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Why Comic-con 2015 is the Best Year Yet

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Every summer, geeks from all stretches of the continent travel to San Diego for the annual Comic-con where a celebration of all things nerdy ensues. While Comic-con began as an event where fans and avid collectors could meet their favorite artists and writers along with purchasing vast amounts of comic books, toys, and related sci-fi paraphernalia it is now much more encompassing. Not only did this year’s comic con bring us trailers and images from upcoming films and t.v. series like X-Men: Age of Apocalypse, Deadpool, Batman vs. Superman, and The Walking Dead, but we saw previews of Ash vs. Evil Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, and Sinister 2. Within the last decade, the popularity of the comic book has risen and paved the way for many other undervalued genres (horror, sci-fi, and fantasy) to become more mainstream.

The history of Comic-con

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Mad Max Cosplay at San Diego Comic-con. Credit: SuperHeroHype

 

Comic-con began in 1970 when a group of comic book, sci-fi, and film lovers banded together to create the event. It only spanned a day rather than the weekend long affair they now have, and 100 guests were in attendance. In recent years Comic-con has drawn over 130,000 guests and now includes hundreds of programmed events for the attendees.

While attending the convention, guests can participate in hands-on workshops, academic panels, meet their favorite celebrities, and even show off their own costumes. One highlight of attending any convention is seeing the dedicated fans dress up like their favorite characters (aka cosplay).

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An amazing silicon Tyrion Lannister mask. Credit: Melia Robinson @ Business Insider

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highlights of this year’s Comic-con

Batman vs. Superman  released a new trailer that is truly epic.

Ash vs. Evil Dead also released a full-length trailer at Comic-con that is sure to please all horror fans.

Fans got a glimpse of the new season of The Walking Dead in this trailer!

And the spin-off series Fear the Walking Dead also released the first full-length trailer:

In addition to the more established and popular films and t.v. series premiering, there are also gems like The Man in the High Castle. This miniseries, based on the critically acclaimed novel by Philip K. Dick, will air on amazon this fall:

The t.v. series Outcast is based on a new comic series by Walking Dead author Robert Kirkman. It’s received high praise and the show looks just as promising:

What are some television shows or films you’re excited for?

 

  • Ashleigh

    So, I reallllly wanted to go to Comic Con this year (Hello Henry Cavill and Sam Heughan) and I live only an hour away but was out of town! Next year for sure!! Thanks for sharing your experience and pics!!

    • Caitlyn Stever

      Hey, Ashleigh! Thanks for looking. I actually didn’t attend either, but it’s on my bucket list!

  • Yeesh, you’ve almost got me planning my road trip there for next year! So wish I could go – looks like it was an amazing lineup this year, too!

    • Caitlyn Stever

      There’s always next year! I’m already trying to figure out how I can attend too. :)

  • Wow that looks amazing! I love the cosplay pictures. I am also in awe of the Walking Dead and Fear trailers. I wasn’t sure whether I would watch Fear as I don’t need another series to follow. But I think I will now.

    • Caitlyn Stever

      I was very skeptical about the new series too, but doesn’t that trailer totally sell it? :)

  • What an awesome time! I am huge fan of Walking Dead and can’t wait until Fear The Walking Dead comes on. I really hope to try to make it down to Comic Con next year. You’re selling me on it :)

    • Caitlyn Stever

      Me too, Robin! So psyched about both series!

  • SDCC is on my wish list for next year! I went to Comic Con in Chicago and Nashville last year and they were epic.

    • Caitlyn Stever

      Yes! I’ve been the NYC Comic-con (which is awesome) but SCDD looks even more amazing somehow!

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