Under “normal” conditions. The last few days would have seen a crowd of over 150,000 people gather together to celebrate pop culture as part of San Diego’s comic con, but unfortunately, those fans have had to stay home this year. Thankfully the organizers of this annual event figured out a way to bring the convention to the collective audience, and although this has had its challenges. It has still allowed for a collection of interesting panels and events for fans to enjoy. Here is a small collection of what fans have got to enjoy thus far.
Although the CW’s DC shows were a none entity this year. Their rival comics company Marvel showed up and had several panels, but one of the more interesting ones for me was Marvel 616, which is a new anthology documentary series, which will be showing on Disney + at some point in the future. One of the highlights of this panel was a brief clip from an episode, which looked at the reimagined Ms. Marvel.
Fans of Star Trek were also treated to some interesting panels. One of which included a read-through of the final episode of season 2 of ‘Star Trek: Discovery’, which was a soft reboot for the show in that it throws the ship 900 years into the future. This panel has a brief introduction and interview with showrunner Alex Kurtzman who discusses the show a little and teases ‘Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’ a little bit. You can check this panel out below:
One of the big breakout series of last year was ‘The Boys’, which premiered on Amazon Prime. Set in a world where Superheroes are at the forefront of corporations and are not all sunshine and goodness like they are in traditional comics. This series, which is based on the work of Garth Ennis gave fans a darker take and was very much a black comedy. With a new second season due in September. A comic con panel for this series was a foregone conclusion.
The panel included contributions from executive producer Eric Kripke, along with series stars Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Jessie T. Usher, Laz Alonso, Chace Crawford, Tomer Capon, Karen Fukuhara, and Aya Cash and was hosted by Aisha Tyler.
Comic-Con has always been great for celebrating fans and the comics, television shows, and movies that we all like. A number of years ago we lost one of the movie’s greatest creators in the form of Ray Harryhausen, who was a master of the art of stop motion animation and modeling. Over a long career, Harryhausen gave us such classic monsters as the Skeleton Warriors from ‘Jason and the Argonauts’ (1963) as well as the Gorgan from ‘Clash of the Titans’ (1981).
For Comic-Con we got a look into the Ray Harryhausen Archives, which is a collection that will be coming to Scotland in the near future. The panel for this included contributions from the Legendary Stop Motions Artists daughter Vanessa Harryhausen. This panel was a double celebration because it also celebrates the fact that the legendary filmmaker would have been 100 this year.
You can check out the panel in full below: