Comic Con is back and it’s bigger than ever!

by Glen Maldonado

San Diego

Comic Con is back and it’s bigger than ever! The Comic Convention is no longer just in the San Diego Convention Center but in surrounding hotel lobbies and spaces; San Diego Marriot Marquis & Marina, Omni, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Manchester Grand Hyatt, and Horton Grand Theatre. All these locations had some great panels. The following are some I feel are worth mentioning. 24 had a panel featuring Kiefer Sutherland in ballroom 20 at the convention discussing the future and the best of 24.  In Legendary Hall H at the convention center Thursday, DreamWorks featured there new movie spin off Penguins of Madagascar.  Paramount had a busy panel showing off their new movies Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Hercules, and Interstellar, which featured Christopher Nolan and Matthew McConaughey.  In the Hilton Bayfront, Jack Black made an appearance to introduce his new film project Goosebumps in which he plays the legendary author R.L. Stine. Later on in the same hall there was a panel about composers in comic book movies. We met the composers for “Marvel’s Guardian of the Galaxy’s,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Edge of Tomorrow,” “Xmen Days of Future Past” and “Constantine.” The biggest highlight of my day was seeing the author of “Game of Thrones” George R. R. Martin in which he discusses his comic books. I also walked around and saw the huge lines for the merchandise that was exclusive to Comic Con but I didn’t seem encouraged to participate in that madness. It was a busy day but it was only day one. Friday should be busier and crazier.

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