SyFy is going all out for this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.
It also happens to the be the 25th anniversary of the cable network.
They will be conducting a three-night TV event, hosted by Zachary Levi, SyFy Live From Comic-Con.
It will include panels for 11 different SyFy shows, both current and upcoming: 12 Monkeys, Dark Matter, The Expanse, Ghost Wars, Happy!, Krypton, The Magicians, Sharknado, Van Helsing, Wynonna Earp, and Z Nation.
There will also be screenings of the next episodes in the Blood Drive and Channel Zero series, a sci-fi debate, and a Battlestar Galactica reunion.
At Comic-Con, SyFy will also have a variety of other events going on, including an invitation-only party with Zachary Levi.
Denver Comic Con starts this Friday at 10:00 MDT.
Expectations are that more than 130,000 people will attend this, the convention’s fifth year.
There are 164 announced celebrity guests and 251 vendors participating in this year’s convention.
The big change this year will be in security.
In October, new security measures were agreed upon, and their importance was seen after an incident at the Phoenix Comic Con.
This includes bag checks as well as peace bonding for any prop weapons.
It is almost time for the first ever Animania Wichita Falls.
The convention is this weekend 10:00-20:00 on Saturday and then 10:00-18:00 on Sunday.
It is being held at the Multi-Purpose Event’s Center’s Ray Clymer Exhibit Hall, in Wichita Falls, Texas.
There will be 10 panels, special guests, a cosplay contest, exhibitors, artists, and a game room.
Prices range from $5 for kids to the $60 VIP Pass.
Salina, Kansas is hosting it’s first ever Comic Con.
The event is this weekend at the Tony’s Pizza Events Center.
Attendees numbered in the hundreds, with some cosplaying.
For many attendees, it was the first time they had been to a convention.
Organizers were able to gain more than fifty vendors, for the event.
Being that this is the first time for the Con, and it’s being held in a city of fewer than fifty thousand, the Con’s organizers feel that it is actually quite a success.
Denver Comic Con is hoping to set a Guinness world record this year.
Specifically, they are trying to have the largest amount of comic book cosplays in the same spot.
Only comic book characters are allowed to participate.
They’ve even put out a list of all those that won’t be allowed for this attempt.
Below is a more detailed list of requirements, and you can go to Denver Comic Con’s site for even more.
The official Guinness rules that the con must follow are on its website and read as follows:
- All participants must be dressed in costumes representing characters from comic books. A costume is defined by the Guinness Book of World Records as something that is “instantly recognizable as the character that they are portraying.”
- Guinness needs to be able to recognize which comic character everyone is dressed as, so all costumes must be complete and clearly recognizable.
- Characters from other media such as films, television, and video games are acceptable, but these must have been in comic books before they appeared elsewhere.
- If the character has both a comic and a movie/TV version, the entrant must be wearing the version from the comic.
- Each participant must wear their own outfit. An outfit cannot be shared between two people.
- All participants must be in position at the same time and remain so for a minimum of five minutes.
- All participants must remain in full costume for the entirety of the event, meaning that masks, capes, shoes, makeup and such must stay on for the entire attempt.
- Participants within the established area are expected to take part in the attempt of their free will, as extra non-participants in the room may disqualify the attempt.
- If the attempt is successful, Denver Comic Con and Guinness Book of World Records reserves the right to use any materials collected during the attempt, including video and photos, for promotional materials without compensation to the participants.
- Denver Comic Con is not responsible for any damage to costumes or bodily harm that happens while participating.
If you’re going to try to help break the record, what you’ll have to do is relatively simple:
- Line up outside the Bellco Theater at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 2.
- Each cosplayer will be checked in at the door by being photographed individually and given a wristband.
- The cosplayer will then be assigned to a steward that is responsible for making sure that the costume meets Guinness’ standards and to watch them.
- The cosplayers will be taken down an assigned row in the theater to wait for the attempt’s start. The steward will watch to make sure no one tries to leave or take off their costume.
- Once everyone has been seated, an announcement will be made that the attempt will start in five seconds.
- The countdown will start and loud noise will be heard to signal the start of the five-minute time that everybody must be present, as the attempt is filmed from multiple spots.
- After five minutes a signal will be given and all cosplayers may leave the theater.
Phoenix Comicon has banned all props after an incident that occurred the first day of the event.
A man had come to the con, wearing black tactical pants, a red bandanna, black face paint, and a shotgun bandolier. He managed to avoid going through security checkpoints, including spots where prop weapons are inspected. Police were alerted that the man might be a threat after friends became concerned about comments he was making on social media that he suggested he was going to try and hurt someone.
When officers found him, they realized that he was carrying real weapons and ended up arresting him when he resisted. Reports state that he was carrying: three handguns, a shotgun, a combat knife, pepper spray, and multiple throwing stars.
The man told police that he was The Punisher, refusing to give any other name. He also expressed his willingness to kill any officers who stopped him from his mission of killing Jason David Frank, the original Green Power Ranger, who is present at the con. Police are holding the man on a $1 million bond, on various charges.
Clearly, this incident shows the need for better security measures at Phoenix Comicon and will lead to a review of measures at cons elsewhere. Hopefully, it doesn’t lead to props being banned from future events. Such would be a tragic loss to fan’s abilities to cosplay.
It seems that the galaxy may not be such a peaceful place, after all.
Police in Norwich, England were called about a fight at the University of East Anglia. They arrived to find Star Wars and Doctor Who fans squared off, against each other.
A sci-fi convention was being put on by the Norwich Star Wars Club. Over a thousand people attended the event, including two actors from the Doctor Who series.
When Doctor Who fans spotted the actors, they mobbed them asking for autographs. The Star Wars organizers of the event came to the actors’ rescue. Whovians took exception to this and words were exchanged. Reinforcements came to the side of the force, leading to the face-off between the two fan bases.
After watching security cameras, the police determined, that as no one had been even touched, no charges would be pressed. They did warn the two groups to stay apart and keep it peaceful.