Awesome Con 2014 lived up to its name with its second annual show and was indeed awesome! Everything about this year’s convention made it feel like a convention that had been around for years instead of just a year. The range of media, literary, and artist guests was incredibly impressive for a second year show. Congratulations DC: I think we finally have a comic con.
Before we get into more about my positive experience with the convention, I did want to touch on a few things. First, I have to offer my utmost respect to Ben Penrod and others involved with running Awesome Con for their willingness to stand up and admit that there were issues with lines and other aspects on the convention this year. Not everyone would be as readily willing to admit that there were a few problems. To be completely honest, if there hadn’t been growing pains for Awesome Con this year, I would’ve been absolutely shocked. In its second year, Awesome Con went from 5000+ attendees to almost quadruple that. That’s a huge leap. There were bound to be problems. So we’re going to go a bit into the feedback portion of the report before I dive into everything that helped make the convention so awesome.
In completely and utterly unsurprising news, this year’s Hall H panels at San Diego Comic Con were the hot spot for all the film news. Plenty of new trailers and clips were shown but here are some of the highlights or at least some of the ones that we thought were awesome and mention-worthy:
Zack Snyder will officially be directing a Batman/Superman film with an anticipated release date of Summer 2015. The Hollywood Reporter also says that Warner Bros. is aiming for a Flash film in 2016 and a Justice League film for 2017 but that wasn’t announced at the panel (or at least as far as we are aware.)
Lionsgate treated audiences to a new Catching FireTheatrical Trailer. (The staff is still recovering from that one.) The film will be out this November.
We also got to see some of the first footage for the Veronica Mars film.
The X-men were out in full force with first some footage from the soon to be released Wolverine and then with a trailer for X-men First Class: Days of Future Past. Basically every X-men every was on that panel.
The anticipated Marvel Studios panel didn’t disappoint especially if you were in Hall H. The audience was greeted by Loki. Yes, Tom Hiddleston was in full Loki costume and character as an introduction for extended trailer/footage for Thor: The Dark World. Then the cast/crew for Captain America: The Winter Soldier got to take the stage. The cast talked about their characters and Kevin Feige mentioned that the Winter Soldier story will definitely stick pretty close to Ed Brubaker’s run on the book. Obviously, the audience was treated to some exclusive footage. Once more, the staff is incredibly jealous. Marvel continued to overachieve by bringing out the cast and crew of Guardians of the Galaxy who all flew in specifically for the panel. Even though they just started filming less than two weeks ago, they still brought footage with them. Unfortunately, no new films were announced. They did, however, have one last mic drop in the form of Joss Whedon taking the stage for the last few minutes to announce the full title for Avengers 2: Age of Ultron. For those in the comic book know, Kevin Feige as said that the film is borrowing the title from the recent book and will not be a direct adaptation of it.
How I Met Your Mother got its very first SDCC panel for its very final season. Usually, this wouldn’t make this post but we’ve poked fun at how the show has dragged on in the past and how those kids must be adults by now. The crew showed they have a good sense of humor by putting together this promo for Season 9 in which the kids are finally done with Ted’s story.
And finally, even though the panel was Friday, the trailer for Season 4 of The Walking Dead was also premiered and wow does it look excellent! Season 4 will start airing on October 13th on AMC.
Welcome back to another edition of Cosplay Monday where we try to brighten your morning with some excellent costumes! We’ve got another awesome costume for you from Megacon this year that was found via Tumblr. The only thing better than a great costume is when it’s a kid wearing a great costume. Check out this awesome girl as Michonne from The Walking Dead. To make things even better, it looks like she got her Dad to be one of Michonne’s trademarked armless walkers. She just looks so badass. Better not mess with her. 😉
So you want to get into comics… but you don’t want to read about the superheroes of the big two companies. That’s okay because comics can be about so much more than just superheroes! In fact, there are even more comic book publishers than just Marvel and DC such as Dark Horse, Image, Top Cow, and countless other independent publishers. The following recommendations are mostly the products of a DC Comics offshoot publisher called Vertigo and represent a range of genres. They are not, however, the only books in the game. I also avoided recommending any tie-in comic books but if you are a fan of something like Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Star Wars, you could always begin with picking up those comic books as a way to see if you like the medium. Although I’ve only included a few, I’ll also suggest that if you enjoyed a film or a TV show that was based upon a comic book that you pick up the first volume of that comic and give it a try.
Long story short, comics are great and are about so much more than just the Marvel and DC Superheroes. There really is a book out there for everyone! With that said, I’ll just get on with some of my own recommendations.
Watchmen [Amazon – Comixology]
This is a very predictable way to start the list but Watchmen isn’t one of the best selling comics of all time for nothing. Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons did some amazing work when they created this book. It’s a sort of alternate history where Nixon never resigned and costumed vigilantes began popping up in the 1940s and 1960s. The story opens with the investigation into the death of one of those costumer heroes, the Comedian. Rorschach, a former teammate, figures out that someone is trying to kill their entire team and takes it upon himself to warn them and the tale progresses from there. Not only is the book a critique of the concept of superheroes but it also presents readers with a few ethical dilemmas and you have to ask yourself if the villain is really a villain or perhaps actually the hero of the piece. It’s certainly a darker comic than some of the others in this article but oh man is it worth it.
In all honesty, Watchmen is probably one of those comics that you will have to read at some point during your comic reading career because it is just that iconic. I’ll even go so far to say that this book is essential reading even for people who aren’t into comics. And then you get to walk around for a week afterwards asking yourself, “Who Watches the Watchmen?”.