Purge supplies, Clone Wars tears, and shrimp cocktail carousels: the best things we saw at San Diego Comic-Con 2018

San Diego Comic-Con may have had a relatively light year this year, as many of the usual main presenters of the scam – including Disney / Marvel, Netflix and HBO – reduced their presence, but even reduced hours In a second. The world's largest fan convention is jam-packed with news and events. While many of those moments were easy to reach – new trailers for Aquaman and Glass the truth about the new DC DC Universe platform – the weekend contained some hidden gems that could It will only stand out if you were there when it happened. Next, we have gathered some of our personal favorite moments from SDCC 2018, so if someone asks, it will be as if you were there as well.

Laurie Strode saves a life

As a place where fans are The opportunity to finally come face to face with their favorite actors and creators, conventions have long been a breeding ground for excitement. But Hall H of Universal Pictures showing this year presented a moment that was exceptional even for Comic-Con. During the Halloween panel that featured Jamie Lee Curtis and the director and producers, they discussed the re-start of the iconic horror franchise.

Towards the end of the half-hour conversation, a fan came to the audience microphone to thank Curtis (who had spent most of the panel emphasizing the film and the trauma and recovery issues of his character). He claimed that he had experienced a violent invasion of his home, not unlike that of the icon Halloween villain Michael Myers, and thinking about what his character Laurie Strode would have done to protect himself helped him survive the ordeal. His tearful memory was greeted with a standing ovation from the crowd, including Curtis, who asked him to come to the front of the room for a long hug and a brief discussion outside the microphone.

"These are all movies, and we like to be scared, but [they have] is based on a reality that you can believe in," he told the crowd once he returned to the stage. "That man's emotions right now, Laurie Strode has been leading that for 40 years, that right now, that was evidence of that." -Devon Maloney, Internet Culture Editor

Purge City

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In The Verge, we love to think about Purge hypothetical related, so the emerging activation of US. "Purge City" – an "emporium" made to resemble a Fiesta City geared toward the alternate universe that passed the 28th Amendment and built as a promotion of The New US Television Adaptation. UU From the anarchist franchise: he pressed all the right buttons for us.

The shelves were full of everything from barrels of water and 12-hour emergency candles to greeting cards and "I DO NOT BREATH, BUT I SUPPORT THOSE WHO THEY DO IT "" Bumper magnets for post-purge cleaning supplies. "Meanwhile, a host of overly crafty employees in blue aprons offered tours of the store's merchandise based on the personal plans of Purge Night attendants. to Purge America -DM

The Good Place fork kills him

When I entered the bright, heavenly lights of The Good Place activation after a video of Ted Danson's character, Michael cheerfully greeted the fans, I was never happier to be a dead fake, Inside there was a small idyllic replica of the real Good Place, with a shrimp cocktail carousel and a store called "The Suggestion of Yogurt" ntrega vouchers froyo. They allowed us to enjoy ourselves for about 10 minutes. After all, we had earned our places here by answering our interview questions after life after correctly entering. (This included questions such as: "Did you ever pay money to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers in concert?", Which obviously is not the case)

The entrance to the NBC activation The Good Place in San Diego Comic- With 2018. [19659014] Photo by Devon Maloney / The Verge

But then the infiltrators from The Bad Place blew our cover, and all hell broke loose. "Break Free" by Ariana Grande came out of the speakers when the Good Place spokespersons shouted through megaphones that we were not really supposed to be there. We were quickly led through the tunnel of the "Infinite Light" to be split into The Evil Place: real life. – Dami Lee, manager / social media reporter

  Taco Bell celebrates the 25th anniversary of Nacho Fries and Demolition with futuristic dining experience

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Taco Bell uses 25 Anniversary of Demolition Man as an excuse to escape

When I was a young man who lived in Los Angeles with Mexican food to die always within reach, I never developed more than a passing pleasure from Taco Bell. But it was difficult not to be at least a bit delighted by the articulation of fast food to go to the absurd in this year's SDCC. While (officially) Taco Bell was in town to promote the return of their fried nachos, their marketing team clearly used the 25th anniversary of the movie Demolition Man as an excuse to get nervous with an insane budget and set shop at a local steakhouse, transforming the room into an almost exact replica of the elegant 2032 Taco Bell from the Sylvester Stallone movie.

