In the immoral words of Loverboy, "Everybody's working for the weekend."
Like the speed of light, this statement is a universal constant, a truth that truly applies to "everyone," even those lucky enough to be in San Diego for Comic-Con.
After the festivities of Thursday and Friday, the biggest gathering of genre enthusiasts anywhere on the planet is in full swing on Saturday, the climactic day of the convention. This marks peak con, the point at which the revelry and enthusiasm of comic book fans, movie buffs, TV junkies, cosplayers, and every stripe of nerdlinger in attendance maxes out, followed by a comedown on Sunday.
We here at IAR are happy to work not just for the weekend, but also on the weekend. In order to bring you coverage from every corner of Comic-Con, IAR will be on hand in San Diego covering the happenings that happen from the Gaslamp to the Pacific. But no matter how mightily we try, we just can't be everywhere of interest. That's why we put together cheat sheet schedules packed with panels and events that appeal to your roguish side.
Saturday's the biggest day on the con, as Marvel Studios, the reigning champ of hype in Hall H, gives a peek at the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe from Guardians of the Galaxy to Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, and more. Not to be outdone, Warner Bros. is bringing a first look at The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and Mad Max: Fury Road, as well as the Wachowkis' Jupiter Ascending. And DC Entertainment is showing off Arrow and upcoming TV shows The Flash, Gotham, and Constantine.
The first teaser poster for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies contains no hobbits and zero armies.
Greasing the way for the big event, Sony has released a batch of new official images from the horror comedy starring Jack Black as R.L. Stine, the author of the bestselling junior horror novel series.
No matter which genre or medium piques your particular interests, San Diego Comic-Con is a pretty much non-stop, orgiastic festival of delights.
It's an infectiously enthusiastic and social hubbub of people psyched about the stuff they love and happy to share in that love.
That said, there are subtle differences between each of the days that make up the Con. Friday and Saturday are the perfectly-cooked beef patty in the hamburger that is Comic-Con, with Thursday and Sunday as the bun. On Friday, the unbridled joy that accompanies the start of San Diego Comic-Con is still in the air, and the heatstroke fatigue that can creep into Saturday has yet to appear.
IAR will be covering Comic-Con from San Diego for the duration, and Friday, July 25, 2014 is no exception.
By checking in here, you'll be able to get updates from all over the convention, including panel coverage and exclusive video interviews. Still, though, it's impossible for any one outlet to properly cover all the mysteries and happenings at Comic-Con. To help you navigate this massive coming-together of nerds, nerdware, and nerd haberdasheries, we compile cheat-sheet schedules for each day.
On Friday, the options are practically limitless, from the usual Game of Thrones madness to a secretive 20th Century Fox presentation (which may well contain big reveals related to The Fantastic Four, X-Men: Apocalypse, The Wolverine 2, and more) to Kevin Smith's usual gabfest in Hall H. There's also a preview of Horns, a showcase for the VFX whizzes at Legacy Effects, and a look at what's in store from Marvel Television.
To paraphrase that song from the Star Trek: Enterprise opening credits, It's been a long road gettin' from there to here. It's been a long time, but Comic-Con is finally near.
That's right ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls of all ages, San Diego is once again on the verge of hosting the world's single biggest gathering of genre enthusiasts. In excess of a hundred thousand nerdlingers are even now descending on the Southern California mecca to revel in their interests, from comic books to movies to TV shows and everything in between.
Preview Night, on Wednesday, is like the hors d'oeuvres before the proper meal of Comic-Con, a meal that extends from the exhibitor floor all the way through the city's Gaslamp District.
But San Diego Comic-Con properly kicks off on Thursday, July 24, 2014.
IAR will, of course, be on hand to bring you the big news from Hall H and all over the Con to end all cons. But no matter how hard we try, we just can't be at every panel and event of interest to you. Facing that impossibility, we here at IAR have instead created Comic-Con schedule cheat sheets for each of the days of Comic-Con. That way, all the Rogues out there can get a rundown of the roguish events at Comic-Con.
On Thursday, that includes a big Sony Pictures presentation showcasing next summer's Goosebumps and Pixels starring Jack Black and Adam Sandler, respectively. The long-awaited adaptation of Lois Lowry's acclaimed The Giver gets a Hall H panel, the art of Disney Animation's Big Hero 6 is spotlighted, and even Sharknado 2: The Second One gets in on the Con action.
Almost a year before the movie hits theaters and it's already obvious that Peter Dinklage steals Pixels.
The first image from the high concept comedy reveals Adam Sandler, Michelle Monaghan, and Josh Gad, but of course it's Dinklage rocking a feathered hairdo that grabs your attention.
There's a Goosebumps movie on the way, but it's not based on any of the popular kids' novels you may have torn through in the early-to-mid-1990s.
Actually, Goosebumps is sort of based on a bunch of R.L. Stine's age-appropriate horror tales.
The first images from the movie reveal Jack Black as Stine himself, who must battle his own scarifying creations when they're inadvertently brought to life.
There's one more Hobbit movie yet to come.
Warner Bros. is looking to make sure you're paying attention to its big panel at Comic-Con next week with a new image from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.