Sunday, July 15, 2012

Of all the pilots aired at Comic-Con

(C) WB
As Comic-Con winds down to a close each year, it is always interesting to realize what people are talking about most. This year there were two pilots aired during Comic-Con that I consistently heard people saying good things about. One I did not have a chance to see, Arrow. One woman from Australia very coyly told me, "there's this thing with his father... oh I hope they do something with it, because it looks like it could just be so..." then she glanced around as if some one might over hear us, "interesting!" I admit it, as curious as I already was, tidbits and rumors like that moved it up my list of I want to see this when it comes on.

I don't read the comic book it is based on, or perhaps I should say inspired by, but as often as not, that is a positive as much as a negative. I imagine they'll change as many things as they keep... and I am now chomping at the bit to find out just what it is they might be doing with his father.

(C) WB
The other TV pilot that had people talking, and me right there among them, was Cult. We'll have to wait until mid-season, which is always hard. There are times when I wish Comic-Con were more than once a year, as I know those who come see this as their one chance for the next 11 months and 3 weeks to show us anything and everything they want us to see, so sometimes we see things so very very far ahead it makes the mind spin. But the rest of me knows Comic-Con is such a sensory overload I can't imagine many of us would survive it two or four times a year.

When the other pilots I saw air, I'll tune in, The Following, 666 Park Avenue, and Revolution all appear well worth giving a chance. And hopefully, next year, I'll be attending a panel for a second season of more than one of the shows I've discovered thanks to the 2012 Comic-Con International in San Diego.

Sons of Anarchy at FOX

photos by Kay Kellam and Angie Gallegos
Some years, when walking the hall floor, it's fun to just take a glance up, and see what videos a booth has playing -- and sometimes, when you glance a tad higher, you realize they have actors from a tv show doing a signing as well.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Person Of Interest - A Cast of Characters

A short little video to let people in the audience who might not be familiar with the show know what was what, to remind fans where Season 1 had left off, and to tempt all with hits of what was to come launched the panel for Person of Interest at this year's San Diego Comic-Con.
photos by Kay Kellam and Angie Gallegos
One of my favorite things to see on any panel is a cast that gets along well... a group of people who clearly enjoy one anothers company and working together. Perhaps because I know they work 12 hour days, or because it feels as though some of that real world chemistry carries onto the screen. Whatever the reason, a part of the magic of a fun panel at Comic-Con is that sense that we've caught a glimpse of the fun and joy these people must have in working together to make a show their audience members enjoy tuning in for week after week.
photos by Kay Kellam and Angie Gallegos
The cast of Person of Interest certainly delivered on the chemistry score! Whether it was Kevin Chapman confessing this is the first show he has worked on where fans will stop him on the street and tell him, "don't get killed" he assumes because they actually like this character, or Taraji P. Henson, when asked what she saw in her characters future, constantly looking over towards the men behind the scenes to see if her guesses were right, "huh, huh, huh!" they just kept giving the audience powerful, fun moments to remember.
photos by Kay Kellam and Angie Gallegos
They come across as a cast of equals, with a great deal of mutal respect, a trait that certainly is conveyed in their performances every week.
As someone who does watch this show each week, I found it particularly interesting when someone in the audience asked if Finch was Reese's sidekick, or vice-versa, and the answer from on-stage was neither. To paraphrase, it was said that each of the four characters takes a turn each week being front and center. It came across being described as though each character could be viewed as representing an aspect of 'the hero' the show is about. So the writers choose who is front in center in that scene by deciding whether they need the gunslinger, the brain, the by-the-book cop, or the bend-the-rules formerly-corrupt cop to handle the situation. (Again, that is my paraphrasing, based on my understanding of the answer!!!)
photos by Kay Kellam and Angie Gallegos
It provides an interesting new angle from which to re-watch episodes I've already seen, and to view Season 2 episodes.
image (C) CBS
There are some possible spoilers below, but in the wake of this panel, I find myself wanting to share my overall thoughts on Person of Interest, reviewing the entire show to date, as opposed to a specific episode. From the start I have enjoyed the redemption of Lionel Fusco. Reese was a good guy who suffered a crisis of faith, in himself, in what he was doing... like Lionel he's a character of depth that it is easy to feel a strong sense of compassion for. Carter and Finch are the always-upstanding characters. The ones who have turned from temptation and always look for the better way to do things, but are finding that sometimes saving lives and doing what is right means you need a Reese or a Fusco at your back. Someone who will do anything, and now Fusco's conscience is something he is listening to, thanks to Reese, an unlikely gun-totting guardian angel.

