Piracy is Killing Hall H at San Diego Comic Con

Aside from a problem with counterfeit wristbands for the Saturday panels, one of the big complaints about Hall H at this year’s San Diego Comic Con was the lack of real big movie exclusives. Back in the day, Hall H was known for exclusive reveals that wouldn’t be released on the internet…ever, but that’s changed in the last couple of years. And you can thank idiots filming stuff on their cellphones for a brief moment of internet fame (before being hit by a DMCA hammer) for killing the Hall H of the past.

Don’t believe me? Well, lets use 20th Century Fox for an example. This year they showed up with just the Kingsman sequel. But fans, and even some media, were expecting more. Despite the official Hall H schedule saying it was specifically a Kingsman panel, people were pissed off when Fox didn’t show anything from Deadpool 2 or the upcoming mutant films. And this is due to piracy fears.

Want proof? In 2016 Fox completely skipped Hall H at SDCC, and the reason was specifically due to people filming stuff off screens the year before.

This year almost everything in Hall H was released online the moment it was shown in the convention center. The Ready Player One, Justice League, Thor, and Black Panther trailers were all online immediately. And of course the Infinity War footage was pirated within minutes of it being shown in the Hall. People are complaining this week about the lack of big exclusives in Hall H now, but they’re failing to grasp the reason why that is.

Contrast the problem with how Disney runs D23 Expo, and it’s worse. Nothing ever leaks from D23 Expo’s big hall. I saw one person on Twitter last night claiming that stuff leaks from Hall H because more people go there than Hall D23 at D23 Expo, and that’s an uninformed statement. Hall D23 holds 7,000 people. That’s more than Hall H’s 6500. Nothing ever leaks from Hall D23 because Disney takes security very seriously and doesn’t want their footage out. Everything leaks from SDCC because Comic Con puts everything on the honor system and thinks people are more honorable than they really are.

It seems like Comic Con is more interested in social media buzz out of Hall H than keeping the studios happy. Saying “Please don’t film the screens” doesn’t do anything at Comic Con, people are going to do it no matter what you tell them. Sealing phones in silver plastic baggies at D23? That stops people from pirating the footage completely.

Comic Con is really going to need to ask themselves if they want Hall H to return to the mystique it had in the past as being the place where Earth-shattering exclusives were shown. Right now it’s just a public YouTube space where trailers the public can also see are viewed by 6500 people who spent $200 for a pass and camped out 24 hours. Until Comic Con decides to take a look at how Disney handles security at their D23 Expo, and makes serious changes to the big Hall H presentations, the famous Hall H of SDCC will continue its death spiral and will soon be something that people won’t even want to bother with anymore.

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He's written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.

SDCC 2017: Nearing the Half-Way Point

I am writing this from the Hall H line at around 3:00pm. So we still have about five and a half hours until wristbands are handed out for Saturday’s panels and even longer than that until they get to our section of the line.

So far I’ve had a good SDCC. The highlight so far was the Walter & Louise Simonson panel yesterday, which should’ve been three hours long. So many great answers to fan questions and some cool stories about great Marvel storylines.

A close runner up to that would be the Classic Doctor Who panel with Peter Davidson and Colin Baker. I didn’t know about the BBC/ITV streaming service Britbox, but that panel made me sign up for a trial for the Classic Doctor Who they have on it.

The con itself is pretty packed this year and it keeps getting worse every year. The Hall H line is even worse than it was last year where my group was put into group B and this year it looks like we’ll lucky to get into group C.

Trying to conserve battery as much as possible before tomorrow but I plan to Tweet live from Hall H as much as I can. I have a 15,000 mAh battery for my phone and it should only be halfway done by the time I go back to the hotel in about 12 hours, and I’ll get it a little more charge then before coming back to the line.

In other news it looks like Furious Fanboys is down. I’ve emailed them about it, but haven’t heard any news yet. This is the worst time for the site to go down, and I think this final downtime may be its death.

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He's written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.

D23 and SDCC Prep is Officially Under Way

With just over a week and a half until D23 Expo and two and a half weeks until SDCC, my prep for both conventions is officially underway. Oh, yea. You have to prepare for these things. People who don’t end up having a terrible time, especially when they find out about the Hall H line and the fact that you have to camp out over night for it.

