April 04, 2015 | 3:30 p.m.

WonderCon 2015: IDW announces ‘Star Trek,’ ‘Green Lantern’ crossover

"Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War" cover art by Francesco Francavilla. (IDW)
What happens when universes collide? A “Star Trek” and “Green Lantern” crossover miniseries was announced Saturday during the IDW Publishing panel at WonderCon 2015. The San Diego-based comics publisher has joined forces with DC Entertainment for “Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War,” a special six-part event set to kick off in July. “We’ve looked forward to bringing these two iconic universes together for a long time,” said Greg Goldstein, IDW president and chief operating officer, in a statement released before the panel. “Star Trek and Green Lantern both share so many of the same science-fiction adventure themes and ideals, that a galaxy-spanning crossover like this is simply … logical.” The monthly “Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War” will be written by Mike Johnson, a veteran “Star Trek” comic writer, with interior art by Angel Hernandez of “Infinite Crisis: Fight for […]
April 04, 2015 | 11:58 a.m.

WonderCon 2015: Cosplay looks from the Anaheim expo

Carter Stednitz, 8, as Star-Lord from "Guardians of the Galaxy" at WonderCon Anaheim 2015. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Legions of Links, citizens of the Land of Ooo and the various iterations of Batman descended upon Anaheim on Friday for the first day of WonderCon, the annual pop culture expo celebrating everything sci-fi, horror, fantasy and comics. Last year the convention drew nearly 60,000 attendees to the Anaheim Convention Center. Many of the most devoted attendees are fans who, via their costumes, display their creative talents and knowledge of even the most obscure characters, from TV franchises to web-comics. Some of the cosplayers spotted so far include new favorites such as StarLord to classics such as Batman and Joker. WonderCon, now in its 29th year, was born in Oakland and moved to Anaheim after renovations at San Francisco’s Moscone Center forced the convention to seek a new home in 2012. Produced and operated by San Diego’s Comic-Con International, WonderCon […]
April 04, 2015 | 9:14 a.m.

WonderCon 2015: ‘Wayward Pines’ actors tease mysterious twist

Juliette Lewis, left, Melisa Leo, Matt Dillon, Tim Griffin, Toby Jones, Terrence Howard, Shannyn Sossamon, Charlie Tahan, Reed Diamond and Carla Gugino in "Wayward Pines." (Frank Ockenfels/FOX)
“Wayward Pines,” a new show that combines the government conspiracy crime mystery of “X-Files” and the creepy, exclusive small-town community of “Stepford Wives,” screened at WonderCon on Friday to a large crowd that seemed to grow until people were standing along the walls as the screening continued. The 10-episode Fox show, starring Matt Dillon, Terrence Howard, Juliette Lewis, Reed Diamond, Tim Griffin, Carla Gugino and Melissa Leo, is based on the novel “Pines” by Blake Crouch and produced and directed by M. Night Shyamalan (“The Sixth Sense,” “Signs”). “Always answer the phone” is the creepy refrain that many in the crowd were repeating as the lights came up after the screening. A short panel discussion afterward included producer Donald De Line and actors Diamond and Griffin, with Entertainment Weekly’s “Sandra Gonzalez moderating. De Line talked about reading the book and […]
April 03, 2015 | 8:16 p.m.

WonderCon 2015: What lies in Batman’s future?

(DC Entertainment)
Batman versus Superman’s grandmother? Batgirl cavorting with a vigilante rock star? The many differing personalities of the comics in the Bat-world came into focus early Friday on the first day of Anaheim’s WonderCon. Let’s get this out of the way: There was no news regarding Convergence, a huge crossover storyline that promises big changes to the DC universe. Convergence, however, will be addressed in a Saturday panel. The Bat-discussion centered on new characters, as well as the upcoming portrayals of a couple of old favorites. The panelists — Tom King, Greg Pak, Babs Tarr and Brenden Fletcher — kept up a lively discussion in a room at the Anaheim Convention Center. Moderated by Tiffany Smith from DC All Access, each creator spoke enthusiastically about their projects, and where their books are heading in the immediate future. Pak started it all off talking […]
Nov. 02, 2014 | 5:59 p.m.

The talk of Comikaze: Stan Lee, ‘Game of Thrones,’ Deadpool

Katrena Woodson as Valkyrie of the "Thor" comics. (Jenna Schoenefeld / Los Angeles Times)
The convention is called Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo for a reason. “It wouldn’t be ‘Legends of Comics’ without this man right here, Mr. Stan Lee,” announced Mike Zapcic of the AMC series “Comic Book Men” as the annual event’s namesake crashed a panel discussion Saturday at the Los Angeles Convention Center. “I heard they were here,” Lee told the audience, referring to the panelists on the main stage — comic book creator Rob Liefeld, artist John Romita Jr. and creator and Top Cow Chief Executive Marc Silvestri. “They’re the greatest, they’re good friends of mine and I wanted to make sure you treat them OK.” Such were the moments fans soaked up at Comikaze Expo, which brought together so many facets of the pop culture community — the talent behind comics, cosplayers posing for photos, exhibition booths with artist prints […]
Oct. 31, 2014 | 12:46 p.m.