As always, check the wb Comic-Con site for videos of their panels

The Following - Pilot and Panel

There's an upside and a downside to a show airing their pilot during their panel... the fact that Comic-Con panels typically last just one hour, whether they include the airing of a pilot or not.
So when a pilot is aired suddenly you go from nearly an hour of getting to hear the actors, and the powers behind a show talk and answer questions, to just 15 minutes of that first-hand style content, with the rest of the time being spent engrossed in a show others have not yet had the chance to see.
photos by Kay Kellam and Angie Gallegos
In the case of The Following as interesting as the pilot was to see, the chance to hear Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy, actors who more known for their screen work than tv work, especially in the case of Kevin Bacon, speak and answer questions, was what many of the audience members had come for.
photos by Kay Kellam and Angie Gallegos
In addition to the actors, there to talk about their roles, was again someone from the behind-the-scenes portion of the show. In this panel their was a brief, interesting discussion about how one scene that could have been extremely violent and gory was implied rather than shown, simply by making it clear to the audience what a character was about to do, then showing people's reactions, and enough evidence around the set to imply it had happened and yes, it was as bad as the audience feared. A choice it feels fewer and fewer shows are making in this days of ever improving special effects, make-up techniques and props.

As with all wb panels, check the wb website for video


photos by Kay Kellam and Angie Gallegos
Could you survive in a world without power? If you were the computer reliant, tech-savy, electronics-dependant sort of soul (like myself) could you transition to a world in which electricity simply ceased to exist?
That is the premise of Revolution, and why the logo of the show is the all so often seen in our lives power button icon.
photos by Kay Kellam and Angie Gallegos
The image that hung over the convention center is what I tend to think of as 'in the know' advertising. If you know the power button represents Revolution and a lack of power, you know exactly what that banner is all about. And for those who didn't, there was a broken down feris wheel near the trolley tracks, where water bottles were occasionally being handed out, bottles that conveniently said 'Revolution,' and TVs showing the trailer for the show. Overall I liked the pilot, but there were a few plot aspects towards the end that frustrated me. There was one subplot I wished they hadn't had. Maybe, if I'm lucky it will quickly fall by the wayside.
photos by Kay Kellam and Angie Gallegos
When the pilot ended there were no closing credits to alert the Comic-Con staff time to turn on the lights in the room was approaching, so, for a moment we were without lights... as if we had no power. The poetry, or irony, of the moment was not lost on the crowd, but fear not, cell phones and eager to help audience members to the rescue! Within seconds the moderator was lit up while waiting for the room lights to come on.

photos by Kay Kellam and Angie GallegosWhen the actors came out and were introduced there were some non-surprises, after all, we had gone in search of Uncle Miles, so I expected Uncle Miles (Billy Burke) to come out on stage. And Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) had been the one to go in search, so again, I expected Charlie to come out. Then came out JD Pardo who plays Nate, a seemingly small character in the pilot who there is reason to believe might recur, but I hadn't thought the pilot established as guaranteed to be every week, and yet, there he was on the panel. The other character/actor I was surprised to find is a regular was Giancarlo Esposito as Tom Neville. While I saw the importance of the character and how him motivated the events of the pilot, somehow I did not think he would be regular for all of season 1. It was another character that felt like he would recur for several episodes to drive events forward, then having played his part 'be dealt with' by Uncle Miles.

On the other side of that coin, I was surprised Anna Lise Phillips, a surrogate mother of sorts to Charlie was not available for the panel, nor were Graham Rogers (Danny, Charlie's younger brother who instigates a lot of the plot) or Zak Orth (Aaron Pittman) on stage. It felt as though only half of the cast was in attendance, with no real explanation given for how they had picked which half of the cast from the pilot they had chosen... and given at least two of them felt like characters unlikely to last through the season, the choices felt even odder.

photos by Kay Kellam and Angie GallegosBut, perhaps, like everything about the show Revolution itself, they were simply choices made to leave the audience feeling a bit off-kilter and out of their comfort zone. Something the show Revolution does all too well.

