reviews of the new season of The Newsroom, and we prepare for the possibility of Spike Lee’s retirement by discussing his legacy and forcing him to autograph old football paraphernalia. You can follow Robert Fure (@robertfure), interviewer Jack Giroux (@jackgi), the show (@brokenprojector), Geoff (@drgmlatulippe) and Scott (@scottmbeggs) for more fun stuff on a daily basis. And, as always, we welcome your feedback. Download Episode #25 Directly Or subscribe Through iTunes

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sentinels

Part of the upcoming buzz around Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past is the inclusion of a few new, long pined-for characters from the mutant universe. Chief among the fan wish list are the Sentinels. Products of Trask Industries and Doctor Bolivar Trask (played in the film by Peter Dinklage), the Sentinels are designed to keep mutants under control. This sort of thing always comes with some sort of marketing campaign, so there’s also propaganda involved. Said propaganda has made it’s way to the streets of Comic-Con, where a Sentinel head has been put on display and various posters have been handed out. It appears that Trask Industries has been busy. It also appears that 20th Century Fox may be tipping their hand as to what their promised “surprise” movie will be when they take the stage this weekend with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and The Wolverine. But that remains to be seen.

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Electro at Comic-Con

Comic-Con 2013 is underway and the stream of things, interesting and otherwise, has begun flowing from the ground in San Diego. In and around the Convention Center, people are assuredly bumping into each other, fighting for scraps of Clif bars and already lined up for panels on Sunday. Here at the Reject HQ Compound in Austin, TX, we will be monitoring the news all weekend as our agents of chaos, Jack Giroux and Robert Fure, will check in periodically from the Con. Up first is a promising teaser for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which seeks to solidify its presence at SDCC. As this short teaser explains, Electro — the film’s illuminated villain played by Jamie Foxx — will be making an appearance in Hall H on Friday afternoon. For now we get a quick look at him as he begins to introduce himself.

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Godzilla Remake Poster

Everybody knows what Godzilla looks like, and it’s been pretty clear that Gareth Edwards and the rest of the minds behind the upcoming remake won’t be straying too far from the big guy’s iconic design. Even so, any glimpses at the newest incarnation are sure to leave monster fans shaking in anticipation. Today we can begin the shaking. The official Twitter account for Godzilla just gave us a look at a new poster for the film, and it’s more than a little impressive. Just from the tail we can infer the sheer size of the beast, and how utterly unconcerned he seems with a trio of helicopters moving in for the attack. It’s quite literally a tease of the new Godzilla design, taunting us all by keeping the juicier details just out of view.

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Edge of Tomorrow

All You Need is Kill is a pretty aggressive, albeit fun title. So it comes with little surprise or fanfare that the film version of Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s manga that at one point was called We Mortals Are, more recently was All You Need is Kill and is now officially (we hope) called Edge of Tomorrow. Either way, it’s a mech-warrior apocalyptic invasion film starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. Based on this new Comic-Con exclusive poster, it looks a lot like Elysium, Starship Troopers and Jack Reacher (based solely on posture) mixed together by a marketing department. But with Doug Liman in the director’s chair and a quality bit of source material, this crazy idea just may work. Good thing we’re not talking about how movie audiences have apocalypse fatigue or anything…

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If you’ve watched cable television at any point over the last decade or so, chances are you’re familiar with what Movies on Demand is. They’re the company that’s teamed up with all the big cable companies, like Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Cox Communications, RCN, Mid-Continent, and MetroCast, to bring one-click access pay-per-view movies to everyone’s cable boxes. Anyway, Comic Con is coming up, which means we’re starting to see cases of corporate synergy popping up all over the geek sphere, and the latest promotional deal is bringing quite a bit of comic book movie-related content to all of us non-cord cutters’ living rooms, including free supplemental features, coverage from the Comic Con floor, and more opportunities to rent geek-friendly movies than you can shake a stick at.

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The Predator franchise has fizzled in recent years, but like anything with even the slightest amount of name recognition, the next reboot is always right around the corner. Now, it seems that the corner the next Predator film is hiding behind can be found at Comic-Con. Over the weekend, 20th Century Fox released a new image onto the Facebook page for 2010′s Predators — an odd place to start building hype, but it seems to have done its job. The image (seen above) shows San Diego from the point of view of the Yuata’s (Predator’s) thermal vision, alongside a quote from the original film: “There’s something out there waiting for us, and it ain’t no man… We’re all gonna die.” Followed by a new hashtag. 

