Greetings from sunny San Diego! The MTV Movies team is officially on the ground at Comic-Con, and we're already feeling the con fever. We've survived the massive lines to pick up our badges, spotted a celebrity or two here and there, and even got to lay eyes upon an army of Batmobiles. (No, seriously. Photographic evidence lies below!)
Yesterday was all about getting settled. Today, it's all business. We're kicking things off at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT with a "Breaking Dawn" live-stream all about the upcoming "Twilight" finale, featuring special guests including Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and much more.
It's that time of the year again, folks. We are just a handful of hours away from my personal favorite event of the year, San Diego Comic-Con. MTV News will be bringing you extensive convention coverage for those of you staying at home, but we've put together a quick survival guide for those of you daring the depths of Hall H and the Exhibit Hall this year.
Comic-Con is a time for fun, but it's also a good time to be prepared. Those four and a half days in San Diego will fly by before you know it, so make sure you follow these simple rules and you'll be sure to have a great time.
EMBRACE IT: THE LINES
If you're going to complain about having to wait in line for three hours to check out some of the awesome panels happening in Hall H this year, then Comic-Con is not the place for you. Want to see all the exclusive footage that will likely be shown from "Pacific Rim," "Elysium" or "Iron Man 3"? Well, so do thousands of other people. If you look at them as your allies instead of your enemies, then you'll be a lot happier. Hey, it's a lot like living in NYC!
San Diego. Known in certain circles as the Whale's You-Know-What. Also known as the Geek Capital of the Universe every year during the month of July. I can't think of a better place in the whole wide world to be right now.
As you read this, the MTV Movies team is en route to sunny California for the annual nerd mecca known as Comic-Con International. Comics, movies, television, obstacle courses … if you can dream it, Comic-Con has it, and you can be sure we'll do our best to bring it all to your doorstep.
Hope you've been polishing your armor, young Shellhead fans! Marvel Studios have announced an "Iron Man 3" costume event to be held at Comic-Con this Sunday (July 15), and the prize is nothing short of an autograph from Mr. Tony Stark himself. Get the full details below!
Burbank, CA (July 9, 2012) – Marvel Studios announced today that they will be hosting an “Iron Man 3” Kids’ Costume Event on Saturday, July 14, at 12:30 p.m. at the Marvel booth (#2329), at Comic-Con International in San Diego. The event is open to all children ages 2-14 who come dressed as Iron Man—Marvel’s iconic Super Hero featured in the upcoming “Iron Man 3.” Anyone looking to participate in the costume event should arrive at the Marvel booth by 12:10 to prepare for the event.
FROM MTV MOVIES:
"Iron Man 3" and "Man of Steel" are at the top of our list in terms of films that are coming to Comic-Con. But they're far from the only movies we're psyched to get early glimpses of. Plenty of others, including "The Hobbit" and "Pacific Rim," rank very high on our list of movie panels to check out once we hit the San Diego streets later this week.
What other films, you ask? Look no further than our handy guide to the 10 Can't-Miss Movie Panels at Comic-Con over at MTV Movies!
It's Oliver Queen's time to shine at Comic-Con. The emerald archer is targeting the San Diego convention this week with a pilot screening Wednesday evening (July 11) and much more — including recently unveiled plans to release an "Arrow" tie-in comic book.
"It's almost like a little mini episode after the pilot but before the next episode," executive producer Andrew Kreisberg told TV Guide about the just announced "Arrow" comic, a collaboration between Kreisberg, Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Geoff Johns, as well as artists Mike Grell, Randy Mayor and Omar Francia.
Believe it or not, Comic-Con is upon us in less than a week. That means you only have a few days left to plan your geek-out strategy of choice. Which panels are you going to? Which exclusives are you picking up? In essence, what are you pumped for?
For me, it's all about television this year, as I already made clear on MTV Movies Blog. I'm as excited to learn more about "Iron Man 3" and the future of the Marvel movie universe as the next guy, but I'm really dying to see what the "Fringe," "Game of Thrones" and "Breaking Bad" teams have lined up for their fans, too.
And if you're a "Walking Dead" fan, this year should be nuts. The 100th issue of the comic book hits during Comic-Con, there's going to be an obstacle course at nearby Petco Park, and, oh yeah, a little something about that "Walking Dead" TV show the kids seem to enjoy, I bet.
That's just a small slice of the many, many things I'm looking forward to from Comic-Con next week. Keep reading to find out what the rest of the movies blogosphere can't wait to see!
Calling all nerds! If you're heading down to Comic-Con this year and would like to write for MTV News, we want to hear from you!
The MTV Movies team is seeking Comic-Con contributors to attend and report on a wide range of panels and events. Already planning on checking out the Marvel movie panels? Are you hoping to brave the zombie apocalypse through the "Walking Dead Escape" obstacle course? Write about your experiences for us and make your voice heard!
Candidates should have prior writing and editing experience with online publications. You must be able to churn out copy with authority, wit, enthusiasm and factual accuracy. Just as importantly, you need to already have your Comic-Con passes in hand — we won't be able to provide these for you.
If you're interested in signing on as one of our Comic-Con contributors, then send over an introductory letter, writing samples, and a list of the panels and events you're hoping to cover to firstname.lastname@example.org; submissions without all three will not be considered.
by Tami Katzoff (@tvtamijo)
No two words go together better than “Firefly” and “Comic-Con.” And with the show’s 10th anniversary coming up this fall, what better way to celebrate than with a panel featuring our beloved Joss Whedon and the crew of Serenity? Needless to say, news of this event was taken quite well at Splash Page HQ.
Science Channel, which will be hosting this bit of awesomeness, promises previously unseen footage and “numerous buzz-worthy surprises.” Here are five things we hope will be among those goodies:
1. We know that Whedon and writer/producer Tim Minear will be on the panel; it would be a real shame if other staffers like Jose Molina, Ben Edlund and Jane Espenson (who scripted this writer’s favorite episode, “Shindig”) weren’t there as well.
If it wasn't official before, it's officially official now: Tony Stark is coming to Comic-Con!
Variety has the details on a variety (sorry) of panels slated to appear at the San Diego show this year, including Marvel's much awaited "Iron Man 3" panel. The third solo outing of Robert Downey Jr's Armored Avenger will reign supreme over Hall H at 6 p.m. PST on July 14, though no further details — such as who will be on the panel, and what films Marvel might represent beyond the "Iron Man" sequel — are currently available.