By Nolan P. Smith
(Victor Valley)— Comic Con International, also known as the San Diego Comic Con, did not disappoint in the slightest for 2016 as fans by the thousands flocked to Southern California for the pop culture phenomenon.
The convention brought news by the boatload, with a surprise trailer release for DC Comic’s Justice League film, which sent fans into a frenzy. DC also released the Wonder Woman trailer, which wowed as well. For Marvel, the cast for the Guardians of the Galaxy were on hand to promote the upcoming sequel to the surprise comic book film smash hit.
Television was also represented on the convention floor, as The CW showed off new trailers for Arrow and The Flash, with the stars of the show being in attendance as well. Starz brought a major new show to the convention, American Gods. Based off of the novel by Neil Gaiman, the first trailer for the show was released at Comic Con, to the delight of many. AMC’s The Walking Dead teased once again the fate of one of the shows heroes as the cast was on hand with wax statue versions of themselves as well.
But what is a Comic Con without comics? From superstar artist Jim Lee, J. Scott Campbell, Mike Mignola, Freddie Williams, and more, the comic book market was well represented. My Chemical Romance lead singer Gerard Way was on hand as well, being an accomplished comic book writer himself, having created the outstand Umbrella Academy series. Image Comics hosted a slew of comic creators as well, including Scott Snyder, writer of Severed and a little book called Batman.
Smaller press had an outstanding showing as well, as Magnetic Press wowed with their hardcovers, Titan brought exclusive comics based on the popular TV shows Penny Dreadful and Torchwood, and Dark Horse had an exclusive of one of the most anticipated releases this year, Black Hammer.
“The best part of Comic Con is that it is such a large community,” said Mary Whitlock of Apple Valley. “Even though there are thousands of people, we are still part of one, big family. Cosplay was the best part. For one weekend, people become celebrities. It’s so fun, everyone just loving what they love.”
Cosplay was a huge part of the convention as well, with the most popular cosplay by far being Harley Quinn from the upcoming Suicide Squad film. Other popular choices this year include the manga superhero One Punch Man, the wisecracking Deadpool, and the ever-popular Princess Leia as Jabba the Hut’s slave from Return of the Jedi.
Comic Con isn’t just an event, it’s an experience. With the entire Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego being engulfed in Comic Con greatness, even comedian Conan O’ Brien held his Conan show in San Diego to be a part of the comic con craze. I was fortunate enough to attend a Conan show, where the cast from Game of Thrones was present, and let me say, it was fantastic. 1iota and TBS made the Conan show ticketing process and show a memory I won’t soon forget.
Want to attend next year’s San Diego Comic Con? Visit comic-con.org for information on next year’s convention, as well as their sister con, WonderCon in Anaheim.