the comic-con swag inside and out

Comic Con Gets A Bit of Cirque

By Angie Quidim

On Thursday, the famed acrobatic group, Cirque du Solei had a debut performance outside the walls of Petco Park in downtown San Diego.  The troup presented Ka; a show currently showing in Las Vegas at the MGM grand. Ka is a story about a twin brother and sister that were seperated by a war incited by the Emperor’s Chief Archer and his soldiers.  During this epic battle the brother and his imperial troops were enslaved and his sister was rescued only to be stranded in a magical forest.  The short performance at Comic Con was a sample of the epic battle which ensues. 

See the making of video here

The short performance can be seen here

  In the video you can only get a small idea of how grand the presentation truly was. There was a short intro to the story in the beginning, ala comic book illustrations. The screen 
exploded” revealing the beginnings of war where the opponents faced each other on the battlefield.   The acrobats were sideways against the screen to give the impression they were flush with the stadium wall.  The projector supplied the special effects of the battle from waves to explosive hits.  There was definitely the signatures of a Vegas show in this presentation with the elaborate sound and lighting.  One thing to note about this was that it was another activity done outside the con ( no comic con badge needed).  This was definitely something you had to be there to experience.

Don’t have a Comic Con Pass? YOU CAN STILL BE AT CON!

By David Burrola

Many people don’t have passes to Comic Con this year due to pre-sales going like the dodo before you could blink. But there’s still plenty to do down there in the downtown area even if you don’t have a pass.

 My colleague and I went about to see what was going on, and no not just in restaurants. We found several booths or awnings set up out and around the convention center with games and things featuring things that you’d see in side normally on the show floor. But it was all accessable to the public and there where many people promoting their restaurant’s there sure(free drinks!) but much of the other things outside where viral campaigns for movies, games and comics that you could actually see elsewhere.

 In one instance, you had people handing out flyers for the new Cowboys and Aliens film, with a link to a twitter account that if you followed it, you’d be updated with locations of people handing out t-shirts and possibly passes for a screening this weekend. In addition to that, we also found a bar that had been turned into a Saloon for the film. They had good beer.

 Sega had a building made out for them to showcase new games of various kinds including Sonic, Spiral Knights, Shinobi just to name a few. And Right next to them was a Marvel building with many other things going on there. But we didn’t have a chance to hit that one up at the time.

 Bioware also made a showing down by the trolly station right across from the convention center, where they are premiering the forthcoming game Mass Effect 3. That i’m stoked about.

 Near by there, was a stand that had a life sized model of a new cop car being used for the new Total Recall film with Colin Farrell.

 While a lot of these did lead themselves back into the Convention Center, there where still plenty to do outside and many places offering free drinks for a certain time to those who are 21 and older and also big geeks.

 If you don’t have passes don’t frett, there’s still plenty to do down here by the Con. Just take a trip down here have fun around, and talk to some geeks out here. Maybe even drink with a few. Responsibly.

 I can’t give any guarantees about myself in that situation though…

Comic-Con Exclusive: Star Wars Saga Deleted Scene Teaser

Not at Comic-Con? We’ve got you’ve covered. Fans who attended the Star Wars Fan Movie Awards just got a sneak peek at some of the deleted scenes from the upcoming Star Wars Saga on Blu-ray Disc. Check it out:


On the eve of their anticipated panel, castmembers John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Mekhi Phifer, Alexa Havins and Bill Pullman along with writer Jane Espenson shocked Comic-Con goers with  a surprise visit to an advanced screening of episode 103 of STARZ’ “Torchwood: Miracle Day,” on Thursday, July 21st at 9:30pm PT at San Diego Comic-Con.  Below please find a photo of the surprise appearance

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Relativity Media and Atlas Entertainment to Bring Voltron™

Relativity Media’s President of Worldwide Production Tucker Tooley announced today the studio has optioned the feature film rights for Voltron™ from World Event Productions, and will adapt the live-action big screen version from the 1984 cult-classic animated series Voltron: Defender of the Universe™. The project was brought to Relativity through their deal with Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, whose company will shepherd the project.

In Voltron™, an elite battle force defends the fate of mankind in the spectacular action adventure. Five young warriors are responsible for the future of the galaxy when they become pilots of a battalion of ultra-high-tech Robot Lions, powerful vessels with the ability to join together to form a fearsome mega-weapon known as “Voltron”.