So I’m getting ready for two weeks of conventions. My MacBook Pro’s battery died and swelled up, breaking the trackpad, so I’m replacing both of those now so I have a laptop for both conventions. I also wanted to take my PS Vita for the Hall H line, but lost my charger. Since it’s a 1000 model, and uses the dumb proprietary connection, I had to track down an aftermarket charger since finding a Sony one for a system that isn’t “officially” discontinued is nearly impossible. I also have a new backpack to carry all my gear, which is also very important.

By the time SDCC rolls around the only thing I’ll need to get is a trolley card, which I’ll either do when I get down there or just use the phone app since I’m not driving to the convention center every day and paying for parking.

I’ve done these conventions for more than 15 years (SDCC) and the key is being prepared for days away from civilization.

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He's written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.

One Month Until San Diego Comic Con

Today marks one month until the start of Preview Night at San Diego Comic Con. While I am still going to D23 Expo the week before, I’ll probably be doing a lot more streaming/sharing at SDCC especially since they don’t confiscate phones in Hall H like they do at D23.

So right now this is my tentative plan for that week.

I’ll be doing Facebook Live broadcasts on the Furious Fanboys Facebook page. These will hopefully be throughout the days and between panels in Hall H, all depending on cell signal of course as it can be hit and miss in the convention center and especially in Hall H.

I’m not taking my laptop (at least not at this time) but I want to try to post some longer updates here beyond what 140 characters on Twitter allows.

And when I’m not broadcasting to the Furious Fanboys Facebook, I’ll be using Periscope to Twitter.

I’ll be there for all four days and Preview Night, although I may leave early on Sunday depending on what’s going on.

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He's written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.

The First Justice League Trailer Will Blow Your Mind

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If you’ve recovered from the awesome Wonder Woman trailer, the first footage of Justice League will send you into more geek convulsions.

This is all very early as they’re still filming this in the UK, but Zack Snyder put together a special bit of footage for SDCC and it’s awesome! You see Bruce Wayne and Diana trying to form the Justice League and we’re introduced to Arthur Curry and Barry Allen. The Barry Allen scene was screened for the press during a set visit last month, so many were expecting to see that in this.

With Wonder Woman and Justice League both out next year, DC fans are in for an awesome time at the theater in 2017!

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He's written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.

Check Out the Amazing Wonder Woman Comic Con Trailer!

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Direct from the San Diego Comic Con DC Films panel is the first trailer for next year’s Wonder Woman!

At nearly three minutes the trailer shows off Diana fighting in World War I as well as her first meeting with Steve Trevor in Themyscira. Her costume in this movie has more color than the one in Batman V Superman, and there are a couple shots in the trailer of her using the Lasso of Truth in combat.

This looks awesome and will be one of the biggest movies next summer!

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He's written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.

How Twilight Forever Ruined Hall H at SDCC

TwilightDid you know there was once a time when you could go to San Diego Comic Con and get into the front row of Hall H just by showing up a couple hours in advance? I’m not talking about a time when SDCC wasn’t the monster it is now, this was just a little over a decade ago. But thanks to a certain movie series with crazy fans, that SDCC experience will never return.

As recently as 2005 someone who wanted to get into the big Saturday panels at Hall H could go down to the convention center and actually be the first person in line, as long as they were willing to do so around 5:00am. It didn’t require camping out over night for a week. I know it sounds crazy, but I did it myself multiple years in a row. I can remember being in the front row of Hall H for lots of major panels, such as when Bryan Singer revealed the first new Superman movie footage in nearly two decades.

But that all changed thanks to Twilight.

The first year SDCC held a Twilight panel, they weren’t prepared for the crazy fanbase and put it on the Saturday schedule. This would be the mistake that would forever destroy the semi-relaxing Hall H seating experience. The Twilight fans began camping out the Monday prior to the panel. They set up camp for Hall H, and other SDCC attendees noticed that. Comic Con noticed it as well, which is why for the following years they tried to schedule the Twilight panel as the very first panel in Hall H in the hopes that those fans would quickly clear out and make room for people who wanted to see more than one movie presentation at SDCC.

