San Diego Comic-Con is a massive journey of discovery. Over the course of four days and five nights, people from all over the world converge on one spot to overload the tram system, punish the sewage system, hemorrhage hard earned cash for colorful plastic and printed pages, and take pictures of each other. In the midst of all that, we also find time to attend panels, catch up with creators, meet new people, reconnect with old friends, find the hottest upcoming trends, and get the early scoop on breaking news.
This year the Film School Rejects were represented by two intrepid slack-jawed comic fans: interview specialist Jack Giroux and anger guru Robert Fure. We walked miles, spent hours in lines, followed CosPlay girls around the floor, and harassed the talent into giving us top secret information.
After four days, two blackouts, a fist fight, and a cuddle session, here are our 12 favorite discoveries at San Diego Comic Con 2013.
The Love For Fans
Hall H is a place where it’s practically impossible for you not to treat fans well. Thousands of people are watching, and if the talent says one wrong thing, it’ll spread like wildfire. That’s not say the fan appreciation there isn’t genuine, but seeing it outside of the convention is a really nice sight.
This was the first year where I saw talent interacting outside of heavily covered areas — Doc Hammer, Hugh Jackman, Bill Paxton, and Terry Crews — who showed genuine excitement while talking to fans. - JG
DC Goes Big But Marvel Goes Bigger
The words “Batman” and “Superman” were on the lips of everyone at Comic Con as a rumor started circling that Warner Bros was keen on making that gigantic announcement in Hall H. That’s something that would normally “win” Comic Con, unless of course Marvel has literally any announcement to make, since they just can’t not be awesome.
This year Marvel once again stole all of the thunder with the aide of Loki, Thor, The Guardians of the Galaxy, the entire cast of X-Men Days of Future Past, and Ultron. - RF
Ender’s Game Isn’t Homophobic
That’s a fact the makers of Ender’s Game very much wanted to get across to fans and press at Comic-Con. Not much of a surprise, of course, but it was interesting to see Summit vigorously combat the negative press caused by author Orson Scott Card. - JG
Ryan Kwanten Got to Play Venom
Last year at SDCC we got a fun little short where Thomas Jane returned to the role of The Punisher in “Dirty Laundry.” This year, fans at the Machinima Panel were treated to director Joe Lynch’s short “Truth in Journalism” starring Ryan Kwanten as Eddie Brock, aka Venom, in an ode to the Belgian classic Man Bites Dog. You can see some stills over at Fandango, but be still your beating heart, as there are no plans for this to go any further than a short. - RF
Avoiding Hall H Pays Off
I know people who camped out at 4 am for the Hall-H panels. God bless them for being that committed to their jobs or fandom, but, if I never step another foot in Hall H again, I’d be able to sleep soundly at night. The line for the largest room felt even bigger this year compared to past Comic-Cons. Maybe because there were more high-profile projects this year, but, if that line remains the same, I’d prefer to stay out of it. You can watch a lot of the panels online, anyway. - JG
Godzilla Gon’ Be Big, Y’all
Fresh off the excitement of giant robots defeating giant monsters, Godzilla stormed Comic Con 2013 and has us all swapping sides to root for the monster. If the current marketing is any indication, Godzilla is going to literally be bigger than ever, towering over the city and the meager war machines of men. - RF
Neil deGrasse Tyson Taking us to the Edge of The Cosmos
I have always been, and always will be, something of a space nerd. Not even Science Fiction, but actual science. I have constantly been in awe of the scope of the universe, since it’s basically so big we can’t even comprehend its scope. Heady, right?
SDCC 2013 gave us our first glimpse at the upcoming space exploration series The Cosmos hosted by one of the most recognizable science and internet celebrities of our day, Neil deGrasse Tyson. - RF
Nicolas Cage’s Head on a Dragon’s Body
I generally don’t buy much on the convention floor. I rarely have time to explore booths, but this year actually gave me some free time to browse. I made a wonderful discovery in the process too: a t-shirt featuring Nicolas Cage’s head on a dragon. Of course I bought it, but best of all, my dreams have become all the more richer by the thought of one day seeing a movie with Nicolas Cage plays a dragon. Someone make this happen. - JG
Rule 63 is the Best Rule
You may not know this, but the internet has a series of rules that govern it. There are only two that ever concern me; Rule 34 states that if it exists, there is porn of it, but at Comic-Con, Rule 63 is the gold standard: for every character, there is an opposite sex version of that character. Pic related. -RF
It’s Still a Convention for the People
SDCC seems to get bigger every year and more glamorous to boot. EW throws a huge party, Playboy throws a huge party, all sorts of stars and celebrities show up and fancy black cars escort them everywhere. You’d think that the Con had “sold out” and become just another activity for the rich and beautiful, leaving the middle class and beautiful like myself in the dust, but you’d be wrong.
At the end of the day, despite all the changes, Comic-Con is still a gathering for people who love media. Whether it’s ponies that get you hard or collectibles or Thor or small print publishers or Werewolves with Six Shooters, Con is a place you can call home for 4 crowded, exhausting days. It’s good to know we nerds still wield the majority of the power for those four days and that all the big companies, huge studios, and beautiful celebrities are actually there to entertain us. - RF
See ya next year, nerds.
Correction: In an earlier version of this piece, we referred to Man Bites Dog as being French when it is, in fact, Belgian. Apologies, Poirot.