It's a world of bows and arrows. Raising your own sheep and chicken, and knowing your own home remedies for things like asthma. A glimpse of a world in which some people want to live, because there is no boss calling on your cell phone at inopportune times, yet others are convinced they would not last three days in. After all, can you card wool, or shear a sheep? Or would you be praying your clothing lasted forever, or you kept finding nicely preserved clothing everytime what you had wore out?

As always look for video of wb panels, such as the Revolution Panel at the wb comicon site.

Power Rangers - 20 Years

photos by Kay Kellam and Angie Gallegos
Different companies, and products at Comic-Con will try different things to draw attention, and traffic to their booths... some will simply hand free bits of paper to you every time you walk by, even when you try shaking your head and politely declining, because they have more than they know what to do with. Others will give you a pop quiz and if you answer 10 questions right you win a prize.

When it came to celebrating 20 years of Power Rangers at the 2012 Comic-Con there was a post card that had spots on it where you collected stamps from each of multiple vendors at con who had Power Rangers related products at their booths. It sent you all over the hall on a scavenger hunt of sorts, all culminating in your needing to be at the corner of 5th and J street at noon on the 14th if you wanted your free t-shirt.

Doesn't sound too impressive? What if I mention some of the actors who are Power Rangers on tv are going to come and charm the kids? Pose for pictures? Give them hugs? And general enchant one and all?

These actors went above and beyond in embracing the fans who showed up in noon-time sun to find out what was going to happen when they presented their stamped postcards at the mural on the corner of the street... though perhaps I should have known it was going to be something above average when someone told me they thought the actors were arriving and I glanced over in time to see a man doing a FLIP from whatever vehicle he had arrived in down to the ground. I will never again question if he does at least some of his own stunts!

Some of the kids near at hand were too shy to even reach out to shake hands with the actors, but they quickly came down to kids-eye-level and put them at ease. It was a joy to watch these actors so clearly delight in their school age fans. There was picture posing, and toys being handed out, and, of course, the t-shirts everyone had been promised.

James Rollins

photos by Kay Kellam and Angie Gallegos
photos by Kay Kellam and Angie Gallegos

Comic-Con quite simply would not be the event it is without the exhibit hall floor and the myriad authors and artists who come and spend time interacting with the attendees, whether they are on panels, doing signings, in artists alley drawing, or appearing at publisher booths.

James Rollins is one of my favorite examples because he has come to Comic-Con every chance he has had for 15+ years - since his very first book was published. In the beginning he came to find an audience, now he comes to thank his readers for staying with him and supporting his work. It is a journey that, from my perspective, he and his readers have, in many ways, taken together.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Spartacus - every year this panel gets better and better

photos by Kay Kellam and Angie Gallegos
Every year the Spartacus panel manages to be more fun, and more entertaining than the year before. They pull of this marvelous feat while not only tempting you with what lays ahead on their show, but also taking moments to pay tribute to Andy Whitfield who played Spartacus in their first season before dying of cancer. Through their support of their friends memory, and in the case of Liam McIntyre the memory of the man whose role he came to fill, they show a gladiators strength and committment, and keep the panel rolling forward, letting those be moments of courage and might, not something that bogs them down but rather encourages and inspires.
 photos by Kay Kellam and Angie Gallegos
photos by Kay Kellam and Angie Gallegos photos by Kay Kellam and Angie Gallegos The panel is far from all serious, whether it is Manu persuading Liam to confess that they came virtually straight from the set to the airport, and as a result he had not managed to get all of his blood and guts make-up washed off before boarding their aircraft, so when moist towels were handed out for cleaning their hands and Liam used it to dab at his face -- his came away pink, and a very embarrased had to return what looked like a bloody rag to the stewardess, or Liam urging Manu to demonstrate for the audience the Mauri dance he does as a farewell for cast members when they leave the show, this panel is full of high spirits and moments that keep the audience both engrossed and on the edge of their seats, unsure what is coming next.

photos by Kay Kellam and Angie Gallegos
With Starz having announced this will be the final season of Spartacus they brought out Lucy Lawless to join the guys on stage. It was clearly a new phase of the panel, but there was still one more phase to come. To thank the fans who had made it to the panel for all their loyal viewership, they flew in from New Zealand ll of the Spartacus actors, including some 'dead characters' for last one time on stage.
photos by Kay Kellam and Angie Gallegos
Full cast appearances are, in general, one of the highlights of Comic-Con, and one of those rare experiences fans both look forward to and appreciate. For a show to do it when they know this will be their final season, and to bring actors who have no more filming ahead of them was a true nod to those who have been watching, a sign of appreciation that those around me could not stop marveling at.

