Hi everyone! Shelli Anpan here to bring you a peek inside the halls of San Diego Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), the largest pop culture convention in the United States.
Originally geared towards the comic and graphic novel aficionados, SDCC has since grown over the past several decades to encompass all forms of art and geekdom, including (but not limited to) TV shows, big budget movies, video games, and detailed replicas. To learn more about SDCC and its history, click here.
With almost 24-hour programming, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when attending a convention of this magnitude. To narrow it down a bit this year, here are my Top 5 for Day 1:
#TheHallofFaces All 4 Days, L Street Fine Art Gallery
As a huge fan of the Game of Thrones television series, this is definitely a must-see. Going off of the listed description, “The Hall of Faces activation will allow guests to enter the House of Black and White and ‘Become No One’.” Praise to the many-faced god!
#SuperheroIRL 6:30PM – 7:30PM, Room 24ABC
Everyone has encountered bullying in some way, shape, or form in their life, inspiring writers and artists to create (super)heroes to overcome them. Nonprofit Pop Culture Hero Coalition harnesses the idea of the superhero and applies those ideals to the real world. With the advent of Internet and prevalence of cyber-bullying and recent physical attacks around the globe, heroes in the real world are needed now more than ever to stand up and be beacons of hope and strength against the bullying, against the hatred.
“Geek Couture” Fashion Show 6PM – 8PM, Harbor Ballroom, Manchester Grand Hyatt
Although I probably will not be able to attend the Fashion Show as it conflicts with the #SuperheroIRL panel, I still can’t wait to see what beautiful works of wearable art will be showcased this year!
CBLDF: Navigating The Powers & Perils of Banned Books 12PM – 1PM, Room 30CDE
Ever wonder why graphic novels are attacked by censors? This panel will discuss just that and and how to successfully integrate them into the classroom.
Last, but not least, I’m super excited for exploring the Exhibit Hall! For all first-time con-goers, the Exhibit Hall is where you’ll find all the popular, rare, and exclusive paraphernalia you could ever desire. These include comic books, original fine artwork on canvas, highly detailed sculpted collectible figures, video games, apparel, and accessories. SDCC is well-known for their w exclusive merch, which can only be purchased at the convention. Of course, you’ll probably be able to find that special exclusive on eBay later for an arm and a leg.
That’s all for now, but to get live news and visual within the con, follow me on Twitter (@ShelliAnpan)!
Are you going to SDCC? Do you wish that you could go? Tweet at me and let me know what you want to see, and I’ll do my best to take you there!
It’s the days after Christmas. You have gift cards abundant and games coming out for all girls and boys. But what can you get? With all the choices lying ahead?
Have no fear, with all the bundles abound, waiting to be found, I got the ones with the most “extra” kick aside from the gaming bit (Sorry for my cheesiness).
Tomb Raider Collector’s Edition
First and foremost, I love Tomb Raider, so I had to list it first. It doesn’t have the best content, but I believe it has the most bang for your buck. It includes:
A realistically rendered Play Arts Kai Lara Croft figurine approximately 8 inches tall
Weapon pack DLC
3 iron-on experience shield badges
Tomb Raider soundtrack with 10 songs
An Endurance survival tin made to look like it was recovered from the shipwreck
5″ X 7″ Lithographic print
A double sided poster with an island map and the box art
Access to the Tomb Raider Scavenger Hunt to participate in challenges for prizes and more
I simply love the Lara Croft figure, it’s so detailed and perfectly muddy not getting it would kill me. I hope the DLC weapons are exclusives to these game copies with the collector’s edition to get my money’s worth, and the CD is a nice touch (I legally download all my music).
Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm Collector’s Edition
Starcraft is an MMO with its own fanbase, so I listed it mainly so Starcraft fans can assess if the collector’s edition is worth the extra money. All of the great additional merch that comes with the game seems reasonable to me, especially with the extras for other Blizzard MMOs you might play.
A behind the scenes DVD and Blu Ray 2 disc set
Heart of the Swarm Art Book
Collector’s Edition Soundtrack
Zerg Rush mouse pad
Exclusive in-game content
The in game content includes a Torrasque Ultradisk and portaits in Starcraft II, pet banneling in World of Warcraft, and blade wings and a banner sigil in Diablo III.
Aliens: Colonial Marines Collector’s Edition
I don’t have much hope for this game except for the fact it’s made by Sega, but because this list is about the extra and not the game itself, it earns a spot. This game has some very good extra content.
Resin Powerloader figurine in a limited edition Xeno Hive box
USCM Dossier, iron-on badges, and graduation certificate
LV-426 Recon photo
USS Sephora schematic
But this is just physical extras. The exclusive in-game content includes:
Four playable movie characters
Extra game level
Additional Marines character customization features
Exclusive multiplayer weapons
Sonic Electronic Ball Breakers
Phase Plasma Rifle
USCM Academy firing range
Bioshock Infinite Premium Edition
This bundle definitely comes with awesome stuff.
Collectible mini edition of The Art of Bioshock Infinite
Exclusive digital soundtrack
Murder of Crow keychain
Lithographic print of propaganda
It also comes with a gear pack that gives three exclusive power ups in the game.
Bull rush: Sprints become melee strikes and can knock down enemies
Extra! Extra!: Audio logs give “Silver Eagles”
Betrayer: In the PC game causes possessed enemies to explode once you kill them. In the PS3 you get Bioshock Infinite themes. The XBox 360 players get Booker and Elizabeth avatar costumes.
There is a way more costly bundle that costs $70 more. What’s the difference? It comes with a Songbird statue. You must really really want that figure to spend so much money for the Ultimate Songbird Edition of the game.
God of War: Ascension Collector’s Edition
The God of War franchise has outdone itself with this beautiful pre-order which includes:
An exclusive 8 inch Kratos statue
Premium Steelbook case
Digital game soundtrack
Multiplayer Double XP unlock
PS3 Dynamic theme and PSN Avatar pack
A pass for all future DLC
The last perk seems very promising. Especially since I don’t like always paying for future DLC.
This is the best of the best I’ve gathered so far. I hope as the year reveals more new games to try out, they come out with more tempting bundles like these.