July 21, 2013 | 7:38 p.m.

Comic-Con: X-Men enter ‘Battle of the Atom’; Nightcrawler returns

A look at "X-Men: Battle of the Atom." (Marvel Comics)
Marvel Comics announced the launch of “Amazing X-Men,” which begins with the quest for the dearly departed Nightcrawler, and “Longshot Saves the Marvel Universe” during its X-Men panel Sunday afternoon at Comic-Con International in San Diego. “Amazing X-Men,” from writer Jason Aaron (“Wolverine and the X-Men”)  and artist Ed McGuinness, marks the return of the teleporting blue mutant who died heroically in the 2010 story line “Second Coming.” The title’s team showcases Firestar as a major character for the first time, editor Nick Lowe said, and also includes Wolverine, Iceman, Beast, Storm and Northstar. It’s been secretly in the works since around the time Aaron started “Wolverine and the X-Men” and will solve the mystery of the little blue Bamfs that infest the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning in that series. Lowe also suggested a connection between red Bamfs […]
July 21, 2013 | 4:43 p.m.

Comic-Con nightlife, as told by Kit Harington, Felicia Day and more

Lana Parrilla
With San Diego’s Comic-Con International expanding nearly every year, the annual pop culture convention has also accommodated the flourishing nightlife. “I understand that San Diego Comic-Con is like the Detroit Auto Show,” said “Banshee” actress Lily Simmons. “Sure, other places can have an auto show, but it’s not the Detroit Auto Show. “ While the city’s boisterous Gaslamp Quarter bustled with convention-goers and other Saturday night patrons, Hollywood took on its fair share of lavish events. “It’s just kind of insane,” said “Game of Thrones” actress Esme Bianco. “I think there’s a scale of everything that’s kind of amazing to me. A couple people have warned me that it’s big. Everyone’s right!” FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 Bianco, who played the upward-climbing courtesan Ros on the HBO series, said she party-hopped quite a bit over the weekend, starting off […]
July 21, 2013 | 3:54 p.m.

Comic-Con 2013: Zombie Walk draws undead legions to Gaslamp

Joey Wotton. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
It was World War San Diego as the undead rose up against the living, again, on Saturday and zombies walked the Gaslamp District of Earth during the seventh annual Zombie Walk at Comic-Con International. The well-attended event displayed more than 500 ably animated dead bodies mingling with the living while drinking and possibly discussing comics and brain recipes. Sometimes a photo does say it all, so click on the gallery above and enjoy the carnage. [FOR THE RECORD: An image in the gallery identified a zombie as Roger Stephens. It is Maryann Cummings.] – Jevon Phillips and Kirk McKoy FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 Follow us on Twitter: @LATHeroComplex RECENT AND RELATED Superman & Batman will unite on film Entire ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ cast greets Hall H Sandra Bullock, Tom Cruise talk ‘Gravity,’ ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ Joss […]
July 20, 2013 | 4:06 p.m.

Comic-Con: The new (‘Wonderland’) and familiar of ‘Once Upon a Time’ make a splash

Actors Peter Gadiot, Emma Rigby, Sophie Lowe, Naveen Andrews and Michael Socha attend the "Once Upon a Time In Wonderland" press line during Comic-Con International 2013 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
In back-to-back panels, “Once Upon a Time” and its spinoff “Once Upon a Time: Wonderland” filled the Ballroom 20 venue at Comic-Con International with a mix of attendees that included the curious and the devoted. In “Wonderland,” the crowd got to see the first 19 minutes of the show, which established that our new Alice is actually being held in a mental institution for spouting off crazy tales of smoking caterpillars, talking bunnies and edible things that make you shrink or grow. Though beaten down by the system, this Alice is no shrinking violet. At the first mention that her true love, the genie Cyrus, is alive, Alice goes into serious action a la Gina Carano as the Knave of Hearts just stands by. He and Alice don’t want to go back to Wonderland for varying reasons. The panel consisted […]
July 20, 2013 | 3:15 p.m.

Comic-Con: Gaiman, Williams get ‘very weird’ in ‘Sandman: Overture’

What seems to excite Neil Gaiman most when talking about the upcoming “Sandman: Overture” miniseries with artist J.H. Williams III is just how odd the story is. He laughed when calling the six-part story — his first Sandman tale in 10 years — a “very, very strange book.” And he said it was decidedly different from the 75-issue, 1988-1996 “Sandman” series whose No. 1 issue this story will end at: “This is not about the story of Morpheus’ capture, how it changed him, the kind of change-or-die, ‘Kindly Ones’ story. This is about how some weird [stuff] happened a long way away and some bad stuff happened a long way away and how he had to try to sort it out whether he wanted to or not.” FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 “Sandman” is back out of the Dreaming […]
July 20, 2013 | 2:26 p.m.

