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The Con Is On!

Posted on Wednesday July 23, 2008, 07:33 by James Dyer in Comic-Con Diaries
The Con Is On!

Just as Muslims have Mecca and Jews have Jerusalem, so too do geeks have their own holy land. From the four corners of the Earth they come, setting out on an annual pilgrimage with their worldly goods hoisted upon tanless, flabby backs and their bloodshot eyes trained upon a single destination: the sunny land of California and a little place called San Diego (from the Spanish, meaning 'whale's vagina'). Upon these distant shores a holy edifice has been built. It is the San Diego Convention Centre and within it is staged the holiest event in the geek calendar: the San Diego Comic Con.

It is within these walls that Empire will venture today, brushing shoulders with the costumed, the crazed and the clinically obese to bring you a first-hand account of this most geeky of gatherings. Much like its patrons, the Con gets bigger every year and 2008 brings with it a gaggle of high profile events from gaming, comic, TV and movie worlds. Over the next five days we’ll be bringing you every panel, interview and celebrity screening we can blag our way into so that you can get a feel of what it’s like to be at an event where even someone such as myself, with at least three World Of Warcraft characters over level 60 and an encyclopaedic knowledge of Farscape, can feel hip and socially adept by comparison.

But that's not all! I’m also joined by everyone’s favourite demented little Irishman: Empire's Chris Hewitt. With his help you’ll witness the carnage of the Con first hand via an all new series of Empire Video Diaries. Stay tuned.

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1 Acho
Posted on Wednesday July 23, 2008, 16:38
Comic Con is back - yay! I often only ever consider myself somewhat geeky, then I read stuff like this, giggle to myself and just give in to it! And as for the videblogisodes - can't wait!

2 Y2Neildotcom
Posted on Wednesday July 23, 2008, 16:39
Less fat jokes more comicy goodness!

Get that info on Spidey 4!

3 britesparc
Posted on Wednesday July 23, 2008, 16:49
"At least three characters over level 60"... now, admittedly, I don't play WoW so I don't know how it works exactly, but how can you not be sure how many characters you've got? Do you play it in your sleep? You wake up quite tired and thinking, "shit, what did I get up to last night, and why am I dressed as a Blood Elf?"

Blood Elves are in WoW, yeah?

Anyway, bring on the Con...

4 punchdrunk
Posted on Wednesday July 23, 2008, 17:11
If Storm trooper Elvis is back i'll be really happy!

Bring on the video blogs.

5 chr1sw
Posted on Wednesday July 23, 2008, 17:12
It can't be a true Uber Geek convention without the attendance of Kevin Smith and some exciting news about another Sam Rami move with a cameo from the "Chin" himself.

So hunt down these people and find us exclusives!

(So envious of you guy's being there!)

6 gambit21
Posted on Wednesday July 23, 2008, 17:32
Correect me if I'm wrong but was it not the Germans who named it San Diego meaning a whales vagina? Bring on the excitement that only Comic Con can deliver

7 PythonFan
Posted on Wednesday July 23, 2008, 17:41
If there's any Bruce Campbell/Sam Raimi news to be had I think we can rely on Mr Hewitt to get it for us!! :)

8 Paxton
Posted on Wednesday July 23, 2008, 19:08
Maybe Mr. T's pretty handy with computers. Had that occurred to you Mr. condescending director?

9 cap102
Posted on Thursday July 24, 2008, 02:22
where all the fat jokes really neccesary?

10 SolarDave
Posted on Thursday July 24, 2008, 08:05
Say hello to the Newgrounds/Behomoth booth please. It's a website which I am a member. Have quick gander they're pretty awesome.

11 genlock
Posted on Thursday July 24, 2008, 09:00
It's an Anchor Man joke... And yes, the fat jokes are necessary, they're funny! Every joke is welcome, bring on the geekiness!

12 nia_redgirl
Posted on Friday July 25, 2008, 13:47
Please please please go to the Supernatural panel Eric Kripke is god!

13 ilikechicken
Posted on Sunday July 27, 2008, 08:07
bring me back something nice !!

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