CALLING ALL SUPERHEROES
In late July every year, hundreds of thousands of fans descend upon San Diego for the annual Comic-Con International. This year is different for everyone because of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, and the annual convention has transformed into Comic-Con at Home.
Instead of hoping to purchase those sought after four-day passes to the event, this year the entire celebration is free and you can enjoy it all from the comfort of your own home. Starting Wednesday, July 22nd, and culminating on Sunday, July 26th, the normal fare of panels, sneak peeks, screenings, and product reveals will all be streamed online.
Join in on the fun for panels featuring some of your favorite fandoms and comic book creators, and it's fun for the whole family.
For example, on Thursday find out what Steve Orlando's secret next comic book project will be, on Friday check out Pop Culture under Quarantine with Brian Volk-Weiss, or the tribute panel to the king of zombies George Romero. Saturday you don't want to miss a look at 40 years of Cosmos with Neil Degrasse Tyson and Ann Druyan, or the Bill and Ted Face the Music panel featuring the whole cast and Kevin Smith! Sunday the craziness comes to a close with a look at the brand new Looney Tunes Cartoons with Porky Pig himself Bob Bergen or the celebrations of Doctor Who and the Power Rangers!
You can find all the panel schedules and more on the Comic-Con at Home website here.
Also - this isn't the only virtual convention happening this year - check out the first-ever Sideshow Con happening this week as well! Sideshow Collectibles are a staple at every convention, and they will be revealing new statues and figures, along with other fun like a virtual Drink N' Draw with Death Wish Coffee on Friday! All the details can be found here from Sideshow Collectibles.
But the one thing that will be severely missed this year will be experiencing all this in person. We love sitting in on these panels live, seeing all the people in cosplay costumes, and meeting some of our favorite comic creators. So let's reminisce about some of the best Comic-Con moments from the last decade.
One of the biggest moments from both Comic-Con International in San Diego and New York Comic Con has to be the announcement of The Avengers, the 2012 movie that united multiple film franchises together. In 2010 in San Diego the cast was announced, with the surprises being the return of Tom Hiddleston's character Loki and Mark Ruffalo taking over The Hulk from Edward Norton. Then, in 2011 in New York, the cast assembled on stage and showed the Hulk and Black Widow scene from the upcoming movie for the first time to audiences ever. I was sitting in the audience and I will never forget that moment.
THE FORCE AWAKENS:
In 2015 in San Diego, J.J. Abrams held court ahead of directing the upcoming Star Wars film, The Force Awakens. Abrams entertained the crowd and was very guarded about any plot details, but rewarded the 6,000 attendees with a special orchestral performance of Star Wars music by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra.
Back in 2013 at New York Comic-Con, there was a celebration panel for the cult classic TV Show, The X-Files. Celebrating 20 years, 10 seasons and two movies, the show's stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson regaled the packed main hall with memories from creating the show. When the audience was allowed to line up to ask questions, the biggest one was would they ever do another movie, or possibly, another season. Both David and Gillian agreed they would love to play these characters one more time, and it would only happen with the help of series creator Chris Carter. David then took out his phone and took a video of the crowd wishing Carter a Happy Birthday and pleading for more X-Files. In 2018, we got just that, with a whole new season of the show. I was also lucky enough to be in the audience for this panel, which ended with a final question from the audience not to David and Gillian, but to his girlfriend to marry him. She said yes.
BREAKING BRYAN CRANSTON
While many celebrities attend both comic conventions every year, it is very hard for them to walk the main floor unhindered. In 2013, Bryan Cranston found the most perfect disguise ever - his character Walter White from Breaking Bad. He wore a replica mask of his own face and walked the floor, taking pictures with unsuspecting fans. It wasn't until the Breaking Bad panel later that day that he revealed that actually he was the one who knocks.
DEATH WISH COFFEE x NEW YORK COMIC CON
I couldn't end this list of memories without our own. In 2016 Death Wish Coffee went down to the New York Comic-Con as the official coffee of the convention, and we had our coffee truck outside the Javitz Center giving out free samples to superheroes and villains alike. Then in 2017, we went back down with our truck, but also had a booth on the main floor next to the Marvel booth, where our comic book writer and artist signed copies for fans. We hope to go back to New York Comic-Con again, and one day make our debut at Comic-Con International.