(CBS Las Vegas, NV) If you can’t make it to this years Comic-Con have no fear our geeky team in San Diego and has it covered for your viewing pleasure.
Last year our correspondent Tim Mudd went to San Diego and brought forth killer Comic-Con coverage. They’re back again, bigger, badder and with even more super powers. Come back all week for our epic coverage . Don’t make Captain America angry.
When I heard on September 3rd last year that tickets for 2011’s Comic-Con International would be going on sale November 1st, one word crossed my mind, “Already?”
[pullquote quote=”Having accepted my destiny, I was ready for a second tour of duty to test my wits and hand-to-hand combat.”]My personal wounds from five days of guerilla-style journalistic warfare late last July, CBS Radio had barely begun to turn from scabs to scars; and already the prospect of another tour of duty clashed with the flickering images engrained into my mind’s eye’s newly-written graphic novel of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Surviving four full-days of the event is a badge of honor I’ve held proudly over the last year; I’ve taken every opportunity to regale anyone who will listen about my after-hours cocktail with Dexter’s Michael C. Hall, becoming Elvira: Mistress of the Dark’s confidant with regard to her musical project with a certain White Stripe and just how far I figured I’d walked during this grueling triathlon of entertainment.
That said, when I got the call from my Lead Editor in L.A. tasking me to return this year, not as a rookie, but as a grizzled vet, that still didn’t curtail over an hour of whining, crying, kicking and screaming in protest. Once I’d got that out of my system and having accepted my destiny, I was ready for a second tour of duty to test my wits and hand-to-hand combat in a sequel I like to call… Tim vs. Comic-Con 2: Back to the Con!
Twelve Months Later…
[pullquote quote=”A number of the major movie studios will be noticeably absent from Comic-Con 2011″]So what’s happened during the twelve months that have passed since I last wade through the swamp of graphic flyers littering Harbor Drive outside the San Diego Convention Center?
Well – if you’ve followed this particular side of the story – you may know that the world’s largest convention of comic book purveyors were considering moving their annual event north to the climes of Anaheim or Los Angeles. Amid much wooing and protesting, the score was finally settled during a mid-August vote among the organizers whose outcome decided that the event would remain in America’s Finest City until at least 2015.
Our Life Is Not A Movie Or Maybe
Probably the biggest news to come out of the lead-up to this year’s event is that a number of the major movie studios will be noticeably absent from Comic-Con 2011. Disney, Dreamworks, Warner Bros., the Weinstein Co. and – most surprisingly – Marvel studios, will relegate themselves to the side-lines of this years event, usually used as a litmus test to gauge audience reaction to any of their projects closely tied or loosely affiliated with the genre.
While this may provide slight relief to the comic book genre purists, nostalgic for the days when the presence of motion pictures and their attention-hogging stars and starlets didn’t overshadow their beloved medium, it is a blow for the overall pop-culture impact of the event that keeps it’s growth and the city’s July tourism figures strong.
While we could speculate this all day long, the only way we’ll truly know the outcome of this experiment is when Comic-Con 2012’s panel line-up is announced nine or ten months from now… ::cringes::
Start Your Engines!
All that said, fear not young Padawans – you’ve still got a star-studded bill of entertainment to look forward to this year – The Amazing Spider Man, Twilight: Breaking Dawn, True Blood and The Walking Dead – as well as Comic-Con’s usual cast of freaks, geeks, fanboys, fangirls and Hollywood junkies.
While my personal agenda this year is looking like a veritable who’s-who of classic comic-book actors, up-and-coming Directors and a few quirks here and there for good measure, you never know exactly what you’re going to experience at Comic-Con. So if you’re not going to be able to make it out this year, grab a cape, activate your light saber and allow me to guide you through the inter-planetary vortex that will forever be known as San Diego’s 2011 Comic-Con International…