As the first day of Comic-Con dawned at the San Diego Convention Center, the place seemed to come alive with superheroes, villains, comic book characters, die hard Star Wars, Hunger Games, Marvel Comics, Kill Bill, Alice in Wonderland and other fans all flushed with excitement and frenzy in their joy attending one of the biggest ever gatherings.
First launched in the 1970s as a pop and comic cultural event, this year’s gathering is as vibrant as ever with an expected turnout of more than 130,000 fanboys and girls, dressed in their best cosplay finery right from the very first day itself.
Here’s what a Rob Rob Salkowitz, a Seattle-based digital media consultant and University of Washington lecturer who authored a book on the Comic-Con had to say, “Every year they deliver the goods. They don’t give anybody a reason to say, ‘Let’s check out New York next year. There are some people that live and die by this show.” Sean Smith, executive editor of Entertainment Weekly, shares a similar opinion, “Comic Con is absolutely central to what pop culture has become now because we’re living in the age of superheroes.”
Like some of the past years, this time too, fans might be surprised by sudden flash celebrity visits and reporters and fans are keeping their eyes peeled for an unexpected glimpse or an exclusive announcement. The downtown blocks have already been transformed into Comic-Con villages while the entire campus is dotted with exciting exhibits. Speaking about the four-day event, spokesman David Glanzer said, “We pride ourselves in the diversity of programming and the diversity of our exhibit floor. We pride ourselves on having a stellar guest list that includes creators from all fields of popular arts, some of whom are international and others who may not regularly attend conventions.”
Here are some of the exciting highlights:
- Costumes from “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” were exhibited; Batman’s Bat suit and Wonder Woman’s new costume drew the crowds. The film will be showcased at the Comic-Con on Saturday while the movie itself will be released in the US on March 25, 2016.
- Fans were given a glimpse at the trailer of last of the series, Mockingjay – Part 2 which is set to release in November this year.
- On Friday, Disney will host a panel for its newest Star Wars movie, “The Force Awakens,” the first in a trilogy which will hit the theatres across the world this December. There is even a rumour that the panel will be attended by Harrison Ford to promote the movie.
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