Top 13 Of San Diego Comic-Con International 2010

Posted by Grey Saturday, August 14, 2010

Originally held to showcase comic books, science fiction/fantasy and film/television, the San Diego Comic-Con International has expanded tremendously over the years to include an all-encompassing range of pop culture elements from anime, toys, to video games.

This year's event were no different and has in fact proven that the show has gotten bigger than ever. The Daily Zombies take a retrospective look at some of the very best from SDCC 2010.


Indeed, the San Diego Comic-Con International just gets bigger every year. Taking place at the San Diego Convention Center from 22th to 25th of July, SDCC, with its unique propensity to make or break an upcoming project, has indeed made several, while in the process, broke a handful. Some upcoming films got the much-needed publicity super-charge, while some, took a few last nails in the coffin it needed.

From Avengers assembling in Hall H, to Ryan Reynolds reciting the Green Lantern Oath, to a pen stabbed in the eye, let's take a look at The Daily Zombies's picks for the top thirteen noteworthy items from the show. Though the list is in no particular order, we have slapped a "Brain-Lickingly Cool Meter" to indicate the level of interest that was generated from the respective item.



13. Announcement Of The Show Avengers Assembled, as Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo are officially announced to palying the roles of Hawkeye, and Hulk, respectively

While everybody certainly expected some form of announcement from Marvel, nobody seriously expect any major announcement for Marvel's superhero magnum opus slated to release two years from now. You can only imagine the tremendous response from the crowd when the entire cast of Avengers assembled in Hall H, with Robert Downey Jr. officially announcing Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye AKA Clint Barton and Mark Ruffalo, as Bruce Banner, AKA the Incredible Hulk.

Brain-Lickingly Cool Meter:
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Runner-up: Disney's Haunted Mansion currently in development with Guillermo del Toro writing and producing.


Brain-Lickingly Cool Meter:
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12. Booth Of The Show: Marvel

Bar none, Marvel has the best booth this year. Built to emulate the breath-taking palace of Odin, the booth was looking most impressive already, before even more props from Marvel's line of movies gradually show up and hit the crowd high with "geekism" entering hyper-drive.

From the Destroyer armor that was first unveiled, followed by the helmets of Odin, Thor and Loki, Captain America's shield, and to everyone's surprise, the omnipotent Infinity Gauntlet, Marvel single-handedly ensured that every Marvel Zombies did not wasted their trip there.




Brain-Lickingly Cool Meter:
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Runner-up: Warner Bros.'s booth, featuring Abin Sur's corpse in full display.


Image courtesy of Norman Chan's massive Comic-Con gallery @Tested.

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11. Comic Of The Show: Batman Inc.

For fans upset over announcement of Grant Morrison's departure from the series he made famous, Batman and Robin, rejoice yet! It seems that "The Writer" is not done with his Dark Knight masterpiece yet... as we enter the next phase in Morrison's rejuvenation plan for the Caped Crusader as Morrison and artist Yanick Paquette launches another new series entitled Batman Inc.

A brief synopsis on the plot from Morrison's interview with IGN:

I suppose this is my team-up book and it's about Batman's wealth, power and influence above all. This is Brave and the Bold in a way although most of the team-ups will be confined to our extended Batman family characters (Batman/Red Robin, Batman/El Gaucho, and Batman/Kathy Kane Batwoman among many others).

The franchising of the Dark Knight? We're so sold on this one already (despite the return of the yellow dial bat logo).

Brain-Lickingly Cool Meter:
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Runner Up: The delightfully eccentric limited series returns! Marvel's Strange Tales II. A round-up of some of the contributors for this one: Gilbert Hernandez, the late great Harvey Pekar, Jaime Hernandez, Nick Gurewitch, Rafael Grampa (who also did the below cover), and Terry Moore, amongst many others.



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10. Comic Book News Of The Show: Marvel teases the insignia of the defunct CrossGen line

During Marvel Comics' editor-in-chief, Joe Quesada's “Cup O’ Joe” panel, an animated teaser image was displayed: The familiar CrossGen “Sigil” logo was engulfed in flames, then replaced by a similar, one-color logo accompanied by the text "2011."

With that, Quesada announced that Marvel will revive the defunct CrossGen titles in the near future. For fans of titles like Mark Waid's Victorian detective series, Ruse, or the samurai drama The Path, it would be safe to say that reprints or even new adventures could be out next year.

Brain-Lickingly Cool Meter:
OutstandingOutstandingOutstandingOutstanding

Runner Up: Vertigo's Executive Editor Karen Berger announced at the Vertigo panel that all Vertigo characters who started out in the mainstream DC Universe would return back to the editorial mandates of the DCU offices. All but John Constantine, with his impending nuptuals in Hellblazer 275.

