Comic-Con had its official kick-off Thursday, and while it’s still early — the event runs through Sunday — it looks like it will be a big success.
However, if you were planning on coming on down to San Diego, buying tickets, and checking it out, you can’t do that, as no tickets are sold — international badges have to be purchased far in advance, and, before that, you must apply at Comic-Con’s website to get a Comic-Con Member ID.
As Comic-Con’s website states:
Comic-Con International does not sell “tickets” to our event. After you register for a Member ID and purchase your badge during EPIC Open Online Registration, you will receive a barcode confirmation email that you will bring onsite to exchange for a badge.
Despite having to purchase Comic-Com International badges months in advance, the event attracts huge crowds, about 130,000 con-goers every July. Also, many studios show up at Comic-Con to gain awareness and to promote a variety of projects. For instance, this year, Hugh Jackman will be in attendance this weekend to promote the big comic-book film “The Wolverine,” which opens later this month. TV series stars, writers, directors, and producers also frequently go to Comic-Con to promote their series, like “Breaking Bad.” The AMC series starts its final season in August.
Movies and TV series, both past and present, are discussed in panel forums. On Thursday, two panels that really interested me were the one with members of the cast of Comedy Central’s Workaholics that was held at 2:00 pm in the Indigo Ballroom. Going on at the same time, in Room 7AB, moderated by Chris Hardwick, the creators of some of Nick’s best new animated favorites met with fans and discussed them.
At 2:30 in Ballroom 20, executive producer Sue Vertue and series co-creators Mark Gatis and Steve Moffat discussed the BBC series, Sherlock.
Also, fans were lining up at 11:00 p.m. last night to get the chance to be at the panel discussion for The X-Files. TV Guide arraigned it, and for the two main characters of the series, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, to be reunited. Also there were series creator Chris Carter and writers/producers David Amann, Vince Gilligan, Howard Gordon, Darin Morgan, Glen Morgan, John Shiban, Jim Wong to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the show’s premiere.
What will be some plot elements of Sherlock, Season 3?
WEDDING BELLS | Episode 2 of the new season will feature the wedding of John to Mary. However, the most touching moment during a special sneak peek belonged to John and Sherlock. The former broaches the subject of a best man for the big day to Sherlock, who offers up several suggestions, until Watson snaps back, “But he’s not my best friend.” As the realization finally hits Sherlock, he goes absolutely still. “I’m…your…best friend,” he lets out slowly, to which John responds, “Of course you are.”
BROTHERLY BONDS | Co-creator Gatiss couldn’t reveal how much his Mycroft will be around without spilling too much. He did, however, hint that unlike in the original stories, everything will not just be forgiven. The producers “wanted to explore how [the disappearance] affected all of his friends and family.”
PREMIERE HOMAGE | The Season 3 premiere, titled “The Empty Hearse,” is “based on The Empty House, but only a little,” said Gatiss. It’s got a different plot. The enormously important thing is the impact Sherlock’s return has on John Watson.”
The creators insist that how Sherlock faked his death can be inferred from watching the scene, and that no additional information is needed since there really are only a few ways one could survive jumping from a building.
HANG ON TIGHT | Prepare yourself for another nail-biting ender. The upcoming Season 3 finale will have a cliffhanger, too. “You’ll be watching the end of the last episode thinking, ‘They wouldn’t stop it there?!’” said Moffat. “‘They wouldn’t stop it there?! Oh my God, they wouldn’t stop it there?!’”
One other actress I feel I should mention who was there Thursday is the beautiful star of Lost, Evangeline Lilly. She was there not to promote her upcoming film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, but to meet with her fans and sign copies of her children’s book, The Squickerwonkers. You can read more about that at:
All in all, the Thursday Comic-Con was a big success. Comics are still a big focus of Comic-Con, but there are many other events and panel discussions every day that I will discuss further throughout the weekend.
Written by: Douglas Cobb
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