We are pleased to inform you that we are on our way to the Con. You’re welcome. More to come.
Just in! Warner Brothers is sponsoring a multi-day event during Comic-Con 2012 that will be held just outside the convention center. Access will be free! Here’s the press release:
BURBANK, Calif. (July 2, 2012) — For the first time ever, Warner Bros. Entertainment will presentExtra at Comic-Con®, a free outdoor entertainment festival happening in San Diego’s Bayfront Park July 12–14 during Comic-Con International: San Diego. Bayfront Park is located between the San Diego Convention Center and the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel.
- Located just steps from the Convention Center, Extra at Comic-Con will be a live, multi-day entertainment experience capturing all the excitement of the Studio’s fan-facing properties: FromThe Lord of the Rings to the DC Universe, they’re all here!
- To download Extra at Comic-Con artwork, click here: http://bit.ly/M0wdxR
“Everyone at Warner Bros. Television approaches Comic-Con as a fan-first experience. It’s in our DNA, with everything we do — from panels to signings to our bags, posters and more — carefully curated with our fans in mind,” said Lisa Gregorian, Chief Marketing Officer, Warner Bros. Television Group. “With the Extra at Comic-Con space, we have created a free and fun outdoor entertainment destination for fans. In addition to having all the Batmobiles on display and game demos, we will be hosting interviews throughout the day on the Extra stage, as well as evening and night events such as screenings and live comedy and musical performances after the convention floor closes for the day. It’s additive to the experience of being at the Con.”
Extra at Comic-Con attractions include:
THE EXTRA STAGE
The centerpiece of this 60,000-square-foot outdoor entertainment event is the Extra stage. Featuring Q&As, live performances, screenings and talent interviews presented by the long-running hit TV entertainment magazine Extra, the stage will be a constant — and free — place for fans to go beyond the Con.
- Stars from The Big Bang Theory, Fringe, The Vampire Diaries and more will appear live on theExtra stage to tape interviews with Extra’s on-camera hosts
- Warner Bros. will also distribute the studio’s Comic-Con special edition of TV Guide Magazine — with four sets of collectible flip covers featuring the casts of The Big Bang Theory, Fringe, Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries — at the Extra stage
- A full live event schedule will be posted at the Extra stage and online at www.thewb.com/comiccon
ALL SIX BATMOBILES!
On display in “The Batcave”: all six Batmobiles from television and film! For the first time ever, Comic-Con fans will have the opportunity to see all of Batman’s iconic onscreen vehicles live and in person, from Adam West’s 1955 Lincoln Futura to the Tumbler from The Dark Knight trilogy.
- Adam West’s 1955 Lincoln Futura. Designed by George Barris, this original Batmobile was featured in the cult classic television series and 1966’s Batman, the Movie.
- Michael Keaton’s Batmobile from 1989’s Batman and 1992’s Batman Returns. Sleek and powerful with a central turbine, the vehicles’ slightly retro design followed Tim Burton’s art deco look of the films.
- Revamped for Joel Schumacher’s 1995 Batman Forever, with bat-lighting and extended fins, Val Kilmer’s hot rod had the ability to drive up walls.
- Schumacher updated the Batmobile once again for George Clooney in 1997’s Batman & Robin.At 33 feet long and a top speed of 350 mph with afterburner thrust, this was the largest and fastest Batmobile on the road.
- The Tumbler designed for Christopher Nolan’s 2005 Batman Begins and 2008’s The Dark Knightis the prototype military vehicle designed by the character Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman).
- The unveiling of the replacement Camouflage Tumbler, to be seen in 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises, in theaters and IMAX July 20.
THE LORD OF THE RINGS VIDEO GAME SHOWCASE
With anticipation mounting for Warner Bros. Pictures’ December 14, 2012, release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey motion picture, directed by Peter Jackson and a production of New Line Cinema and MGM, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is showcasing two upcoming games set in Middle-earth.
- Fans can play hands-on with new video game Guardians of Middle-earth as characters including Gandalf, Sauron, Gollum, Thrain, Galadriel, Legolas and many more. This new multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game allows up to 10 players to engage in competitive matches. The game includes tie-ins with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey film. Tournaments will take place each evening, with prizes including custom-painted video game console systems and high-end gaming audio gear.
- LEGO® The Lord of the Rings: 3D Street Art. From the creative minds at Planet Streetpainting comes a one-of-a-kind, LEGO The Lord of the Rings–inspired 3D street art design that will be created and on display for fans of all ages over the course of three days, July 13–15. Stop by each day and watch the artwork unfold!