Comikaze lures ‘Thrones’ cast, Batman, cosplayers to downtown L.A.

Daniel DesVoigne, from Paso Robles, Calif., cosplays as Jack Skellington from Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas" during Comikaze 2013 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.  (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
More than 60,000 sci-fi, fantasy and comics fans are gathering at the Los Angeles Convention Center downtown this Halloween weekend for Stan Lee’s Comikaze. The home-grown pop culture expo, now in its fourth year, features panels, screenings, game tournaments, merchants and guest speakers from the genre entertainment world, not to mention costume contests and trick-or-treating — a dry option in case rainy weather predictions are correct. The convention kicks off this afternoon and runs through Sunday. Among Comikaze‘s featured guests this year are Gwendoline Christie, who plays lady knight Brienne of Tarth in HBO’s hit fantasy series “Game of Thrones” and who will star in “Star Wars: Episode VII” and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2”; “Game of Thrones” actor Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy); classic “Batman” stars Adam West and Julie Newmar; John Barrowman, of “Doctor Who,” “Torchwood” and […]
Oct. 11, 2014 | 6:05 p.m.

NYCC: Marvel unveils new Netflix series ‘Daredevil’ [photos]

Charlie Cox stars in the Netflix original series “Marvel’s Daredevil.” 
“Daredevil” made its New York Comic Con debut Saturday, and perhaps fittingly for a show ‎about a man who practices law by day and vigilante justice at night, the new Netflix series appears set to offer darker, more morally ambiguous television than some other superhero-inspired TV. Indeed, when “Daredevil” arrives in May, the producers and actors who turned out for the NYCC panel emphasized that the show will paint in murky corners. “What I love about this show is the moral gray area that’s inherent to Daredevil,” ‎said ‎showrunner Steven S. DeKnight. “He’s one day away from becoming Frank Castle instead of Matt Murdock,” he added to laughter. Said Charlie Cox, who plays the blind superhero, a character celebrating his 50th anniversary this year: “We’re meeting a man who believes in law and justice, and at night he is taking law […]
Oct. 10, 2014 | 7:21 a.m.

New York Comic Con: Batman gets his own postage stamps

Batman, Jim Lee and Dan DiDio reveal the new Batman stamps at New York Comic Con on Thursday. (Dario Cantatore / Associated Press)
In time for his 75th anniversary, Batman is getting his own postage stamps. The limited edition “forever” stamps, unveiled Thursday at New York Comic Con, chronicle the Dark Knight’s evolution, depicting Batman from four eras of comic book history — the golden age, silver age, bronze age and current era of comics. The stamps also feature Gotham Police Commissioner James Gordon’s iconic Bat Signal. Check them out in the gallery above. On hand to reveal the stamps were DC Entertainment co-publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee, whose art is used for the modern age stamps, as well as U.S. Postal Service executive vice president James Cochrane and art director Greg Breeding, who designed the stamp sheet. PHOTOS: New York Comic Con cosplay “Batman has inspired and influenced fans around the world for generations and will continue to do so for […]
Oct. 09, 2014 | 3:08 p.m.

NYCC: George Clooney sends up his Batman turn at ‘Tomorrowland’ panel

New York Comic-Con At Javitz Center
“You wanna go?” George Clooney asks in a new teaser for “Tomorrowland,” Brad Bird’s upcoming live-action feature based on a Disney theme-park attraction. After the teaser played at a New York Comic Con panel on Thursday‎, Clooney then did some going himself — right on to the stage as a surprise guest. “It’s not lost on me that I’m spending my honeymoon at Comic Con,” Clooney said to laughter as he joined Bird, writer Damon Lindelof and cast members including Hugh Laurie and Britt Robertson, who were already seated on the panel. Clooney then quipped to the crowd,”‎If you want to know about the plot, just ask me.” Story details have indeed been a closely guarded secret for the futurist adventure, which Disney is scheduled to release May 22. Based on comments made and footage shown during the panel, the […]
Oct. 09, 2014 | 1:02 p.m.

New York Comic Con: Batman, ‘Daredevil,’ more in weekend panel picks

(Disney XD; DC Entertainment; AMC)
New York Comic Con kicked off Thursday with an Adam West Batman tribute, a spotlight on “Doctor Who” actor Arthur Darvill and Disney’s previews of “Tomorrowland” and “Big Hero 6,” among other panels. The pop-culture expo, held at Manhattan’s Javits Center today through Sunday, is expected to draw some 130,000 fans for a four-day convention that has come to rival the West Coast’s Comic-Con International in San Diego. If your schedule for this weekend’s events is still up in the air, consider these must-see NYCC panels slated for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. FRIDAY TNT’S “The Librarians” 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Empire Stage 1-E The upcoming series (based on the TV movies) follow a group of librarians on their adventures to protect mysterious, ancient artifacts. This panel features a sneak peek of the first episode, which premieres Dec. 7, and […]
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