by Zoe de Lellis, contributing writer
San Diego Comic-Con International 2014 is in full swing! Fans lined up as early as 1:00 p.m. yesterday (Wednesday, July 24) to be first in line to grab their one-day or four-day badges. And don’t even ask how early some of those Hall H-ers began lining up! Events in the famed hall included an exclusive look at the upcoming book-to-movie adaptation, The Giver, and a Dreamworks animation panel moderated by Craig Ferguson and featuring Benedict Cumberbatch. As the weekend goes on, the star power only increases in Hall H, with the likes of Stephen Amell, the Game of Thrones cast, the Supernatural cast, and more grace the stage.
There was a bit of breaking news, as Stan Lee had to cancel his SDCC appearance suddenly. Representatives told con-goers that Lee was suffering from laryngitis.
Legend of Korra fans were reassured that although Nickelodeon is pulling the show from their network lineup, the show will continue online. Book Three’s remaining 5 episodes will appear online as scheduled, and co-creator Michael Dante DiMartino further elaborated on his Facebook page, “There is most definitely a Book Four. The pre-production is done and Studio Mir is hard at work on the animation.”
One big aspect of Comic-Con that I didn’t know about but loved was that there was so much going on in downtown San Diego. There are tons of free events for those who didn’t score badges or were just looking to get away from the crowds. All of downtown is in the Comic-Con spirit, with buildings covered in advertisements for new shows that look awesome, trolleys, trains, and buses boasting advertisements as well, and restaurants giving out discounts and specials for the weekend. Some of the nerdy-fun events include an Assassin’s Creed obstacle course, complete with a parkour demonstration; The Walking Dead Escape (this event does cost money, but it doesn’t require a Comic-Con badge for entrance); and Nerd HQ.
Nerd HQ is an amazing event put on by Zachary Levi (of Chuck, Tangled, and Thor: The Dark World fame) that benefits Operation Smile, an organization that provides free surgeries to help repair cleft lip and palates. All of the profits of the weekend at the event go directly to Operation Smile. Nerd HQ has some awesome panels, demonstrations, and laser tag upstairs!
Of course, we can’t forget about cosplay. While there were a ton of people dressed up today, that number is only going to increase! Saturday is going to be a big day, when most cosplayers break out their most impressive costumes!
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