SDCC 2012 Con Report!

San Diego was home to the biggest pop culture event of the year on July 11-15, 2012, with the 43rd annual Comic Con taking place. In my 8 years of attending the show, I’ve never seen the convention halls that packed! With lines for everything, from the infamous Hall H, to the new autograph line system, as well as Ballrooms with various panels, including a 10 year reunion panel for Firefly, Comic Con definitely made me feel as if it finally hit capacity and rumors rumbled around that perhaps Comic Con might have outgrown San Diego.

There were definite ways to improve comic con, including controlling the flow of people going in and out of the show floor, but over all, it was yet another very fun con, with amazing guests, and tons of things to do or buy at the show. With the final Twilight panel in San Diego, Henry Cavill’s surprise appearance for Man of Steel, along with fan favorite shows such as Big Bang Theory and Dr. Who, as well as the Walking Dead Zombie Run at Petco Park across the street, Comic Con had something for everyone! While I wasn’t on the show floor as much as I’d like to have been, here are the things I saw and experienced at this year’s show. And a hello to all the readers I met at the show who loved our site!

Welcome to Comic Con International!

Guests waiting for doors to open. Most frustrating part of Comic Con was trying to figure out which doors were entrances or exits. Can someone please put signs up?

And they’re off to the races!

What goodies did you pick up?

Charlie Adlard signing copies of the Walking Dead 100, released on preview night!

After hitting up artist alley and signing up for some commissions, I had a meeting with the Disney Store booth, showing me the latest in vinylmation figures for sale at the show and online!

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The So Tasty line that debuted at Comic Con that smell just like the snacks they represent!

Amazing 3′ vinylmation figures, including the beloved Carl and Ellie figurines!

The following morning, Gentle Giant showed me the latest in their product line, including the amazing Darth Maul figure announced the night before!

The details on the Darth Maul are unbelievable. Just an impressive figure.

The next figures in the Star Wars line, including a Jar Jar Binks, which apparently the fans have asked for.

Storm Troopers, including a figure with interchangeable heads and arms!

Star Wars Clone War figures, including an extremely detailed Dewback.

Gentle Giant’s own line of women inspired from past iconic females!

Gentle Giant’s Marvel line, featuring a Hawkeye with interchangeable arrows!

The Ghost Rider figure lights up! Makes a great gift!

Walking Dead Zombie Army figures. GENIUS.

Cosplayers rejoice! The top left sheriff badge is a replica of Rick’s badge from the Walking Dead!

The designers at Gentle Giant looked back at their own collections just to make sure of the figures released that reproduce the Cantina bar scene!

The last of the Harry Potter figures feature Harry and Voldemort at the apex of their powers.

Comic Con exclusives! Who got the awesome Thanos bust?

After the awesome meeting with Gentle Giant, I had press conferences all day (audio will be posted later this week). Here are some pictures!

At the Beauty and the Beast press roundtables.

Tim Burton and crew discuss Frankenweenie!

The cast and crew for Oz The Great and Powerful.

The cast and crew for Wreck-It Ralph!

After roundtables and press conferences, it was party time!

Taking a pedicab around the Gaslamp District!

Got to attend the TV Line party at Nerd HQ and meet Michael Ausiello!

Awesome backdrop for the Dexter party.

Meeting the lovely Yvonne Strahovski was one of the highlights of SDCC 2012!

Partying all night was not conducive to an early morning, but I managed to wake up to my alarm, and make the autograph ticket lines, scoring a Game of Thrones sign pass.
On the agenda for Friday was the Resident Evil 5 press roundtables, Firefly press conference, as well as the Game of Thrones signing!

Taking a quick pic with the amazing Milla Jovovich after our roundtable interview!

Nathan Fillion getting emotional talking about Firefly at the press conference.

Firefly reunion photo op!

Game of Thrones!

In between all that, I got to check out the awesome Batmobiles on the lawn outside the convention center! (All pictures of Batmobiles taken by Gary Deocampo)

Adam West Batmobile!

Michael Keaton Batmobile!

