WonderCon

April 09, 2015 | 4:28 p.m.

Comic-Con International and Lionsgate to launch streaming video service

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1." (Murray Close / Lionsgate)
Comic-Con is on the move to a small screen near you. Lionsgate and Comic-Con International have announced a new subscription-based streaming video service set to launch later this year. The service will feature original short videos as well as a slate of film and television series from Lionsgate and other studios curated for the diverse tastes of the Comic-Con fan base, although specific titles were not mentioned. The service will also feature archive footage from past conventions. “The fan base for the kind of films and television series showcased at Comic-Con has grown exponentially, and a subscription video-on-demand service is the ideal platform to capture the magic and excitement of the Comic-Con experience year-round as well as the perfect vehicle for Comic-Con fans to discover new content,” Jim Packer, Lionsgate’s president of worldwide television and digital distribution, said in a […]
April 08, 2015 | 5:00 a.m.

WonderCon 2015: Diversity, authenticity are in focus

(Nickelodeon, BBC America, DC Entertainment, Cartoon Network)
Inside a large conference room at the Anaheim Convention Center, the line of fans waiting to question cast members of the BBC America sci-fi series “Orphan Black” at last weekend’s WonderCon was long. Most of the show’s enthusiasts expressed admiration for star Tatiana Maslany, who plays multiple characters on the show (but was missing from the Saturday panel), and asked about plot points and any hints they could share about the show’s upcoming third season. But when one fan asked actor Jordan Gavaris about his portrayal of Felix, the unapologetically sassy and effeminate gay foster brother of main character Sarah Manning, the conversation turned into a more thoughtful discussion on diversity and authentic representation of queer characters. Felix’s uninhibited approach to sexuality sets him apart from more socially acceptable gay characters often seen in mainstream entertainment. “We get stuck sometimes […]
April 06, 2015 | 12:34 p.m.

Ultimate Marvel Movie Marathon: Only the mightiest super-fans can survive

Captain America (Chris Evans) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in 'Marvel's Avengers: Age Of Ultron' (Marvel).
Think you’re the ultimate Marvel Cinematic Universe fan? L.A.-area viewers can prove their mettle by binge watching all 11 MCU films — including an early screening of the upcoming “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” — as part of the Ultimate Marvel Movie Marathon at Disney’s El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood on April 20. For $70 a pop, fans will be treated to “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3,” “Thor: The Dark World,” “Captain America: The Winter Solider,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and, if they’re still awake (or alive) some 29 hours later, “Age of Ultron.” In addition to the films, the marathon will include a costume contest, raffles and giveaways, and “special guests” (keep your fingers crossed for Stellan Skarsgård). Viewers who survive all 11 films will receive an exclusive poster […]
April 06, 2015 | 10:08 a.m.

WonderCon will move to Los Angeles in 2016

WonderCon, the smaller-but-no-less-fervent version of San Diego’s Comic-Con International, has announced that it will move closer to the Hollywood spotlight, relocating from Anaheim to the Los Angeles Convention Center in 2016. “Los Angeles is honored to have been selected as the destination for WonderCon 2016,” read a statement from Mayor Eric Garcetti. “We look forward to establishing a long-term partnership with Comic-Con International, the presenter, and helping them establish a home-base in L.A. We anticipate the show to be highly attended and to set the precedent for future successful Comic-Con events in L.A.” The Anaheim Convention Center is planning an expansion of their facilities with renovations to include: 200,000 square feet of space on two levels that can be used as exhibit, ballroom or meeting space; loading docks and 1,400 parking spots; and a climate-controlled pedestrian bridge connecting to the […]
April 05, 2015 | 2:45 p.m.

WonderCon 2015: Marvel is mostly mum on Secret Wars

"Civil War" #1 cover from the Secret Wars story line. (Marvel)
Editor Wil Moss moderated a motley crew of writers at the “Marvel: Next Big Thing” panel, though, of course, the next big thing was not discussed much and many of the questions about Marvel’s Secret Wars and its Battleword had to be left unanswered. “We can’t say anything [about ‘Secret Wars’] except that we’re excited,” said panelist Rick Remender, a writer on “Avengers: Rage of Ultron,” “All-New Captain America,” and “Uncanny Avengers.” “Other than the death of Spider-Man. Whoops,” added Remender. Maybe if writer Jonathan Hickman, who is guiding the series, had been there, some things may have leaked out, but this group of writers on the panel — which included Remender, Cullen Bunn (writer, “Magneto”), Sam Humphries (writer, “Guardians of the Galaxy” & “X-Men: The Black Vortex,” “The Legendary Star-Lord”), James Robinson (writer, “Fantastic Four,” “Invaders”) and Greg Weisman […]
April 05, 2015 | 9:59 a.m.