Falling Skies -- Stop Looking At Me Like That!

photos by Kay Kellam and Angie Gallegos
There are some panels at Comic-Con that you walk out of thinking there was that one stand-out moment, and that's it, but what a moment! The Falling Skies panel was not that kind of panel.
photos by Kay Kellam and Angie Gallegos Wil Wheaton was on hand to moderate, and while it was a tad disconcerting at first when he posed many of his questions to the actors in the form of "how do you think your character felt about...?" or "how do you think your character is going to move forward." that was mostly because it was such a different phrasing and approach to how many of the other tv panels had been done that day, so a moment was needed to adjust. However, when one of the behind-the-scenes folks from the show made a comment about red-shirts (in the context of whether or not Falling Skies would have any characters who were red-shirts in the coming season) Wil Wheaton's reaction was positively hilarious, and without a doubt, scene stealing, he was, after all, as he pointed out, the on the scene authority on red shirts, having starred on a Star Trek series! The audience members around me who had seemed a tad leary of Wil Wheaton moderating were suddenly sounding like die hard Wil Wheaton fans, and the turn around in their asides was, to say the least, entertaining.
photos by Kay Kellam and Angie Gallegos
But what 'stole the show' so to speak, was the way Will Patton (Captain Weaver) kept tossing glares at actor Connor Jessup (Ben) throughout the panel, every time the concepts of trust and aliens came up. It was both priceless and hilarious, especially when it started seemingly to unnerve Connor Jessup slightly and had him asking Will Patton to quit it. photos by Kay Kellam and Angie GallegosMoon Bloodgood confessed that her character and Noah Wylies would, finally, be moving their relationship that all important step forward, but it is hard to consider that much of a spoiler when the show has so clearly been heading in that direction since the pilot. Rather, it might be better stated that Falling Skies has spent every episode building a sense of community to the point that the audience cheers along side the characters for their victories and mourns alongside them in their losses.
photos by Kay Kellam and Angie Gallegos
Through their particulary strong creation of that sense of community, the show Falling Skies made me realize that it was that very sense of cohesion and community that a few shows I have felt disappointed by in the past were missing. Yet while watching those shows I could not place my finger on what it was they lacked, I simply felt some subtle touch lacking -- and yet, in Falling Skies whether it is when a scene has the camera moving down the line as trucks are being loaded catching snippets of conversation, or is moving down the chow line as people are serving plates, catching bits and pieces of interaction of friends and family, former strangers who are now interdependent neighbors, the show has relayed to their viewers that sense of tightness and community that I wish others had managed to have give me even half as well. photos by Kay Kellam and Angie Gallegos There was joy on the faces of these actors as they talked about their craft, and their plotlines with the fans who had gathered to listen. Leading me to wonder if another layer of that sense of community that the audience feels when watching the show doesn't also come through simply from the fact these actors so clearly enjoyed working together.

Cult - Robert Knepper's Cult is Well Worth Joining!