Val Kilmer Batmobile!

George Clooney Batmobile!

Christian Bale Batmobile AKA Tumbler!

And for those Superman fans, here’s the costume from the movie (Picture taken by Gary Deocampo)!

AFter the excitement from the past 3 days, what else could Comic Con possibly have up their sleeves?
How about Breaking Bad, Robert Downey Jr., Walking Dead Zombie Run at Petco Park, and an awesome exclusive print by Mondo?

The insane line on Saturday morning!

With my con luck kicking into overdrive, I managed to get in line for the cast of Breaking Bad at the 10 AM signing at the Sony booth! The whole cast was very generous with their time, signing, taking pictures, and was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had at Comic Con!

The cast of Breaking Bad greeting fans!

Walter White!

Don Cheadle and Shane Black signing at the Marvel Booth for Iron Man 3!

The kids dressed up as Iron Man gather at the front of the Marvel booth for a photo op.

Wait, who’s that?

Yep, it’s Tony Stark!

After thrilling kids and fans alike, I went across the street to Petco Park, where I participated in the Walking Dead Zombie Run! Here’s some pics from my run.

Zombies locked up in cages looking at the runners.

Such an awesome set up. The make up artists did an amazing job dressing the volunteers as zombies.

Climbing up rope ladders to get to the next stage of the run.

Crawling around to avoid more zombies.

And more crawling…

Spectators galore cheering the survivors on!

FEMA gives me the all clear!

Elijah Wood admiring the amazing Olly Moss Dark Knight Rises print released at Mondo!

After all that, I managed to stick around to see Nathan Fillion signing at the Marvel booth!

Nathan Fillion signing at the Marvel Booth!

Be as happy as Kristin Kreuk and come to Comic Con next year!

More Details on Warner Bros. Pictures Plans for The Hobbit, Man of Steel, and Pacific Rim at SDCC 2012

The Hobbit poster

Warner Bros. Pictures Showcases Films, Filmmakers and Stars at Comic-Con

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “Man of Steel” and “Pacific Rim” are among the titles highlighted.

BURBANK, Calif., Jul 11, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Warner Bros. Pictures will once again have a major presence at this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego, including appearances by fan-favorite stars and filmmakers from some of the Studio’s most anticipated films. Comic-Con attendees will also be treated to never-before-seen footage, including some that will be shown nowhere else. Talent from the films will also be on hand to answer questions, sign autographs, and more.

On Saturday, July 14th, in Hall H, beginning at 2:30 p.m., Warner Bros. Pictures will showcase a number of the releases upcoming from the Studio and its partners at Legendary Pictures, New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The special star-studded presentation also holds some surprises for the 6,500-plus fans in the convention’s largest presentation space.

The program highlights include a film that has already generated huge buzz: “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” directed by Peter Jackson, the Oscar(R)-winning filmmaker of the blockbuster “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Jackson, who just wrapped production in New Zealand, is embarking on his own journey halfway around the world to greet fans, who are already counting down to the December 14th opening of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”

Joining Jackson on the stage will be Oscar(R)-winning screenwriter Philippa Boyens, along with several of the film’s stars, including Martin Freeman, who portrays the title character, Bilbo Baggins; Richard Armitage, who plays the fierce leader of the Dwarves, Thorin Oakenshield; the legendary Sir Ian McKellen, who returns as Gandalf; and fan favorite Andy Serkis, the extraordinary talent who is truly behind the character of Gollum. Attendees will also be invited to ask questions about the making of this epic adventure.

The presentation also includes the DC Comics superhero who, inarguably, started it all. Superman will be back on the big screen next Summer in the much-anticipated action adventure “Man of Steel.” Filmmaker Zack Snyder, the director behind “300” and “Watchmen,” will be at Comic-Con and will take questions from the audience about the making of “Man of Steel,” which opens on June 14, 2013.

