Comic-Con 2011: Our Early Batch of Preview Night Showfloor Photos
by Alex Billington
July 20, 2011
It's my tradition to kick off Comic-Con by walking the showfloor on preview night and taking photos of anything movie-related that interests me. This year there seems to be a lot of the same booths, statues and setups as years' past, but as always there's some new stuff to be found on the massive convention center showfloor. I made my way through the crowds and snapped as many shots as I could before ducking out, but there will certainly be more to come at the end (as we always do a wrap-up piece as well). For now, take a look at our first gallery below, including some photos of Marvel's big Helicarrier display for The Avengers.
Yes, this does confirm our big scoop that Marvel was bringing the Helicarrier bridge from The Avengers to Comic-Con as their booth. We'll try and get better shots later, but every time I'd try and take a wider photo, someone would run in and ruin the shot. Additionally, as far as I know, that second motorcycle is not from Men in Black 3, but that giant silver tube on the top of the booth is. The tube is the time travel device in the movie, and the bike is from Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. I've heard about other cool stuff hidden around the showfloor, so I'll have to head back in for more photos later this week. Comic-Con has begun!
I actually really like the "transformed" motorcycle in the first Ghost Rider. I thought that was one of the few things they did really well.
DRM on Jul 21, 2011
That last of the Comic-Con floor pictures....really makes me sad, had I known earlier that Mondo would be there selling posters, I would have gone to Comic-Con this year, just to buy all the Mondo posters. Well...the tickets were sold out a long time ago... Impossible to get any of them in Norway, as they are sold out ASAP/I never get an offer to buy one via their mailinglist. Only way to get them is to buy off ebay, some in that last picture cost thousands of $ on ebay....sadface.....
David Banner on Jul 21, 2011
The inevitable Comic-Con has returned. Although I don't attend anymore, even though its about a 15 minute drive from my condo here next to the Q, I suggest that everyone goes to at least one SD comic-con in their lifetime. It's a spectacle to see and even more visually spectacular than the wee days of my younger years in the very early 90s when I first attended. Even then when Jean Claude Van Damme was an international celebrity causing havoc on the show. Back then it was more about comics and getting your favorite comic books signed from Jim Lee or Todd McFarlane. But I think comic-con has changed for the better because its evolution has helped in more than one form of pop-culture expanding to anime, video/card/board-games, blockbuster movies, TV shows, and even the guilty pleasure of Cosplay which made the annual Masquerade the best ticket in town during comic-con weekend. One thing I'd like to point out whats changed over the last few years is that they actually sell-out of tickets due to the overcrowding of the show floor, due to being a fire hazzard I assume. For those that have attended from 2004 and beyond, walking through the exhibit hall can be very frustrating if you are caught in busy intersections at certain isles. I miss it at times but like every other convention I've attedned, E3, CES, various Auto Shows in the US, Tokyo Game Show/Auto Salon, Comiket in Japan, Computex in Taipei, and many more it loses its luster after going 3-4 years or more in a row. And probably most of the time nothing much has changed in terms of the show floor. I myself have gone for more than 20 yrs now. For those that took the time to read this, sorry Alex for this long and possibly inappropriate comment :p I hope that you find the ambition to head out to the city I grew up in and attend a San Diego Comic Con someday. It helped put SD on the map for the popular summer destination, having fun in the sun with some stormtroopers and klingons. Who knows, from recent news it may not be around for much longer. Have fun Alex, the FS.net team and anyone that will be attending this grand event. The pictures bring back so many memories. So much to see and do in so little time...It certainly will not disappoint.
AP on Jul 21, 2011
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