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2013 SDCC Badge Sales: An Overview

Posted by Christina Cooper on February 17, 2013 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

San Diego’s annual nerd mecca, Comic-Con, has sold out in only 90 minutes this past weekend. Comic-Con has taken steps to ensure that as many fans as possible have a chance to purchase a badge. But, with SDCC already selling several thousand badges this summer to 2012 SDCC ticket holders, even less fans had a chance to purchase tickets this Saturday. I had already purchased a badge this summer, but its my roommates first Con and this was going to be her first time attempting to buy a badge.

We’d talked through various strategies about maneuvering into the dreaded Epic waiting room. Saturday’s morning traffic was slightly cut down by Comic-Con only allowing those with a member ID to purchase a badge. After watching the informational how-to-purchase-con-tickets video from SDCC’s website and saw that they would no longer be linking the entrance to the waiting room directly from their website. I knew instantly that traffic was going to be even higher.

At exactly 9:00, I tried to enter the waiting room on five different devices. Instantly, the page clocked and wouldn’t load. I sprang onto to Twitter and began reading frightening messages such as people were getting an error message, and the page loading and saying the waiting room was at capacity. It was only 9:05 so I assumed the servers were overloaded and that the page’s message was incorrect. By 9:10, people began tweeting that their white screen was now refreshing directly into the waiting room. I instantly refreshed several of my screens and one of them loaded me directly into the waiting room.

But that strategy didn’t work for everyone. Comic-con even had a customer service number available, but according to Twitter, it was busy the entire morning. Some people struggled to get into the waiting room. Once we were in, it only took 45 minutes before we were taken to the screen to by badges. The system was a bit out of whack since it only allowed me to purchase 4 day badges, or 4 day plus preview night, and claimed that all single day badges were sold out.

Saturday badges were the first to go after all 4 day badges were gone. I’m sure most fans expect this to be the biggest day at Con, especially for Hall H. It’s far too early to tell what studios will be showcasing to fans, but with Thor 2, X-Men Day’s of Future’s Past, or the second Hunger Games, Catching Fire- it’s safe to assume that Hall H on Saturday is going to be magnificent.

By 10:30, all badges for Comic-Con 2013 had sold out. Although it was a successful day for some fans, others are contemplating ways they can purchase a badge online. First off, let me warn you: DO NOT purchase a badge online from Craiglist or Ebay. The only way this strategy can work is if you purchase a complimentary badge. If you purchase a complimentary badge, you can put your own name on the badge, making it legally yours! Buying a badge from someone online won’t work since you need a photo ID in order to pick up your badge at comic-con.

If you were lucky enough to score a badge, then you’ve got a few months to plan out the greatest weekend of your life. If you weren’t able to get a badge, Comic-Con is sure to have a badge resale day. No official word on if or when this sale will be happening, but check back to Frakearth for any news from Comic-Con about badge resale days.

WonderCon Badges On Sale

Posted by Christina Cooper on January 23, 2013 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Tickets for Wondercon in Anaheim, California have offically gone on sale.  Wondercon is set to take over the Anaheim Convention Center March 29-31.  In order to purchase badges, one must have a Member ID. Although Wondercon tickets won't sell out or be nearly as coveted as SDCC badges, it seems as though Comic-Con is trying to move everything over to the new system by forcing all badge holders to have a Member ID.  

There's no rush to buy tickets right this second, but the $40 early bird 3-day badge is a great offer.  Although panels and special guests won't be announced for a month or so, check back for updates and rumors on Wondercon 2013. 

S.H.I.E.L.D. Begins Filming!

Posted by Christina Cooper on January 23, 2013 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Twitter exploded when photos from the set of S.H.I.E.L.D. were tweeted earlier this afternoon.  Although the photos show nothing about the actual show, you can see super cool picutres of Joss and his awesome sneakers!

