I was lucky enough to talk to the cast and creators of Monlith’s upcoming action adventure RPG Middle Earth: Shadows of Mordor at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego. Myself and other members of media peppered Michael de Plater (Director of Design), Christian Cantamessa (Lead Writer), and Troy Baker (voice of Talion), with questions about the upcoming title which is set to launch on September 28th. Baker, who gamers might recognize from starring roles in The Last of Us and Bioshock: Infinite, had some interesting things to say about the voicing the game’s protagonist Talion and just how important Tolkien’s work is to nerds everywhere.
We’ve been saying it for years now, but Nerd HQ offers up some of the best programming during Comic-Con all while helping out people in need (Operation Smile). The brain-child of actor (and lover of nerdy things) Zachary Levi, Nerd HQ has been steadily growing year after year and now inhabits a portion of the massive Petco Park during the weekend of Comic-Con.
Zombies have always been a big part of my life. My first exposure to zombies came at a very young age when George Romero was filming Day of the Dead on Sanibel Island. Actors in full Savini makeup showed up at my elementary school to pick up their kids and as soon as I saw their beautiful disfigured faces, I was hooked.
While it’s not nice to pick favorites, the cast of the History’s first live action television series Vikings pillaged their way into my heart during this year’s San Diego Comic-Con and offered up one of my favorite experiences of the the entire show. On deck this year were Travis Fimmel (Ragnar Lothbrok), Clive Standen (Rollo Lothbrok), Katheryn Winnick (Lagertha), Alexander Ludwig (Bjorn “Ironside” Lothbrok) and Michael Hirst (creator/writer).
Ahh Mass Effect, how I love your sweet biotic embrace. I had a feeling the Mass Effect fans would swarm the Charting a Course: Developing the Next Mass Effect panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International so I hobbled down to room 25 ABC about three hours before the panel began just to make sure I got my curious butt in the door, and it’s a good thing I did.
While not nearly as massive as PAX in terms of its video game related programming, Comic-Con has been steadily adding more video game related content year after year. This year Comic-Con has dozens of panels to satisfy your video game hunger. Sadly, indie games haven’t really made their way to Comic-Con as of yet, but it’s only a matter of time before indie games crash the party.
I was incredibly excited to check out Telltale's Walking Dead panel at this year's Comic-Con because season two of the hit game is shambling our way this fall. Sadly, the folks at Telltale Games weren't willing to reveal all that…
Nerd HQ has been growing for the past few years and this year it managed to occupy a good portion of the baseball stadium Petco Park. For about twenty-two dollars you can purchase a ticket to see some of your favorite stars and creators speak in front of a small audience of about 250 people.
Like so many people who did not attend San Diego Comic Con I’ve been pouring over the post-convention news and analysis; searching for scraps of information of what geeky goodness is to come in entertainment. However, the article that stood out most to me wasn’t the news of a Superman/Batman movie (Aside: I kind of wrinkled my nose at that), but of an individual describing his experience in Hall H for a day.
On day four of Comic-Con I made my way down to the Xbox Lounge at the Manchester Grand Hyatt to check out some of the upcoming titles for both the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The lounge was dimly lit, spread out, and was a huge relief from the chaos of the Comic-Con floor. I wish I had gone earlier.
Falling Skies won me over at Comic-Con a few years back by giving me a promotional cup of coffee months before the show initially aired. Apparently free coffee is the key to my icy heart because I've been a fan…