April 07, 2014 | 6:30 p.m.
“Conan,” the late-night TBS series hosted by self-professed nerd and comic critic Conan O’Brien, will broadcast from San Diego’s Spreckels Theatre for the week of July 8-12, 2015. According to a network announcement Monday, the shoot will mark the first time ever that a late-night show has broadcast from the conference-cum-party that typically draws some 130,000 visitors, many decked out in their finest cosplay duds. (Check out photos of costumed attendees from last year’s event in the gallery above.) O’Brien does have a history with the San Diego confab. In 2011, he appeared at Comic-Con as The Flaming C, a superhero alter ego he created with acclaimed DC animator Bruce Timm. At the appearance, he joked about blowing $25 million on a trailer for a Flaming C movie yet to appear. Other notable interactions with the Comic-Con world include O’Brien’s recurring “Clueless Gamer” bit in […]
March 27, 2014 | 5:00 a.m.
Sunday will mark 75 years since Batman first appeared in “Detective Comics” No. 27, and if you thought DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. were going to let that go unmarked, then you’re crazy enough for Arkham Asylum. Today marks the beginning of brawling billionaire Bruce Wayne’s yearlong diamond jubilee, with the launch of the anniversary celebration’s online hub, www.Batman75.com, and the release of a commemorative logo that will feature on many DC comics and Warner Bros. products. And, Gothamites, July 23 is Batman Day: There will be celebrations at comic shops, bookstores and libraries, complete with a free Caped Crusader comic special to the occasion. The months ahead also bring the “Batman Eternal” weekly comics series, the first-ever home video release of the ’60s “Batman” television series starring Adam West, convention events, a 25th anniversary edition DVD of Tim Burton’s […]
Jan. 10, 2014 | 5:50 p.m.
Comic-Con International has responded to the social media backlash against its elimination of four-day badges for the expo, which runs July 24-27 at San Diego’s waterfront convention center. Changes to the registration process will enable attendees to buy badges for individual days but not one discounted badge for all four days — a popular option in previous years. “The 4-Day option was repetitive and often lead to people purchasing a 4-Day badge despite not needing to attend every day,” the organization posted on its official blog. “We hope this change will allow attendees to purchase only the days they truly need and maximize the number of people who can get a badge to attend Comic-Con.” The decision was also motivated by a more user-friendly interface aimed at giving attendees “more flexibility” when buying their badges, Comic-Con International said. People will […]
Jan. 10, 2014 | 1:56 p.m.
Comic-Con International is making some changes in its registration and ticketing process for its 2014 San Diego expo, including eliminating the extremely popular four-day badges. Only single-day badges will be sold for this year’s convention, which runs July 24-27 at San Diego’s waterfront convention center. People who want to attend Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday will have to purchase a badge for each day, Comic-Con explained on its website. Only those who purchase badges for all four days will be eligible to buy a badge for Wednesday’s Preview Night, which is not a stand-alone badge option. Attendees who purchase badges for all four days will be able to consolidate them into one four-day badge onsite. Comic-Con International is implementing additional changes to its much-maligned registration system, which is notorious for glitches and system crashes, including a new pre-registration option for […]
Nov. 12, 2013 | 1:05 p.m.
WonderCon is returning to Anaheim for a third year in 2014. The pop culture expo is slated for April 18-20. WonderCon is run by the organizers of San Diego’s Comic-Con International, which announced the WonderCon dates on its blog Tuesday morning, and is in many ways a smaller version of that mega-convention. More than 56,000 sci-fi, fantasy, horror and comics fans and professionals descended on Anaheim for this year’s event, which offered panel discussions for blockbuster films, popular television shows and comics creators, not to mention portfolio reviews for aspiring professionals, book signings, a cosplay masquerade, video game demonstrations and geek-friendly shopping on the convention floor. Next year’s expo, to be held over Easter weekend, marks WonderCon’s third engagement at the Anaheim Convention Center after renovations and scheduling conflicts at San Francisco’s Moscone Center forced the convention from its Bay […]
Nov. 03, 2013 | 10:10 a.m.
