Adam Savage and John Hodgman cosplay as 'Twobacca' at Comic-Con

“My friend John Hodgman had never cosplayed before,” says Boing Boing pal Adam Savage, “So I invited him to walk the floor with me at Comic-Con as Chewbacca. (He's on the left.).”

Lordy, there are tapes.

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TSA says it doesn't know why United thought comics were banned from checked Comic-Con luggage

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'll see you this weekend at Denver Comic-Con!

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

Cosplay at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con International: 10 amazing fan portraits

San Diego Comic-Con International has concluded for 2016, but these amazing photos of dedicated cosplayers at the event will live on.

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William Shatner was none too pleased with his green Star Trek costume

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

Watch Adam Savage and astronaut Chris Hadfield cosplay at Comic-Con

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

Dispatch from Planet Comic-Con

A lapsed nerd comes home.

10 Comic-Con announcements that are actually about comics

The sun has set on San Diego, and we've put together the most interesting news that fans of comics -- you know, the books -- shouldn't miss.

Comic Book People: Photographs from the 1970s and 1980s

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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.

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Photos of cool miniatures seen at NY Comic-Con

Boing Boing reader Michael Matise shot some wonderful photographs of miniatures and models at New York Comic-Con 2013, and shared them in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool. A few are below. Here's the whole set. Michael tells us more about the photos below. Read the rest

Comic-Con is really about community

When religious protestors showed up at Comic-Con, attendees responded with absurd signs. Photo: Liz Ohanesian for LA Weekly.

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.

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.

Why Comic-Con Is Really About Community. [LA Weekly]

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Gallery: Dice galore at Comic-Con

Though I've never played a pen-and-paper RPG in my life, I'm completely in love with the dice. At Comic-Con, a company called Chessex had more on offer, in more shapes, sizes and geometries, than I'd ever seen in my life. Irresistable!

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Gallery: The Last Day of Comic-Con

Functional weapons are forbidden on the San Diego Comic-Con show floor. Most attendees, however, are sensible enough not to bring them: this dagger was the only item currently being held at Weapons Check when Boing Boing stopped by. "Just use common sense," said one security staffer, summing up their policy. Photo: Rob Beschizza Read the rest

1000+ Comic-Con Cosplayers

Norman Chan took 865 photos at Comic-Con. Whatever your flavor of character, chances are that he, she or it is there. Read the rest

Comic-Con news roundup

A cosplayer at San Diego Comic-Con, after taking a break in the crowded event hall, re-enters her Sonic the Hedgehog costume. Photo: Heather Beschizza

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."

Director Joss Whedon revealed the title of the Avengers sequel: "Avengers: Age of Ultron". Read the rest

Adam Savage's Admiral Ackbar costume

"I was 11 when Star Wars came out. While the movie as a whole (and the resulting maturation of special effects through the 80's) shaped me as a person, a nerd, and movie fanatic, I think that not enough attention has been paid to the series' invention and characterization of non-human characters". [Tested] Read the rest

"You're dressed like whores!" - Christians vs Comics in San Diego

Galactus, AKA Edward, competes with street preacher Ruben Israel for the love and forebearance of mankind at San Diego Comic Con. Read the rest

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