Comic-Con: Snyder, Capullo crank it up in ‘Batman: Zero Year’

Greg Capullo's art for the "Batman" No 23 cover. (DC Comics)
Why does Bruce Wayne love Gotham City, “Batman” writer Scott Snyder asked a packed room during the “Zero Year” panel Saturday morning at Comic-Con International in San Diego. “His parents were killed there, he doesn’t live there. Why would he protect it? His answer: “He loves it because he knows it’s the greatest antagonist in the world, and if you stay there it will burn you down and build you back up. If you can survive that, you will come out the greatest pinnacle of human achievement and the hero you know in your heart that you could become.” He and artist Greg Capullo – who have teamed on the bestselling “Batman” since DC’s New 52 continuity reboot began in the fall of 2011 – talked about their thinking in telling a new version of the Caped Crusader’s origin story […]
July 20, 2013 | 1:40 p.m.

Comic-Con 2013: Parties toast Action Comics No. 1, Superman and a pirate ship?

"Man of Steel" director Zack Snyder takes a photo of himself in front of Action Comics issue #1 at DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. host Superman 75 party at San Diego Comic-Con at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego. (Jerod Harris/Getty Images for DC Entertainment)
While the San Diego Convention Center hosts the fanboys and hit-girls of Comic-Con during the day, in the evening the bars, hotels and streets of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter become the home of the annual convention’s lively nightlife. Comic-Con has earned a reputation for its hospitality to many fandoms as it has expanded from a mere comic book convention to an event that celebrates all genres with major fan followings. The annual gathering of some 130,000 pop culture enthusiasts gives way to a lavish party scene. Sure, there’s still a cosplay prom and countless trivia contests, and many attendees spend their nights camped out on the sidewalks awaiting badges for the  panels. But the mainstream Hollywood studios that have been attracted to Comic-Con in the last decade also shell out big bucks to entertain celebrities and industry members who make the […]
July 20, 2013 | 9:44 a.m.

Comic-Con: Joss Whedon wants you to ‘cry and hug and riot’

Joss Whedon traveled to the Toronto Film Festival in September 2012 to premiere his film "Much Ado About Nothing." The film played over the weekend in Austin at SXSW 2013. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times)
Joss Whedon is a busy guy, but his fans would love for him to do more. In fact, judging by the questions asked during the Dark Horse Joss Whedon panel, fans would prefer if Whedon did everything there is to do — from revisiting a Wonder Woman movie to Shakespeare to Broadway to more comics. Scott Allie, head of Dark Horse Comics, was introduced Whedon to a rousing ovation. The vibe at the panel was celebratory, even reverent. “Thanks, Joss Whedon, for looking at me” was one of the greetings the filmmaker received when he opened the floor up to questions, which was right away.  There were no updates from Whedon or long speeches about the industry — he knows his crowd and knows that they most likely already know what he’s doing. “I’m not here for your entertainment,” said […]
July 20, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.

Comic-Con: IDW features Taran Killam, Walt Simonson, more

“Saturday Night Live’s” Taran Killam asked the IDW Publishing panel audience on Friday who likes James Bond. A cheer went up. “This has nothing to do with James Bond,” he said of his upcoming comic series “The Illegitimates.” “This is completely separate from James Bond.” In the book, which he’s writing with Marc Andreyko, Agent Steele, the world’s greatest secret agent – who is definitely not world-traveling, sleeping-with-female-agents James Bond – is killed in action. His employer, Olympus, turns to five of his illegitimate children to replace him. FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 The series was a among a number of upcoming original and licensed projects showcased in IDW’s “Panel to End All Panels,” which was led by editor Chris Ryall. The horror series “Locke & Key,” an original work by writer Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez, has […]
July 20, 2013 | 6:30 a.m.

Comic-Con: ‘Building Stories,’ ‘Saga’ top Eisners (winners list)

Chris Ware’s innovative “Building Stories” had a lease on the Eisner Awards dais Friday night at Comic-Con International in San Diego, winning four awards — the most of any project this year. The unconventional set — a box containing 14 related but free-standing comics about residents who share a building — took home the prizes for writer/artist, new graphic album, publication design and lettering. Times book critic David L. Ulin wrote that with “Building Stories” Ware “has upped the ante, pushing comics in a new direction while paying tribute to their history.” Editor Chip Kidd, accepting the trophies on behalf of the absent creator, cracked early in the ceremony – the Oscars of comics — in the Hilton Bayfront’s Indigo Ballroom that “giving Chris Ware an award for lettering is kind of like giving Frank Lloyd Wright an award for doorknobs.” […]
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