For Comic-Con this year, we sent two members of our content team, Mark Forbes and Jason Nellis, to report from the field.
Imagine packing enough people to fit three football stadiums into a single convention center. Toss in a ton of media, professionals and on-lookers, and you may have a sense of what it’s like to visit San Diego’s Gaslamp District during Comic-Con. Needless to say, it’s an extravaganza of popular and niche media. Once, it was a relatively small gathering of hard-core comic book fans. Today, San Diego Comic-Con (or SDCC as it’s known) has grown to include movies, video games, television and all the extremes of fandom. We were down in the trenches with the fans on the ground floor, exploring all of the convention center had to offer. — Mark Forbes and Jason Nellis, Content Partner Managers
World-famous Marvel Comics had an impressive array of images and props from their upcoming films Captain America: The First Avenger and Thor on display for the Comic-Con masses. Due out in 2011, these are the latest addition to a long line of comic book-to-film adaptations for the popular series. In addition, Marvel also showcased their many animated series and motion comics, including The Astonishing X-Men, X-Men Evolution, Fantastic Four and Spider-Woman: Agent of SWORD.
Meanwhile, Viz Media was busy promoting their popular anime series Vampire Knight with a photo booth of the characters Yuki and Zero. The Viz booth was also packed for various autograph signings, including a special appearance by Stan “the Man” Lee, who was showcasing the newest volume of Ultimo with co-creator Hiroyuki Takei. FUNimation was also there, showcasing the latest and greatest in their popular series, including Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and Sengoku Basara.
Meanwhile, IGN was on hand to cover the latest new releases in video games, including Halo: Reach, NBA2K11, and the highly anticipated Starcraft II. They also managed to catch sneak peeks of the highly anticipated DC Universe Online and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World games. If you didn’t go to the convention and want a sense of the craziness on the convention room floor, see this video from the IGN Daily Fix to get an idea of how busy it can get.
And of course, what would Comic-Con be without Kevin Pereira and Olivia Munn from Attack of the Show? With interviews of cast and crew from Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, Green Lantern, as well as the costumes seen at the Con, you can easily see how quickly things can get ridiculous.
Not to be outdone, television networks were out in full force. Fox‘s extensive schedule included panels and autograph signings from the cast of Glee, Bones, Fringe and Human Target. Additionally, the casts of Family Guy and The Cleveland Show were on hand for a inside look at the popular shows, along with lots of jokes (most of which can’t be repeated here). Between all that and the never-before-seen special footage shown at the FOX booth, fans were overwhelmed at the opportunities to connect with their favorite shows.
One of the fan-favorite cast panels from NBC this year was for Community, which included most of the cast — though fan-favorite Ken Jeoung, also known as Senor Chang, was not in attendance. New fall shows The Event and The Cape were showcased to the public for the first time, much to the excitement of fans. However, the really big news came from Chuck, during the panel, it was announced that Linda Hamilton would be guest starring in the fourth season as Mary Bartowski, Chuck’s mom.
With several thousand people attending each day, it was certainly a lot to take in. The one constant that made the biggest impression on us was the enthusiasm of the fans — despite the multitude of people, long lines for panels, and sore feet, Comic-Con continues to be the biggest and best in comic- and pop-culture. We’re already getting ready for 2011 — we’ll see you there!