Clicking photos in this article may lead to spoilers for the Cult
photos by Kay Kellam and Angie Gallegos
There are times when you watch a tv show and think 'been there, done that' -- Cult, a new show coming on cw mid-season is not one of those shows.
It's a bit of a creepy thriller, if you take the time to think and wonder if it could be real. And there is a great deal of potential for cross promotion and interactivity, from this show where the plot contains a show within the show, and fans who think that show within the show, might be real, or tied to reality in some very real way.
photos by Kay Kellam and Angie Gallegos
Robert Knepper (Prison Break's T-Bag, Heroes' Samuel Sullivan and Stargate Universe's Simeon) is at his charismatic best as Cult Leader Billy Grimm. As a special treat for the audience, before being properly introduced and coming out a video was played that Robert Knepper had pre-recorded, in character as Billy Grimm. It was an intense piece in which he implored the audience not to believe the liar who was about to come on stage -- the actor who played him, but was not him. It was a short piece, that was not a 'must do' by any means, and yet Robert Knepper had
photos by Kay Kellam and Angie Gallegos
played it so beautifully that an audience already eager to join Billy Grimm's cult having just seen the pilot wanted to leap from their seats when Robert Knepper came onto the platform. This ability to so completely embrace his character, and capture that charisma required to make the audience believe members of a cult would gather around him, follow him, and rally in support of him is pivotal in making or breaking a show like this -- and Robert Knepper showed both during the pilot, and during his appearance at Comic-Con that he had all those pieces of the character in place, without being over-the-top, without being creepy, without being the Robert Knepper we knew and recognized from Heroes, Prison Break and Stargate Universe.
photos by Kay Kellam and Angie Gallegos
It is inevitable at Comic-Con that people who want to get in to a panel for what is is about won't be able to because the room is full, and not every single person in that room will be there for what is currently going on. Sometimes they are there out of fear the room will be full for the next panel, and that's what they really want, sometimes they are interested in an actor, or artist, in the current panel because of some of their other work and are willing to endure talk about work they have either never heard of, or don't particularly care for. However, there are occasions, when those people who enter the room thinking they are of the uninterested variety find, at the end of the panel, they have been converted, or at the very least swayed and are now if not blatantly looking forward to what they've heard about, are suddenly inexplicably curious.
photos by Kay Kellam and Angie GallegosSuch was the case with some of the people around me at the Cult panel. They came in talking about Vampire Diaries, and I had no idea why. It isn't a show I watch, or have ever seen an episode of, so I had no idea Matt Davis was an actor from the hit show until it came time to write this article and IMDB search the various actors for their credits in doing my research etc. But those same people who came in bemoaning how they were going to have to watch a pilot they had no interest in to get a mere 15 minutes with Matt Davis on stage, were saying when the panel was over that Cult was going on their must remember to watch for list.
In many ways that sums up the magic of a great panel at Comic-Con. When you, and the people around you, come out... wanting to join a Cult, and encourage others to do so.

As any of the ones who know the secret of the Cult would warn you -- do not click on the photos, if you do, notice the warning and do not watch this!

As with all wb panels, check the wb website for video of this panel

666 Park Avenue

photos by Kay Kellam and Angie Gallegos
Over the past few years I have found myself wishing the SyFy channel was heavier on Science Fiction and lighter on Horror. I have even wondered at times if the line between the two genres is blurrier in the minds of some than it is for me.
During the airing of the pilot for 666 Park Avenue was the first time I found myself thinking a similar series of thoughts of fantasy. I wanted it to be more mystical and magical. More fantastical and less... bloody. I do not know if I was hoping for too much, but the premise seemed to lend itself to so many fantastic possibilities within this apartment building at 666 Park Avenue that is owned and run by a couple portrayed by Terry O'Quinn (Lost, and more recently recurring on Hawaii 5-0) and Vanessa Williams (Desperate Housewives) that I wanted the writers to grasp hold of those possibilities and play with them. It seemed there was gratuitous gore and unnecessary violence and bloodshed when mystical magical possibilities lay just around the proverbial corner that could have fulfilled the same role in the story without making me wince and want to cover my eyes, or worse, groan and mutter "really"? photos by Kay Kellam and Angie GallegosNot that my aversion to such things should dissuade those made of sterner stuff, I simply wonder why when so many possibilities existed, and when the premise seemed tailor made to both explore and exploit them, the show instead took what almost seemed an easier out instead. That said, I was intrigued, and curious... and after the pilot had finished playing, and the cast came out, was positively laughing my head off when an audience member, in an effort to be polite, and not offend, and perhaps even be politically correct, tried to phrase a question so they did not ask Terry O'Quinn if he would be playing the Devil in the show, and in the process accidentally came across as asking if Terry O'Quinn would, instead, be playing God. The answer was delightful and charming as Terry O'Quinn demured, saying no, he would be playing someone who worked for that other fellow, you know, the one who converses with the man up stairs on a regular basis. That sense of humor, aplomb, and charm was typical of the panel, and made it a delight to attend.
photos by Kay Kellam and Angie Gallegos
The panel ended with the moderator asking everyone in the audience to sing Happy Birthday to Terry O'Quinn, who was then handed a birthday card. After reading it he quipped, "You know, I actually have my deal with the devil. I'm actually going to be 127. This is my first Comic-Con, I missed you all during Lost, but I'm glad we all got to catch up now." Just another example of the class act this entire cast/panel presented to those in attendance.