Guillermo del Toro, the acclaimed writer/director of such films as “Pan’s Labyrinth” and the “Hellboy” films, will also be on hand with a preview of his science fiction action adventure, “Pacific Rim,” opening on July 12, 2013. The film’s stars Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Ron Perlman will join the director on stage for the presentation, which includes never-before-seen footage cut together exclusively for Comic-Con. Fans will also have an opportunity to engage in a Q & A with del Toro and his cast.

On the main convention floor, the Studio has created a must-see, 3,600-plus square-foot booth that demands repeated visits to capture it all. Located at Space #4545, the Warner Bros. booth is the place to be for autograph signings, photo ops and more, with stars and creators from some of the Studio’s upcoming feature films, as well as hit TV shows, interactive titles, award-winning animated properties and new Blu-ray(TM) & DVD releases.

The booth will showcase static displays of the “Man of Steel” Superman costume, and Batman’s amazing two-wheeled Bat-Pod, which was introduced in the 2008 record-breaking blockbuster “The Dark Knight” and is featured again in this Summer’s most anticipated film, “The Dark Knight Rises.”

The multi-leveled Warner Bros. booth also features a dedicated area for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” featuring column and wall mountings of lenticular imagery from the film, as well as a scroll depicting the story. Images from that film, as well as other upcoming Warner Bros. projects, including “The Dark Knight Rises,” will be displayed on virtually every surface of the booth, drawing the eye from floor to ceiling.

While the Warner Bros. booth will have something to see at every minute of every day of the convention, on Saturday, July 14th, it will be the place to be to meet and greet some of the stars and filmmakers from several of the Studio’s upcoming features. Some of the autograph signing opportunities include “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” stars Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage and Andy Serkis, from 11:15 a.m. to 12 noon; from “Pacific Rim,” stars Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day and Ron Perlman, and director Guillermo del Toro, from 3:55 to 4:55 p.m.; and “Man of Steel” director Zack Snyder from 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. (Please note that times are approximate. Check your schedule and other announcements for updates.)

About “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” – Opening on December 14, 2012:

From Academy Award(R)-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). The film follows title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever…Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities… A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know. The screenplay for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro, based on The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Jackson is also producing the film, together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh. The executive producers are Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins and Carolyn Blackwood.

About “Man of Steel” – Opening on June 14, 2013:

Next summer, “Man of Steel” is coming to the big screen, presented by Warner Bros. Pictures, in association with Legendary Pictures. Directed by Zack Snyder, the film is produced by Charles Roven, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder, with Thomas Tull, Lloyd Phillips and Jon Peters serving as executive producers. The screenplay was written by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer & Nolan, based upon Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. “Man of Steel” stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni and Russell Crowe.

About “Pacific Rim” – Opening on July 12, 2013:

From acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro comes Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ sci-fi action adventure “Pacific Rim.” When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes–a washed up former pilot and an untested trainee who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse. “Pacific Rim” stars Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Idris Elba, Ron Perlman, and Charlie Day. “Pacific Rim” was written by Travis Beacham. Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and Mary Parent are producing, with Callum Greene serving as executive producer.

Warner Bros. Pictures Schedules Man of Steel and Pacific Rim Signings for SDCC 2012

Man of Steel

In addition to the Saturday signing we mentioned before for The Hobbit, Warner Bros. has also scheduled back-t0-back booth signings at the San Diego Comic Con for Man of Steel and Pacific Rim, with the Man of Steel participants still to be decided. The schedule for all three:

  • THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (WARNER BROS. PICTURES)

  • 11:15 AM–12:00 PM
  • Warner Bros. Booth #4545
  • Participants: Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis
  • PACIFIC RIM (WARNER BROS. PICTURES)

  • 3:55–4:55 PM
  • Warner Bros. Booth #4545
  • Participants: Charlie Day, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Ron Perlman, Guillermo Del Toro
  • MAN OF STEEL (WARNER BROS. PICTURES)

  • 5:00–5:30 PM
  • Warner Bros. Booth #4545
  • Participants: TBD

Legendary Entertainment Bringing The Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Rises, Pacific Rim, and Comics to SDCC 2012

Pacific Rim poster

Press Release:

