We'll get there. When the Cubs win the World Series. (Oh, now that's depressing.)
Comic-Con started out, once upon a time, as a comic book fan convention. Founded in 1970, the first three-day convention drew three hundred people. Today, it's so much more. With an estimated 130,000+ in attendance, the 2014 Comic-Con International had something for everyone: comic books, toys, games, a costume competition, an art show, portfolio reviews and movie screenings. They bring together comic book creators, sci-fi and fantasy authors and publishers, and TV and film producers, directors, writers and actors.
And for those of us unable to attend, there's a live feed of information, a Comic-Con blog, and a multitude of videos of the various panels. Last night, Collin followed the live feed and we watched videos of some of the panels, like the Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man panels. He was proud of himself--he predicted the release dates of some of the movies on Marvel's Phase 3 and 4 schedules.
Guardians of the Galaxy won't be in theaters until Friday, but they already have a sequel on the schedule. Kudos to local boy turned hot director James Gunn (yep, he's from St. Louis--why didn't we get the premiere?).
The Avengers: Age of Ultron panel featured five of the six original Avengers (Scarlett Johannson, aka Black Widow, was unable to attend due to impending due date), new cast members (including James Spader, who voices Ultron--a busy man, as he was also on the panel for his TV show, The Blacklist) and Joss Whedon and Marvel Studios head guy Kevin Feige.
We really have to wait a year for this movie?
Wasn't I just whining a few weeks ago about having to wait for Guardians of the Galaxy?
What if I get hit by a submarine in the middle of Market Street before they're released?
Don't laugh. My agent said it could happen. Not to anyone else...just to me. I wonder what she meant by that?
And here's the Guardians of the Galaxy GIF I created for Collin--it's a first effort, and I need a lot of practice with the tools, but....
PS After much consideration, Collin and I decided to go back to publishing exclusively with Amazon KDP Select. The sales (and other advantages) there are good enough to warrant such a move--so tomorrow through Thursday, The Unicorn's Daughter will be free. Chasing the Wind will be free Thursday through Saturday, Angels at Midnight on August 4-6, and Alexander's Empire on August 7-9. Within the next month, paperback editions will also be made available through Amazon.