As with all wb panels, check the wb website for video of this panel

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Haven Fan Fest

If you want to see delighted fans amidst clicking shutters and women attempting to shush their own squeals of delight while their friends are pinching themselves to see if they really are where they think they are, attend an event like the Haven Fan Fest.

eOne took over Sidebar in San Diego on Market Street and to the delight of numerous fans of the tv show Haven, those fans got to rub elbows, and enjoy snacks and drinks along side the stars of the show and other celebrity guests. It was a night, to say the least, that those fans will remember for a lifetime.

(C) Robert Todd Williamson
When I asked one lady wearing a Haven Fan Fest t-shirt how she came to be at the party she murmurred "I'm not really sure, it was the most amazing thing, I mean, I'm this huge fan of Haven, and it was like they knew, or I said something or somehow something happened and here I am and this is just so incredibly amazing and now Eric Balfour is coming in and... where's my camera!"
(C)Robert Todd Williamson
After a walk down the proverbial red carpet, posing for the press and cameras outside, each of the actors came in the party. As we walked up we could catch glimpses of Emily Rose on the red carpet being asked by various photographers to turn this way and that, "smile for me" and so on. And she sparkled like a million dollars with that mega-watt smile of hers. It was no wonder, when the energy of the red carpet came inside the fans were thrilled beyond measure with this fantastic treat.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Comic-Con - visible at a distance on San Diego Skyline

For years as I have attempted to explain the San Diego Comic-Con to would be attendees I've used phrases like "over 100,000 people in one building at one time," or "the size of several football fields side by side, all under one roof" yet I could tell from their expressions the full weight of what I was trying to explain, the sheer size of San Diego Comic-Con, aka Comic-Con International, was not truly sinking in. Then again, if you have never experienced that large crowd of people, the huge displays for movies, tv show, and, of course, comic books, how can you truly grasp what is going on without someone telling/showing you?

This year we arrived early in San Diego and decided to visit a favorite old spot for viewing the San Diego skyline, Cabrillo National Monument. When I lived in San Diego it was a favorite place to taking visiting guests so they could see the harbor and skyline and get a grasp for how large and spread out a city San Diego is. While they day we chose was foggier than I would have liked for taking pictures, I almost immediately realized I had found a place that shows better that I can say, just how big Comic-Con, and its accompanying advertising is.

As the crow flies, Cabrillo National Monument, which sits out on the end of a peninsula at the edge of the San Diego harbor, and basically overlooks the mouth to the harbor and greets ships as they sail in, is (my best guess) 5 miles from the San Diego Convention Center where Comic-Con is held.

photos by Kay Kellam and Angie Gallegos
Look towards the far right of the photo (click on the photo to see it larger) and you can see the logo for the NBC tv show Revolution which is on a HUGE banner taking up most of the side of a hotel next to the convention center. (Looking for the sails on the roof of the San Diego convention center may help you find it faster.

photos by Kay Kellam and Angie Gallegos
In this second view we zoomed in closer, overlooking the harbor, Coronado Island is still in the foreground, but the photo is now dominated by the San Diego convention center to the left, and the Revolution banner from the NBC show on the hotel to your right.

photos by Kay Kellam and Angie GallegosAs we drove down Harbor Blvd. checking out the convention center area, we of course saw other banners, and realized that when we looked closely at our photos we could make out the red one for INJUSTICE that hung on one end of the Marriot. But the one for Revolution, perhaps in part because it was a single very large and simple logo, was easy to make out in the distance from Cabrillo.

photos by Kay Kellam and Angie Gallegos

Looking Over Convention Center & Revolution

And, for good measure, we had the lucky opportunity to take the "opposite" photograph, with the San Diego Convention Center in the foreground, the Revolution logo now on our left on the Bayfront Hilton, with the Coronado Bay Bridge just barely visible behind the hotel, and Cabrillo National Monument, and it's peninsula, off in the distance beyond Coronado Island.
photos by Kay Kellam and Angie Gallegos, click image to see larger

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Ever wished those get glue stickers were REAL???

