Oct. 12, 2013 | 10:03 p.m.

NYCC: ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ previews new episode (spoilers)

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 […]
Oct. 10, 2013 | 7:12 a.m.

NYCC: ‘The Walking Dead,’ ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’ top TV-centric lineup

Starting Thursday, an estimated 130,000 fans will descend on the cavernous Javits Center on Manhattan’s far west side to attend New York Comic-Con, a four-day confab featuring some 400 panels, screenings and special events. Although it began as a more narrowly focused celebration of comic books, like its behemoth West Coast rival, San Diego’s Comic Con International, NYCC is increasingly dominated by pop culture – especially television. “I definitely have seen a really strong increase in the TV presence over the past couple of years,” said Kim Mueller, content and talent director at ReedPOP, the company that produces the 7-year-old event. “This year I would say we have double the content that we’ve had in the past. We are working with almost every single major network.” PHOTOS: SDCC cosplayers in all their crazy glory Reflecting the increasingly expansive definition of “geek […]
Aug. 02, 2013 | 2:24 p.m.

Walking Dead Escape: Zombie apocalypse not for the faint of heart

Amy Stone dresses as a zombie to promote The Walking Dead Escape on July 19, 2013during Comic-Con International in San Diego. (K.C. Alfred / Associated Press)
PERSPECTIVE As I dragged myself through the Walking Dead Escape — a zombie obstacle course staged during Comic-Con International in San Diego — a line from “Zombieland” played over and over in my mind. “Rule No. 1 for surviving Zombieland? Cardio,” Jesse Eisenberg’s character explains at the beginning of the 2009 comedy. Cardio, indeed, I thought as I jogged up four flights of stairs in Petco Park. As part of a Hero Complex promotion, I had agreed to run the course, based on Robert Kirkman’s “The Walking Dead” comic series, which later spawned the hit AMC show. Our marketing department had secured a dozen spots in the zombie run, and 10 of our readers were lucky enough to win entry. Places 11 and 12 were reserved for me and my colleague Patrick Day, who ran with a video camera strapped […]
July 31, 2013 | 5:42 p.m.

‘Head Smash’: New revenge tale launched with grass-roots campaign

Early cover for "Head Smash #1." (Arcana Comics / The Vladar Company)
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.

‘Divergent’ star Shailene Woodley on Comic-Con, ‘Spider-Man,’ napping

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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.

Comic-Con 2013: Amber Benson’s San Diego video diary

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’ Kit Harington teases ‘powerful’ Season 4

“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.

Comic-Con 2013 top 10 moments: Superman, ‘Breaking Bad’ and more

Comic-Con 2013: Top 10 highlights
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.

Comic-Con 2013: ‘Haven’s’ hugfest has an Edge to it

Adam Copeland, Lucas Bryant, Emily Rose, Eric Balfour and Colin Ferguson attend the Entertainment One "Haven" Party at Comic Con. (Todd Williamson / Invision /Associated Press)
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.

‘Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag’ takes ‘second screen’ seriously

"Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag" is largely set at sea. (Ubisoft)
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 […]
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