As you might guess, Thursday, the first full day of the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con, was another evolution of crazy lines and wall-to-wall geekery. While walking into the convention center I passed by the same poor souls that I saw in the Hall H line the night before, but after the long night of waiting they actually seemed more energized than the evening before, knowing they would soon be rewarded for their perseverance.
As the day progressed, I made an unscientific observation (as I couldn’t find any actual scientists to lend a hand – although I did meet a pretty convincing Doc Brown): I’ve noticed, especially during Wednesday’s Preview Night, that the quantity of attendees in costume seems to be severely reduced this year (at least so far) from what I’ve seen in years past.
Maybe this has something to do with the cosplayer vs. vendor controversy that has reared it’s head over the past few months, or maybe I’m just not looking in the right places. Nevertheless we had a fun and exhaustive day, and did see more than a few colorful characters within the event. Please enjoy our Thursday photos below.
Our first stop of the day was the “Up, Up and Away: 75th Anniversary of the 1940 Premiere of the Superman Radio Series” panel, with comic book veterans Anthony Tollin, Mark Waid, Len Wein and Paul Levitz.
Audio clips from the old radio show, including the famous “Up, up and away…” intro made this a fun and informational glimpse at Super-history. For instance, did you know that Kryptonite, Perry White and Jimmy Olsen were all introduced on the Superman radio show, not the comic books? It’s true!
The panel also discussed the ingenious and innovative marketing surrounding the radio show, and the consensus of the panelists was that it was radio that made Superman a star, not necessarily the comics.
The next panel for us was “Spinner Rack Revolution,” where Deputy Director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Alex Cox, discussed the transition of post comics-code comic books into magazines, in order to avoid the strict regulations of the code.
The list of more mature themed comic magazines includes MAD, Warren publishing’s Creepy and Eerie, CARtoons, Blazing Combat, Vampirella and Heavy Metal. Marvel books that followed the magazine trend included Savage Tales, Savage Sword of Conan, Marvel Preview (which introduced Star-Lord), Howard the Duck, and the Rampaging Hulk.
Did you know that MAD and Heavy Metal are the only magazine comics that still survive today? It’s true! Did you also know that Grant Morrison has taken over Heavy Metal magazine as editor-in-chief?Also true, and exciting!
Next,we caught the tail end of the Hall H Doctor Who panel and took a few photos (of the room’s monitor screens.) I (embarrassingly) don’t know much about this BBC series, but the actors were all fun and personable – and very British.
After the Whovians cleared out, the next panel was for the upcoming crowd-funded web series, “Con Man,” created by nerdy fan favorite Alan Tudyk. Many of the people in the audience actually contributed to the series’ highly successful Indiegogo campaign (one of the biggest ever), so they were extra-thrilled to see the first footage from the new show – which looked like a lot of fun.
Con Man is about a down-on-his-luck actor who is best known for playing a role in a sci-fi television series. He now travels the pop culture convention circuit and has misadventures similar to those Tudyk has experienced in real life. The panel also included nerd faves Nathan Fillion, Wil Wheaton, Seth Green and Felicia Day, and was moderated by Chris Hardwick.
SDCC Gallery: Thursday, July 9, 2015 (click an image to see the large version):