Web Content Corner with Jenni Powell: Five Web-Related Events to Attend at San Diego Comic Con International 2011

Monday, 18 July 2011 18:32 Written by  Jenni Powell
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Web Content Corner with Jenni Powell: Five Web-Related Events to Attend at San Diego Comic Con International 2011

Historically, comic conventions such as the one in San Diego are relativity young and were designed to be a safe haven for comic book fans to flock together and celebrate an artistic medium that was considered to the general public to be "nerdy".  Oh, how times have changed.  Being a San Diego native, I've watched SDCC grow from a one day event held in a single hotel to the four-day extravaganza that takes over all of the San Diego Convention Center as well as most of the Gaslamp District it has become.

With its explosive popularity, it was only a matter of time before other mediums decided to get into the action.  The influx of major movie and TV studios throwing innovative and complex marketing campaigns during Comic Con (the Dark Knight ARG anyone?) has been controversial among die-hard comic lovers and professionals.

Enveloping web projects into this fold it still in its infancy.  Traditionally, many web projects live on their strength to hit a niche audience, many aiming directly for the "nerd" or "geek" demographic.  The Guild, for instance, have had to move to larger and larger rooms for their yearly panels at SDCC, now living in the recently added Hilton Indigo Ballroom.  We're even seeing produced-especially-for-web fan trailers, such as the one created for popular independent comic ElfQuest, garner enough of a following to be given their own panels. 

Below is a list of five web-related events at Comic Con that if you are a fan of internet entertainment or work in the web industry, you should definitely check out.  It is by far not en exhaustive list, check out Tubefilter News for their excellent yearly sum up of web-centric goings on at SDCC.

The Guild

(I'm kind of cheating on this one as multiple events are attached to it.  Always a fan favorite, this will be the award winning web series' fifth Comic Con.  Besides their two panels (listed below), the entire cast will be signing at booth #4201.)

Thursday 11:00-12:00 The Evolution of Web Series: The Guild to Dragon Age. Writer/actor Felicia Day (The Guild), actor Doug Jones (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth), Dragon Age: Redemption director Peter Winther (Leverage), and Dragon Age executive producer Mark Darrah discuss the secrets to The Guild's success and what happens when you take that winning formula to the dark fantasy video game universe, Dragon Age, for the upcoming web series Redemption.

Saturday 4:00-5:00 The Guild Season 5.  In their upcoming season five, the lauded web series breaks out from behind the computers and takes the cast on a fun-filled road trip to a fan convention. Writer/producer Felicia Day (Dr. Horrible, Eureka, Guild), producer Kim Evey, director Sean Becker, and the cast of The Guild offer a discussion and Q&A, along with the debut of never-before-seen content, announcements, and other surprises! Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Warner Digital Projects

Thursday 2:00-3:00:  From producer Bryan Singer (X-Men, X2, X-Men: First Class, Superman Returns) comes a Comic-Con exclusive first look at H+, the forthcoming Warner Premiere/Dolphin Entertainment web series directed by Stewart Hendler (Sorority Row) and written and created by John Cabrera and Cosimo De Tommaso. H+ takes place in a near-future world where a tiny and stunning new piece of technology lies at the center of a dark and epic mystery. Then, Mortal Kombat: Legacy, a hit web series with over 35 million views, takes the stage for a panel discussion with director Kevin Tancharoen (Mortal Kombat: Rebirth), Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: Voyager), Michael Jai White (The Dark Knight), Darren Shahlavi (Sanctuary), Peter Shinkoda (Falling Skies), and Matt Mullins (Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight). Fans will see -- for the first time -- the long-awaited final Mortal Kombat: Legacy episode, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

New Media Mixer

(Full disclosure on this one: I am one of the founding members of Celebrate the Web.)

Thursday 5:30-8:00:  Celebrate the Web will be co-hosting a New Media Mixer with some of the best organizations the Web has to offer: blip.tv, Tubefilter, the IAWTV, and The League of Extraordinary Ladies. There will be food and drink specials with two bars set up, a raffle filled with awesome prizes including the season 1 DVD premiere of steampunk web series The League of S.T.E.A.M. and blip.tv and Tubefilter have generously donated drink tickets to the first 50 people in attendance!  Attendance is open so come meet some of the best and brightest working in online entertainment. The Bristol Hotel Lobby1055 First Avenue. San Diego, CA 92101

ElfQuest: A Fan Imagining Panel

Friday 8:00-9:00 Go behind the scenes with the cast and crew of ElfQuest: A Fan Imagining as they examine the changing landscape of fan fiction, social media, and the web. Moderator and cast member Taryn Southern (Battle: Los Angeles) chats with creators Paula Rhodes (A Good Knight's Quest) and Stephanie Thorpe (Gold: Night of the Zombie King) about their initial Twitter inspiration, their crowdsourcing campaign, and the overwhelming fan response. Wendy and Richard Pini (ElfQuest creators) will be sharing exclusive, never-before-seen ElfQuest art and news from the eagerly anticipated Final Quest. Meet cast members Cathy Baron (In Time), Jamie Blair (What's Trending), Traycee King (He's Just Not That Into You), Casey McKinnon (A Comicbook Orange), Shannon Nelson (Drop Dead Gorgeous), Taryn O'Neill (Compulsions), Jessica Rose (Lonelygirl15), and Shanrah Wakefield (Oz Girl). One lucky audience member will win a pair of Pini-autographed elf ears from the production! Room 4

Mercury Men

(Though this event is paired up with two SyFy television screenings, this one is on my list for purely selfish reasons: I've been waiting for the much-anticipated sci-fi web series Mercury Men for a very, very long time.  I even own the limited-edition glass tumblers!)

Friday 9:00-11:00 Syfy Screening: Eureka, Haven, and Mercury Men. Imagine Greater with fellow fans during an advanced preview screening of the next all-new episode of Eureka, followed by a special presentation of an all-new Haven. And be sure to stick around for the exclusive premiere of the new digital series The Mercury Men. Introductions by Eric Balfour (Duke, Haven). Room 6A

Web Content Corner is a weekly IAR exclusive column where new media guru Jenni Powell discusses online trends, and speaks with the most important creators working in the industry today.

Jenni Powell has been deeply involved in innovative online communities for several years, dating back to the cult Internet series Nobody's Watching (over 40M views) and later becoming a central figure on the web video breakout lonelygirl15 fan community. This led to her creating the fan-favorite parody series lonelyJew15, which landed her a job at lonelygirl15's production company EQAL. She has a strong background in production working with Upright Citizen's Brigade (UCB) A&E's Deadliest Catch, and Lifetime's Lisa Williams Life Amongst The Dead. Online, Jenni has worked on many popular web series such as the smash Microsoft-sponsored hit The Guild, Streamy Award-nominated With the Angels, Poor Paul, The Crew, and Comedy Central's Atom.com standout The Legend of Neil. She freelance writes for popular web entertainment site Tubefilter News and consults on and produces various transmedia entertainment projects around the web, such as the ghost-hunting comedy Bumps in the Night, the No Mimes Media 10 minute transmedia experience Webishades, and the Atom.com series Video Game Reunion. She is also the Staff writer for DeFranco Inc., which is headed by YouTube influencer Phillip DeFranco.

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