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Oct. 09, 2014 | 11:45 a.m.

Marvel Experience: Tour dates revealed for live-action domed attraction

Spider-Man, Iron Man and the Hulk are hitting the road. Hero Ventures, the company behind the new live-action road show featuring favorite Marvel comics characters, revealed the first four stops on their “Marvel Experience: The World’s First Hyper-Reality Tour” at New York Comic-Con on Thursday. Designed with the aid of concept artist Aaron Sims, who worked on “The Incredible Hulk,” “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “X-Men: First Class,” the show covers more than two acres and encompasses seven colossal domes, a life-size Avengers Quinjet, the world’s only 360-degree, 3-D stereoscopic full-dome attraction and a state-of-the-art 4-D motion ride. The “Experience” will preview in Phoenix from Dec. 12-Jan. 3, 2015, before officially premiering in Dallas on Jan. 9. The attraction will come to California in February 2015, opening Feb. 7 in San Diego at the Domes at Del Mar Fairgrounds, where it will […]
Oct. 08, 2014 | 7:00 a.m.

J.K. Rowling teases fans, tweets riddles about ‘Fantastic Beasts’

Sorry, Potterheads. Harry isn’t getting another novel, despite enigmatic tweets from author J.K. Rowling that led some to believe book No. 8 was in the works. Rowling enchanted her online fans Wednesday with a series of riddles and hints about her current projects. She posted an anagram, “Cry, foe! Run amok! Fa awry! My wand won’t tolerate this nonsense.” Magic-loving Muggles on Reddit tried to decipher the cryptic clue and came up with, “Harry returns! Won’t say any details now. A week off. No comment.” Sadly for Potter fans, Rowling debunked the theory, calling another book about the Boy Who Lived “wishful thinking.” FULL COVERAGE: Harry Potter through the years Instead, fans eventually figured out, the anagram’s solution was, “Newt Scamander only meant to stay in New York for a few hours…” — the first line of a synopsis for the […]
Oct. 01, 2014 | 5:44 p.m.

DC Entertainment to revisit licensing deals following T-shirt uproar

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DC Entertainment will reevaluate licensing agreements after the comics giant was criticized for lending its name to perceived sexist T-shirts for children, the company said Wednesday. Upset parents and other fans recently took to social media to hammer away at the company after shirts for children were found on store shelves with what they called sexist messages. One shirt in particular for girls that drew ire read, “Training to be Batman’s Wife.” Other shirts for children have various but related slogans and sayings, including pajamas for girls saying: “I Only Date Superheroes.” A shirt for boys has a picture of Superman kissing Wonder Woman saying: “Superman does it again” and “Score!” DC Entertainment agreed with its critics. “All our fans are incredibly important to us, and we understand that the messages on certain T-shirts are offensive. We agree,” the company said […]
Sept. 28, 2014 | 7:51 p.m.

Long Beach Comic Con: Cosplay photos, from Deadpool to Pinkie Pie

Waylon Wilkerson, 33, poses as the Wolverine at the Long Beach Comic Con at the Long Beach Convention Center. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Photographer Genaro Molina headed down to Long Beach this weekend to capture the cosplay on display at the 2014 Long Beach Comic Con. Click through the gallery above for a look at some of this year’s more colorful Comic Con attendees. In its sixth year, the convention featured a showroom floor filled with booths offering clothing, toys, artists’ drawings and comic properties, movie item replicas and numerous cosplay how-to sessions for fledgling costumers. Panel discussions and in-depth conversations with creators — including in the convention’s 104 A auditorium, which this year was redubbed the “Hero Complex” theater for the weekend — were also a part of the convention’s programming. Discussions of race and gender in comics and spotlight sessions devoted to “Hellboy” mastermind Mike Mignola, Man of Action Studios, 75 years of Batman and the zany minds behind “Robot Chicken” […]
July 28, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.

Comic-Con 2014: Hollywood stirs fan fervor to the very end

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If Hollywood seemed a tad quieter than normal this past weekend, there was a good reason: Like moths to a porch light — or Batman to the Bat Signal — film and television creators, executives and stars were drawn en masse to downtown San Diego in an effort to drum up excitement for their upcoming wares at the annual Comic-Con International pop-culture expo. The unveiling of the first footage from the highly anticipated superhero mash-up “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and an extended early glimpse at “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” may have sent the biggest reverberations through the four-day film, television, video-game and comic-book fest. But there was plenty of other news to stir the excitement of the 130,000 or so convention-goers who descended upon the San Diego Convention Center, many decked out in costume, to watch exclusive […]
July 27, 2014 | 7:52 p.m.