LEGENDARY ENTERTAINMENT BRINGS FILM AND COMICS TALENT, PREVIEWS AND FAN ACTION  TO COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL 2012

LG Electronics Bring Fans Exclusive Content And A Once-In-A-Lifetime Opportunity To Watch Never-Before-Seen Footage From Upcoming Film Releases – Hosted By Some of Hollywood’s Top Talent While IMAX Will Showcase One Of The Cameras Used To Film The Dark Knight Rises In The Legendary Booth

Burbank, CA – July 10, 2012 –Legendary Entertainment is prepared to deliver to fans an intimate look at its upcoming movie and comic releases during the upcoming Comic-Con International 2012. With a strong lineup of talent, and an unforgettable viewing experience in 3D and HD, Legendary’s booth is the hub for fans to be part of the action with panel sessions, autograph signings, and giveaways – all surrounding the company’s high-profile film and comic releases.

Additionally, a select group of lucky fans will get taken behind-the-scenes for an opportunity to see exclusive footage from upcoming movies presented by Legendary and LG – hosted by Legendary’s directors and producers. For a complete list of Legendary activities at the convention, please see below:

Comics

Comic-Con International will be a true coming out party for Legendary’s Comic division. In addition to providing new details on the label’s fall release – The Tower Chronicles – Legendary will unveil a parade of the top names in the industry who be announcing all new IPs. The talent will be hosting a Legendary Comics panel on Thursday, July 12 at 5 pm in Room 6A. Additionally, each of them will be signing in Legendary’s booth throughout the convention.

The build-up to the release of Legendary’s first original IP, The Tower Chronicles, continues as Comic-Con will be the venue for the reveal of compelling assets and information. Telling the story of supernatural bounty hunter John Tower, the three-part series features a story created by Legendary Entertainment’s Chairman and CEO Thomas Tull. The book is beingwritten by Matt Wagner (Grendel) and drawn by Simon Bisley (2000 AD).

Film

On the film side, Legendary’s booth will feature the Mini Tumbler from The Dark Knight Rises, two costumes from Pacific Rim, both of which have never been seen, and artwork from future films like Man of Steel. Additionally, Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro will be signing in the booth on Friday. Legendary will also give attendees a peek inside the company’s upcoming projects with exclusive content on LG 3D and HD TVs and smartphones. For fans who want to find out the most up-to-date details and insider information on Legendary’s film slate, the company will have a presence in Hall H on Saturday.

LG Partnership

In addition to the activities at the Legendary booth and Hall H, the company, along with consumer electronics giant LG, will be offering lucky fans an opportunity win The Pass. By following Legendary’s social media platforms or visiting the booth during the show fans will get the chance to come to the Legendary booth at a specified time each day to win a T-shirt. A group of randomly selected fans will have a bonus wrapped in their shirts – a pass to one of two special behind-closed-doors screenings to show exclusive never-been-seen content. Taking place on Saturday night and on Sunday afternoon, these screenings will provide Pass recipients the chance to watch never-before seen footage from a selection of upcoming films (although the actual films are not being announced they will be selected from a group of high-profile releases that could include, but is not limited to, Pacific RimSeventh Son, and more). Each screening, which will be shown on top of the line LG CINEMA 3D Smart TVs with 3D and True HD displays, will be hosted by esteemed talent associated with upcoming Legendary features.

IMAX Partnership

Through a partnership with IMAX, the booth will showcase one of the IMAX cameras used on the production of The Dark Knight Rises. An IMAX representative on hand to answer visitors’ questions about the technology and filming process.