Baja Blast alcohol-free cod, cheese fries refrigerated on dry ice and, yes, those tiny gourmet little fountains all appearances appeared on your table while a pianist on the top floor serenaded you with witty interpretations of the jingles Folgers and Oscar Mayer. It was difficult to know if I was having a good time because of the geek experience or because I could not stop laughing about the duration of the brands (not to mention the obscene amounts of money they will spend) to promote a literal life. cheese fries at Comic-Con. In the end, I think I decided that I did not care. -DM

Neopets had a +21 SDCC party in 2018

Do you remember Shoyru?
Photo by Dami Lee / The Verge

Comic-Con is about both the parties and the royal convention, so imagine my surprise when I was flipping through a list of parties when " NEOPETS " It caught the attention. Those lucky enough to register early were able to attend, and a limited number of tickets were available for $ 15, which sold out quickly. Fans at Twitter and r / neopets (who surprisingly are still active) prayed for exclusive SDCC codes and party updates. As for the event itself, it was kept in a rather small place, which was decorated with … period costumes.

Developers of JumpStart, the company that now owns Neopets, were there to brag about the next set of puzzle fighters, and CEO David Lord confidently announced that they would return to a larger space next year to celebrate the launch of their imminent mobile application. Neopets has gone through many in recent years of acquisitions, and the site is definitely not what it used to be in its heyday, but the public (now all adults and old enough to drink, hence the party over 21 years old). with alcohol) is still there and waiting. I'm totally back from Neopets in 2018. DL


In 2008, Lucasfilm started his animated show The Clone Wars with an animated movie in cinemas, before transitioning to a show Weekly that was developed during five seasons. I was one of the fans who got caught up in the program: I dressed for the movie and followed the program for a long time, so I was sad when it was abruptly canceled after Lucasfilm's acquisition by Disney in 2012. Since then, The fans of the show asked creator Dave Filoni if ​​the show would ever come back, and on the 10-year panel, he gave us a definitive answer: yes.

The audience for this panel was full of fans of the series. I saw a lot of people dressed as clone troopers, like Ahsoka, and as Jedi Knights, and we all listened attentively while Filoni and guests related the production, and generally praised him for his efforts to bring the show to life. At the end of the panel, Filoni made a revelation in the style of "one more thing", dropping a surprise breakthrough, confirming that the show was coming back. For the first few seconds, there was silence in the room as the camera passed over an endless line of clone trooper helmets, and I thought it was going to be an orderly retrospective.

But when the words "A war was unfinished … until now" flashed on the screen, the room erupted in a wild roar when everyone realized what we were seeing . The show that everyone wanted to come back was coming back, and I saw at least a couple of people crying for the news. It is one of those moments in Star Wars fandom that is remarkable, not only because it was a room full of admirers who joined in their appreciation for the show, but because it comes at a time when it feels like Star Wars fandom is trying to solve some problems. – Andrew Liptak, weekend editor

Star Wars fandom is not horrible

Speaking of Star Wars fandom, I am a member of Legion 501, a Star Wars cosplay group that aims to reproduce the costumes of the movies as close as possible to what you see on the screen. Big cons such as San Diego Comic-Con, New York Comic Con, and Star Wars Celebration attract many of our members, and this year, I ended up meeting a lot of people from other chapters.

They are easy to detect, since they usually wear jackets or shirts with logo patches. I sat next to a couple of members during the screening Clone Wars and I met them in several panels on the floor. While there were many people I had never met, those brief meetings seemed to catch up with friends long lost. (Mark Hamill claims to have infiltrated our ranks over the weekend, disguised as an assault soldier Force Awakens )

This is not exclusive to any particular fan club . This was an experience that I saw countless times on the floor. People dressed as characters from Transformers or Ghostbusters or the Marvel films met over the weekend, exchanging pictures and making new friends. At a time when fandom is increasingly viewed as a bad thing, it was encouraging to see people join to join together for a shared interest. – AL

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