Posts Tagged ‘#sdcc’

By: JD Hardin

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The battle has been raging since 2014, Con VS Con, West Coast VS Midwest, San Diego VS Salt Lake. What this writer sees as a petty and expensive display of male genitalia, has turned into front page news. And honestly, its pathetic.

The lawsuit has been tearing through courts and nerd circles for three years. In 2014, San Diego Comic-Con sued Salt Lake Comic Con for a trademark violation over the use of the term “comic con.” In response, Salt Lake Comic Con has protested, saying that a number of other events use the words “comic con.”

In this simple fact, they are beyond correct. Our biggest events in the country often use the specific words “Comic con”. If you’re skeptical of that last statement, just scroll to the bottom.

The idea of the biggest convention in the United States carrying on a crusade against the rest of the industry is beyond a little disturbing. What’s worse, the base of that crusade be based on the generic term “Comic-con”. While San Diego Comic Con, or Comic Con International is, without a doubt, the largest comic convention in the US, it in no way offers enough accessibility for fans across the country. Most fans can’t afford the tickets, travel, and time off of their jobs to attend the massive event. Even the fans that can, usually don’t have enough time to enjoy the convention in its entirety.

As a person trying to gather all the news possible, SDCC offers us the largest flood of information for the year. That still leaves another fifty one weeks in the year that news must be sourced from somewhere. NYCC, SLCC, and ECCC are some of the best events for big news, as well. Naturally, if Comic Con International has their way, these conventions would have to go through the cost prohibitive process of re-branding. The high cost of this would force most smaller conventions to shut down for years, if not indefinitely.

The conventions that do survive would have to recoup their losses in the best (and only) way they can, with higher ticket prices. Higher ticket prices tends to equal lower ticket sales, which after a few years would force a convention down the road of closure. Regardless of the outcome of the law suits, the extensive court costs and lawyer fees for both conventions must be made up in ticket price as well. Either way, the fans lose.

The fact that a larger public outcry is absent is rather shocking. The nerd community is one of the most unified fan groups in modern society. A loud enough public outcry from fans would most certainly see this quarrel fall to the wayside.

 

 

 

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By:  JD Hardin

It’s NEW COMIC BOOK DAY!!!! There’s alot of great stuff coming out for all of you fiends out there.

All the power with none of the responsibility, Ben Reilly makes his return!!! The second issue in the DC Button series is released (Flash #21)

LET’S RAID THE RACKS!!!

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By: JD Hardin

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The extremely popular Phoenix Comicon has been a staple for Arizona comic book fans since 2002 and has always been a place that fans and volunteers feel welcomed. Just like the majority of conventions around the world, people may volunteer to work for free (or paid depending on state labor laws) and be able to attend the convention when they’re not occupied with their duties. However, this year will be different for the Arizona convention. Volunteers will be required to join the Blue Ribbon Army. Memberships range from $20-$100 and DO NOT guarantee that you will be able to volunteer at Phoenix Comicon. This turn of events has hopeful participants up in arms. This is the first time anyone has heard of a volunteer having to pay to volunteer!
Naturally this has caused quite a stir in the convention community.

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By: JD Hardin

San Diego Comic Con is the landmark of conventions here in the US. With everything nerdy under the sun having complete representation. What we’ve seen in recent years is a growing amount of female characters throughout all aspects of comic books. It seems the women of Marvel agree that it is worth celebrating.

 

From left to right we’ve got:

Laura Harrier (Spider-Man: Homecoming)

Laura Harrier is an actress known for roles in the daytime soap opera One Life to Live and the off-broadway musical The Last Five Years. She also has had a modeling career and has worked on campaigns with American Eagle, L’Oréal, and Target and has turned up on the pages of Cosmopolitan, Elle, and Glamour.

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By: JD Hardin

So, a lot of you aren’t aware that Marvel has been releasing most of their television shows on Netflix. With Daredevil and Jessica Jones we’ve seen quite a few other heroes. Luke Cage, Patsy Walker appeared in Jessica Jones, and Punisher and Elektra in Daredevil. For those of you who aren’t aware, here’s somewhat of a catch-up….

It’s been the buzz of comic book nerds for a while now, Luke Cage getting his own series. But, we’ll get to that in a minute. The bigger buzz has been the idea of a Iron Fist series. Daniel Rand a.k.a. Iron Fist possesses the ability to control his chi to heighten his senses, strength, stamina, healing, and to increase the density of his fists. Netflix has dropped the first look at Iron Fist at SDCC this weekend. Take a look….

 

For the big news of this story, you have to understand the characters of the Marvel Universe that are showing up all over Netflix. Jessica Jones isn’t your typical superhero. She’s an alcoholic, reclusive and she’s a bit on the heinous side. I don’t want to spoil the story so I’ll just drop the original trailer….

 

Luke Cage shows up in the first episode of Jessica Jones, and the moment he did fans began to ask when his alter ego, Power Man, would get his own series. Well Netflix just answered the question while at SDCC……

The biggest news of all, the tidbit that is taking SDCC by storm, is The Defenders series. In the comics, the Defenders were formed by Doctor Strange in order to defend the Earth from threats, a counter part to the Avengers, who were more of a strike force at the time. Anywho, Netflix has dominated the early days of SDCC with these trailers, and it wouldn’t shock me if this was the biggest unveil at San Diego Comic Con.