It may be the one little detail that could easily get lost in this press release, and yet could take this from being a fun scavenger hunt to an oh so cool bit of swag!  The Get Glue stickers that we are used to seeing digitally on our friends facebook pages *could* become real swag... if you play by the rules, have a lot of fun, and experience a lot of what the WB has to offer at Comic-Con.

Don't have a clue what we're talkin' about??  Take a look:


 Fans Checking-in on GetGlue to WBTV Series Panels at #WBSDCC Will
Unlock Unique Stickers and Can Get Bonus Stickers by Visiting the
Extra at Comic-Con®” Stage and the Warner Bros. Booth

 Collect Stickers for 666 Park Avenue, Arrow, The Big Bang Theory, Cult, The Following,
Fringe, Nikita, Revolution, Supernatural
The Vampire Diaries,
Childrens Hospital, DC Nation 
and MAD
Twitter Pitch: Unlock unique @getglue stickers @Comic_Con when checking-in at Warner Bros. TV series panels: #WBSDCC #SDCC

BURBANK, Calif. (July 5, 2012) — Comic-Con just got even cooler. This year, fans at Comic-Con International: San Diego — and even fans who are enjoying the action from afar — can check-in on entertainment social network GetGlue to unlock one-of-a-kind stickers for Warner Bros. Television series at their Comic-Con panel sessions.

  • For a preview of the Fringe sticker, based upon the show’s Comic-Con 2012 poster designed by FOX, click here:

And if you forget to check-in at a panel because you got caught up in the excitement of seeing The Big Bang Theory cast in person or realized after seeing Nikita’s Maggie Q that looks really can kill, make like MAD’s Alfred E. Neuman and say, “What, me worry?” … because the special Comic-Con stickers will be available each day — for the duration of the day — during the Con on GetGlue, not simply for each individual event.

  • Join Ryan Hardy (star Kevin Bacon) in the hunt for serial killer Joe Carroll (star James Purefoy) with a special sticker for highly anticipated new drama The Following, from executive producer Kevin Williamson

  • See what stickers made it through the universal blackout with Revolution, from executive producer J.J. Abrams, Supernatural’s Eric Kripke and Iron Man’s Jon Favreau

  • Find out what lurks between universes — yet exists on GetGlue — when you unlock the Fringesticker

  • Check out comedy, music, video game demos and the Dark Knight’s ride at the Extra at Comic-Con stage located in Bayfront Park, and explore the custom surprises waiting when you check-in on GetGlue

  • And much more!

To unlock these special stickers created especially for #WBSDCC, check-in to the following series panels during Comic-Con at the links below on the dates provided. And don’t forget to check-in when you visit the Extra at Comic-Con outdoor stage or the Warner Bros. Booth. And remember: users of GetGlue will get actual stickers mailed to them after unlocking 20 virtual ones. Now that’s something you can’t put in your swag bag!

 (the above emphasis was ours, just to make sure you found what we were talking about.)






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Monday, July 2, 2012


On display in “The Batcave”: all six Batmobiles from television and film! For the first time ever, Comic-Con fans will have the opportunity to see all of Batman’s iconic onscreen vehicles live and in person, from Adam West’s 1955 Lincoln Futura to the Tumbler from The Dark Knight trilogy.

Adam West’s 1955 Lincoln Futura. Designed by George Barris, this original Batmobile was featured in the cult classic television series and 1966’s Batman, the Movie.

Michael Keaton’s Batmobile from 1989’s Batman and 1992’s Batman Returns. Sleek and powerful with a central turbine, the vehicles’ slightly retro design followed Tim Burton’s art deco look of the films.

Revamped for Joel Schumacher’s 1995 Batman Forever, with bat-lighting and extended fins, Val Kilmer’s hot rod had the ability to drive up walls.

Schumacher updated the Batmobile once again for George Clooney in 1997’s Batman & Robin. At 33 feet long and a top speed of 350 mph with afterburner thrust, this was the largest and fastest Batmobile on the road.

The Tumbler designed for Christopher Nolan’s 2005 Batman Begins and 2008’s The Dark Knight is the prototype military vehicle designed by the character Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman).

The unveiling of the replacement Camouflage Tumbler, to be seen in 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises, in theaters and IMAX July 20.

Talk about an exhibit that will have folks wishing they could take one out for a test drive!