Okay… We can do this… It’s the last day of Comic-Con 2018!
Following all of the hoopla via Google News and Chrome, it’s been… low-key. AP Images hasn’t been covering the celebrity parties as in years past, so there are fewer photos on their site.
The stuff from Hall H… yes, there were a few celebrities in costume, and lots of trailers, but the excitement seems to be less this year.
Perhaps Google News changed their News algorithms or the sources, but where once I had to refresh every 15 minutes to get the latest and greatest, this weekend I was able to take a few naps in between news reviews. [My Friday post did appear in the Google News feed, so Achievement Unlocked!]
So maybe this year will be considered a “normal” Comic-Con… Business as usual, perhaps. Celebrities come to Hall H and elsewhere. Attendees were activated. Exclusives sold-out. There wasn’t much controversy (aside from #metoo and a little drama during the Warner Brothers panel). Perhaps Comic-Con has plateaued, Hollywood has figured out how to maximize fan interest without fan disgust, and everyone generally knows what goes where, how, when.
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Now 19 and preparing to start her sophomore year in college, the Kansas native is at Comic-Con International with her dad to do a signing of “Chasing Hitler,” the four-issue comic book series she wrote about two Allied officers on the hunt for the murderous dictator. Nitz will sign copies of the books on July 22, the last day of the convention, at the booth of her publisher, Red 5 Comics.
She wrote the comic book over several years, adding to it as she did more research.
“I was so interested: I went and looked up how he would have fought now, where he would have gone, how he would have faked his death — all of that kind of stuff,” said Nitz, a history buff. “If I saw something cool from WWII, then this would add to it. The story just built on itself.”
Comic-Con itself doesn’t offer repair services, which are available at smaller cons. The convention doesn’t have the real estate to accommodate it, but is discussing the possibility if it can expand its facility, according to David Glanzer, chief communications officer for Comic-Con.
Like field medics in a warzone, volunteers like Brown roam around the halls and surrounding grounds or work in small booths tucked in the convention center, patching up torn uniforms, dented armor or tangled wigs. People can call them or flag them down in person. And as the sophistication of costume interpretations of everything from Star Wars’ General Grievous to Overwatch’s Reinhardt rises, so do the need for potential repairs.
These “cosplay medics” make up a small but unique sliver of the cosplay community, which showed up in force at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. The event, which draws more than 135,000 people to the annual geek haven, is considered a pop culture touchstone known most for attracting big stars and headlines about upcoming blockbuster movies and television shows. But just as core to the event are the throngs of cosplayers who come to show off, mingle or just temporarily embrace a playful new identity.
It was a Comic-Con they’ll never forget: Seven lucky kids were presented with incredible wheelchair costumes from Magic Wheelchair, an organization that’s built the special costumes at no cost and gifted them to kids at Comic-Con for the past few years.
This year’s entries even included — for the first time — a 3D printed costume from Massivit 3D, which created an “X-Wing” spaceship of “Star Wars” fame for a 13-year-old named Vedant who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
After each child received their gift, they were celebrated in a parade showing off their spectacular new ensembles.
Kibuishi took it a step further and embedded secret appearances from his own world inside Rowling’s, all within the confines of a Hogsmeade-set painting. “I’m actually in there — I didn’t make it into Hogwarts, but I am working at Zonko’s,” Kibuishi pointed out, although you’ll have to pick up the box set in person to see all the details. “David Saylor is actually running the cash register there. And right above us is J.K. Rowling, working on the book. Arthur Levine is holding a book up in one of the windows in the far left, up top, along with his assistant, Cheryl Klein, who helped me a lot with these covers. And my wife is actually walking up towards us, pretty far in the back. She’s there with my assistant Jason, who insisted he was a Gryffindor.”