The GeeksverseSDCC 2012: Weekend (July 14–15) News Recap

SDCC 2012: Weekend (July 14–15) News Recap
Published on Monday, July 16, 2012 by

If you were too busy partying it up over the weekend and missed all the big stories that came out of the San Diego Convention Center the past couple of days, the Comixverse has got you covered with the SDCC 2012 Weekend News Recap!

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An entertaining panel featuring Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, and Dolph Lundgren for the upcoming film Expendables 2 was overshadowed later in the day by word of the unexpected death of Stallone’s 36-year old son, actor and director Sage Stallone.

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The Image Comics Experience panel featured a cascade of new project announcements from publisher Eric Stephenson. I’m personally looking forward to Whilce Portacio‘s Non-Humans, Brandon Graham’s Multiple Warheads (his King City is one of my favorite books of 2012 so far), Matt Fraction and Howard Chaykin’s Satellite Sam, and Greg Rucka and Michael Lark’s Lazarus.

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In news that surprised absolutely no one, Marvel Studios confirmed that sequels to Captain America: The First Avenger and Thor are in the works. The film production outfit also revealed that the long-gestating Ant-Man movie and a Guardians of the Galaxy film are also in the process of being made (with the latter projected to be released in the summer of 2014). No new word was offered on the recently-revealed Disney Studios/Marvel Studios Big Hero 6 animated feature film, though.

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We’ve been following the A.V. Club‘s Todd VanDerWerff’s dispatches from the con floor with these news recap articles. His weekend pieces, like the first two SDCC articles that we spotlighted in this space, attempt to make sense of the seeming arbitrariness of geek culture and con social dynamics through a combination of keen observation and thoughtful introspection. Here are some excerpts, but you should really read the full articles.

From How to learn to stop standing in line and love the con (the Margaret Atwood way)

Power outlets are one of the most sought-after resources at the con, simply because most people are running low on cell phone or tablet battery by the midpoint of the day. (Or, if you’re in the press, you’re running low on laptop battery.) The problem is that the only outlets you can actually sit by are out in the hallways, nowhere near the action on the show floor or in the panels. The exception? Room 7AB, which boasts a long line of chairs against the back wall and at least three outlets, all of which are easily accessible to those sitting there. (It’s also a large enough room that the panels there tend to be at least mildly interesting, though it’s still small enough to be easy to get into most of the time.) This also creates a very, very odd situation where those lucky enough to get one of the six plugs then have to offer up USB ports to others looking to charge, creating weird, instant pods of new best friends, bound by electronics.

from How the con’s show floor is like finding a mystic portal into a British children’s novel

The show floor is a big, jostling mess, and it’s something that will always be a big, jostling mess. But it’s also a world of wonders and a giant space of surprises. And it’s extremely rare that anybody ever gets all that mad, because the second they nearly do, well, they turn the corner, and there’s that perfect gift, that perfect sketch, that book you’ve been looking for.

and from On ball-jointed dolls and the dream of a geek supercontinent

So many of the people attending Comic-Con are people who spent long childhoods and adolescences trying to fit in with the majority, even as their interests skewed more toward the minority. So many nerd-ish pursuits promise both mastery—over tiny facsimiles of the world as it is and as we would like it to be—and untapped power, trapped just inside your rib cage, if only you knew the magic words that would unlock it. But with the rise of events like Comic-Con and the fact that superhero movies (and other geeky flicks) have conquered the box office, fandom finds itself in a place it doesn’t really understand: a place of uneasy cultural dominance.

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Gamespot has full-length footage (a little over 47 minutes) of the Marvel Games panel for your viewing pleasure. Keep an eye out for the live Deadpool cameo!

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An epic photobomb from SDCC (photograph by Nathan Rupert, originally posted in the ComicBookMovie.com article COSPLAY Hotties: SDCC 2012 Edition Featuring Power Girl, Harley Quinn & More)

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And so ends another San Diego Comic-Con International. If you want to read our other pieces on the con, visit our SDCC 2012 page. Interested in our coverage of other conventions? Hit the “Conventions and Shows” button on the upper right of the page for a drop-down menu listing our previous con work.

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