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Well, well, well. The folks at SDCC put out a final batch of tickets from the last round of cancellations. There were 5,000 tickets. As with the last first and second rounds, we got set up to wait in line (online) with the other x-thousands of chumps that also have been trying to get in. Out of the gates, we were in fairly good position in the queue, but since the people in front of us had the option to buy multiple tickets … well, let’s just say our pessimism rode high today. After much nail biting, we got to the head of the class. Good news? We scored. Bad news? We only got Thursday and Sunday tickets.
We’re not sure how we feel about this. Yes, we’ll probably still go, if only to get a shot at a 4-day pass for 2013 (you can still buy those on-site, right?). But what the hell are we supposed to do Friday and Saturday*? All we can say is there had better be some crazy deals for graphic novels on Sunday. We want all of the vendors to do well, but still be hungry enough to give us some sweet comic book love (i.e., good reads for cheap).
Here’s a nothing kick in the junk. The only hotel (that we could afford anyway) we could find somewhere along the San Diego trolley-thingy lines is in San Ysidro. Oh, we can’t wait. If any of our readers lives in San Diego proper and wants to rent couches to crash on, drop us a note. There will probably be two of us. Since many of our readers appear to be in Europe (we still don’t understand that) and because our blog is banned in California, we’re guessing we’re not going to be getting many invites.
So, cheers, we guess. We’ll see you other fortunate monkeys there. We’ll be the ones with the Comics A-Go-Go! t-shirts. If you can find us there, you’ll win a special prize. We’ll give you an autographed one dollar bill. So, let’s see. We have 7 readers. We throw out the 2 European, the Brazilian, and the 3 Americans on the East Coast. That leaves Trisha in Las Vegas (we couldn’t think of a more generic name other than Mary and that name seems too old-school for a Comic-Con attendee) and she has told us emphatically that she will NOT try to find us at the Comic-Con after our spoof of Hellboy (hey, we liked our Gelboy post). So, we’re keeping our dollar, we guess.
* Yeah, right. Nothing to do in San Diego. Hah. So, we’ll probably spend time at La Jolla snorkeling (can’t wait), swimming, and not-surfing. We never learned to surf. Shame that. If we have enough money left over after Thursday, we may go to the Wild Animal Park or Zoo or Old Town or something. Too many choices.
Son … of … a …. !!!!! Twice now. Twice!
So, we prepared everything we could in hopes of getting tickets for the Comic-Con in the first round. Earlier this month, we were pre-registered, we’d fully checked our account, we’d pulled out our credit cards — basically, we were loaded for bear. We even linked up via cell phone to make sure one of us would get in and buy tickets for all of us. Well, you know the results of that fiasco.
Two days ago, we were notified by the SDCC Gremlins that the second round (returned tickets and such) were now available for those that didn’t get them the first time around. Here we go, Betsy! So, we are primed today. We’ve got our guns loaded. We’ve got our Gatorade. We’ve got our war paint on. We’re ready to throw down with all of the other fan boys and girls that are surely less swift at keystroking than we are. We are invicible and we WILL get tickets to the Con, by gum!
Again sharing the chores with 365daysoffilm.com, we figure we can’t lose. So, on with the games! The gates open and within just minutes, Justin over at 365daysoffilm.com gets in and lands his 4-day pass (plus preview night)! A grand “huzzah!” goes around. Next, we’re ready with our accounts, and since Justin’s already in, we prep him to quickly push through at least one more purchase before we get in through our account (just in `case). Quickly! The fingers are flying. The credit card information is rattled off like a stock broker barking out pit orders. Oh, no! Fumble! Justin enters the expiration date incorrectly and has to go back. Quickly, lad! That’s it. He’s got it in! But lo! 4-day passes are gone. Only Thursday and Sunday remain. Are you kidding us? What to do?! Make a decision! OK, grab those days and we’ll go snorkeling and site seeing for two days. OK, give it a go. Nope. Gone. The minute we spent trying to make up our minds cost us the Con this year.
If any of you say “Oh, get a life!” we’ll … well, we don’t know what we’ll do but we’ll be upset. For a very long time. Until we figure out a way to enter the SDCC through subterfuge.
Less than one and a half hours. That’s how little time it took to sell out ALL of the San Diego Comic-Con badges. We all started out around #38,000 in the queue and figured we would get at least one day passes. As we approached #10,000 – zup! Gone. Pisser.
“Depression’s got a hold of us;” Black Flag says it best.Yes, yes … we’ll get over it! Just give us a moment to mourn. Cripes.