Friday, July 26, 2013

Comic Con 2013: The Celebrities


It's a well-known fact that in the span of about thirty years, the San Diego Comic Con has grown from basically a swap-meet in the basement of a hotel drawing around 500 to one of the biggest pop culture events of the calendar year, with crowds estimated at around 140 000. Comic Con has always been a great avenue for fans to meet creators, to get a photo or autograph from someone whose work you've always admired from afar. Hollywood has of course realised the potential of marketing to this crowd and it is a great that these days, movies based on comic books are doing gangbusters. It certainly wasn't always like this. The more cynical might say that it's become overly-commercialised and that the "comic" aspect of "Comic Con" isn't the focus any longer. However, there's no denying the thrill in being among the first to see exclusive footage, or to get a glimpse of a mega star in the flesh. And there's of course the infamous long, long line for Hall H, which some queue up for overnight to enter. Here are some of the celebrities who turned out this year.

Comic book artist/writer and creator of Hellboy, Mike Mignola. 

Lou Ferrigno, TV's Incredible Hulk .

From left: composers John Debney, Christopher Lennertz, music supervisor Dave Jordan and composer Marco Beltrami. They were discussing writing music for comic book films. 

Composer Bear McCreary, who is writing the music for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. You've heard his work on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Battlestar Galactica and The Walking Dead.

Jeff Wadlow, writer-director of Kick-Ass 2. 

Troy Baker and Roger Craig Smith, the voices behind the Joker and Batman respectively in the upcoming video game Batman: Arkham Origins


The Arkham Origins panel.

Alfonso Cuaron, director of Gravity, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Children of Men

Edgar Wright, director of The World's End, Shuan of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Marc Webb, director of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Amazing Spider-Man and (500) Days of Summer.

THE DIVERGENT PANEL 

Veronica Roth, author of the Divergent series. 

Theo James and Shailene Woodley, stars of Divergent. 

The Divergent panel. 

Ben Lloyd-Hughes and Ben Lamb. 

Amy Newbold and Miles Teller 

Mekhi Phifer

Shailene Woodley again 

Director Neil Burger and actress Zoe Kravitz 

Maggie Q 

THE ENDER'S GAME PANEL 


Writer/director Gavin Hood cannot believe he's actually at Comic Con. "South Africa is so far away, I've never seen anything like this, guys!" he enthused. 

Ender himself, Asa Butterfield. 

Hailee Steinfeld 

The man, the legend, the Ford. 

Producer Roberto Orci 



The Ender's Game Panel, with moderator Chris Hardwick of The Nerdist 

"What the heck, you can stay on my plane." 

Get to the choppa, let off some steam, kick some ice and all that: it's Schwarzenegger! 

And John Rambo/Rocky Balboa himself. Yo Adrian! 

Christopher Lee was not at the con, but he did have a video message that preceded the preview of the documentary Necessary Evil: Super-villains of DC Comics

Andrea Romano, voice and casting director of the DC Animated Universe. 

Geoff Johns, comic book writer and Chief Creative Officer of DC Comics.

The Necessary Evil panel.

Comic book artist Greg Capullo.

Comic book writer Scott Snyder, who recently worked on Batman with Capullo. 

Comics writer Gail Simone

The "My Secret Origin: How I Broke Into Comics" panel 

DC co-publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio.

CONVERSATIONS FOR A CAUSE: I, FRANKENSTEIN


Zachary Levi holding court at Nerd HQ over at Petco Park. 

The I, Frankenstein Conversations for a Cause panel. 

Yvonne Strahovski 

Aaron Eckhart, who is playing Frankenstein's Monster Adam. 

Writer Kevin Grievioux

Director Stuart Beattie 

You can see why she has no trouble at all melting geek hearts on a regular basis. Man, seeing Yvonne and Zach in the same room, I miss Chuck


CONVERSATIONS FOR A CAUSE: 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE


Guest moderator Alan Tudyk, of Serenity fame. 

Heartthrob Sullivan Stapleton

Also a heatthrob, Rodrigo Santoro. 

The absolutely gorgeous Eva Green. 

The 300: Rise of an Empire panel. 

Sullivan Stapleton talked a lot about his balls. 

Adorbs. 


Emily Bett Rickards (Felicity Smoak on Arrow)

Clark Gregg, Son of Coul. 

Reigning king of all geeks, Joss Whedon. 

"I'm not here for your entertainment. I'm here to make you learn and grow and laugh and cry and riot." - Joss Whedon. 


The Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox panel. 

Cary Elwes, voice of Aquaman in the film. 

Justin Chambers, voice of the Flash, and James Tucker, producer. 

Screenwriter Jim Krieg and character designer Phil Bourassa

THE HALL H MARVEL STUDIOS PANEL 

(Which I waited ten hours in line to see, missing the Warner Bros./Legendary, Lionsgate and Fox panels along the way.) 

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige.

This guy appeared out of a ball of lightning. 

The awe-inspiring Hiddles. 


Joe and Anthony Russo, directors of Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Chris Evans (Captain America) 

Emily Van Camp (Sharon Carter) 


Anthony Mackie (The Falcon) 

Frank Grillo (Crossbones) 

Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill) 

Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) 


Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) 

The cast and directors of Captain America: The Winter Soldier 

Karen Gillan (Nebula) 

SURPRISE! 

James Gunn, director of Guardians of the Galaxy 

Dave Bautista (Drax) 

Chris Pratt (Star Lord) 

Zoe Saldana (Gamora) 

Benicio del Toro (The Collector)

The cast and director of Guardians of the Galaxy 

Writer/director/actor/podcaster/author Kevin Smith.
The romantics out there might like to know there was actually a proposal at his Q&A. He's agreed to eventually officiate the couple's wedding ceremony.

Anthony Ruivivar and J.B. Blanc - the voices of Batman and Alfred respectively from Beware the Batman

Scott Menville, Greg Cipes and Khary Payton - voices of Robin, Beast Boy and Cyborg respectively in Teen Titans and Teen Titans GO! 


Cipes, Payton and Tara Strong. She plays Raven and has voice acted in everything. 

The master at work: Jim Lee drawing live. 




Sweet dreams - what a way to end Comic Con! 



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