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Comic-Con 2015 Friday
For those of you wondering what the floor of the exhibit hall looks like:
Comic-Con 2015 Thursday
Today is the official start to Comic-Con International, and the big change from years past is the wristband system for Hall H, the convention center's biggest room, holding approximately 6500 people and thus the one major films and TV shows want to book in order to reach the largest audience. Last year a wristband system was implemented in which attendees waited in line as usual and then the morning of the panels Comic-Con officials walked the line and passed out wristbands, allowing those who were far back in the line an idea of how many people would need to leave Hall H in order for them to gain entry. This year's system is different, as people lined up and received wristbands the night before. These wristbands guarantee entry for the first panel and also offer the new benefit of allowing those with the bands to leave the line overnight if they choose, so long as they returned by a set time. Of course people still camped out in order to guarantee a better seat but the new option was welcome though it was plagued by a shortage of staff and thus took more than twice as long as anticipated. People began lining up for Friday's highly anticipated Lucasfilm panel during which a new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is expected to premiere, on Wednesday night as well. Thursday's Hall H panels include: Open Road, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, Trailer Park, Doctor Who, Con Man, and then Scooby-Doo Meets KISS closes the night.
After the Hall H panels were concluded it's safe to say Jennifer Lawrence is the best, and the surprise marriage proposal at the end of the Con Man Panel was one of the most touching things anyone witnessed ever.
Links to video uploads of the panels will follow soon:
The Hunger Games
Comic-Con Wrap Up
Greetings Verdict readers!
So here I am on Sunday night. After a whirlwind few days I wanted to go ahead and recap the major news which broke at the con as well as some other tidbits.
Saturday saw fan favorite Norman Reedus from The Walking Dead serve as a judge for a cosplay contest. George R.R. Martin, the author of the hugely popular Game of Thrones series of books, met with the winners during a crowning ceremony Sunday.
Batman alums Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar were on hand to treat the crowd of Hall H to a sneak peak at some of the many special features which will be found when Batman: The Complete Series drops onBlu-Ray and DVD November 11.
Another long-awaited release is the Sailor Moon series, complete and uncut with an all-new English dub as well as Japanese subtitles and a track for the hard of hearing.
mtvU presented its first ever fandom award to the fans of cult show Veronica Mars, naming the show's fans Fandom of the Year.
Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, made a special appearance during the Paramount pictures panel to promote his new movie Hercules which opened Friday. As a treat to con-goers he rented out a local theater to show the movie the night before it opened.
Zachary Levi once again hosted Nerd HQ at Petco Park, adjacent to the convention center. One of the treats at the free location was the chance to play the Alien: Isolation video game. The best part of Nerd HQ is all of the money given to participate in celebrity events such as the popular Conversations for a Cause panels and the Smiles for Smiles photo ops goes straight to the Smile Train charity.
TVland's show Hot in Cleveland debuted a clip from the upcoming animated isles featuring zombies:
MTV hit Teen Wolf premiered the mid-season trailer during its packed panel and announced it has been picked up for a fifth season.
Though there was no presence for the much- anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII there was an exclusive. Lip for Tsar Wars Rebels.
Starz was on hand to heavily promote new series Outlander based on the popular Diana Gabaldon novel.
Fox premiered the trailer for the 10th season of Bones.
Homer Simpson made his first ever appearance at the com.
The cast of Fox's Sleepy Hollow shared a video of Hyperion experience at the show-themed virtual reality experience, Oculus Rift.
One of the highlights of the outdoor experiences fans got to enjoy was the Gotham-themed zip line. Here's the cast of the upcoming Gotham show showing us how it's done.
Christopher Nolan made his first Comic-Con appearance to promote the upcoming movie Interstellar, and he was given a hand in the promotion by Matthew McConaghey.
Kristen Schaal made a surprise appearance during the panel for the upcoming holiday special Toy Story That Time Forgot and attendees were treated to several clips.
And the first picture of the new Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot, was released. That panel, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, featured Ben Affleck, Zach Snyder, Gadot and Henry Cavill.
As always if you have questions feel free to drop me a line!
Friday morning Hall H
Neil Druckmann and Sam Raimi show up at Sneak Peak. They are producing the live version of the video game The Last of Us. Also, Raimi is writing the Evil Dead TV show. There is a mention of Bruce Campbell being in it!
Thursday end of day
So the day has ended. Sean Bean was unable to make it to the #Legends panel but we were treated to the pilot episode.
TNT's #TheLastShip had the cast and producers, including fan favorite #AdamBaldwin. Exclusive looks at the final half of the first season were part of the fun.
#Batman66 press conference hosted #JulieNewmar, #BurtWard and Batman himself #AdamWest. The complete series is set for release November 11. Very cool to see them together.
#TheWitcher panel featured Doug doing a live read of Grenalt during the public premiere of the game play.
Comic-con 2014 Thursday morning
Greetings loyal Verdict followers!
Last night was CRAZY busy. Exclusive lines wound around booths multiple times, I heard a booth shut down because the line was so out of control, and the floor was hot. Like sweating through your shirt type of deal.