 

ABOUT LEGENDARY ENTERTAINMENT

Legendary Entertainment is a leading media company with film (Legendary Pictures), television (Legendary Television) and comics (Legendary Comics) divisions dedicated to owning, producing and delivering content to mainstream audiences with a targeted focus on the powerful fandom demographic.  Through complete or joint ownership, Legendary is building a library of marquee media properties and has established itself as a trusted brand which consistently delivers high-quality, commercial entertainment including some of the world’s most popular intellectual property.  Among the wholly-owned projects that Legendary Pictures is currently developing in-house are the upcoming Seventh Son, directed by Sergei Bodrov; the Jackie Robinson biopic 42; an adaptation of the phenomenally successful interactive game universe WarcraftGodzilla, based on Toho Company’s famed character; Warren Ellis’Gravel; and Mass Effect, based on Electronic Arts’ and BioWare’s hit videogame franchise. Upcoming Legendary releases with partner Warner Bros. include the highly anticipated Pacific Rimas well as Hangover 3, Man of Steel, Jack the Giant Killer, 300: Battle of Artemisium, and this summer’s The Dark Knight Rises.  Previous successful Legendary and Warner Bros. releases include the critically acclaimed Inception, which has been a box office smash grossing more than $823 million worldwide, as well as the global blockbusters The HangoverParts I and II (over $1 billion worldwide total), Clash of the Titans ($493 million worldwide), The Dark Knight ($1 billion worldwide), and 300 ($456 million worldwide).

Warner Bros. Has Got SDCC 2012 “in the bag” with Man of Steel, Arrow, DC Nation, and More

Press Release:

COMIC-CON’S MUST-HAVE ACCESSORY IS BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER!

WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT AND COMIC-CON RETEAM TO DISTRIBUTE OFFICIAL BAG OF COMIC-CON® INTERNATIONAL: SAN DIEGO

For the Third Consecutive Year, Fans Checking in at the Con Will Receive a Warner Bros.–Designed Collectible Bag Highlighting One of the Following Titles:

TV’s Arrow, The Big Bang Theory, DC Nation, Fringe, Supernatural or The Vampire Diaries; Feature Films Man of Steel or Pacific Rim

 


Twitter Pitch:
 Warner Bros. @Comic_Con official bags feature #TheBigBangTheory, @DC_Nation& more! Pics HERE: http://bit.ly/R7azfk #WBSDCC #SDCC

 

BURBANK, Calif. (July 9, 2012) — Warner Bros. Entertainment will again sponsor the official bag ofComic-Con International: San Diego 2012, the Studio announced today. By joining forces with Comic-Con for the third consecutive year, Warner Bros. will give each fan attending the Con an unforgettable keepsake from the world’s leading pop culture convention.

  • Over 130,000 of the oversized 24”x29” bags — which have been called Comic-Con’s “ubiquitous accessory” by Entertainment Weekly and “a must have” by Deadline Hollywood have been produced and will be provided to Comic-Con attendees as they check in to the convention.
  • The 2012 edition will be a messenger-style bag with shoulder strap and, of course, a poster-protecting pocket.
  • Designed by Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Marketing, the bags feature double-sided artwork. Each will have the all-new Comic-Con 2012 official design on one side, with the other highlighting Warner Bros. titles, including TV series — live-action and animated — from Warner Bros. Television and Warner Bros. Animation, and upcoming theatrical features from Warner Bros. Pictures.

More About Warner Bros.’ Comic-Con Bags

Created annually since 2006 by the Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Marketing unit specifically for Comic-Con, the highly sought-after totes provide devoted fans with a handy carrying case for all the merchandise they take away from the Con — and serve as mobile billboards for a selection of the Studio’s key Comic-Con titles

Warner Bros. Focusing Licensing on Man of Steel and The Hobbit Films

June 12, 2012 by  
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Warner Bros. Consumer Products Lights Up Licensing International Expo 2012 With Major Content Support For Entertainment Licensing Portfolio (via PR Newswire)

BURBANK, Calif., June 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — With an impressive marquee line-up—anchored by three tent-pole films, and highlighted by pop-classic favorites, diverse animated fare and the global expansion of its themed entertainment business—Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) brings unmatched…

First Look at Henry Cavill in His Superman Costume

August 4, 2011 by  
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Thanks to ComingSoon.net, we get our first look at Henry Cavill in his Superman costume. Cavill is set to star in Man of Steel, recently pushed back to a June 2013 release.

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Superman Henry Cavill

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