Images courtesy of Bleeding Cool.

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9. Cosplay Of The Show: A hideous Aquaman, badly affected by BP's Gulf of Mexico oil spill, escorted by a BP representative

We would have much prefer bringing to you the lovely images of the original Silk Spectre, or a spot-on Deadpool, but nothing beats the winning formula of Cosplay mixed with a little social commentary.

Image courtesy of IGN.

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Runner Up: I have zero idea who this lady is supposed to be, but she sure as hell did a kickass job with this one.

Image courtesy of Norman Chan's massive Comic-Con gallery @Tested

Brain-Lickingly Cool Meter:
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8. Exclusive Toy Of The Show: Hasbro's Marvel Universe 19-inch Galactus Figure Special Edition


Size certainly does matter when Galactus, the Devourer of Worlds, is concerned. The 19-inch Hasbro collectible stole the show with its gigantic coolness, along with a 27-inch blister card illustrated by Joe Quesada himself.

IGN has made a couple of comparison shots between the new Galactus figure and a standard Marvel 3 3/4" figure as well as the Marvel Legends Build-A-Figure Galactus.


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Runner Up: Tron Vintage Figure, featuring an awesome packaging, with a replica of the 1982 Tron arcade game cabinet.


Images courtesy of IGN.

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7. Game Of The Show: Marvel Vs. Capcom 3

Having earlier provided some hands-on gameplay on Capcom's upcoming Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds during June's E3, we do not expect any further revelations with regard to the title during SDCC. And boy were we wrong, as SDCC is in fact the exact appropriate place to make announcement on this comic/gaming crossover title.

Hands-on experience were on hand, with several new characters revealed, with Doctor Doom, Chun-Li, Super-Skrull, and Trish making the first round.



Followed by the God of Thunder himself...





... and the God who happened to be a Dog, Amaterasu.



Guessed we're in for some God Vs. Dog action with this one.

In addition, the Level 3 Super Move were also on full display, as fans salivate over the prospect of full-fledging repulsor blast from Iron Man, and the true-to-character taunts of Deadpool.

Brain-Lickingly Cool Meter:
OutstandingOutstandingOutstandingOutstanding

Runner Up: Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions

Like part of a mystery slowing unraveling, Activision and Beenox finally unveiled the final universe that will be featured in the upcoming Spider-Man game that will be adjoining four different universe with their respective Spider-Man at play: the Amazing Spider-Man (original), Spider-Man Noir (a 1930s version of Spider-Man), Spider-Man 2099 (the Spider-Man of a possible future), and Ultimate Spider-Man (from the Ultimate Marvel Universe).

Brain-Lickingly Cool Meter:
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6. Moment Of The Show: Avengers Assembled!

The collective Avengers from Marvel's Cinematic Universe assembled! Robert Downey Jr., Clark Gregg, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Joss Whedon and Kevin Feige.

We have chronicled the moment in an earlier entry. Check it out for details from the panel.

Brain-Lickingly Cool Meter:
OutstandingOutstandingOutstandingOutstanding

Runner Up: Cowboys & Aliens

Probably a moment in itself would be Harrison Ford's very first appearance at Comic-Con. With the entire cast of the upcoming Sci-Fi/Western fusion film in attendance, Director Jon Favreau joined Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Adam Beach and Harrison Ford in unveiling an awesomely cool video footage of the film.

Brain-Lickingly Cool Meter:
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5. Movie Of The Show: The Marvel Cinematic Universe!

On a whole, the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe ruled Hall H with an Iron Man's fist. With an excellent booth, interesting panels that presented fans with exclusive sneak peaks, and the star-studded casts turning out in its entirety, Marvel certainly displayed a marvelous flair at generating hype for their line of upcoming films.

Brain-Lickingly Cool Meter:
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Runner Up: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

For starters, the film actually had its world premiere after its panel as Director Edgar Wright invited selected members of the audience for a screening of the film which was followed by a performance by Metric.

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4. Surprise Of The Show: Street Fighter X Tekken

When Street Fighter IV producer Yoshinori Ono were having his "Street Fighter IV and Beyond" panel in progress, a run-in interruption by Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada were made when they ended the "confrontation" by announcing both rival fighting game makers' collaboration with the announcement of not one, but two Street Fighter versus Tekken games produced by both companies. Check out our earlier coverage on the announcement for more details.

It's the Clash of the Fighting Games Titans, and one, okay, two cross-over titles no one saw coming.

Brain-Lickingly Cool Meter:
EpicEpicEpicEpicEpic

Runner Up: Man stabbed in the eye with a pen at Hall H over a seat at the Resident Evil: Afterlife panel

This gentleman in a Harry Potter shirt apparently stabbed someone in the eye with a pen over a seat at the Resident Evil: Afterlife panel. And the surprise: A Resident Evil: Afterlife panel?!? One of the many evils of Resident Evil, it would seemed.