Comic-Con 2014: ‘The Simpsons’ sets world record with mural

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Many amateur artists became part of a world record this weekend — another feather in the cap of “The Simpsons,” or more specifically, a feather on Homer’s Dome at San Diego’s Comic-Con International. The art installation Homer’s Dome included a mural that sat next to the San Diego Convention Center, blank and awaiting thousands of willing painters. The canvas had 5,565 squares in a paint-by-numbers type of format that the organizers were trying to fill out over the course of Comic-Con. The FXX team behind the event hoped to break the Guinness World Record for the most contributions to a painting by the numbers. ———— FOR THE RECORD July 29, 9:12 a.m.: A previous version of this post contained several errors. “Homer’s Dome” is the name of the projection mapping experience and demo of the “Simpsons World” digital and online […]
July 25, 2014 | 3:19 p.m.

Comic-Con 2014: mtvU’s first Fandom Awards salutes ‘GOT,’ ‘Mars’

"Game of Thrones" actors Natalie Dormer, left, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau accept the OMG Moment of the Year award for the "Purple Wedding" episode at the first-ever mtvU Fandom Awards at Petco Park during Comic-Con International on Thursday in San Diego. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
SAN DIEGO — There are plenty of Hollywood awards shows where people get gussied up in tuxedos, designer gowns and jewels on loan from Harry Winston. There are not so many, however, where attendees can be found dressed as superheroes, zombies and scary clowns. Just such an event was held Thursday night in San Diego’s Petco Park, where about 4,500 Comic-Con-goers gathered for mtvU’s first Fandom Awards. The ceremony, which will air on the college-demographic-targeted channel on Sunday night, was designed to celebrate exactly the sort of fervent, obsessive pop-culture ardor that draws droves of people to Comic-Con International every year. Other awards shows may be voted on by fans (think the People’s Choice Awards), but in this one the fans themselves were the winners. FULL COVERAGE: Comic-Con 2014 The inspiration for the Fandom Awards came out of internal research […]
July 25, 2014 | 2:41 p.m.

Comic-Con 2014 photos: Cosplay costumes from far and wide

Sara Milne from Escondido is Harley Quinn from Batman. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
With the 2014 edition of Comic-Con International underway in San Diego, cosplayers from around the world are out in full force at the annual homage to all things pop culture. From blockbuster movie franchises to video games and comic books, no reference is too obscure for these fans, whose costumes can vary from faithful re-creations of major and minor characters to personalized interpretations that add a unique flair. FULL COVERAGE: Comic-Con 2014 Hermione Granger from “Harry Potter”? Check. Mojo Jojo? Yes. Kurenai and Asuma from “Naruto”? But of course. One of the Knights Who Say ‘Ni’? Ni! Not to be outdone by the fans, Hollywood has of course brought big names to the con, including first-timer Benedict Cumberbatch charming his fans, George R.R. Martin explaining how he is the first comic book fan, and even surprise appearances by “Interstellar’s” Matthew McConaughey and […]
July 24, 2014 | 5:00 a.m.

Comic-Con 2014: Outcry, action against harassment grows

Anna Kegler, left, Rochelle Keyhan and Erin Filson, representing a group called geeksforCONsent at Comic-Con. The trio will be handing out anti-harassment paraphernalia at the convention. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
SAN DIEGO — Mariah Huehner attended her first Comic-Con as a newly minted comic book editor a few years ago, looking to network with artists. But at a nighttime party in a hotel by the bay, she realized that others had a different kind of connection in mind. “One of the guys suddenly had his hand on my butt,” said Huehner, 35, who is best known as the author of the “True Blood” and “Emily and the Strangers” comics. “It’s a shocking reminder that you’re seen differently.” FULL COVERAGE: Comic-Con 2014 Comic-Con International’s dense crowds, Bacchanalian atmosphere and mask-wearing anonymity make it prime territory for misbehavior, according to both men and women who have attended the event many times. Here, and at other similar events around the country, convention-goers have been known to grope, stalk and take “upskirt” photos with […]
July 23, 2014 | 4:54 p.m.

Comic-Con 2014: Cumberbatch, Radcliffe sightings and more in San Diego

Comic-Con 2014 in San Diego officially opens Thursday but fans arrive early to pickup credentials on Wednesday. Travis Jackson with 1540 production helps with the construction of Warner Bros.' 24-foot tall sculpture of Godzilla behind Hall H. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
If you’re planning to spend any time in downtown San Diego this weekend, keep an eye out for Homer Simpson’s head. That iconic bald pate is expected to take up a noticeable portion of the city’s shoreline in a clever bit of promotion for “The Simpsons,” one of thousands of movies, TV shows, comic books and video game titles vying for attention at the annual pop culture expo that kicks off Thursday. FULL COVERAGE: Comic-Con 2014 Comic-Con International long ago evolved from its modest origins — it began as an intimate gathering in the basement of San Diego’s U.S. Grant Hotel in 1970 — into an important marketing platform for Hollywood, an opportunity for studios and networks to bring an increasingly broad range of movies and series directly to an enthusiastic audience of roughly 130,000 fans amid a frenzied, carnival-like […]
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