By Nolan P. Smith
Photos by Jason T. Smith
(Victor Valley)– Comic Con International, known as the San Diego Comic Con, touched down in San Diego last week from Wednesday through Sunday and brought a storm of excitement with it.
Fans from all types of pop culture came together to celebrate the popular arts: comic books, movies, video games, anime, manga, collectibles, television, vintage items and more filled the San Diego Convention Center. Fans, cosplayers, artists, writers, actors, directors, and more were all a part of this massive celebration that not only took over the convention center, but much of the historic Gaslamp Quarter as well. Whether you visited the convention to meet your favorite actor, to dress up as a space pirate, to find that elusive collectible, or simply to take in the overwhelming sites, you left with a smile on your face.
Some fans camped out overnight for a chance to attend a panel with the likes of the stars from the television shows Arrow, The Flash, Supernatural and more. The hit of the show had to be Star Wars, and the panel was one that had fans camping out for a chance to glimpse of actors like Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and a surprise appearance by Harrison Ford. But comic book companies were not to be overshadowed, as Dark Horse Comics had a line of exclusives, as well as signings throughout the event from creators like Ricardo Delgado and Joss Whedon of Avengers fame, DC Comics had the cast of next year’s blockbuster Superman V Batman, and Marvel had the cast of ABC’s Agents of Shield.
The collectibles on display grew massive crowds as well. Mattel announced the return of the popular toy line, The Thundercats and Hasbro showed off new action figures based on the always popular Star Wars franchise. Funko had a slew of show only exclusives, including a retro ReAction figure based off of the classic film, Jaws, as well collectibles from popular franchises like Breaking Bad, Inside Out, and everyone’s favorite foul mouthed bear, Ted.
“I didn’t know what to expect since it was my first time attending,” said Hesperia resident Dustin Bogle, who attended the con for the first time this year. “It was very overwhelming to process all the booths, costumes, autograph signings, etc. It’s so cool to see one event that brings together so many medias. What’s even more impressive is how passionate the fans are. They are the type of fans you want on your side, not against you.”
The fans are definitely who you want on your side: last year, a test reel of the Marvel Comic’s Deadpool film was shown, but the film was going nowhere. After showing at Comic Con in 2014, the test footage went viral and show the movie studios that fans want to see the film made. Now at the 2015 convention, the first official trailer was shown, and the film is now set to release on Valentine’s Day next year, all thanks to the fans. A fans dream come true came in the form of the new trailer for the DC Comic’s Superman V Batman trailer, which showed just enough to make fan wish it was 2016 already.
The cosplayers always take center stage at conventions, and it was especially true for this year’s Comic Con. From costumes of Harley Quinn, Cowboy Bebop, Doctor Who and more, the cosplay community was out in full effect. The masquerade showcased some of the best costumes, including a Transformers Bumblebee costume complete with working lights and sounds.
Next year’s San Diego Comic Con dates have already been set: July 21-24. For more information on Comic Con International, visit www.comic-con.org.