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Comic-Con Crowd

Chances are that you won’t be going to Comic-Con this year, and short of hiring a model to dress as Bat Girl and hand you flyers you’re going to throw away, you’ll most likely be missing out on the authentic experience. You might come close if you wait in line for five hours to watch a trailer on YouTube, but there’s a better way to experience the giant geek party that infiltrates the convention center in San Diego every summer. You could also try eating three pounds of nachos while peeing next to Seth Green and a guy dressed as Vampire Hunter D. That might actually work. But if you don’t have those at your disposal, here’s a list of resources to help you stay neck-deep in Comic-Con goodies from July 18th and beyond. Starting, obviously, with us. Get excited. Because we sure are.

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Revolution Television Show

Editors’ note: Hey! TV stuff! With Revolution premiering on NBC this very evening, why not journey back with us to our own world without power – way back in July when we wrote about the show’s pilot episode as part of our Comic-Con coverage. This feature was originally published on July 16, 2012. NBC’s new television series Revolution was everywhere at this year’s Comic-Con, from a giant skin covering the side of the Hilton Hotel (a skin that was unavoidable if you happened to be near the San Diego Convention Center and you happened to have your eyes even slightly open) to a large scale set piece stationed in the middle of the hullabaloo of the Gaslamp District, so it’s not shocking that the series’ panel and pilot premiere was positively packed. The original series is a good fit for the ‘con – a new hour-long drama that takes place in a world without electricity and populated by people just trying to survive, people trying to seize (metaphorical) power, and people trying to figure out why the lights went out (and the planes went down and the cars stopped working and the water stopped running). Creator Eric Kripke is a known name to a niche audience of TV fans – he also created beloved long-running series Supernatural – but it’s the more marquee names that Revolution might be trading on to lure in fans for the show. Both J.J. Abrams and Jon Favreau are executive producers on the project (along […]

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Pacific Rim Comic-Con Poster

Hearing Guillermo Del Toro speak is a thing of blazing beauty, not just because of the creative way the man curses, but because he’s a breathing ball of insight into how movies should and can be made. He’s a superfan who has the talent to build what he’s passionate about. That latest passion is giant robots and the world of Pacific Rim. Comic-Con attendees lucky enough to get into Hall H (meaning they got in line by 3:30am or something) got an ear-full at the Legendary panel, but even though this video doesn’t feature the exciting footage shown at the convention, it still features almost half an hour of Del Toro and company geeking out on sci-fi.

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First of all, everyone at the “What’s Hot in Young Adult Fiction” panel knew each other. And if they were not busy pre-panel exchanging hugs and stories, they had their nose buried in a book (only a few of them were the books by the authors we were about to meet in the panels, having been torn through by these voracious readers already). There’s little question that the popularity of The Twilight Saga film franchise kickstarted a major surge in interest when it comes to both other YA series and in adapting those new series to the screen, but if this particular lit genre owes anything to Hollywood, it’s just that the rise of the YA movie has given way to other YA books to be published (and happy that is, as these readers are hungrier than ever for more stories to read and to love). As author James Dashner commented during the panel, held on the last day of this year’s Comic-Con, “there was no YA section when I was a YA.” But now that’s changed, and in a big way – of the eight authors who served as panelists (along with moderator Nathan Bransford, also an author), seven of them have written YA books that are certified bestsellers, and most of them have already sold the film rights to their biggest YA hits. But just which of the many books represented on the panel stage by their respective authors is going to be the next Twilight or Hunger Games?

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Having never previously covered the behemoth known as Comic-Con, I’m currently feeling woefully unprepared (underprepared?) for the experience. But years of monitoring and reporting on the news coming out of the ‘con has prepared me for something – the incredible flood of tangible marketing material that accompanies the convention. We’re not talking about panel chatter, rumors, or announcements, we’re talking hard stuff like posters and banners, material spotted out in the wild of the convention floor as often as it’s released before Preview Night even kicks off that you may one day be able to possess for yourself (and your walls). After the break, feast your eyes on every poster and banner (within reason) released at Comic-Con, an ever-evolving gallery of both pretty pictures and essential information, including such highly anticipated fare as The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Pacific Rim, Dredd, and some very special original works by the likes of Mondo and Gallery 1988.

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The final day of Comic-Con has traditionally been the most quiet one – a good time to catch up on more low-key panels, spend time with friends, and buy a metric ton of cool stuff on the convention floor. This year at Comic-Con, however, proved to be one of the most busy and wild, so even Sunday afternoon didn’t provide much relief, even on the floor. But such a still-bumping last day did provide plenty of still-awesome material for your eyeballs. After the break, check out a (somewhat) quieting San Diego, new NECA toys for The Dark Knight Rises, Gremlins, and The Hunger Games, a wall of Tribbles, and – you better believe it – Avenger Playboy Bunnies.

