Yes, team Empire has finally touched down in sunny San Diego, having braved all manner of trials and tribulations to arrive in time for this year's Comic-Con International. Those of you who have been following our epic journey at #empiremagazine on Twitter will know that we've overcome obstacles that would have made Odysseus blanche and turn Phileas Fogg into a housebound agoraphobic.
We struggled through traffic on the 405, braved a convenience store that only sold Pepsi (what's that about?) and have (so far) survived a nasty case of (probable) swine flu I managed to pick up on the plane. Of course Nick's not quite made it yet, having missed one flight, had a second delayed and had his baggage stolen, but there are always a few who fall by the wayside and what's one film critic's life when compared to the sacred duty of bringing up-to-the-minute Con coverage to the Empire readership.
James Cameron’s Avatar is looking to be the heavy hitter this year but there’s lots more to get excited about at the 2009 CCI. 2012, Legion, Zombieland, The Book Of Eli, District 9, Where The Wild Things Are, Tron 2, Nightmare On Elm Street, Jonah Hex, Sherlock Holmes, Iron Man 2, Toy Story 3, Alice In Wonderland and many, many more will be present at the various panels. And that’s not even mentioning the array of other geek-friendly fare on offer, including all the top US TV shows from Dollhouse to Warehouse 13 and utterly bizarre offerings like Bram Stoker: The Joss Whedon Of His Day? Of course, the conundrum with every Comic-Con is which panels to attend, since all the good stuff seems to clash with each other, or at least take place less than two minutes apart while being situated at completely opposite ends of the Convention Centre - a building scientists have estimated is at least 6.3 light years in length.
Even though the Con doesn't kick off until Thursday, Empire has already infiltrated the Convention Centre to bring you a sneak peek at what's in store. Click below for the first gallery of many, showcasing some of the stalls setting up at the Con as well as some exclusive banners and posters that are even now being hoisted onto walls up and down the building. If any Empire readers are planning to attend, do let us know and feel free to pop by the Empire stall at booth 4118 where we'll have Comic-Con exclusive subscription offers as well as some very special giveaways. And if you see Helen and Nina slacking off on the stand, feel free to rat them out.
britesparc Posted on Wednesday July 22, 2009, 11:00
Impressive behind-the-scenes reporting as usual, Empire. But what's up with that Castle of Greyskull? I nearly had a nerdgasm!
HitchHiker Posted on Wednesday July 22, 2009, 11:03
Damn I'm jealous. I got to work at the con last year and managed to sneak into some choice panels. Had a great time. Wish I was there again.
nclowe Posted on Wednesday July 22, 2009, 11:06
I'm still gutted I had to refund my weekend pass as I couldn't afford the flights to San Diego.... *cries*
richCie Posted on Wednesday July 22, 2009, 11:59
fancy getting me District 9 banner? and a review?
Dr Quinzel Posted on Wednesday July 22, 2009, 12:07
Might want to take down the huge Dexter spoiler buried in there amongst the photos... cheers for that...
moshmonger Posted on Wednesday July 22, 2009, 12:49
Yeah, explain the Castle Grayskull thing. I demand information dammit!
Chrisseh Posted on Wednesday July 22, 2009, 14:39
what dexter spoiler? how is a banner advertising the show a spoiler?
top_ash Posted on Wednesday July 22, 2009, 15:08
Its not really a spolier if youve seen Season 3 of Dexter.. unfortunatly as the US is miles ahead of us with things like that its inevitible that infornation is going to be "leaked" as it were.
keYserSOze2008 Posted on Wednesday July 22, 2009, 15:28
Huh? Whats Ster Trek? Is it a new movie?
Taz69 Posted on Wednesday July 22, 2009, 15:39
Looking foward to this years reporting guys and gals as last years efforts were top notch. I know one of the days Jonathan Ross and family will be there to support his wife's - Jane Goldman - latest writting gig (I think it's Kick Ass). For weeks on his radio show he's been telling the listners he and the kids are turning up like cosplayers, in costumes of anime/superheroecharacters. Please could you get a photo/s or film it as part of one of the awesome Videblogisodes.
joanna likes films Posted on Wednesday July 22, 2009, 18:14
Can't wait for this, especially with Avatar, Alice In Wonderland and Jonah Hex up in the lineup. Would give anything to go there and meet all sorts of people, looking forward to hearing more of Comic Con.
chloeden Posted on Wednesday July 22, 2009, 19:54
Oh my god comic con looks amazing. i wish that i could go so much. The transformers stand looks great. they even have the camaro. wow! i am so jealous right now. well i hope anybody that goes has a good time i wish i was there. :)
supermaddy Posted on Wednesday July 22, 2009, 21:40
Nick might want to watch out for a gazillion people looking for, and then promptly trying to sneak into, his stolen bags... he might get calls from lost black holdalls with "i am nick's bag" stamped accross it in dynamo font that is in reality filled with as many people as are willing to cut their limbs off to fit, which would be okay in the vast majority of films and tvshows previewing there but might be a bit harrowing in real life!
livila Posted on Thursday July 23, 2009, 01:30
*is ever so slightly jealous* Great pics, love the empty convention centre. Won't be like that for long though!
Overmind Posted on Thursday July 23, 2009, 01:55
There is only one focuspointt, One axiom on this con.. And it is named TR2N.. Do not forget.