Today the doors of the Colorado Convention Center opened to the 2nd ever Denver Comic-con. It’s been a year since the masses assembled to share their mutual love for all things pop-culture and a lot has changed in a year. Last year, Friday was arguably the most dead day of the Con (maybe with the exception of Sunday morning) but this year it seemed that the Con grew..fast! The line wrapped around the entire convention center as opposed to just outside the registration tables as was the case last year. If the 2 hour wait to get in wasn’t enough of a “Head’s Up!” of the con’s growth, you’ll definitely notice a difference once you go inside. I’ve never been to an event that uses the entire convention center, even the Great American Beer Festival (aka Beer heaven) only uses half the exhibit hall, but now the floor is MASSIVE! In addition to the massive exhibit hall, the panels have graduated to using a ball room for main event panels, a much appreciated change for those of us who missed out on the Costume shindig when the room filled up too fast last year. Needless to say, Denver Comic-con hit a pretty big growth spurt this year!
This week, Marvel Studios gave Entertainment Weekly a few hints of what to expect during their “Phase 3” slate of movies. To get you up to speed: “Phase One” started with Iron Man then continued on with The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Captain America, Thor and concluded with The Avengers. We are now entering “Phase 2” which will include Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy and then like before, will end with the follow-up to The Avengers. After Avengers 2, Marvel studios will launch “Phase 3”. Some titles have already been announced, others are merely rumored. Having read the article, here’s my take on what I think of the announcements:
While making my end-of-year list for 2012 a few weeks ago, I had a comics section in the best/worst list, but ended up cutting it since that post was already dragging pretty long and I had just as much to say about comics as I did TV shows/movies. In 2012, I really began to get back into reading and collecting comics due to my close proximity to the Mile High Comics mega-store warehouse. So 2012, I spent a bit of time in Ye Olde Comic Book shops physically and online (with apps like Comixology). Here’s my look at the year in comics. (could be seen as the 2nd half of my summer comic progress report).
Summer means many things: Hot weather, bomb pops, grilling tons of meat, and fun blockbuster movies! Like the movie industry, summer is also when comics like to roll out their “summer blockbuster titles”. However, with time devoted to hitting up the beach, riding roller coasters and such, who has the time to read all of these comic book events? I apparently do! So here to make it easier on you, is my rundown of some of summer’s “big events” (Fair warning it’s 60% Marvel stuff…and also extremely geeky):