Comic-Con International 2013, held at the San Diego Convention Center between 18-21st July 2013, is finally over! The show, which spans the worlds of film, television and comics, spawned lots of big news.
Among the many attending guests were superstars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, promoting their film Escape Plan, also there for promotion of his new film, Ender’s Game, was Harrison Ford.
Teen Wolf’s Tyler Hoechlin, Crystal Reed and Dylan O’Brien were there to answer fan’s questions about the show as were Michael C.Hall, Yvonne Strahovski and Jennifer Carpenter from Dexter, who have just finished making the eighth (and final) season. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (due for release 8th January 2014) stars Karen Gillan (rocking her shaved head!), Djimon Hounsou and Michael Rooker were also in attendance as were Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny of 1990’s Fox hit, The X-Files. The World’s End stars Nick Frost and Simon Pegg with Director Edgar Wright, also held their own panel.
Entertainment Weekly’s Brave New Warriors panel consisted of David Guintoli from Grimm, Tyler Posey from Teen Wolf, Steven Yeun from The Walking Dead, Kit Harrington from Game of Thrones and Doctor Who’s Matt Smith. All were charming as they discussed topics such as ‘awkward fan interaction’, ‘how would you want your character to die’ and ‘social media’.
Man of Steel director Zack Snyder announced that his next film (yet to be named), which is rumoured to be out in 2015, would be about the meeting of Batman and Superman, and would be directed by Snyder with Henry Cavill again playing Clark Kent/Superman. Walking Dead star Steve Yeun will be joining the cast of Nickolodeon’s Legend of Korra (sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender) as Wan, the first Avatar. Avenger’s director Joss Whedon, announced that The Avenger’s sequel (also due for release in 2015) will be named Age of Ultron. James Gunn showed off his Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy stars, Chris Pratt (Star Lord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Dave ballista (Drax the Destroyer), Lee Pace (Ronan the Accuser), Benecio del Toro (The Collector) and played a teaser reel, he also showed the audience a glimpse of Rocket Raccoon. Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) announced that he will be playing Bolivar Trask in the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past. ABC series and Avenger’s TV spinoff Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was piloted during the show’s panel.
Comic-Con’s International Inkpot Awards are given to those who have made a massive contribution to comics, science fiction, fantasy, film, television and animation. Among the recipients this year were Jon Bogdanove; comic artist best known for Superman: Man of Steel on the 1990’s, Gerry Conway; write/editor for DC and Marvel, Paul Dini; writer/producer famous for Batman: The Animated Series, Gary Frank; comic artist whose work includes Shazam, Batman, Earth One, Superman and Incredible Hulk, Bruce Timm; TV cartoon animator of Batman, Superman and Justice League, Romeo Tanghal; artist whose work includes New Teen Titans, Green Lantern and Conan, Martin Pasko; known for his Superman stories, Tony Isabella; writer/editor whose career includes Black Lightening, Hawkman, Champions and Ghost Rider, Dan Jurgens; writer/artist, best known for the ‘Death of Superman’ series, Sam Keith; writer/artist of the first Sandman story, various Batman series, The Maxx and Zero Girl and also Jack Larson; actor who played Jimmy Olsen in the TV series of Adventures of Superman.
Last but not least Comic-Con brought us lots of new toys to play with (or just admire in their boxes)…
DC Entertainment had a few exclusives at Comic-con including an Aardman: Superman Action Figure as the brains behind Wallace and Gromit produce their very own Man of Steel for around £19.99, a Gentle Giant Studios Man of Steel Variant Statue at 1:6 scale and 14” tall, costing around £99.99 and a Superheroes of Green Lantern Four-Pack, featuring Green lantern Sinestro, Dex-Starr, Arkillo and Black Hand, each 3.75” tall, costing about £39.99.
Gentle Giant Ltd. had some amazing Mini Busts for us including Michonne from The Walking Dead at 1/6th Scale and costing £69.99 and Galactacus at £99.99.
Also, from Star Wars; McQuarrie C-3PO (featuring two interchangeable heads and costing £59.99), ‘Magnitude’ Admiral Ackbar (at 8” tall and costing £139.99) and Boba Fett (costing £119.99).
Blizzard’s Starcraft II plush toy that transformed from a Baneling to a Zergling, priced at £29.99, sold out within minutes after the preview night began. They also showed a Mini Sylvanas, the first in a series of micro action figures priced at £14.99 each.
Dark Horse Comics had an amazing Game of Thrones 7″ Stark Shield Plaque, this Limited Edition replica includes a hook for wall mounting and costs around £24.99.
Bandai heavily featured their Power Rangers lines which included: Power Rangers Limited Edition Deluxe Gosei Morpher (£29.99) which comes with 10 power cards that unlock 10 phrases and sound effects, you can also collect more power cards to a total of 180 and with the Power Rangers Card Scanner App you can unlock Power Rangers videos. Their Power Rangers Limited Edition 4″ Green Dragon Ranger figure (£19.99) with it’s exclusive Diecast Ranger Coin for use with the Power Rangers Limited Edition Legacy Power Morpher which comes 24 Karat gold plated and with two exclusive Diecast coins (£79.99).
Capcom USA’s Resident Evil Watch by Meister is ultra cool and retails at approximately £199.99.
Yes Anime unveiled a Super Alloy ‘Batman by Jim Lee’ 1/6th Scale Action Figure he is 12” tall, comes with more than 50 points of articulation and costs approximately £239.99. The new Super Alloy Justice League New 52: Superman 1/6th Scale Action Figure is also 12” tall with amazing attention to detail and costs approximately £289.99.
Diamond Select Toys had some new Minimates: Walking Dead Hershel’s Farm Box Set featuring Hershel, Lookout Duty Rick, Zombie Shawn and Barn Zombie (£15.99), Marvel Wolverine Saga Box Set featuring Symbiote Wolverine, Spacesuit Wolverine, Ultimate Wolverine and Logan-san in Japanese Robes (£15.99), Clerks Black-and-White Jay and Silent Bob (£9.99)and Lost in Space Black-and-White B9 and Dr.Smith (£9.99), all standing at 2” tall and coming with a variety of interchangeable parts and accessories.
Entertainment Earth had some cool items including Big Bang Theory Sheldon with Vintage batman T-Shirt 8” Action Figure priced at £19.99 and The Big Bang Theory What Happens at Comic-Con Journal priced at £11.99.
They also had Dexter goodies such as a Dexter 3 ¾” Action Figure in Tin Tote with Blood Slide Box for £39.99 and Dexter Blood Splatter Analyst Bobble Head for £12.99.
Hasbro introduced their new ‘The Black Series’ figures with the Boba Fett 6″ Action Figure who comes with his very own ‘Han Solo in Carbonite’ accessory for just £35.99. They also had a collectible package of individually blister packed Angry Birds Star Wars Action Figures including Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia , Obi Wan Kenobi, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2, Darth Vader, Storm Trooper, Sand People, Jawa & Imperial Navy Commander at £19.99. Also available was a Marvel Legends Special Edition Marvel’s Thunderbolts Collector Pack in 6″ with Luke Cage, Crossbones, Ghost, Marvel’s Moonstone and Judith Chambers for £74.99.