April 15, 2014 | 6:04 p.m.

Eisner Awards: ‘Hawkeye,’ ‘The Wake,’ ‘Saga’ lead nominations field

"Hawkeye" writer Matt Fraction is nominated for a 2014 Eisner Award for his work on the series. (David Aja / Marvel)
Marvel’s “Hawkeye,” DC/Vertigo’s “The Wake” and Image’s “Saga” topped the roster of Eisner Award nominations, which honor outstanding work in the comics field. The nominations for the 2014 awards were announced Tuesday, marking the 26th year of the ceremony, long considered to be the Oscars for comics. Image Comics topped the list of publishers with 17 nominations plus three shared; Fantagraphics received 18 noms. “Hawkeye” and its creative team received five nominations for writer Matt Fraction, continuing series, single issue, cover artist (David Aja) and colorist (Matt Hollingsworth). Fraction was nominated for best writer for several series, including “Sex Criminals,” which was hailed by Time as “comic series of the year.” Fraction will square off in the category against Kelly Sue DeConnick, who was nominated for her work on two series — Image’s “Pretty Deadly,” which earned several nominations and Marvel’s “Captain […]
April 07, 2014 | 6:30 p.m.

Conan O’Brien to host talk show from Comic-Con International in 2015

Conan O'Brien will bring his late-night talk show to San Diego's Comic-Con International in 2015. (Art Streiber/TBS)
“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 […]
Jan. 10, 2014 | 5:50 p.m.

SDCC update: Comic-Con explains its one-day badge policy

Carlos and Daniel Cano from Ventura 59First Legion wear storm trooper costumes on the preview and credentialing day of Comic-Con at the San Diego Convention Center.    (Kirk McKoy/ Los Angeles Times)
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.

San Diego Comic-Con International: No more four-day badges for 2014

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 […]
July 24, 2013 | 3:16 p.m.

‘Wolverine’: Hugh Jackman had ‘more fun than ever’ on new film [video]

How did Hugh Jackman feel returning to the character of Logan for “The Wolverine”? “I had more fun than ever,” Jackman said, sitting down at San Diego’s Comic-Con International for an interview with Hero Complex. “I don’t know what it is, maybe being a little older helps playing a character who is two or three hundred years old.” In the new film opening in theaters Friday, Jackman and director James Mangold (“3:10 to Yuma,” “Walk the Line”) adapt Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s revered 1980s comic book. Logan’s latest screen adventure sees him travel to Japan only to find himself embroiled in intrigue and falling in love with a beautiful heiress (Tao Okamoto) even as he’s wrestling with his grief over the death of Jean Grey (Famke Janssen). Jackman was one of the biggest stars to appear at Comic-Con this […]
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 […]
July 22, 2013 | 10:15 a.m.

Comic-Con: ‘True Blood’ star Deborah Ann Woll’s photos, survival tips

Deborah Ann Woll at Comic-Con 2013 in San Diego. (Michael Yaris/WBTV via Getty Images)
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 […]
July 22, 2013 | 7:52 a.m.

Comic-Con: Godzilla Experience offers early look at new monster design

Images from the Godzilla Experience held in San Diego during Comic-Con.
If the Godzilla Experience offers any indication of the scope and, well, sheer size of the upcoming Legendary Pictures’ movie directed by Gareth Edwards, then the film’s feature creature may be just as impressive as Guillermo del Toro’s kaiju in “Pacific Rim.” Add in a mix of nostalgia and who knows what kind of destruction Godzilla could wreak on the box office. We lined up outside of a nondescript (except for the picture of a huge creature painted on it and symbols in Japanese) building in the Gaslamp Quarter to await our guide. During what starts out to be a tour of Godzilla memorabilia inside the building on a small set, complete with a malt shop/diner, our group was suddenly whisked from the showroom to the behind-the-scenes headquarters where it seems scientists are tracking Godzilla’s movements and all heck has broken […]
July 21, 2013 | 9:44 p.m.

Comic-Con 2013: Metallica talks San Diego appearance

Drummer Lars Ulrich of the band Metallica performs on the Orange Scene  stage during the Roskilde music festival in Roskilde, Denmark on July 6, 2013. (EPA/Katrine Emile Andersen Denmark Out)
Metallica made its first appearance at Comic-Con International Friday night to premiere the new theatrical trailer for the band’s performance film/dark genre fable “Metallica Through the Never,” directed by Nimrod Antal (“Kontroll,” “Predators”) and featuring actor Dane DeHaan in a near-silent role as a roadie Trip. The band took to the Hall H stage to greet fans, answer questions and debut some new footage from the movie, before playing an intimate concert at San Diego’s Spreckels Theatre. Earlier in the day, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo sat down with Hero Complex to share their thoughts about attending Comic-Con for the first time. “I’ve been a comic book fan since I was five or six years old,” Hammett said. “So this is my tribe.” “I thought this was a film convention,” quipped Ulrich before turning more serious. […]
July 21, 2013 | 8:19 p.m.

Comic-Con: ‘Grimm’ hints about Season 3. But will Renard be shirtless?

NBC's "Grimm" Press Line - Comic-Con International 2013
“Grimm,” the other fairy tale show that’s growing fans by the legion, made its way down from Portland, Ore., to San Diego for its full-cast Comic-Con International panel on Saturday and brought along the immortal Dracula just to top it off. Producers David Greenwalt, Jim Kouf, Norberto Barba and Todd Milliner and cast members Claire Coffee, Reggie Lee, Bitsie Tulloch, Sasha Roiz, Russell Horsnby, Bree Turner, Silas Weir Mitchell and David Giuntoli seemed a little overwhelmed by the attention they got in San Diego — dozens of fans had to be turned away from the panel — but grateful for it. Giuntoli got the discussion rolling, hinting that his “Grimm” character Nick Burkhardt will become angrier (which at least means Nick will survive last season’s cliffhanger). “Yeah. It’s very nice to get angry. And there’s going to be a lot […]
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