That title is really scary, I outdid myself and now you’ve clicked on this article expecting to read about the end of existence on NerdBastards.com, which is probably not where you thought that you’d find out about the end of existence. (more…)
The Baltimore Comic Con is a top-flight show that brought out an impressive lineup of guests, some great panels (featuring Marvel, Boom!, Valiant, Thrillbent, some cool creator showcases and chats about issues that effect the industry) and cosplayers over the course of three days this past weekend. It’s also hosted within a spacious and easily accessible convention center with a ton of conveniences. There is a bakery, yo.
This is a “capital C” Comic Convention that honors the craft and the virtuosos who bend lines and words for our amusement and it’s one of my favorites, but with all of that said, I wasn’t as excited about going to the convention as I used to be when I went to these events. (more…)
The short answer is probably “no”, San Diego Comic-Con won’t tear itself away from its moorings anytime in the near future but a new ruling by the San Diego City Council opens the door for, if nothing else, a bit of hyperbole and instability in the convention’s relationship with San Diego as the city struggles to execute a $520 million expansion to the San Diego Convention Center.
In said decision, the Council chose to not appeal a court ruling that put the kibosh on a new surcharge on hotel guests staying in the city, which would of course effect all travelers to the very popular year-round tourist destination and not just SDCC attendees. The surcharge, which was embraced by hotel owners in the area, would tack on 1-3% of a guest’s room rate onto their bill, adding to the monies collected by other room taxes and fees to make staying in San Diego just a little bit more expensive.
The problem with the surcharge isn’t in its amount, but in the way that it was approved. Apparently, the tax needs to be approved by a popular citywide vote for it to legally take effect.
So, without a way to fund the expansion, what does this mean for SDCC? The most realistic assumption is that the convention center will find another way to fund the construction of the expansion, even if it means putting the surcharge to a public vote. If the expansion doesn’t happen, though, I suppose it is conceivable that the world’s biggest pop culture convention could look to re-locate (maybe Vegas? Maybe they would merge Wonder Con with SDCC and find a huge venue in LA… though I have no idea where) but that would not be an easy separation.
For one thing, moving isn’t as simple as just finding a new “house”. SDCC is massive and there aren’t a lot of venues that could accommodate 200 thousand people over the course of a weekend. there’s also lot of history between the city and the event and a lot of money on the table. SDCC brings in about $180 million every year for the city of San Diego, but while that’s a lot of money, it’s not San Diego’s only draw and the city could live without it. UTSanDiego.com has a great article about SDCC and whether the city’s tourism industry would “thrive” sans the convention and 13 out of 14 local officials, analysts and business representatives all said “yes”.
Remember, while SDCC seems like the beating heart of the nerdverse (even though that might be lessening…) to us, in the real world of dollars and cents, other kinds of conventions can also be a draw and help infuse a city with cash. Fans should remember that when they assume that SDCC will never lose the SD, but while it’s unlikely, it’s certainly not impossible.
Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For made a great big thud at the box office this weekend, earning just $6.5 million off of an estimated $60-$70 million budget. This despite the popularity of the first film (which opened with $29 million in April 2005), the source material and an all-star cast that included Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Josh Brolin and Jessica Alba.
Commercials and other promotional efforts for this thing were everywhere, so no one can claim that a lack of exposure did Sin City: A Dame to Kill For in. That’s not necessarily a reference to the rejected Eva Green/sheerly masked breasts poster that made the rounds (if you’ve read this site before, I’m sure you’ve seen it… over and over again), it just seems like it is. (more…)
At this point, Batman is the American equivalent of James Bond with eight actors having donned the cowl (SDCC footage and moody grey snapshots give Affleck full membership status prior to the release of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice), but if Pierce Brosnan had less defined opinions about grown men in their underwear, his career could have gone in an entirely new direction. Yes, Pierce Brosnan could have starred in Multiplicity. (more…)
This is not the usual type of thing that I file under the “Whatever” banner and this is not an obituary, Jacob Knight did a wonderful job paying tribute to Robin Williams with his obituary yesterday. I didn’t expect to write anything about this and I don’t really know what this is “officially”, I know all things must be labeled, but this is just a rhythm strip of my thoughts from 5AM this morning, sparked by the reactions — good and bad. This is how I deal, I guess. (more…)
What if the Dark Knight trilogy was a footnote in Christopher Nolan’s career? The man who respected a vastly misunderstood audience, the man who made quality a pre-requisite for real success in the superhero genre and who took a broad and broody concept and drained every cartoonish quality out of it for the better. What if Nolan transformed comic book movies and then went in a dozen different directions that all eventually pointed up?
This is the man who gave us Memento, Inception and now Interstellar, which looks so grand and intimate, so beautiful and gut-wrenchingly raw. Anything is possible. (more…)
EDITORS NOTE: Story (SDCC14: Legendary Pictures Unleashes a Hugh Surprise on Hall H) updated from 1/26/14. Update Below.
Legendary Pictures used to be tied to the superhero movie boom but lately they’ve been shepherding movies about big damn monsters (among other things) into theaters with good but not earth shattering results, though it seems clear that, in doubling down with the Godzilla and Pac Rim sequels, their aim is to win audiences over with both the largess of these films and their persistence.
Enter Skull Island, a film based on the mythical island home of King Kong and a complete surprise to the assembled crowd in Hall H and the press when Legendary ran a quick teaser promoting the project. (more…)
Here’s the thing: for approximately 150,000 people San Diego Comic-Con is a majestic thrill ride and a joyous gathering of like-minded people who have, at one point or another, likely felt like an outcast because they simply liked what they liked. This weekend, those things took their place at the center of the universe and there was shopping and partying and drinking and laser tag and celebrities and 29 minutes of sleep. That’s what Comic-Con was. For you.
For the rest of us who don’t go but do follow the world of pop culture and geeky nerdiness, Comic-Con isn’t a place, so much as it is a time of year. A holiday that delivers unto us a chance to nerd out over an endless stream of hard news about comics, TV shows and movies — Comic -Con is when we get to feast on something real and not the gelatinous rumor paste that we have to subsist on all year long.
It’s that influx that excites the hundreds of thousands of people who follow the Comic-Con goings on; these things that get the world talking, and that’s why this thing feels as if it is an event that is much larger than it technically is. But for us to care this much about a party that we aren’t actually attending, we need to keep getting these thrills (or something like them) out of the deal or else what’s the point? (more…)
George Miller’s Justice League fell apart and he’s spent the majority of the last three decades working on dramas and kids films (to much acclaim, I might add), so when it was announced that he would return to the Max Max franchise that had sat rotting in the dessert since 1985, a little bit of doubt crept in. Could Miller re-find the magic after so much time away from the dessert wasteland? Could he sell Mad Max to a new audience that has grown accustomed to violent post-apocalyptic tales and would the old audience reject a continuation of the franchise without Mel Gibson?
After watching the official teaser trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road (embedded below), some of those questions are still without an answer (and new ones are posed, like might this be over the top?), but with regard to those worries about Miller, one thing is clear: never doubt a genius. (more…)