The hot panels today include NBC's Community and MTV's Teen Wolf. Yours truly is going to the Batman '66 press conference and will continue to update!
Comic-con 2013 Sunday
It seemed as though I had just fallen asleep when I was being shaken awake and told it was already 2 AM and we had missed our planned wake up time of 1 AM. But a glance at the clock confirmed we had merely misread the numbers and it was 11:56 PM, not 1:56 AM. Since we were awake we got dressed and went down to get in line for Hall H. We were there by 1:15 AM and it was amazing how many hundreds upon hundreds of people were already in line. I had doubts that we're going to make it inside the 6500 seat hall. I had just settled down to sleep on the grass and was dozing when suddenly all of the sprinklers turned on. It's funnier the more distance I have from it but at the time it was annoying. All told we waited in line over 8 1/2 hours but we made it into Hall H. Starting off the morning was Supernatural, and their annual gag reel presentation brought some much-needed energy to the crowd. Series stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki were on hand as well as series regular Misha Collins and recurring guest star Mark A. Sheppard. Surprising the boys was Felicia Day, who plays Charlie, and she announced that she would be returning for season nine. Breaking Bad was next and we got to see an exclusive preview of the final set of episodes. Bryan Cranston entertained the audience with a Walter mask. One of the main reasons for people to be in line for the better part of a day was to attend the next panel which was the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary. We were treated to an extended preview and got to hear current Doctor Matt Smith and his companion Jenna Coleman talk about their characters and where they think the series will go. We learned the 50th anniversary special will not only feature Matt Smith but also 10th Doctor David Tennant and to no one's surprise the Daleks. Exterminate! Knowing nothing could top the panels we'd seen, plus being so very exhausted, we decided to leave and spend our last few hours walking the Exhibit Hall floor as well as eating. Community and Its always Sunny in Philadelphia are shows we don't watch so we felt that it was karmic goodness to let someone else have our seats.
Comic-con 2013 Saturday
Today we spent our time over at the Hilton Indigo Ballroom as opposed to waiting for the Hall H panels like so many other people. We started off with the Machinima panel during which we learned about some upcoming videos including a new offering from the guy who brought us YouTube sensation Hughes the Force. Next up was the Geek & Sundry Panel, one of the reasons we were in line for the day. We Heard Wil Wheaton and Felicia Day talk about some of the upcoming vloggers for the Geek & Sundry YouTube channel. The next panel was our motivating force for skipping the convention center panels-- the one and only How I Met Your Mother panel. We were treated to a Robin Sparkles sing-along, a very humorous clip, and Neil Patrick Harris running down the aisles in order to give a fan the highest of fives. A panel for the CW's The Originals, a spinoff of the highly popular The Vampire Diaries, was next and while The Vampire Diaries isn't a show I currently watch the presentation for The Originals certainly made its case well for me to watch it. Following The Originals was the panel for The Awesomes, a Hulu plus cartoon show created by Seth Meyers. We got to watch the pilot and were treated to some trading cards. It was genuinely funny and seems to have a lot of places they can go with it. Our final panel of the day was The Nerdist, led by the poster boy for workaholics, Chris Hardwick, who was cosplaying as his favorite The Walking Dead character. He was joined by Matt Mira and Jonah Ray, and the trio threw their support behind a movie called Zero Charisma they are helping to distribute. We got to see the trailer and could see why the gang is so excited.
Comic-con 2013 Friday
Today is a long day so only a summary of events I'm at which are within the Holy Grail of the Cnvention Center, Hall H. Please feel free to ask questions if you've got 'em, I'll reply ASAP!
World's End Panel: hilarious interactions between Edgar Wright, Nick Frost and Simon Pegg. The trailer and a mash-up are among the treats.
Veronica Mars: An incredibly grateful cast led by Kristen Bell takes over Hall H and treat fans to clips, Q&As, and the first footage of the forthcoming movie.
Kick-Ass 2/Riddick: Jim Carrey is a no-show and Chloe Grace Moretz appears via satellite. The combination of this panel with Riddick means only time for some clips and a few questions but the audience appreciates the clips. Riddick sees Katee Sackoff and Vin Diesel entertaining the crowd with Diesel being especially verbose.
The Walking Dead: teasers of season four and a large number of the cast are present including fan favorite Norman Reedus. the audience demands a Rick/Michelle pairing and the creators are amused.
Game of Thrones: Winter may be a way off still but the King of the North, his mother, the mother of dragons, Jon Snow and his lady love, Sam, and Tyrion Lannister are here and receive an enthusiastic reception to say the least. An "In Memorium" compilation is the perfect way to begin the panel.
Sony Pictures: Cloudy With. A Chance of Meatballs 2, Robocop, Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, and the Amazing Spider Man 2 are the mini-panels within this block. clips and teasers are shown for all but the guests are the highlights. Michael Keaton,Samuel L. Jackson, Andrew Garfield, and Jamie Foxx are the most whoop-worthy.
Metallica: Lucky fans get free tickets to the group's performance tonight.
I'm exhausted for the best reason I can think of (while massively sleep deprived) so I am off to catnap.
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