But the damage was irreparable.

Twilight happened in the years that SDCC was rapidly growing in attention and attendance. New people were showing up at SDCC and seeing massive week-long camp-outs for Hall H, and they just thought that was normal. Because of Twilight, the idea of camping out on the sidewalk next to San Diego’s homeless population just to get into Hall H became the accepted norm. Hall H will never return to the glory days of getting there at 5:00am for a front-row seat because Twilight taught people that they had to camp out to experience the big panels of SDCC.

The convention has slightly improved things in recent years with the wristbands handed out to people camping overnight, but other conventions handle their lines much better. NYCC bans overnight campouts completely. Star Wars Celebration and D23 Expo put the overnight lines in an indoor queue protected from the elements with readily available restrooms and food.

Maybe once San Diego finally completes their Convention Center expansion they will be able to do something similar as other cons. But until then, the Hall H experience is hell for long-time SDCC veterans who remember how it was just ten years ago. And we can all thank a crappy movie series everyone has already forgotten about for ruining it.

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He's written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.

Rumor: Disney’s Guardians of the Galaxy Rides Announced at SDCC

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San Diego Comic Con opens today, but Marvel may have more than just movies to announce at their big Studios panel on Saturday night.

WDW News Today believes that Marvel will use the panel to officially announce the two new Guardians of the Galaxy rides, as construction on both will begin in the fall and the next opportunity to announce them at a convention isn’t until D23 next July. The new rides will be the Guardians of the Galaxy Tower of Terror in California and a new ride to replace the Universe of Energy at Walt Disney World’s Epcot.

We’ve previously let you know how the Tower of Terror in California will be closing this September to begin construction on the new version of the ride. It’s expected to re-open next May, just in time for Guardians of the Galaxy v2 to open in theaters.

Disney has also scheduled a special D23 fan event for Tower of Terror to give die-hard fans of the ride one last time for a special farewell to it.

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He's written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.

The Force Awakens Luke Finally Receives a Collectible

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On display at San Diego Comic Con this week is one of the first major collectibles of The Force Awakens Luke Skywalker. While there is a Funko Pop! vinyl of Luke, there hasn’t yet been an action figure from Kenner, or a Hot Toys figure. That’s now changed.

Hot Toys has their Luke Skywalker on display at SDCC this week, with a “TBD” release date under it:

The figure was recently teased in photos of their upcoming Rey figure (that includes an electronic BB-8), so this isn’t shocking that they really are producing the figure. As with all Hot Toys releases, expect this one to come in at more than $200.

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He's written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.

Comic Con Pirates Have Ruined the Hall H Exclusive

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For years San Diego Comic Con has been known for the mind-blowing exclusives shown in the mythical Hall H. However recent years have seen these exclusives leak out by idiots who film them with their phone for a few seconds of internet fame. Now those pirates may have ruined SDCC for everyone.

The Wrap reports that 20th Century Fox is pulling out of Hall H this year specifically due to piracy of their exclusive trailers:

“The studio feels it cannot prevent the piracy of custom trailers and exclusive footage routinely screened for fans in attendance, an individual familiar with the decision told TheWrap.”

Stuff leaking from Hall H has become an even bigger problem in recent years due to live streaming apps such as Periscope. Last year the entire Star Wars: The Force Awakens Behind the Scenes footage was streamed via Periscope, even though Disney did release it officially immediately after the panel. Even bigger than that was the famous leak of the Suicide Squad footage, which forced Warner to officially release it due to the wide-spread piracy.

There’s an easy solution to all this, but it’s not really an option due to how Comic Con runs Hall H. Other conventions, such as Disney’s D23 Expo, will actually seal people’s phones in plastic bags to prevent them from filming anything. Comic Con won’t do that with Hall H due to people camping out in there for ten hours for certain panels, and they want people using social media to hype people up for the convention.

So unless SDCC decides to adopt security measures that other cons like D23 use, Fox won’t be the first major studio to not show any big exclusives to the Hall H crowd…

Jeremy has been active on the web since the 90s. He's written for sites such as IGN and Furious Fanboys and even once worked on Star Wars Galaxies (RIP). A long time ago in a galaxy far far away he used to Podcast about Star Wars with friends.