At this point, referring to the San-Diego Comic-Con as the Mecca of geek culture is maybe a little obvious. But, you know, there's a reason people say that. Once a year the premiere names in all things nerdy descend upon California's southernmost metropolis like a flock of socially awkward ravens, hawking their latest projects, A-ing all sorts of Qs, and generally connecting with the people who make it possible for them to do what they do. It's a pretty magical thing, and you better believe The MindHut will be there.
There is so much to do at Comic-Con that you would literally need to be about 100 people to take it all in. Anime screenings, game demos, autograph sessions—how does a Con attendee decide to spend his or her time? Last week we ran through Comic-Con's full schedule of events and picked out the things that seem like the absolute coolest. What makes Comic-Con such a wild event?
1. Pilot screenings! Wednesday evening is the show's aptly-named "Preview Night," available only to those with weekend (or press!) passes. Each year, Warner Bros. screens new pilots of highly anticipated shows debuting in the fall, and we're gonna get to see 'em. Up this year: 666 Park Avenue, Arrow, The Following, Revolution, and Cult.
2. (More) TV Shows! If you couldn't tell from point #1, television shows certainly do not shy away from making their presence felt at Comic-Con. This year, we're really looking forward to panels from Adult Swim mainstays NTSF:SD:SUV::, Children's Hospital, and Robot Chicken, as well as a spotlight on Comedy Central's Futurama. These panels typically feature most of the cast members, as well as exclusive preview clips you can't see anywhere else. Also promising: a live table reading of an episode from the Hub cartoon series Dan Vs., starring none other than Dave Foley (Kids in the Hall, Newsradio). And, uh, should we try to go to the Glee panel?
3. Comics! Oh yeah… Comic-Con has comic books. There are tons of great comic panels throughout the weekend. We're really stoked about offerings from both Marvel and DC (can't wait to learn about Batman "Beyond the Owls"!), but one of the most interesting looks to be "DC Comics: From Concept to Page," which promises to show the entire process of creating a comic as guided by the editor, writers, and artists of The Flash.
4. Cartoon Heroes! It's very, very possible that the writer of this post was an '80s baby. Even if you're not, you may hold a soft spot in your heart for 1980s cartoons like He-Man and the Masters of the Universe or Transformers, the latter of which has been incarnated into new series and hit feature films again and again. This convention's spotlighting two of the people pivotal to these series, people who helped shaped the childhood of a bunch of kids born in the '80s: Lou Scheimer, head of Filmation and creator of shows like He-Man and She-Ra: Princess of Power, and Peter Cullen, voice of Optimus Prime not just in the '80s but in the new Transformers movies and cartoon series as well. (He's also famous for voicing Eeyore on Winnie the Pooh.) What's crazier, the Peter Cullen panel is moderated by LARRY KING. Um, what?! This is a can't-miss weird event.
5. The Eisners! This is the Oscars or Grammys of the comic book industry. We reported on the 2011 nominations a few months ago, and of course the awards ceremony's held at Comic-Con. It's free for all to attend, and it should be a whole lot of fun (though probably with less "shocking" moments than the VMAs or something). A few years ago, the cast of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World presented the awards—it would be super-awesome if something like that were to happen again!