Con Highlights

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 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 21, 2013 | 7:20 a.m.

Comic-Con cosplay: Costumed role-players become temporary superstars

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Clad cowl- to-boot in her handmade black and purple Batgirl suit, Briana Roecks arrives in the Gaslamp Quarter and pauses to adjust her boyfriend’s Robin cape. Instantly, the couple is surrounded by Comic-Con International attendees wielding camera phones. Roecks, 27, and her sidekick, 30-year-old Adam Earnhart, shift seamlessly from pose to pose as the cameras snap. Soon a Yahoo producer snags them for a quick interview. Afterward, a group of fellow Batman fans dressed as the characters from “The Dark Knight Rises” join them for a round of impromptu photos. A man approaches Roecks and plops his baby in her arms for a picture. More videos. More pictures. More poses. In half an hour, the couple has moved only 50 feet. “When you cosplay, you’re not a nobody,” said Roecks, who works in Hollywood as a visual effects assistant. “You’re […]
July 20, 2013 | 4:10 p.m.

Superman and Batman will unite on film, Warner confirms at Comic-Con

Superman and Batman will share the big screen for the first time, surprise guest Zack Snyder revealed to 6,500 fans in Comic-Con’s Hall H on Saturday. The announcement confirms the news Hero Complex broke this morning about the project. “I know there’s been a lot of speculation about what we’re doing,” the “Man of Steel” director teased the audience when he took the stage at the end of the Warner Bros. panel. “It’s official that we are going to make another Superman movie.… I sort of pored through the DC universe to look for a way to tell this thing … and I came across a thing that I feel sort of sums it up.” Harry Lennix, who played Gen. Swanwick in “Man of Steel,” then took the microphone and read a famous excerpt from Frank Miller’s landmark comic “Batman: The […]
July 19, 2013 | 2:45 p.m.

Comic-Con 2013 photos: Cosplay costumes, in all their crazy glory

Zombie Dino attacks  Christina Peredia (dressed as Rogue) in front of the San Diego Convention Center on the second full day of Comic-Con. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Spandex-wearing superheroes, helmeted space troopers, sword-wielding warriors and plodding robots have once again descended on San Diego for Comic-Con International, where scores of fanboys and fangirls can always be counted on to show off their creative cosplay. The pageantry includes faithful re-creations of major and minor characters from comics, TV shows and movies, as well as personalized interpretations that are alternately humorous, sexed-up or just plain idiosyncratic. Comic-Con spokesman David Glanzer likened cosplay to Halloween for grown-ups and told Hero Complex, “One of the cool things, certainly about Comic-Con anyway, is when you wear a costume, you get to be that character.” FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 Another cool thing about Comic-Con: No reference is too obscure. “You may wear a costume that nobody else knows what it is, or you don’t think they do,” Glanzer said, “but at […]
July 19, 2013 | 2:16 p.m.

Comic-Con 2013: ‘Divergent’ author Veronica Roth’s Day 1 diary

"Divergent" author Veronica Roth at Comic-Con 2013 (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
As part of our Comic-Con coverage this year, Hero Complex reached out to a select group of actors and writers, asking them to document their experiences in San Diego. Next up is Veronica Roth, author of the novel “Divergent,” which is being adapted into a film starring Shailene Woodley and directed by Neil Burger. Two years ago, a few months after I sold “Divergent” movie rights to Summit Entertainment, I went to Comic-Con for the first time. I was mostly just an observer — I had a short press conference in which I explained my book, I people-watched Harry Potter cosplayers to my heart’s content, and that was about it. This year, however, with the “Divergent” movie being released on March 21, 2014, I embarked on a day packed with interviews, a press conference, a panel and a party in […]
July 18, 2013 | 8:15 a.m.

Comic-Con 2013: Follow it live from San Diego on Twitter

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Live from San Diego, it’s Comic-Con International. Where else will you find the likes of Spider-Man, director Wong Kar-wai and the band Metallica in one spot? Hero Complex will cover the onetime comics enthusiasts convention turned sprawling pop culture conference in all its glory, and you can follow it in real time with tweets below from our reporters on the scene through Sunday. The event, which included a preview night Wednesday but officially rolls out over four days starting Thursday, attracts about 130,000 con-goers every July. Moreover, it’s a key platform for many studios to gain awareness for a variety of projects — whether it’s a big comic-book film like “The Wolverine,” which opens later this month, or “Breaking Bad,” the AMC series that starts its final season in August. FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 Even so, not everyone […]
July 18, 2013 | 7:49 a.m.

Comic-Con 2013: We Can Be Heroes, CBLDF and the con’s charitable side

Artist and DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee draws Superman on the tailgate of the Kia Sorento that will be auctioned on EBay to raise funds for We Can Be Heroes, which works with other groups to fight famine in the Horn of Africa. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
The car has seven seats — each with an emblem representing a hero: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Green Lantern, Cyborg and the Flash. But it isn’t for the Justice League: It’s for the eventual winner of a charity auction. As part of its We Can Be Heroes fundraising campaign to fight famine in the Horn of Africa, DC Entertainment unveiled the eighth and final Justice League-themed car with art designed by superstar artist and DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee, who finished the super-custom Kia Sorento’s look live during a news conference at the Comic-Con Interactive Zone at Petco Park just before the start of the pop-culture expo on Wednesday. Lee said the ride is “definitely worthy of the Justice League, and something you will definitely not misplace when you go to the parking garage.” The EBay auction for it […]
July 17, 2013 | 2:38 p.m.

Comic-Con 2013: It’s a wide, wide fantasy (and marketing) world

Cory Pacione, left, of New Brunswick, Canada, and Nick Murray of Maine push in a model of R2D2 for their company Fanwraps at Comic-Con at the San Diego  Convention Center.  Comic-Con  officially begins Thursday.   (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Glance at this year’s lineup for Comic-Con International, the massive pop culture confab that draws roughly 130,000 fans to San Diego every July, and you’ll see plenty of familiar heroes — Spider-Man, Doctor Who, “Hunger Games” warrior Katniss Everdeen. Also on the roster? Metallica, the cast of “How I Met Your Mother” and world cinema auteur Wong Kar Wai. Veterans of Comic-Con, which begins Thursday at the San Diego Convention Center, have come to expect a certain amount of eclecticism from the programming, and this year again offers a mix of projects from across the entertainment spectrum — some of them straying further afield from the gathering’s fantastic roots than others. FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 “Why does anybody go to Comic-Con? It’s just a magnet for films that have this kind of [audience],” said Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, […]
July 12, 2013 | 5:20 a.m.

‘Hunger Games,’ ‘Divergent': The new wave of strong female-led sci-fi

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Katniss Everdeen never intended to become an icon for a struggling people. Yet the scrappy, resourceful heroine at the heart of Suzanne Collins’ bestselling “The Hunger Games” trilogy, with her signature braid, incomparable archery skills and defiant spirit, became a rare sort of pop-culture touch point precisely because she came to be embraced by a sometimes lost, sometimes achingly restless tribe: adolescents. But the wily teen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, who trades places with her sister only to emerge as the unlikely victor in a battle to the death, didn’t only inspire Collins’ readers and the filmgoers who turned up for Gary Ross’ 2012 movie adaptation of “The Hunger Games” to the tune of $408 million. Her success has also helped fuel a continuing, voracious appetite in Hollywood for sci-fi inflected tales featuring young women in empowered roles. “I’m a […]
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