• Comic Con Recap

    Months of planning, weeks of manual labor, days of setup, hours of "Do you have this in a medium?" Unfortunately now Comic Con is over and the beast has gone to sleep for another year. Other writers on this blog will have more information, interviews, photographs, and observations for you as the week goes on, but today, let's check out some of the bigger stories. Christina

    Not much happened in comic land, really. Not when compared with the spectacles that movie studios produce. Over at DC Comics, Lois Lane will be a big part of an upcoming Superman story but it will be because "what we do to her will be really bad." Wow. Can't wait.

    What I am actually excited about at DC is a new Harley Quinn comic. It'll be co-written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner with covers by Conner. This duo did a great Power Girl series a few years ago and I can't wait to see what they do with Harley.

    You probably remember Harley more like this.

    Neil Gaiman is returning with a Sandman miniseries at Vertigo. Sandman is a pretty big comic series in terms of influence, prestige, and sales. By the end of its run in 1996, it was selling more copies than Superman or Batman. To go with Gaiman's spectacular writing were Dave McKean's creepy and trippy covers. He's back for the miniseries as well.

    Over at Marvel, Young Avengers is getting a New Year's Eve storyline with several guest artists: Becky Cloonan, Ming Doyle, Joe Quinones, Emma Vieceli, and Christian Ward. It's going to be beautiful.

    Look at all the teenage superheroes!

    Rockstar writer Grant Morrison, previously of almost every major superhero series, will debut a video comic series called 18 Days. It is based on the Mahabharata, an epic from ancient India, and Morrison has been working on it for over three years. Grant Morrison is one of the more inventive authors working in comics today and seeing his work in motion will be a treat. 

    Other comics news: The Walking Dead celebrated its 10th anniversary; Darwyn Cooke announces his next Richard Stark adaptation; The Absolute Promethea Immateria will be published next year; Did you ever actually read the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or did you just get swept up in the hysteria? You know it's a comic, right?

    Marvel had a big panel for their movie projects. Tom Hiddleston appeared as Loki, bringing with him footage from Thor: The Dark World. Scarlett Johansonn, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, and Anthony Mackie showed up to talk about Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The main cast of Guardians of the Galaxy were brought on stage after that. OMG Karen Gillan shaved her head to play Nebula!

    (L-R) Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt, Groot, and Rocket Raccoon. It has not yet been announced who is playing Groot and Rocket Raccoon.

    We finally have a name for the next Avengers movie: Avengers: Age of Ultron. Now, if you know your comic books, you have an idea of what's headed your way. More interesting is how many more Avengers characters are tied into the Ultron stories. Come on, Scarlet Witch. Let's get you in a movie.

    DC had a movie panel as well. I hope you liked Man of Steel. Zack Snyder and Henry Cavill will be back with Superman/Batman. Yes, that is a movie starring both Superman and Batman. In one movie. Together. No word on if JGL will be Batman, which is a shame because that is the only way I'll see this movie.

    This is looking like a Superman-Meets-Twilight movie to me.

    Quick quibble: Batman has had seven live action feature films since 1989. Superman has had six since 1978, including a reboot in 2013 because the 2006 film was seen as a flop. There's been a Jonah Hex movie, for Christ's sake. You can't take a chance on a Wonder Woman movie? Not even once? Fuck that.

    I would spend obscene amounts of money on a live action Wonder Woman film. She is legit the greatest.

    Guys! Jennifer Lawrence was at Comic Con!

    As well as some other Hunger Games actors, but no one really important, just the co-stars. They brought a new Hunger Games: Catching Fire trailer with them. And look at Effie rocking that McQueen. She's living the dream.

    Other movie news: The first Veronica Mars trailer premieres; New Godzilla movie; Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity brought Sandra Bullock to Comic Con; Did you not hear me say Jennifer Lawrence? Look, here's the panel!

    Doctor Who celebrated its 50th Anniversary a bit early at Comic Con this weekend. They showed a trailer that was apparently awesome. It had Daleks in it. I would show it to you, but it has not been released. It was an exclusive treat for the Whovians at Comic Con only. I am not pleased.

    These are Daleks, the Doctor's greatest enemies. I know they look silly. Trust me, they are scary. And funny. Funny-scary.

    For those nerds: Both David Tennant and Billie Piper will be back for the anniversary special on November 23. Steven Moffat, the current showrunner of Doctor Who, hinted at John Barrowman showing up again as Captain Jack Harkness . . . maybe. He's a tricky one, that Moffat. They haven't yet decided on a 12th Doctor. Matt Smith put on a Bart Simpson mask and walked the floor at Comic Con. I'm sorry if this paragraph makes no sense to you. You should start watching Doctor Who so that you and I have more to talk about.

    Steven Moffat had another panel earlier in the convention for his other show, Sherlock. I know you just want to see Benedict Cumberbatch, so I won't waste any more of your time:

    It's Breaking Bad's final season which makes this Breaking Bad's final Comic Con until the inevitable reunion panel in however many years. Attendees got to see a few minutes of the next episode; the rest of us will see it August 11 or whenever it gets put on Netflix. Here's the Comic Con trailer:

    Speaking of Breaking Bad, I can't wait to see Aaron Paul congratulate all of you you-know-whats.

    Other television news: Khal Drogo! My sun and stars!; Supernatural's getting a spinoff; new Walking Dead trailer; Here's a video of the Teen Wolf panel.