Thor, Loki, Captain America and Iron Man cosplayers mill around the escalators in the Los Angeles Convention Center lobby on Saturday morning during Stan Lee’s Comikaze. A group of X-Men gather on the stairs, and a dozen people dressed as “Star Wars” bounty hunter Boba Fett pose together, wielding their blasters for the cameras. Thousands of sci-fi, fantasy, horror and comic book fans gathered in downtown Los Angeles this weekend for Comikaze, the homegrown pop culture expo that wraps up Sunday. The convention, now in its third year, featured panels, screenings, game tournaments, merchants and guest speakers from the genre entertainment world. Comikaze began as a passion project for Regina Carpinelli, chief executive of Comikaze Entertainment, and her siblings after ticketing complications kept them from attending San Diego’s Comic-Con International. “We were terribly bummed,” Carpinelli told Hero Complex. “We thought, ‘There needs to be a show that […]
Oct. 30, 2013 | 11:52 a.m.
Tens of thousands of sci-fi, fantasy and comics enthusiasts, many in costume, are expected to take over the Los Angeles Convention Center this weekend for Stan Lee’s Comikaze. The homegrown pop culture expo kicks off Friday, bringing a slate of panels, screenings, game tournaments, merchants and guest speakers from the genre entertainment world to downtown Los Angeles. Comikaze, now in its third year, began as a passion project for Regina Carpinelli, currently chief executive of Comikaze Entertainment, and her siblings. “It’s been our family tradition for nearly 20 years — and I’m the only girl — that the one thing we all agree on is we all loved San Diego Comic-Con,” Carpinelli said. “A couple of years ago, when they had their online ticket process change, we couldn’t get tickets. We were terribly bummed…. We thought, ‘There needs to be […]
Oct. 14, 2013 | 10:39 a.m.
“Dudes, we love you too, but you have like 19,000 panels,” “Captain Marvel” writer Kelly Sue DeConnick said. “This one is ours.” She continued a tradition Sunday afternoon at New York Comic Con that she started several “Women of Marvel” panels ago, saying that the assembled are no longer addressing the idea that women don’t read comics or superhero comics. “That’s over,” she said to screams of approval. DeConnick then had the women in the room who are interested in working in the comics industry stand up, and instructed them to make friends: “You are going to need each other. There is room up here – we’ll just keep making the table longer. We need you. We want you. You all have unique voices and gifts, and this industry absolutely needs you. The thing is, we need you to be […]
Oct. 14, 2013 | 7:00 a.m.
Marvel ended its parade of All-New Marvel Now title announcements Sunday afternoon during its “Superior Spider-Man” panel at New York Comic Con, revealing that 2014 will bring No. 1’s for a cosmic “Captain Marvel,” an independent-from-Daredevil “Elektra,” an L.A.-bound “The Punisher” and a reunited (and expanded) team of “New Warriors.” The first unveiling, though, dealt with the hour’s titular largely reformed-villain’s-consciousness-in-a-hero’s-body: The project from writer Dan Slott and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli that had been teased as “The End,” will be February’s “Superior Spider-Man” No. 27.NOW, in an arc called “Goblin Nation.” (Yes, before the end, later this year a new Green Goblin will arise. More on that later.) “Everything, everything that’s been happening in ‘Superior Spider-Man’ so far has all just been setting up dominoes,” Slott said. “Bam! They’re all going down. Everything leads to this. Green Goblin on this […]
Oct. 12, 2013 | 10:03 p.m.
Between comic book news and details about a touring live attraction, Marvel had plenty of information to share with fans at New York Comic Con Saturday. The company’s big push into prime time, ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” also managed a moment in the spotlight with Marvel’s head of television, Jeph Loeb, and actors Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge, who play lab geniuses Fitz and Simmons, turning up to preview Tuesday’s episode and talk up the show. (Those who don’t want to know details about the upcoming episode should stop reading now.) This episode introduces a new character — a former protege of Agent Coulson’s (Clark Gregg) named Amador, who’s equipped with a camera in her eye — and opens with an elaborate action sequence on the Stockholm subway, one that was actually filmed in Sweden, just as the […]