WonderCon 2015: ‘Orphan Black’ cast and co-creator dish on season 3

"Orphan Black" season 3. (BBC America)
Unfortunately for “Orphan Black” fans, Tatiana Maslany does not have any actual clones, but her absence from the BBC series’ WonderCon presentation did not deter members of the “Clone Club” from filling the room to capacity or diminish their enthusiasm Saturday at the Anaheim Convention Center. “Orphan Black” co-creator Graeme Manson, along with cast members Jordan Gavaris, Evelyne Brochu, Dylan Bruce, Kristian Bruun and Maria Doyle Kennedy were on hand to discuss the show during a panel that featured plenty of clips from the upcoming third season. Maslany appeared in a recorded video to send love to the show’s fans. “Orphan Black,” of course, follows Sarah Manning (Maslany) and her exploits as she further unravels the secrets behind the experiments that led to her and her sister clones’ creation while she tries to protect members of her now extended family. Last season […]
April 05, 2015 | 9:00 a.m.

WonderCon 2015: ‘iZombie’ channels ‘Veronica Mars’ and ‘Buffy’

Rose McIver as Olivia "Liv" Moore in "iZombie." (Cate Cameron / The CW)
The CW’s comic book-inspired series “iZombie” may have invented a new TV genre — the zombie comedy romantic drama, or “ZomComRomDram,” as the show’s creators and cast called it during their Saturday presentation at WonderCon. The panel was attended by an enthusiastic crowd in the Anaheim Convention Center’s 9,100-seat arena. The CW series, from co-creators Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright (both of “Veronica Mars”), is based on the comic book series of the same name by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred; the latter designed the show’s comic-style titles and bumpers. MORE: ‘iZombie’ episode recaps on ShowTracker The story centers on Rose McIver’s undead protagonist Olivia “Liv” Moore (get it?), a young woman whose recent zombification leads her to abandon her fiancé (Robert Buckley) and her prestigious medical residency in favor of assisting medical examiner Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti (Rahul Kohli) in […]
April 05, 2015 | 6:00 a.m.

WonderCon 2015: DC’s Convergence comes into focus

Convergence is a major cross-title event. (DC Comics)
DC Comics’ Jeff King did double duty at Anaheim’s WonderCon. The writer of the comic company’s major crossover series “Convergence” also served as the moderator of the comic convention’s panel designed to hype the comics and hopefully answer a few questions about the upcoming special event. It may not have completely succeeded in the latter, but with some of the interesting pairings and crowd-pleasing images, it certainly did OK with the former. Like its rival Marvel’s Secret Wars event, the people speaking about the comic book super series could not reveal too much about what was about to go down. However, an all-star panel consisting of Len Wein, Scott Lobdell, Dan Jurgens, Marc Andreyko and colorist Peter Steigerwald did show images from the titles that they’d be working on, and all talked a bit about how their characters would fit into the “Convergence” universe. First, King did go […]
April 04, 2015 | 5:55 p.m.

WonderCon 2015: Warner Bros. shows off ‘San Andreas,’ ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

From left, Riley Keough as Capable (Brainy), Courtney Eaton as Fragile (Cheedo), Charlize Theron as Furiosa, Nicholas Hoult as Nux, PHS-4, and Abbey Lee as Dag (Smiley), in a scene from "Mad Max: Fury Road." (Jason Boland / Warner Bros.)
The Rock was missing, but explosions were plentiful at Warner Bros. WonderCon presentation, which kicked off Saturday’s lineup in the Anaheim Convention Center’s 9,100-seat arena. The studio showed footage from the upcoming Dwayne Johnson disaster flick “San Andreas” as well as George Miller’s much anticipated “Mad Max: Fury Road.” “San Andreas” director Brad Peyton (“Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”) was on hand to discuss the film, along with cast members Carla Gugino (“Watchmen,” “Sin City”) and Alexandra Daddario (“Percy Jackson & the Olympians”). Absent was Johnson — a force of nature in his own right — who stars as a rescue helicopter pilot who sets out to save his ex-wife (Gugino) and daughter (Daddario) after a massive earthquake and resulting tidal wave leave the California coast decimated. It’s a big-budget action movie, but during the panel, Peyton emphasized the film’s […]
April 04, 2015 | 3:30 p.m.

WonderCon 2015: IDW announces ‘Star Trek,’ ‘Green Lantern’ crossover

"Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War" cover art by Francesco Francavilla. (IDW)
What happens when universes collide? A “Star Trek” and “Green Lantern” crossover miniseries was announced Saturday during the IDW Publishing panel at WonderCon 2015. The San Diego-based comics publisher has joined forces with DC Entertainment for “Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War,” a special six-part event set to kick off in July. “We’ve looked forward to bringing these two iconic universes together for a long time,” said Greg Goldstein, IDW president and chief operating officer, in a statement released before the panel. “Star Trek and Green Lantern both share so many of the same science-fiction adventure themes and ideals, that a galaxy-spanning crossover like this is simply … logical.” The monthly “Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War” will be written by Mike Johnson, a veteran “Star Trek” comic writer, with interior art by Angel Hernandez of “Infinite Crisis: Fight for […]
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