Evidently, the Comic-Con participants had great fortitude for humor, as the incident was already fodder for satire at the show.



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3. Trailer Of The Show: Sucker Punch

Babes! Dogfights! Dragons! Mechs! Musicals! Nazis! Ninjas! Samurai!

Just how insane can Sucker Punch get? Check out the trailer for yourself. Also check out our coverage on the SDCC preview along with some of the posters that have since been released.




Brain-Lickingly Cool Meter:
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Runner Up: DC Universe Online "Who Do You Trust" Trailer

With smartly choreographed battle sequence and the sense of an apocalyptic end in the final fight, the trailer for DC's upcoming MMORPG, DC Universe Online, successfully translate the urgency and importance worthy of a major DCU event.

Check out the trailer, embedded right below.



Brain-Lickingly Cool Meter:
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2. TV Of The Show: The Walking Dead

Frank Darabont’s TV adaptation of Robert Kirkman's consistently exhilarating comic series, The Walking Dead, unsurprisingly stole the thunder from all other purportedly mainstream TV announcements, as not even the unveiling of Chuck's mom can suffice to unseat fans' anticipation of the AMC series. The Walking Dead were literally running the show.

And the outstanding four-minute reel that was presented only served to intensify the hype.

Check out the video below recorded by someone at the panel presentation (before it's being taken down eventually).

The complete banner, courtesy of IGN.



Brain-Lickingly Cool Meter:
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Runner Up: The Event

With the absence of 24, Lost, and Flash Forward, the TV scene is desperately seeking the next conspiracy mystery drama, and NBC's The Event might just be the answer.
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1. Winner Of The Show: Marvel

Marvel, with their deft promotional skill, has swept our Top 13 List, and thereby, earning the accolade of being the biggest winner of the show.

While the teaser trailer for Captain America: The First Avenger were a pleasant surprise, the screening of the footage depicting Red Skull (pre-Red Skull, as a matter of fact)'s quest for Cosmic Cube was an epitome of Marvel Studio's efforts given the fact that the film has only been filming for about a week. On the other hand, Warner Bros., despite months of filming for their Green Lantern, was unable to produce any video footage.

Likewise for the Thor footage, which no doubt became the talking point all over the internet on that day, until the Avengers shown up on the last day of the show. Coupled with the best booth of the show, Marvel, confidently rises above their equally distinguished competition and generated the most hype.

This is the very marketing model that all future participants should look into.

Brain-Lickingly Cool Meter:
EpicEpicEpicEpicEpic

Runner Up: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Nothing beats the actual screening of a film at the show, a feat that Director Edgar Wright boldly took he personally walked a most fortunate handful of random members of the audience to the Balboa Theater for the world premiere of the much-anticipated film.

What better way to send fans into hyper-drive frenzy right before the public release?

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A recap of the list:

13. Announcement Of The Show Avengers Assembled, as Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo are officially announced to palying the roles of Hawkeye, and Hulk, respectively
Runner-up: Disney's Haunted Mansion currently in development with Guillermo del Toro writing and producing.

12. Booth Of The Show: Marvel
Runner-up: Warner Bros.

11. Comic Of The Show: Batman Inc.
Runner Up: The delightfully eccentric limited series returns! Marvel's Strange Tales II.

10. Comic Book News Of The Show: Marvel teases the insignia of the defunct CrossGen line
Runner Up: Vertigo's Executive Editor Karen Berger announced at the Vertigo panel that all Vertigo characters who started out in the mainstream DC Universe would return back to the editorial mandates of the DCU offices.

9. Cosplay Of The Show: A hideous Aquaman, badly affected by BP's Gulf of Mexico oil spill, escorted by a BP representative
Runner Up: I have zero idea who this lady is supposed to be, but she as hell did a kickass job with this one.

8. Exclusive Toy Of The Show: Hasbro's Marvel Universe 19-inch Galactus Figure Special Edition
Runner Up: Tron Vintage Figure

7. Game Of The Show: Marvel Vs. Capcom 3
Runner Up: Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions

6. Moment Of The Show: Avengers Assembled!
Runner Up: Cowboys & Aliens

5. Movie Of The Show: The Marvel Cinematic Universe!
Runner Up: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

4. Surprise Of The Show: Street Fighter X Tekken
Runner Up: Man stabbed in the eye with a pen at Hall H

3. Trailer Of The Show: Sucker Punch
Runner Up: DC Universe Online "Who Do You Trust" Trailer

2. TV Of The Show: The Walking Dead
Runner Up: The Event

1. Winner Of The Show: Marvel
Runner Up: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

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