The story of Amazon Prime Video picking up The Expanse for its fourth season is a true fairy tale about fandom, one about how thousands of people from different backgrounds connected across different parts of the internet to launch a campaign, that in a few short weeks, saved the series from cancelation (check out the “The Expanse Lives” fansite to get a detailed account of the fans’ efforts, which included flying a #SaveTheExpanse banner over Amazon Studios and launching a model of the Rocinante — the ship the crew lives on in the show — into actual space).
This story is also proof that hardcore fandom can be a force for good, how the hard work of dozens of dedicated volunteers and the passion of thousands of additional fans who supported them, kept the show alive. “It’s a very strong fanbase we’ve got for the show,” explained actor Cas Anvar at an Expanse Q&A panel at Atlanta’s Dragon Con this weekend. “Science fiction fans I think—and I’m a huge science fiction fan—we appreciate when we are given intelligent, layered and textured stories. And if you try to take that away from us, you’ve got to be prepared for a fight.”
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Atlanta’s Dragon Con, a five-day event that took place this Labor Day weekend, is the antithesis of San Diego’s Comic-Con (SDCC). Where SDCC is industry-led and full of exclusive events, Dragon Con is fan-led and has at least two or three themed parties a night, which are open to all attendees. Dragon Con is one big party, really. A Mardi Gras for nerds. And despite the lack of industry presence, the con is chock full of special guests and panels that cater to fandoms, from Filk to The X-Files to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
So how exactly does Dragon Con differ from SDCC? Let me count the ways…
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The future of any Comic-Con other than San Diego Comic-Con and its official equivalents is now in serious doubt thanks to an injunction. A judge has ruled against Salt Lake Comic-Con from using titles “Comic Con” and “Comic-Con”, as well as any phonetic equivalents (like ComiKon). In short, if you have a local Comic-Con near you, it’s probably going to be changing its name very quickly.
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San Diego Comic-Con International has come to an end for another year, and while we covered all of the biggest announcements, panels, and more here at /Film, there were inevitably some trailers and bits of news that slipped through the cracks. As the pop culture world settles back into some semblance of normality, take a look at one last batch of news from Comic-Con 2018, including trailers for new seasons of The Orville, Family Guy, The Gifted, Voltron: Legendary Defender, and more. Read More »
San Diego Comic-Con is over, and with it came a sneak peek at what fans can expect from the new seasons of The CW’s DC Comics television universe. The Flash, Supergirl, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and Black Lightning were all on hand to give a look at what’s in store for all these superheroes, and you can watch the trailers for each of the shows below, as well as get some new information about what’s coming up for them in their new seasons. Read More »
The wait is over: Young Justice is officially back. The long-awaited third season of Young Justice, titled Young Justice: Outsiders, will be premiering on DC Entertainment and Warner Bros.’ streaming service DC Universe five years after the animated series was unjustly canceled by Cartoon Network.
Warner Bros. dropped the Young Justice Outsiders trailers at Comic-Con this weekend, giving us a glimpse of a darker, more ambitious new season anchored by some familiar and some all-new faces.
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The Legion panel, the last Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con this year, had several panelists including producer and writer Nathaniel Halpern, executive producer and director John Cameron, Marvel Television’s Jeph Loeb, and cast members Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza, Bill Irwin, Amber Midthunder, Jeremie Harris, Jean Smart, and Farouk himself, Navid Negahban.
One person noticeably missing was show creator Noah Hawley, who, according to the Comic-Con schedule, was supposed to be a panelist. Even if Hawley had been there, however, there likely would have been little additional insight as to what may take place in Season 3, which FX confirmed will air in 2019.
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Deadpool 2 already arrived in theaters back in May, but there’s a renewed interest in the foul-mouthed superhero sequel because a new cut of the movie is on the way to home video. The Deadpool 2 Super Duper $@%!#& Cut is coming home in August, and to help promote the arrival of this new cut of the film with tons of alternate jokes and deleted scenes, the Merc with a Mouth himself put on a special concert at San Diego Comic-Con, and you will undoubtedly recognize the band that he hired to play with him. Read More »
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this Comic-Con edition, watch a trailer for an upcoming documentary about the cantina band from Star Wars: A New Hope, take a tour through LAIKA‘s fantastic stop-motion animation exhibition from San Diego Comic-Con, and check out some of the best cosplay that was spotted all around the massive convention last week. Read More »
“Can you tell we were drinking tequila in the green room?” showrunner Sera Gamble asked at one point during The Magicians panel at San Diego Comic-Con.
The answer to Gamble’s question was yes, but it was a wonderful thing to see Gamble, her fellow executive producer John McNamara and cast members Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Hale Appleman and Summer Bishil enjoying each other’s company and having a rowdy time on stage. Tequila or no tequila, it was clear that they all genuinely liked each other, and the panel was full of jokes and laughter as they took audience questions and tried to avoid spoiling anything from Season 4.
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