Happy San Diego Comic-Con week! That’s right, this is the week when television, movie, and comic book fans invade San Diego in an effort to glean precious pieces of information regarding their favorite upcoming releases. As UK fans, we can appreciate this dedication and excitement because in many ways San Diego Comic-Con is the Big Blue Madness of pop culture. For months now, rumors of actors joining shows/movies, plot leaks, and tales of Matt Pilgrim being a beast have been bantered about on message boards. This week the talking stops and the showing begins.
For those unfamiliar with Comic-Con, it is a five day hype event where production companies set up exhibitions and panels to showcase upcoming events and generate excitement. In its earlier days the exhibitions were mostly comic and cult audience-based, but has exploded in the last ten years or so to an event which attracts over 100,000 visitors each year. Walt Hickey, of FiveThirtyEight, details Comic-Con’s rise in this interesting piece from last year. The short version: commercialism and comic book movies.
The main draw for fans is familiar to sports fans, but uniquely familiar to UK fans. These are fans that show up dressed as their favorite characters and are armed with such knowledge that the first hints of criticism shown toward their favorite show or movie can be easily dismissed. They travel to San Diego not to enjoy the beautiful beaches, zoos, or scotch, but to spend five days in a convention center listening to the head writer for their favorite show discuss the upcoming season. Sometimes fans are treated with a big reveal (usually in the form of a cast member, surprise visit from a star, or new trailer/footage), but for the most part fans are just happy to be there with people who love the same things they love. Yes, these people are crazy, but as we know around here, that’s not such a bad thing.
Comic-con begins Wednesday, July 8. Because of the scope of the event I won’t list the entire schedule here; however, if you’re so inclined you can click here to see a full schedule. Next week we will have a recap of the biggest announcements and happenings of Comic-Con, and of course we will provide updates throughout the event as warranted. For now, here is a who’s who list of exhibitions and their dates so you will know when to expect any potential big news:
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Aqua Teen Hunger Force Forever
The Big Bang Theory
Fear the Walking Dead
Game of Thrones
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D/Agent Carter
The Walking Dead
Family Guy/American Dad/Bordertown
The Last Man on Earth
Once Upon A Time
Person of Interest
American Horror Story