People flying home from San Diego Comic-Con yesterday got a rude surprise when they spotted signs at the United check-in warning them not to put comics in their checked bags -- and most assumed it was the TSA's doing, a reasonable assumption given that the agency has been repeatedly trialling programs to search passengers' literature for exploding words for some months. Read the rest
I just checked in for my o-dark-hundred flight to Denver tomorrow morning for this weekend's Denver Comic-Con, where I'm appearing for several hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, including panels with some of my favorite writers, like John Scalzi, Richard Kadrey, Catherynne Valente and Scott Sigler: Read the rest
San Diego Comic-Con International has concluded for 2016, but these amazing photos of dedicated cosplayers at the event will live on.
On a panel at Comic-Con last Thursday, William Shatner shared his opinion about the green shirt he had to wear as Captain Kirk on Star Trek. And it wasn't favorable. The problem was it was just too darn snug, making him feel uncomfortable. "It was a little embarrassing after lunch to have that tight green thing on." And, according to CinemaBlend, it wasn't just the lunches that made him self-conscious.
Besides the practical inconveniences, there was clearly an element of embarrassment from walking around the studio lot wearing something that one might guess to be the Easter Bunny’s karate gi. This is especially true considering that it was a time when westerns still dominated and science fiction was generally ostracized.
But Shatner was good-natured in his wardrobe dissing and complimented costume designer Bill Theiss for all of his hard work. For more details on Shatner's past and future costumes, click here. Read the rest
Every year, our friend Adam Savage of Mythbusters and Tested walks the Comic-Con floor completely disguised by his costume and makes a video about it. This year, he was joined by astronaut Chris Hadfield and they both wore spacesuits like those in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Read the rest
Bob Burden, creator of the great Flaming Carrot comic book series of the 1980s, says:
Jackie Estrada, one of the directors of San Diego Comicon is doing a Kickstarter for a book on the photographic history of the con. She was a shutterbug from the jump, and took hundreds of pictures every year.
This book is a virtual TIME CAPSULE of all the comic con people, from Dave Stevens, to Mobius, to Kliban to Alan Moore etc. Jackie combed the floor in the day and hit all the parties at night and has preserved a treasure trove of of the comic culture's .birth, adolescence and coming of age.
It's going to be an incredible book.
I think so, too! I reserved my copy for $45.
Liz Ohanesian, a writer who covers fan subcultures and comics, anime, and music conventions, has a thoughtful essay about Comic-Con in this week's LA Weekly. She ran into those same street preachers Rob wrote about here on Boing Boing earlier; the nerd crowd's reaction is part of why we love, and need, events like this.
Why Comic-Con Is Really About Community. [LA Weekly]
Usually I try to ignore the people with the fire-and-brimstone signs. If world history has taught us anything, it's that religious arguments don't end with a cordial handshake. On Sunday, though, I was stuck on a corner across from the San Diego Convention Center just a few feet away from a guy with a megaphone. He was going on about "darkness," which I humbly submit isn't a bad thing, but we can talk about that later. I started grumbling to myself. Some others in the crowd challenged him loudly. The guy with the megaphone turned to one and lashed out with some insults. Then, in the back of this tightly packed crowd, a man started singing "Joy to the World," the Three Dog Night song that begins with "Jeremiah was a bullfrog." By the time he reached the chorus, the bulk of the convention-goers had joined him in song.
Hollywood Reporter tallies the winners and losers at this year's convention in San Diego. I hope you like superhero comics!
Fascinating and divergent views from the New York Times: Comic-con is a Hollywood-infested marketing event for derivative superhero flicks. But amid the hype, "small tribes" are beginning to reassert themselves: "knots of fantasy, science-fiction and animation aficionados ... are stealing energy from the vast Hall H movie promotions that had become the convention’s defining events."
Brian Epstein, the Beatles' manager in the early years of their success, is to be immortalized in graphic novel form. [Spin]
USA Today covers plans for the Batman+Superman franchisefest movie announced at the show. Henry Cavill will reprise the role of Superman, and Snyder will direct. No confirmation of who's playing the Bat.
Doctors Matt Smith, David Tennant and John Hurt meet as the ‘Doctor Who’ 50th Anniversary trailer wows San Diego Comic-Con faithful [SPOILERS at New York Daily News]
Real heroes: Kick-Ass 2 stuntmen pulled a woman from a 14th-floor balcony at a Comic-Con after passers-by spotted her hanging off the railing.
More on the comic-con Doctor Who meetup from Kevin Wicks: "People lined up as early as seven hours ahead for the mid-afternoon event at Block 16, a roomy, multi-tiered bar not far from the convention center, which had a stage and full movie screen that allowed for performances and an astonishing video mash-up of 50 years of Doctor Who."
Galactus, AKA Edward, competes with street preacher Ruben Israel for the love and forebearance of mankind at San Diego Comic Con. Read the rest