July 31, 2013 | 5:42 p.m.
Comic-Con International hosted its share of crowded red-carpet events filled with A-list stars talking up a raft of new projects, but amid the media frenzy, a relatively unknown property sought out its own corner of the limelight in San Diego’s busy Gaslamp Quarter earlier this month. “Head Smash,” a new comic book tale of revenge released Wednesday, premiered in full at Comic-Con after an extensive grass-roots campaign to market the title to readers. Co-written by Erik Hendrix and Vlad Yudin, with art by Tim Bradstreet (covers) and Dwayne Harris (interiors), the sci-fi-inflected story centers on the character Smash, who, empowered by a super serum, sets out to get even with his adopted father, a ruthless crime lord, and a sinister organization known as the Horde. “It started as a simple story of revenge,” Yudin said. “It takes place in the […]
July 25, 2013 | 4:00 a.m.
Shailene Woodley needs a nap. It’s Friday morning in San Diego and the 21-year-old is slowly recovering from the previous day of Comic-Con International festivities where she and her cast mates presented the first footage of “Divergent” to screaming fans, danced to Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” at an after party, and in between participated in a slew of press events. The madness came only 36 hours after director Neil Burger called it a wrap on the Chicago set of the film, which the studio will open next March as a hopeful new hit franchise for the young-adult audience. But Woodley can’t rest yet. She’s leaving for a bicoastal press tour to promote her upcoming indie “The Spectacular Now,” which opens on Aug. 2 and will soon begin work on adaptation of John Green’s bestselling novel “The Fault in Our Stars.” […]
July 24, 2013 | 4:48 p.m.
As part of our Comic-Con International coverage this year, Hero Complex reached out to a select group of actors and writers, asking them to document their experiences in San Diego. Amber Benson — the actress, director and writer who first made a name for herself playing Tara Maclay in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” — shared some of her convention observations. Check out her videos, above, and her thoughts on the San Diego expo, below. I started going to the San Diego Comic-Con more than a decade ago when I was on the television show “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Something Joss Whedon was very adamant about was having a “Buffy” presence at Comic-Con, so over the years most of the cast and crew have put in an appearance — even if they had to wear a Storm Trooper helmet just so […]
July 24, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.
“Game of Thrones” fans are in for an epic upcoming season of HBO’s lavish series, according to ensemble star Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow, a sworn brother of the Night’s Watch. Speaking about Season 4 with Hero Complex at Comic-Con, Harington offered a glimpse at the premium channel’s adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s ”A Song of Ice and Fire” book series. Viewers last saw Jon betraying the Wildlings, the “free folk” he was embedded with north of the realm’s towering Wall. After he joined them on a raid over the icy Wall in the direction of Castle Black, his refusal to kill a horse breeder led the Wildling raiders to question his allegiance to their cause. During the betrayal, Jon also broke the heart of a feisty Wildling woman named Ygritte (Rose Leslie) in order to fulfill the larger part […]
July 23, 2013 | 12:46 p.m.
Now that Comic-Con International attendees have had some time to eat, sleep, wash off their face paint and pack away their blasters and batarangs, it’s time to look back at some of the most memorable moments of the expo. “It’s a place where you can be who you are, or who you want to be,” said David Glanzer, spokesman for the San Diego convention, which wrapped up Sunday. “I think for a lot of us who grew up and our interests weren’t always necessarily in the mainstream, it’s great to pal around with 134,000 people who probably share your interests.” Here are are top 10 moments from Comic-Con 2013, as well as a few honorable mentions. Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments. 10. Zombies invade the Gaslamp Quarter It seems apt that the undead had such […]
July 23, 2013 | 10:55 a.m.
Fans of Syfy’s “Haven” embraced the cast and writers of the show figuratively and literally in Friday’s Comic-Con International panel, with a majority of those who posed questions to the panelists receiving hugs. It’s not a new thing at a convention for a person asking questions to request a hug from a panelist, but it usually stops after the first few. Not the case here. Adam Copeland (aka WWE wrestler Edge), who plays the bullet-attracting Dwight on the show, received hugs from two extremes: A couple of kids who really loved Edge, and a pretty big guy who wanted to give him a bear hug. In the video above, “Haven’s” fix-it man gives us his take on the hugfest. Copeland was joined on the panel by most of the cast, including stars Emily Rose, Eric Balfour, Lucas Bryant and newcomer […]
July 22, 2013 | 3:02 p.m.
Ubisoft stole some attention from many of the superhero-related films at San Diego’s Comic-Con with a replica pirate ship hyping its upcoming “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.” Instead of pirate-inspired realism the ship hosted a dance floor and mini-sandwiches, but major celebrity-enticing gala aside, developers promised that “Black Flag” would take its marauders seriously — well, as seriously as any game can with a plot that follows a centuries-long conspiracy regarding a war between assassins and a secret order. “From a historic perspective, when we did research on pirates what was really jumping out at us is that, for whatever reason, it’s Disney and ‘Treasure Island,’” said game director Ashraf Ismail recently in Los Angeles. “Pirates became a bit of a fantasy and a bit mythical.” As any “Assassin’s Creed” veteran can attest, the franchise has its own increasingly complex and […]
July 22, 2013 | 12:10 p.m.
NBC’s “Community” may struggle with middling ratings on TV, but at Comic-Con on Sunday it was the next best thing to a god. The series upgraded from the smaller Ballroom 20 last year to the massive Hall H this year, the same place where Marvel and Warner Bros. make their huge movie announcements. Perhaps to live up to the expectations of such a large venue, “Community’s” creator and returning showrunner Dan Harmon took a page from the Robert Downey Jr. school of massive entrances, coming out in a handmade Iron Man costume to throbbing rock music. Clearly, the story of “Community’s” renewal is all about Dan Harmon. And though he professed that it wasn’t all about him, all discussion of the show seemed to revolve around Harmon’s return, including Harmon’s own tongue-in-cheek introduction, “Like a phoenix rising from the ashes […]
July 22, 2013 | 11:49 a.m.
Chuck Palahniuk is penning a follow-up to his hit novel “Fight Club,” which was famously adapted into the 1999 David Fincher film of the same name, the author revealed at Comic-Con over the weekend. The sequel will take the form of a serialized graphic novel. Palahniuk confirmed the project on his official fan site, writing, “It will likely be a series of books that update the story ten years after the seeming end of Tyler Durden. Nowadays, Tyler is telling the story, lurking inside Jack, and ready to launch a come-back. Jack is oblivious. Marla is bored. Their marriage has run aground on the rocky coastline of middle-aged suburban boredom. It’s only when their little boy disappears, kidnapped by Tyler, that Jack is dragged back into the world of Mayhem.” FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 Palahniuk’s breakout book, “Fight Club” […]
July 22, 2013 | 10:15 a.m.
As part of our Comic-Con International coverage this year, Hero Complex reached out to a select group of actors and writers, asking them to document their experiences in San Diego. Deborah Ann Woll, star of HBO’s “True Blood,” shared what it takes to survive the convention. Check out the gallery above and the silent videos below to see snapshots of the actress’ experiences, with captions written by her. The panel day for “True Blood” is quite an amazing experience. Here’s a guide for getting the most out of the day and surviving the chaos: 1. Stock up on Advil and breath mints at the TV Line interview. Two very important essentials for surviving Comic-Con. You don’t want to turn away a fan with your bad breath, and any girl will tell you all day in heels will make you rush […]