I’ve written about Comic-Con before and explained what it’s all about, who attends, and why it’s a brilliant thing to witness at least once per every geek life (think Mecca with costumes). Held on July 12th-15th this year, San Diego’s Comic-Con contained hundreds of thousands of patrons and hundreds of booths within its walls. Movie casts, video game previews, and nerd gods are a dime a dozen at each year’s expo. Cool things abound at every convention, yes, but here I’m going to list what I think are the coolest revelations and events that took place on this year’s floor.
Adam Savage, known primarily for his co-hosting of Mythbusters with Jaime Hyneman, annually dresses up in a badass, all out costume and holds a contest to see if anyone can guess who he is. Leaving hints in his tweets on the day of his outing, Savage awards a prize to the first guess – usually a piece of high-priced technology like 2010’s iPad.
This year, Adam dressed as a Ringwraith from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. With a tall dark cloak, fully functional gauntlets and pointed boots, and a sword to match, Savage cut a, well, savage image while prancing on the floor. One of his hints this year was “I am a king who does not look like himself,” which refers to the fact that all wraiths were mortal kings before Sauron corrupted them with the rings of power. A fun time for anyone who loves to guess and investigate, Adam Incognito is a great, light event to keep busy with at Comic-Con.
New Game of Thrones Cast Members Announced
Common events at San Diego’s Comic-Con are panels, where cast members from a show or movie, along with producers, authors, and executives answer fans’ questions and discuss upcoming events in the series or film. At the Game of Thrones panel, several new cast members were announced and everyone from the show, from George R.R. Martin to Peter Dinklage, portrayer of Tyrion Lannister discussed plot points, upcoming seasons, and viewer questions.
The new cast member announcements are important to the television show because of the books, really. With the unique perspective technique that Martin uses in his novels, the cast of the series must be able to grow and expand—as well as frequently shrink!—to adapt to the plot and narration style. Because of this, die-hard fans of the novels and series need to see that their precious character is in good acting hands. With a promising cast for the season that follows the events within A Storm of Swords, fans went away from the panel with smiles on their faces and satisfaction in their guts.
SyFy’s Defiance Project
Defiance is the title of a television series scheduled for release in 2013 on the SyFy channel. It also happens to be a video game. Confused? I was too, at first. What SyFy is doing with this project is producing a show and a video game simultaneously. The story of the video game and television show will run nearly parallel, with keys to plot pieces of one in the other, and vice versa. Done in collaboration with connected video game designers Trion Games, SyFy is taking on one of the biggest mixed-media projects of recent memory.
SyFy states that Defiance is about a fusing of seven alien cultures with the human race after a holocaustic war. Set in the city of Defiance (formerly St. Louis, MO), the science-fiction drama’s characters will drive most of the intrigue and story, much like in Game of Thrones. Though an ambitious, tenuous, and radical concept, Defiance has just enough crazy to come through a smashing victory.
Breaking Dawn: Part 2’s Panel
Stunned? Shocked? Want to strangle me for such blasphemies? I cannot say that I blame you – at this stage, anyway. I will, however, quickly be defending my position on this one, so read on, gentle followers, read on.
Twilight sucks and I know of maybe two people who would disagree with that point. As a nation, we’ve been suffering through the affects of Stephanie Meyers’s problematic prose since the first novel in the series came out in 2005. And now, with this movie, Twilight can, with a little hope and a dash of prayer, sail off into the sunset and join ranks with the Dune movie adaptations in the Bad Sci-fi/Fantasy Army. After this November, there should be no more Bella Nosmiles, no more Edward Sparklytummy, and no more Jacob Airbrushed-Abs. Au revoir, Twiglight. Your departure is duly celebrated.4 Awesome Things at Comic-Con 2012,