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Rorschach at Comic-Con

Rorschach’s Journal: July 13th, 2012 I don’t sleep, not by current definitions. I lie still, lie silent, but my eyes do not close. Vigilance is the price of order. Sleep is a breeding ground for vulnerability. I tend to be grumpy in the morning. Suiting up for my second day of the maddening orgy of nerdom that is Comic-Con, I don my mended face. The tensile strength of my haphazard handiwork proves adequate. On the train, local law enforcement commence inspecting tickets. I remain calm. Costumed freaks of all ilks populate this speeding geek wagon. I should not draw much attention. My admittance is confirmed. They do not leave; maintaining uncomfortable proximity. Fists clenched, I will not go quietly. Stop reached, I am not accosted. The badged grunts turn a blind eye as I step off the train and vanish into the crowd.

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Tom Jane at Comic-Con

When I arrived to check out the RAW Studios Panel, the brainchild of actor/writer/director Tom Jane and master illustrator Tim Bradstreet, I was a bit early and took a seat for the 10th Anniversary of something called Courtney Crumrin, which from what I could tell, was an innocent enough book as they talked about there being no real cursing, no sex, and a children friendly Victorian something or other. As they went on and as the RAW panel came closer and closer, the room got decidedly more rock and roll as guys dressed as The Punisher came in with girls in tight mini-dresses and the number of beards in the room roughly quintupled. Once our rough and tumble crowd of around 250 people took over the room, it was time for the RAW panel to begin – though some technical difficulties shifted the schedule around and we started with an announcement that the 1980′s anthology series Alien Worlds was being relaunched by the team, with master fantasy artist William Stout on board to rock out one of the first stories: Before & Afta, which will feature dinosaurs!

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There is no such thing as allowing “too much time” for your line-waiting needs at Comic-Con. A newbie to the ‘con, I learned that the hard way; four and a half hours and one brutal sunburn (oddly, only on one half of my body) later, I jumped the Hall H line ship to walk around the Convention Center, San Diego’s beautfiul Gaslamp District, and the exhibition floor to bring you dear readers a fresh look (and, heck, even a few things you’ve seen before that are still the talk of the convention) at the madness, mania, and magic of Comic-Con. After the break, check out a look at Jem stuff, My Little Pony stuff, more Batmobiles than you can shake a stick at, comic books (live! and in person!), members of the Science Patrol from Ultraman taking a coffee break, and even yours truly with a Care Bear (because of course). We also got an up close and personal look at the new Iron Man suit for Iron Man 3, which you can check out in the gallery, though you might want to also take a peek over at Neil’s in-depth look at Marvel and the suit.

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Breaking Bad

One of the areas that has absolutely blown up at Comic-Con — as evidence by the filling it did in last night’s Comic-Con News After Dark segment — is the world of television. With shows crossing into the fan bases of film and comics more and more, there’s plenty of demand for the small screen on the big stage in San Diego. One such show that found a great response was Breaking Bad, which just so happens to be premiering its fifth season on the final night of Comic-Con 2012. With the appearance of creator Vince Gilligan and stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul at the Con, there come several choice quotes about what we can expect in season five as well as a spine-tinglingly good final trailer for all to watch and enjoy.

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Warner Bros at Comic-Con

Guillermo Del Toro with his ‘giant monsters vs. giant robots.’ Zack Snyder and his fresh take on one of the most iconic superheroes in history. Peter Jackson returning to Middle Earth. There’s a reason why fans stood outside Hall H at the San Diego Convention Center for hours-on end, many not getting in after waiting 9-hours in the sun. Today was the big day of movies at Comic-Con 2012, and the Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures panel was its centerpiece. To get you up to speed with everything that happened, we take a tour around the web with our favorite blogfriends to see what everyone had to say about the high-expectation pieces and the big surprises alike.

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Earlier in the week, it was teased by Devin Faraci at Badass Digest that Mondo would soon make a “game-changing” announcement. And as Comic-Con rocked on for its first few days, Mondo made plenty of announcements. But all of them were the standard fair: really amazing, exclusive run posters to be sold at their SDCC booth. What’s “game-changing” about that? Today they let loose the big gun: a licensed poster for The Dark Knight Rises by Olly Moss, arguably their most popular artist, whose artwork sees unbelievable aftermarket prices. His recent Doctor Who print has been going for upwards of $1000 on eBay. There’s something special about his next release, though. If you’re not caught in a time warp, you can definitely get one. And here’s how…

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