I went to Comic Con for a couple of years and loved it, but the ridiculous hassle of registering coupled with the insanity of trying to actually get into the panel you want to see mostly makes me happy that I’ve long since abandoned it for Dragon Con. Except, of course, when Comic Con is actually happening. Then I’m scrambling online for every bit of geek news I can find, weeping over my keyboard and bitterly bemoaning the fact that I’m sitting on my couch in Santa Rosa and not walking around the Exhibit Hall San Diego.
Here is a list I compiled of some of the neat things that I did not actually see in person over the weekend:
1. The first trailer for Arrow, Season Three, is up.
I’m pretty sure there’s another trailer out there, too, possibly one with more spoilers about this season’s villains, but I didn’t want to watch another one, at least, not just yet. (I usually won’t watch more than one full length trailer for something I’m interested in, and I almost never, ever watch clips — I just get disappointed later when I’ve seen those scenes.)
Of course, the first minute of this trailer is just recapping last season, so, boo. But the rest of it looks pretty decent. Cause, you know. OLIVER AND FELICITY GO ON A DATE. That looks to end in bloodshed and angst, of course, but still. My little shipper heart is all happy . . . or would have been, if they weren’t introducing a love triangle with Brandon Routh. Dicks. Also, all the action looks pretty great, and I’m excited to see Oliver’s flashbacks off of Lian Yu. Counting down the days till . . . October? Man, why do all of the CW shows have to start in freaking October.
2. Locke & Key by Joe Hill might be made into a trilogy.
I’ve only read the first issue so far, but I really enjoyed it, and I was bitterly disappointed when the television series never made it to air — it sounded so fantastic. Still, I will easily take a trilogy of horror movies in its place.
3. Speaking of Joe Hill, a full-length trailer for Horns is up, and I’m suddenly much more excited about seeing the movie AND reading the book.
4. Teen Wolf is renewed for an extended Season Five. The fact that it was renewed really isn’t surprising at all, but I’m excited about the twenty episodes I get in 2015 instead of the mere twelve I’m getting this summer. There’s also a trailer for the rest of the current season, a trailer that I’m desperately struggling not to watch. This is the first season I haven’t been spoiled for basically everything that’s going to happen, and I’m trying really, really hard to keep it that way. (But . . . new footage . . . right in my grasp . . . and it’s supposed to be all . . . intense and awesome . . . DAMMIT.)
5. There’s a trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road, and guys, it looks FANTASTIC.
I do have my concerns, mostly because Fury Road is actually from the same people who created the original trilogy, and of that original trilogy, the only one I actually like is The Road Warrior. (Although, in fairness, I do like that one quite a bit.) But based on this trailer alone, I am pretty pumped for this.
Please be the post-apocalyptic wonder I want you to be, Fury Road. Please please please be that wonder.
6. A bunch of new characters have been cast in Game of Thrones. I’ll be honest, I don’t really remember a lot about the Sand Sisters from the books — I wasn’t that interested, when they initially appeared — but I always like seeing who the new cast members are. And the show has a pretty good track record of making me like, or at least sympathize with, characters who I actively disliked (or didn’t give a shit about) in the book. For instance, Catelyn, Theon, Davos, Ygritte, etc.
7. And speaking of GoT actors, Maisie Williams is apparently in talks to star in a Last of Us movie. I will admit to not having played the game yet, but it’s supposed to be fantastic, and I’m a huge fan of Williams’s work as Arya. I’m tentatively excited about this, considering that it’s far from a foregone conclusion.
8. Lucy Lawless (Xena) and Reed Diamond (Dollhouse) are joining the cast of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. This is excellent news. The link also includes some information about Agent Carter, which is one of the many new midseason shows I’m interested in. In fact, I think the majority of the new shows I’m excited about might be premiering midseason. Just to add to my torment. Curse you, TV executives!
9. Another trailer I’m interested in — this one for the animated film The Book of Life.
Apparently, this trailer has been out for a while, but I didn’t know anything about it until I read about the panel at Comic Con. The animation looks incredible, and I’m really interested in Day of the Dead mythology and iconography. I could definitely see this. (Although I really wish I could pair this trailer with music that’s a little less . . . whatever that is.)
10. Finally, one of the best things about nerd conventions in the first place: COSPLAY. From io9 — clearly one of my main sources for information, along with TV.com —
Day One: Lego Batman is pretty awesome. Also, Cecil from Welcome to Night Vale.
Day Two: Sloth from The Goonies made me laugh pretty hard, and I always like me a good looking Gambit. Also have to love the celebrities: Pedro Pascal with a Sailor Moon wand and Dylan O’Brien and Tyler Posey in their matching Luigi hats and staches.
Day Three: Well, Newt kind of wins, honestly. (Although while we’re speaking of kid cosplayers, I must also bring up Baby Rufio, who is ridiculously adorable. See, this is why I will someday have children: so I can dress them up in little nerd outfits, and we can go on awesome nerd family adventures together.)
Day Four: Big fan of the Spaceballs cosplay. Also Xena, Morpheus, and the female villains from Batman: The Animated Series.
In just about a month, I will hopefully have awesome cosplay pictures of my own to take of all my Trekkie friends I’m meeting at Dragon Con. Which I guess means I better hurry up and finish putting together my fucking costumes.
If you’ll excuse me.