The original series, based on the Japanese anime properties Beast King GoLion and Kikou Kantai Dairugger XV, aired in the United States for two years and has been described as an “international pop-culture hit” that has garnered a large following over the last 25 years. In recent years, the Voltron™ property has sold over 300,000 DVDs, established numerous apparel and consumer product deals and has spawned a highly-successful TV series, Voltron Force™, which became Nicktoon’s highest-rated debut ever on June 16, 2011. Voltron™ will be making its first-ever panel debut at Comic-Con International in San Diego on Thursday, July 21 where they will feature a presentation of all-new and classic Voltron™ content.

The live-action film will be produced by Atlas Entertainment’s Roven (The Dark Knight) and Richard Suckle (The International), along with Kickstart Entertainment’s Jason Netter (Wanted). World Events Productions’ Ted Koplar (Voltron Force) will executive produce. The script is being penned by Thomas Dean Donnelly (Conan the Barbarian) and Joshua Oppenheimer (Sahara).

Tooley said, “For nearly three decades, Voltron™ has captured the minds of a nostalgically loyal and rabid fan base and has long been considered a hotly-pursued project. We are beyond excited World Event Productions and Atlas Entertainment have placed their trust and faith in Relativity to bring this coveted property to the big screen, and usher in a new generation of devoted fans.” Tooley added, “With Chuck and Richard’s experience producing tentpoles, they are the perfect producers to bring this potential franchise to theaters.”

Roven, co-founder, Atlas Entertainment said, “It’s incredibly gratifying to officially announce the development of the live-action Voltron™ movie this week, given its recent resurgence and the start of Comic-Con.”

Suckle, producer, Atlas Entertainment added, “I know there’s been a lot of rumors and speculation about this movie, so it’s great to finally confirm to all the Voltron™ fans everywhere that we’re coming for them.”

World Events Productions was represented in the deal by UTA.

Looking ahead, Relativity will release David Ellis’ Shark Night 3D on September 2, 2011, followed by Marc Forster’s Machine Gun Preacher on September 23, 2011, then the highly-anticipated Immortals on November 11, 2011, starring Henry Cavill, Stephen Dorff, Isabel Lucas, Freida Pinto, Luke Evans and Kellan Lutz with John Hurt and Mickey Rourke. The studio is in production on its Untitled Snow White Project (in theatres March 16, 2012), starring Lily Collins as Snow White, Oscar®-winner Julia Roberts as the evil Queen, Armie Hammer as Prince Andrew Alcott, and Nathan Lane as the hapless and bungling servant to the Queen. Relativity’s expansive 2012 slate also includes Haywire (in theatres January 20, 2012), Act of Valor (in theatres February 17, 2012), The Raven (in theatres March 9, 2012), Untitled Farrelly/Wessler Project (in theatres April 13, 2012), House at the End of the Street (in theatres April 20, 2012), Safe Haven (in theatres June 1, 2012) and Hunter Killer (in theatres December 21, 2012).


The Dark Horse booth was overrun with fans, media and industry professionals tonight, as Dark Horse unveiled three new titles with three new creators. P.C. Cast and her daughter, Kristin Cast, may be new names to the comics world, but to genre fiction fans, they are the beloved co-authors of the incredibly successful series of novels set in the world of House of Night. Now the Casts bring these high school-aged vampires to comics with all-new stories, tying in directly to the existing series!

Until recently, Zoey Redbird was an average high-school student worrying about grades, boys, and breakouts. But priorities have a way of changing when you are marked as a vampyre, enroll in the vampyre academy House of Night, and have to figure out a whole new social hierarchy, affinities for elemental magic, and physiological changes that make you crave blood.

In this series, taking place between scenes from Betrayed (the second book in the wildly popular House of Night series, which has sold millions of copies internationally), Zoey is in desperate need of guidance as she prepares to take over the elite student group known as the Dark Daughters. Surrounded by her group of devoted friends, Zoey turns to The Fledgling Handbook, a historical vampyre tome, in hopes of better understanding this big, new world of vampyrism.

“Watching my characters and their world come to life with the fabulous team at Dark Horse has been fulfilling and fun” said author, P.C. Cast. “Fans are gonna love these comics!”

The comic will be co-written by Kent Dallan, with art by Joelle Jones (Troublemaker). House of Night is the second new title in Dark Horse’s fall line-up, arriving in stores on November 9TH!

Check out the exclusive reveal trailer: