The Number of Movies/Shows Announced at Comic-Con is making my Head Spin   2 comments

I wasn’t able to make it to the San Diego Comic-Con last week, making that 26 years in a row I’ve had to miss it.  Maybe next year.

At the con Marvel comics gave official word on their five up coming projects, DC released footage from The Man of Steel, Peter Jackson previewed the Hobbit and made mention of talk of making the book three movies rather than two, Godzilla got a trailer, and the attendees were treated to new footage and information about After Earth, Oz: The Great and Powerful, The Host, Elysium, Looper, Frankenweenie, Pacific Rim, ParaNorman, Wreck-It Ralph, Breaking Dawn 2, Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Community, Futurama, Defiance, Once Upon a Time, Fringe, Falling Skies, How to Train Your Dragon The Series, Clone Wars, Nick’s TMNT show, Legend of Korra, 666 Park Avenue, Arrow, The Following, Revolution, Cult and for good measure some comic book stuff too.

And don’t forget the sexy cross gender steam-punk comic book cosplay!  Which is apparently a thing. Via GameFob

Ok, I am officially over hyped.

A few years ago the I waited with great anticipation for the announcements news that came out of SDCC.  Now there is such a massive hype machine driving the event that I have trouble keeping track of it all and I find that I actually care less about each new thing.

The first SDCC in 1970 had 300 attendees.  The following year the number swelled to 800.  Last week’s convention had over 130,000 people in attendance, about 1/10 the population of San Diego itself, or around the same population of Columbia, SC.  The convention experienced  slow steady growth in attendance over the years until 2006 when there was a major jump to 123,000 from 103,000 in 2005.  The official guest list also swelled quite a lot that year.

SDCC has become the hub for all things SciFi/Fantasy, and where film and television industry goes to talk up all their new projects, now that vast majority of high grossing films and new TV series have a heavy SciFi/Fantasy slant.  Every new entry into genre film and TV has to have a presence there for fear of being looked over by the mainstreamed nerd masses.  There is so much all at once the none of it is getting me excited anymore.  There is just too much information to wade though before I can get to anything I might actually be interested in.

What makes things more frustrating is that all of the new footage and trailers that were released last week are not online.  There was Godzilla trailer released, as was footage from Man of Steel and Pacific Rim, all of which sounded pretty mind-blowing, but the best I can do is read other peoples recaps of the videos.  This problematic in a world where the name of the game is instant gratification, because I’m not even able to follow up on the news I am excited for.  It is no fun to read about Godzilla destroying a city, I need to SEE Godzilla destroying a city.

But, despite my frustration, I do hope I can make it to the SDCC next year. The convention it is kind of beautiful. Back in the days before the internet it was much more difficult for fan communities to come together to share ideas and get news.  The convention setting is what made that possible. Today Wholock fans accross the globe can have a real time discussion online to share the latest updates.  We don’t need conventions to come together like we used to.  The meeting place is no longer  a hotel conference room a plane ride away, its tumbler and twitter.  But people still take that plane ride every year to find each other and celebrate the stories they love together.  Not just the stories that the industry is edgar to sell them.

What do you think about SDCC? What movies/ shows are you looking forward to? Tell me in the comments!


2 responses to “The Number of Movies/Shows Announced at Comic-Con is making my Head Spin

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  1. It’s not cross gender steam punk. It’s an actual character.

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