Geeks, man your positions – it’s Comic-Con time.
The 46th annual comics, gaming, and media convention stepped off Thursday in San Diego. Thanks to several movie studios bowing out, television is front and center panelwise with over 100 shows – related to sci-fi, fantasy, or not – being represented.
Animated product also is taking center stage, with Minions and new movies from the Peanuts gang and Scooby-Doo among the most talked about at the Con.
This is the first of three posts devoted to Comic-Con material, with the final article devoted to the Heroes: Reborn panel where yours truly plans to discuss (and mock) the producers’ future plans.
Due to space and time limitations, I won’t be able to write about all Comic-Con panels. But you can follow T Dog Media on Twitter for the latest Comic-Con news and will be posting photos of material on T Dog’s Media’s Facebook and Instagram pages.
Here are the highlights so far:
– Fans of MTV’s Teen Wolf had a reason to cheer during Thursday’s panel: it was announced the series was being picked up for a sixth season, series creator Jeff Davis (“Criminal Minds”) told the crowd. The entire cast, including Tyler Posey, is also coming back. Here’s the trailer fresh from the panel (um, don’t ask me who that is in the still. Bruce Rauner, perhaps?)
– Another popular show among the Comic-Con crowd is The Walking Dead and the producers didn’t disappoint Friday as they revealed the season six trailer to their legions of fans. But they also unveiled another trailer – yes, this one is for the spinoff series Fear The Walking Dead, which premieres on August 23 on AMC. Set in Los Angeles, the spinoff deals with the aftermath of the zombie apoclyapse (and beforehand.) Six episodes have been ordered for season one and has also been renewed for a second season. See the trailer for the new Walking Dead season below:
– HBO was present at San Diego Comic-Con with Game Of Thrones at the 6,500-seat Hall H – and it was a bit of a disappointment according to Vanity Fair. Author George R.R. Martin was a no-show, and so were many of the show’s creators, stars, and producers, and little was revealed about the upcoming season. Maybe they didn’t want to take questions about last season’s controversial rape scene. Not exactly worthy of Hall H or sleeping out on the San Diego Convention Center lawn for two days.
– Now this was worthy of Hall H – the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens panel took place on Friday, with a specific Star Wars reel for Comic-Con (which you can view below) in advance of the new Star Wars movie hitting theaters on December 18 (no new trailers are going to be available until September.) J.J. Abrams was on hand for the festivities, as was Star Wars alumnus Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford. Afterwards, Abrams invited everyone in Hall H – and I do mean everyone – to a surprise concert, lightsabers in all with the San Diego Symphony performing Star Wars music. You can see Abrams now, pointing: “You get to go! You get to go! Everybody goes!”
Comic-Con Quick Bits:
– Kunal Nayyar and Mayim Bialik were cracking up reading Raj/Amy fanfic at the Big Bang Theory Writers’ panel on Friday, in which the crowd sang Soft Kitty for some reason. Too bad they didn’t read my fanfic submission, you know, the one where Wil Wheaton gets run over by a car – repeatedly.
– Former Malcolm in the Middle and Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston had a little fun with a fan during Thursday’s panel for his new Crackle show SuperMansion, according to Entertainment Weekly. Asked if he liked filming in New Mexico during Breaking Bad, he told the fan: “I’d go and visit your mother once in a while.”
– Remember The Scooby-Doo Movies, which paired the gang with a celebrity in their quest to solve a mystery? Well, the rock band KISS revives the tradition in the latest Scooby Doo animated movie, Scooby-Doo & KISS! Rock And Roll Mystery. The four members of the glam band headed to Comic-Con Thursday to promote the new feature, where the gang solves a mystery at KISS World Amusement Park with help from Gene Simmons and Co. (As you know, Scooby-Doo and The Simpsons are in a race to see which show can outlast us all.)
The feature is available on DVD and Blu-Ray on July 21, but it you can’t wait, you can download it right now from Apple, Amazon, Google Play, or wherever downloads can be found.
This post was edited at 09:30 on 2016-07-16 (replaced Bryan Cranston YouTube video)