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Fans of geekdom love when their town hosts a local pop culture convention. Not only is it a great place to get some cool merchandise and see some awesome cosplay, it’s also a rare opportunity to meet some of your favorite stars up close and personal. If you’re a fan of Supernatural, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Walking Dead, or many other television shows and movies, you can meet and interact with some of your favorite characters. It used to be that only the big conventions like San Diego Comic Con and New York Comic Con was able to draw the big stars, but nowadays the stars are flocking to all of them, and for a pretty good reason.

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Fans Beg Netflix to Make Thor and Darryl a Thing

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Though the iconic Asgardian hero is never too far from any true Marvel fan’s attention, Thor hasn’t had that much of a role in the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe recently. His last solo movie, Thor: The Dark World, came out in 2013. That’s a full three years ago, if you can believe it. It doesn’t feel like it. Though it makes sense that he would be somewhat preoccupied, what with his new movie Thor: Ragnarok due out in 2017, a lot of fans were confused not to see him weigh in with the other Avengers in the conflict that rocked Captain America: Civil War. (more…)

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Comic conventions are a great thing. Not only do many like-minded geeks get to have a safe space where they can meet people with similar interests and sometimes meet celebrities, but Cons are also a great thing for retailers to sell the wares to the geek community. You can ask any person who attends a Con and they can attest to spending hundreds of dollars for souvenirs for things they enjoy. Souvenirs could be anything from comic books, to posters, to the even obscure items. I once noticed people get wedding rings engraved in House Stark writings at a Con, so there’s something for everyone. One thing that is also at comic cons is the cosplay attire. Because Cosplay and comic Cons go hand in hand, there are such a plethora of items people can get related to Cosplay. Now it looks like replica weapons are also on that list and Wizard World isn’t too pleased with that.

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Scottish-American actor John Barrowman poses for photographers during the MIPTV (International Television Programme Market), Tuesday, April 5, 2011, in Cannes, southern France. They present the 4th season of the television series "Torchwood: Miracle Day" (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

Acting, singing, dancing, writing, time travelling and evil archery – often, it seems that there is no ends to the list of skills at which John Barrowman excels. Leaping to every new challenge with his signature flair and flamboyance – not to mention incredible levels of energy – it’s no surprise that he’s won so many awards for being generally an all round amazing entertainer. At San Diego Comic Con this week, he added to his list of accomplishments by showing off his fabulous cosplaying talents. (more…)

‘Aliens’ Reunion Planned For Comic-Con

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There are only a few sequels that either rival or surpass their original film. Of course, you have Terminator 2: Judgement Day, The Godfather II, and The Dark Knight. However, the one that really stands out (and stands the test of time) is James Cameron’s Aliens. The sequel to the space horror film Alien had the right amount of horror, action, and heart. The film upped the ante of its predecessor and managed to be a one of a kind blockbuster. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 30 years since the original came out in 1986. Audiences still can’t get enough of this film, and it looks like we’ll be in for a treat at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego.

It has been confirmed that the original cast of the film will reunite this year at Hall H of Comic-Con. In addition to director Cameron and Sigourney Weaver, the bands getting back together! Included in the panel will be Bill Paxton, Gale Anne Hurd, Lance Henriksen, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, and Carrie Henn (now all grown up). No word if Weaver will be discussing the much rumored and anticipated Neill Blomkamp direct sequel to Aliens, which hopes to remove Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection from canon and our collective memory.

Cameron although busy with up to four sequels for his Avatar franchise, still is very fond of Aliens, as he feels it’s the film that really put him on the map.

“You know, it’s interesting. I don’t normally pursue these kind of nostalgia moments like we’re going to do down at Comic-Con, and I didn’t do it much at all for Terminator on its 30th, but there’s something about Aliens. It was a milestone for myself and Gale because the film got seven Academy Award nominations.”

Weaver recently attended a screening and Q&A at the Alamo Drafthouse where she and fans got to relive the magic.

“One of my great moments in … life, frankly, was by the time we got to that line, the whole audience yelled it with Ripley,”

We all know what line she’s talking about!

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Blue Ray

Twentieth Century Fox will also be releasing a 30th Anniversary Blu-ray and Digital release of the film this fall. The first 250 fans who pre-order at Comic-Con will get a lithograph image of Ripley fighting the Alien Queen. The Blue Ray will include the original theatrical edition as well as the special edition of the film, commentary tracks, and deleted/extended scenes. Also included in the box set will be collectible art cards as well as concept art sketches by director Cameron.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

NYCC Marks the End of an Era for Stan Lee

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Let’s face it: we all owe a great deal to comic book icon Stan Lee. Without his contributions to comics in general, we wouldn’t know such great characters as Spider-Man, The Hulk, The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor, The X-Men, and countless others. The last 10+ years of superhero films wouldn’t exist without his contributions. Even after he stepped down from an active role at Marvel, Lee continued to be a part of geek culture. Everything from lectures across the country on his impact to the industry, to his charity work, to his numerous cameos, and of course him always being on the comic convention circuit. Over the years, Lee’s always made himself available at many comic conventions, including the big ones: San Diego Comic-Con and New York Comic-Con. As he has grown older, he has tried to remain active at conventions, even though he eventually started winding down in his appearances. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. (more…)

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Wolverine can only hope to have this much fun while he’s dead. Gwenpool started out as a truly inspired mashup cosplay of Gwen Stacy and Deadpool at the San Diego Comic-con. The pink-powered merc quickly went viral, becoming official with appearances in titles like Howard the Duck and the Gwenpool Holiday Special.

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The internet has been a firestorm of curse words and chimichangas ever since it was announced that Ryan Reynolds would officially don the red-and-black of Marvel’s kookiest superhero, Deadpool, in feature-film form.  Reynolds has been relishing in every opportunity he has given to talk directly to the cameras in promos and give us glimpses of The Merc with the Mouth, and we’ve recently been blessed with a brand-new clip.  In a hilarious new video, Reynolds announces his appearance at the Sao Paulo Comic Con, where 20th Century Fox will be hosting a panel on Friday, December 4th.

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‘Comic-Con: The Musical’ – Experience SDCC Through Song and Dance

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San Diego Comic Con is both heaven and hell for nerds. Sure, you can get your hands on some exclusive toys and collectibles. You can attend panels featuring your favorite celebrities and catch exclusive film and TV footage before anyone else. There’s also hundreds of cosplayers to ogle at (in a non creeper manner) and take selfies with.  Above all else, it’s a place for people of mutual interest to come together and share their unbridled passions for pop culture. Oh, and those after parties – nothing like seeing a room full of inebriated nerds.

Comic Con should be the promised land. It is and it isn’t. There is the darker side to the convention. The stuff of nightmares.

Namely the sea of people – some of which whom don’t bath leaving a strong stench of “edu du nerd” – making it impossible navigate the con floor. It’s so crowded, if you were to jump you would get stuck. People with space issues need not go. Then there is the true horror… waiting. All you do is get in a line a wait half your day (or sometimes even over night) in the hopes that you’ll get in on blockbuster panel, not knowing if your time sacrificed will even get you into the infamous Hall H. There’s more to lament, such as the lack of sustainable sustenance offered by the convention food vendors – hot dogs, nachos and jumbo pretzels are not adequate journey food. Then there’s the occasional nerd on nerd violence. Cutting in line will not go over well with someone who’s spent the evening on pavement getting 3 hours sleep.

All the highs and lows of Comic Con can be best addressed in song. If you’ve never experienced Comic-Con for yourself, the folks at Nerdist have put together a short called Comic-Con: The Musical, and it’s a fairly accurate depiction of what its like being at Comic Con.  (more…)