Comic-Con Preview - Aesthetics Week


By Molly Freeman

Photo by Charles Fettinger.

Comic-Con season is here! Like Bonaroo and SXSW, some complain that the mainstream appeal of the convention is convoluting the friendly, counter-culture atmosphere. Even fewer realize how deep the event’s roots really run. The now multicity touring convention is has come a long way from their tradeshow days, like the first San Diego Comic-Con held in 1970s.

First pioneered in 1964 in Detroit through the Triple Fan Fair, comic books were a niche market occupied by just a few people. In fact the first formal Comic-Con only had a couple hundred people in attendance.

What was once just an aesthetic that only a few had the taste for has, for better or worse, expanded into the massive commercialized organization that are basically household names. No doubt it has to do with film adaptations from Marvel and DC comics—Marvel’s The Avengers is the third top grossing film of all time— but the culture has also grown.

Today, there is a lot more related to the comic book world to look forward to and since the basis of the convention was an open door invitation to those occupying the social fringe, all are welcome.

With this expansion and diversity of material, the convention is not just for the few who like books, but there is still something to suit everyone’s preferences. Here is a list of some of upcoming films they will be featuring at San Diego Comic-Con, along with some smaller, but still highly anticipated, geeky flicks.

Film Showcases & Panels

Ender’s Game & Divergent

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Thursday 3:50pm-4:50pm – Summit Entertainment will hold a panel to feature sneak peaks of their biggest upcoming movies: Ender’s Game and Divergent. Exclusive footage will be shown from both films and the panel will include Q&A sessions with the directors, producers, and actors from each movie.

Veronica Mars

Stars Jason Dohring, Teddy Dunn at the 2005 Comic-Con.
Photo by Emily BL.

Friday 11:15am-12pm – Although fans that donated to the Kickstarter campaign for a Veronica Mars movie have received updates via email from creator Rob Thomas, the film’s Comic-Con panel will feature the first seen footage from the movie along with a Q&A with Thomas and many of the cast members.

Sony & Screen Gems

Andrew Garfield in the title role of The Amazing Spider-Man.Photo courtesy of SONY, via marvelousRoland.

Friday 4:05pm-6:15pm – During the extended Sony & Screen Gems panels, the company will preview four of their upcoming movies: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, the RoboCop reboot, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Stars from each movie will attend the panel and Sony promises some exclusive footage from The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, which is set to premiere in August.

Warner Bros.

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Saturday 10:45am-1:15pm – Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures will be previewing six movies during a single panel—Godzilla, Seventh Son, 300: Rise of an Empire, Gravity, The LEGO Movie, and Edge of Tomorrow.


The Hunger Games Mall Tour in 2012, featuring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth. Photo courtesy of Pop Culture Geek.

Saturday 1:35pm-2:35pm – Never-before-seen footage from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be shown at the Lionsgate panel, along with a Q&A with the cast. I, Frankenstein will also be featured during the panel.

20th Century Fox

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Saturday 4:15pm-5:45pm – Although 20th Century Fox has not released details on their SDCC panel, many speculate that they will preview their two upcoming X-Men movies: The Wolverine and X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Marvel Studios

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Saturday 6pm-7pm – Marvel as well has kept their panel lineup fairly secretive—Marvel Studios president and producer, Kevin Feige is the only confirmed participant of the panel, though they promise “many surprise guests” to preview the studio’s next two movies: Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

The TV Panels

Though there are some television adaptations from comic books—The CW’s Arrow and ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are the most recent—TV shows in general have garnered their own kinds of cult following. From The X-Files, to Doctor Who, to Game of Thrones, as well as many of the shows premiering this fall, all the big television shows will have their own panels at SDCC.


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Thursday 3:30pm-4:30pm – Since it’s been 20 years since The X-Files premiered on prime time television, SDCC will be paying tribute with a panel that includes Mulder and Scully themselves, Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny, along with the series creator and the writers/producers.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Clark Gregg, star of the upcoming TV show Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D., poses with a fan. Photo by Ed Peterson.

Friday 1:45pm-3pm – Joss Whedon, along with Marvel’s head of television Jeph Loeb, will preview the new Marvel TV show with some exclusive “top-secret new information” and be joined by some surprise guests.

Game of Thrones

The Game of Thrones panel at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con. Photo by vagueonthehow.

Friday 2:50pm-3:45pm – HBO’s hit show Game of Thrones will hold a panel attended by writer and producers David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, as well as some of the major cast.

Nickelodeon’s The Legend of Korra Returns!

The Legend of Korra panel from the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con. Photo by Genevieve719.

Friday 11:15am-12:15pm – The creators of Legend of Korra and Avatar: The Last Airbender, Bryan Konietzko and Michael DiMartino, will preview the highly anticipated second season of Korra, Book 2: Spirits, with never-before-seen artwork.

BBC America’s Doctor Who 50th Anniversary

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Sunday 12:30pm-1:30pm – In addition to talking about Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary episode with Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman, and Steven Moffat, the panel will also discuss An Adventure in Space and Time, a documentary about the creation of Doctor Who.

The Comic Book Panels

What would Comic-Con be without comic books? Well, it probably wouldn’t exist for one thing. Though SDCC has evolved and now includes so many other mediums in addition to comics, the convention just wouldn’t be the same without a decent amount of comic book panels celebrating the very thing that brought life to Comic-Con.

Marvel: Superior Spider Man

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Thursday 4:30pm-5:30pm – Featuring senior editors, writers, and some surprise guests, Marvel’s Superior Spider Man panel will showcase the hero’s new look, new allies, and new foes.

Marvel: Ultimate Universe

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Friday 12:30pm-1:30pm – Editor-in-Chief, Axel Alonso, is joined on the panel by writers of the Ultimate Comics Universe to unveil the future of the for the series. The panel also promises “a startling announcement about the future of the Ultimate Universe!”

DC Comics Green Lantern

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Saturday 12:45-1:45pm – Featuring writers and artists from other Green Lantern series, the DC Comics panel will preview what’s next in the superhero’s mythos.

The Tick 25th Anniversary

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Saturday 1pm-2pm – The creator of The Tick, Ben Edlund, will be joined by the art director and artist/writer of the series to discuss the Tick’s 25-year history.

Superman’s 75th Anniversary Celebration

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Saturday 4:15pm-5:15pm – To celebrate Superman’s 75 years, the panel will include writers, artists, cast members and prominent figures in the comic world to honor the world’s most recognizable superhero.

Comic-Con also features panels on video games from those based on comic book characters to those based—loosely—on history. Marvel will hold it’s own video game panel and DC has an event scheduled to talk about the upcoming Batman: Arkham Origins. Then there are panels for Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead and the new Assassin’s Creed IV, so there will be plenty to see for the gamers attending SDCC.