San Diego Comic-Con is the big show. For consumers of nerd culture it's E3, the Super Bowl, the Oscars, Cannes and prom night all at once. It's where our people go. Every year it brings together vast crowds of fans of comics, movies, TV shows, toys, games and more to stand in long lines, push through dense crowds and empty their wallets. It makes a lot of people happy. It makes a lot of people money.
But is there anything more to the show than that? Does it occupy an important place in comics culture beyond the value we attach to it for its scale? What is San Diego Comic-Con actually for?
As you know from our weekly Best Cosplay Ever feature, we are big fans of cosplay at ComicsAlliance. The comics, sci-fi, gaming and fantasy communities’ talents for homemade disguises, craftsmanship, and sartorial superheroics are definitely on display this weekend at Boston Comic Con, and you’d better believe our own Bethany Fong is on hand to document as much as she can. The convention (which was originally scheduled back in April at the Hynes Convention Center) was postponed and relocated to the Seaport World Trade Center after security concerns in conjunction with the Boston Marathon Bombings. Regardless of the turmoil and grief that Boston experienced a mere few months ago, Boston Comic Con pulled in a great attendance, including some of Boston's finest cosplayers.
Click after the cut for some exceptional examples of superheroic cosplaying talent that we spotted in Boston!
Faith Erin Hicks' 2013 Comic-Con trip was very different from her first. Five years ago she took a "quintessential broke SDCC trip," and this year she was a special guest of the show. Like many in her situation would be, the creator of Friends With Boys and Demonology 101 was in a bit of disbelief about the difference in her experience five years later, so much so that she decided to chronicle her time at 2013 Comic-Con in a series of journal comics. The entire thing is charming and sincere, particularly the parts where she meets Joss Whedon (an idol of hers and the inspiration behind Demonology 101) and the creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender, who actually remember Hicks and are familiar with her work, a revelation that causes her head to explode. (Editors Note: Her head did not literally explode).
To commemorate the 75th birthday of the Man of Steel, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment hosted the "Superman's 75th Anniversary Celebration" panel. On hand to discuss the history, legacy and cultural significance of Superman were a group of writers, artists, actors and filmmakers who've had a lasting effect on the character: Paul Levitz, former DC Comics president; Jack Larson, the original Jimmy Olsen from the 1950's Adventures of Superman; Superman Unchained aritst and DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee; All-Star Superman and Action Comics writer Grant Morrison; Tim Daly, the voice of Superman in the 1990's Superman: The Animated Series; Molly Quinn, who voices Supergirl in Superman Unbound; long-time Superman writer and artist Dan Jurgens; Man of Steel co-writer David S. Goyer; and Man of Steel stars Dylan Sprayberry (teenage Clark Kent) and Henry Cavill.
As expected, the room where the panel was held was packed, and many attendees were not able to get in. Fortunately, courtesy of Superman Homepage, the entire panel is now available to view online, and you can check it out after the cut.
Famed turntablist and DJ Mix Master Mike is known for his solo work, his long career as a contributing member of the Beastie Boys and collaborator with musicians like Travis Barker... to most teens and adults. To younger kids? Well, he may just wind up being known as the musician who made Puffy AmiYumi's 2002-2006 Teen Titans theme song a little easier to dance to for Cartoon Network's new Teen Titans Go!animated series on DC Nation. Taking the stage during the show's Sunday morning panel at Comic-Con last weekend, Mix Master Mike performed the show's new jam while on stage with producer Aaron Horvath and voice actors Scott Menville (Robin), Greg Cipes (Beast Boy), Tara Strong (Raven) and Khary Payton (Cyborg). As the moderator of the panel, CA's own Andy Khouri was on stage to capture Mix Master Mike's performance up close and catch the audience's enjoyment as the cast danced in celebration. You can watch the master at work, after the jump.
When it comes to San Diego Comic-Con, every publisher approaches the show a little bit differently. Whether they house cosplay contests, interactive displays, photo ops with talent, creator signings and/or a whole lot of purchasable product, SDCC booths are an opportunity for the publishers that can attend to make a big impression on one of the most attended pop culture gatherings of the year. You can get a sampling of what publishers like Marvel, DC, Archie, Boom!, IDW, 2000 AD, Dark Horse, Image, Fantagraphics, Oni and others were up to on the show floor of this year's SDCC after the cut.
At this year's Comic-Con, a real life hero got a standing ovation. When Congressman John Lewis was introduced to a packed hall room at a panel dedicated to his upcoming autobiographical graphic novel March, every single person in the room stood and applauded. And after a lengthy ovation, Congressman Lewis -- a Civil Rights icon, the last surviving member of the group who spoke at the March on Washington and one of the most significant figures in America -- spoke to the crowd about Congress, Civil Rights, preaching to chickens, and of course, comic books.
Each year at Comic-Con, amidst all the chaos, there's one moment that stands out. It's a significant moment that, even if you don't witness it, you remember exactly where you were and what you were doing when you heard it happened. And while I've not taken any kind of formal survey, I feel confident saying that this year, that unforgettable moment happened when writer Christopher Yost closed his eyes and drew Batman with a giant set of balls.
Inspired by the website Blind as a Bat, artist Olly Moss approached a bunch of industry friends at Comic-Con with a task: close your eyes, pick up a marker, and draw Batman. Among those who stepped up to the challenge were Becky Cloonan, Mark Chiarello, Jock, Jhonen Vasquez, Duncan Jones, Mark Buckingham, and many more, and the results are amazing. You can check out a few examples, including Yost's masterpiece, below.
Among the colorful cosplay, massive booths, interactive displays and walls of merchandise at San Diego Comic-Con remains the most important component of the show: Comic creators. ComicsAlliance hit the show floor to catch the men and women who tell our favorite stories in sequential art and captured the enthusiasm that comes from fans getting to meet their favorite storytellers at the biggest convention of the year. Hit the jump to to see some of the many creators from this year's SDCC.
Amidst all the news coming out of Comic-Con this past weekend, one big announcement may have been a bit lost in the chaos. At a panel on Friday, writer Chuck Palahniuk revealed his plans to write a graphic novel sequel to his hit novel Fight Club. Palahniuk confirmed the news on his official fan site, saying the story will take place "ten years after the seeming end of Tyler Durden."
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