Posts Tagged 'San Diego'

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.



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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With San Diego Comic-Con as the backdrop, 32 men and women who are commonly referred to as Real Life Super Heroes (RLSH) will take to the streets and help the homeless through H.O.P.E. (HOMELESS OUTREACH PROGRAM EFFECT) 2011 – an event organized to provide assistance to those in need.

 At 11 A.M. on Saturday July 23rd, these 32 “heroes” will gather at 16th Street at the Garfield High School parking lot to begin the distribution of over 200 backpacks full of life essentials to people living on the streets.  These PACKS OF HOPE will contain donated items including:

1 Bottle Sunscreen

1 Roll Toilet Paper

1 Flashlight (crank recharge)

1 Emergency Rain Poncho

1 Pair Sunglasses

1 Baseball Hat

1 Toothbrush

1 TubeToothpaste

5 Razors

1 Can Shaving Cream

3 Pair Socks

1 T-shirt

1 Sleeping Bag

1 Comb

1 Mini First Aid Kit

1 Stick Deodorant

1 Metal Drink Bottle


In addition, a mobile “food shelf “ will be on site to help people in the area who may need food, but have little or no money to pay for it.

 “This will hopefully be the first in a series of events to be carried out every summer in San Diego,” said RazorHawk – the organizer and one of the RLSH from Minnesota who comes to San Diego Comic-Con annually.  “Our goal is to have a number of similar outreach events happening

In San Diego for Comic-Con? Meet the voice of Trunks and Vegeta!

Anime voice actor Eric Vale , currently featured in shows on FUNimation Channel HD, will be making an exclusive appearance on July 23 at the AT&T Store on Broadway in San Diego on the Saturday of the international comic book convention. Vale with special guest, Chris Sabat, will be signing autographs and taking photos with fans. Vale and Sabat have been previously featured in Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, and Fruits Basket to name a few.

Vale has also spent time as an ADR director in addition to scripting over fifty anime programs as Head Writer with FUNimation Productions.

Experience THE LORD OF THE RINGS: WAR IN THE NORTH Like Never Before at San Diego Comic-Con

In celebration of the upcoming 2011 video game The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment will be playing host to attendees of San Diego Comic-Con with a special one-night-only event, The Lord of the Rings: War in the North Middle-earth Experience, on Saturday, July 23.

 Fans can register for this event, following the instructions on their The Lord of the Rings: War in the North branded hotel key card, which can be found at 36 San Diego hotels, or signage and trailers on branded hotel shuttle buses servicing the convention center area.

   In addition to the “The Lord of the Rings: War in the North Middle-earth Experience,” legendary comic book artist and current Co-Publisher of DC Entertainment Jim Lee will conduct signings in the Warner Bros. booth, as well as the DC Entertainment booth on Thursday, July 21 and Friday, July 22.


 WHAT:   The Lord of the Rings: War in the North Middle-earth Experience

 On Saturday July 23, Comic-Con attendees will able to experience an exclusive The Lord of the Rings: War in the North event in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter. In addition to the interactive video experience, guests will able to engage with various environmental photo ops, play the unreleased game months before the retail debut and be eligible to win an array of prizes.  A branded game truck will be parked on site as well for hands-on gaming with The Lord of the Rings: War in the North.

Jim Lee will be on hand at the DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. booths to sign free copies of limited edition promotional prints featuring his artwork for The Lord of the Rings:  War in the North, which will be given away at each signing.

 WHEN:                The Lord of the Rings: War in the North

Middle-earth Experience:

 Saturday, July 23

 The event will occur twice between the hours of 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

For the Jim Lee artwork signings:

 Thursday, July 21

 1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Warner Bros. Booth #4545, San Diego Convention Center

 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., DC Entertainment Booth #1915, San Diego Convention Center

Friday, July 22

 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., DC Comics Booth #1915, San Diego Convention Center

WHERE: The Lord of the Rings: War in the North Middle-earth Experience:

 San Diego Gaslamp Quarter,

 J Street, between 5th & 6th Ave.

 San Diego, CA

  Game Truck Demos:

 Thursday/Friday 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

 Sun 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

 1st & Island Ave

Saturday 11:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m.

 5th & J Street

VOLTRON Panel & Interviews this THURSDAY – July 21

WHAT:           Voltron®, the franchise that began when the 1980s robot-themed television action series Voltron: Defender of the Universe® launched, will make its first-ever panel presentation at Comic-Con International. The panel will feature all-new and classic Voltron content including original graphic novels, the Voltron video game, Nicktoons’ Voltron Forcetelevision series, toys and merchandise, as well as exclusive sneak previews, never-before-seen material and big surprises for attendees.



WHO:            Carrie Keagan, current host of VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live, lead anchor on No Good TV and known for her appearances on G4’s Attack of the Show, will moderate the hour-long event, which includes artists, producers and designers from the entire Voltron universe:

  • From THQ, Adam Affrunti, producer;
  • From World Events Productions, Jeremy Corray, Voltron Force supervising producer, and Todd Garfield, Voltron Force story editor;
  • From Nicktoons, Keith Dawkins, senior vice president and general manager of Nicktoons;
  • From Mattel, Steed Sun, entertainment brands design director, Michael Montalvo, entertainment brands design manager, and Brandon Sopinsky, entertainment brands designer;
  • From Dynamite Entertainment, Joe Rybandt, editor, and Brandon Thomas, Voltron comic book writer;
  • From VIZ Media, Traci Todd, senior editor, and Jacob Chabot, cartoonist and illustrator for VIZ Media graphic novels

WHEN:          Media Room – Thursday, July 21 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Panel – Thursday, July 21 from 6p.m. to 7 p.m.


WHERE:       Comic-Con International

Indigo Ballroom at the Bayfront Hilton hotel
1 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA. 92101



In addition to the panel, Voltron fans can participate in the interactive adventure, “The Hunt to Form Voltron.” The scavenger hunt will take place July 21 to July 23 in the area surrounding the convention center.  Participants will play using their smartphones on a mission to find the five Voltron lion standees and their corresponding QR codes. At each standee, players will receive an exclusive button and a chance to win a variety of collectible prizes from THQ, Mattel, WEP, Viz Media and Classic Media including: a 92-inch flat screen Mitsubishi television, an Xbox 360 console, classic Voltron action figures, Voltron retro

t-shirts, DVDs and more.

SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE AREA 3D Blu-ray Bonus Feature Demo at San Diego Comic Con

WHAT:  The prequel to the acclaimed STARZ original series “Spartacus: Blood and Sand,” “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena” comes to Blu-ray™ and DVD on September 13, 2011.  Now see a special sneak preview of the 3D bonus feature (available on Blu-ray™ edition only) that’s sure to have fans abuzz. The battle sequence from the final episode has been converted to 3D and truly puts you into the middle of the arena. The two-disc collection of all six episodes contains other exciting bonus features including featurettes, bloopers and behind-the-scenes footage. The Blu-ray™ goes bigger with extended episodes, audio commentaries and this exclusive 3D sequence – a first for a TV-on-Blu-ray™ release!


   TIME:   1:30 PM – 3:30 PM        Thursday, July 21

 1:15 PM – 3:15 PM        Friday, July 22

 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM      Saturday, July 23

  WHERE:           STARZ BOOTH #4045