S.H.I.E.L.D. has been confirmed to be set after the Avengers battle in New York, which means Coulson is alive, or his being 'alive' will somehow be explained in the pilot.  Was Fury lying about his death to motivate the team? Obvioulsy, S.H.I.E.L.D. is going to be a very different show since it's audience is already familiur with the universe, the Hellicarrier, and Coulson.  But, how will fans react to seeing the Marvelverse on the small screen?  S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn't have the multi-million dollar budget Iron Man or Thor had.  Joss has commented several times about how S.H.I.El.D. needs to stand on its own and be its own thing: 

It’s new characters. It needs to be its own thing. It needs to be adjacent [to the movies]. You don’t want to do a show where you’re constantly going, ‘Iron Man just left, but he was totally here a minute ago.’ You want them to go off on their own thing, and say, well, what has S.H.I.E.L.D. got that the heroes don’t have? And part of that for me is, they’re not superheroes, but they live in that universe. That makes them a little bit — even though they’re a big organization — underdogs, and so that’s really interesting to me. -Joss Whedon

I'm really excited to see what Joss Whedon is going to do with S.H.I.E.L.D. and am curious to see how and if any Avengers make cameos.  I'd love to see either Director Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) or Agent Hill (Cobie Smulders) have a small role in the series.  Not only would having Hill and Fury in S.H.I.E.L.D. keep consitency with the Marvel Cinemanatic universe, but it 'd be awesome to see the three of them bantering Whedon style. 

Check out some of the photo's tweeted from executive producer Maurissa Tancharoen.


(Yup, those are Joss's)

(This is also Joss.  Just a creepy shot)

Check back for more news and photos from the set of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Source: slashfilm shieldtv

8 TV Shows to Add to Your Watchlist

Posted by Christina Cooper on January 16, 2013 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (2)

Have you got an easy semester ahead or tons of free-time??? Then scroll down to read about 8 awesome shows you should add to your watchlist.  I excluded several of my favorites (Buffy, BSG, and Doctor Who).   The following shows are personal favorites of mine- some of my go-to TV shows when I'm down, bored or unsure of what to watch.  We all have our favorites, below are 8 of mine!    

8. Veronica Mars


Kristen Bell has spoken for years about bringing back Vmars to the small screen in the form of a TV movie on the CW.  Any fan of the cult-comedy drama about teen BAMF detective; Veronica Mars.  Bell excels as the exuberant detective who attempts juggling solving mysteries and steering clear of the 09ers at Neptune High.  


7. Roswell

Before Bella Swan or Elana Gilbert there was Liz Parker.  Liz Parker was just your average high school student/part-time waitress before she realized Max Evans has  a secret- he's not from around here. It's cute, geeky and contains all of that awkward-yet-awesome teen romance.  Oh, also, ALIENS!

6.  Angel 

Almost every time I meet a new Buffy fan my next question is always asking what they thought about Angel.  The usual response is 'Oh, I tried but couldn't get into it.'  Others were so distraught after the Buffy episode they've refused to carry on.  But Angel embraces everything a Joss Whedon ran show should have.  A great story, incredible characters placed in dangerous and sometimes hilarious situations.  

5.  Community

How are 14 million watching Big Bang Theory and only 3 million tune in for Community? Community is the nerdiest, out-of-the-box and downright ridiculously awesome show you could ever think of to exist on TV.  Claymation episode?  Massive paintball war?  Time Travel Episode? Yup, Community does it that.  And they do it really, really well.  My favorite character, Abed, is the socially awkward geek who constantly keeps the group on their toes.  Whether its impersonating Don Draper, leading a paintball attack, or wreaking havoc in the Dreamatortim with Troy, Abed does it best.  As a fanatic of great storytelling combined with awesome characters, Community has continued to be creative and original each week.  

4.  The Legend of Korra

Korra is probably the best show on TV you're not watching.  It follows the newest Avatar, Korra, (Aang has passed) on her journey to becoming a fully powered Avatar.  Korra was originally only green-light for one season, but after fans and critics caught on to the show, Nickelodeon announced it would be extending the show for 4 seasons!  The first season is (in my personal opinion) better than most shows currently on TV.  Seriously, with it's witty dialogue, awesome action scenes, and more adult themes than the previous Avatar series, Korra is definelty worth checking out.  Oh, and make sure you set aside a solid 8 hour chunk of time for whenever you decide to watch this.  You're gonna wanna watch it in one sitting, trust me. 

3.  Firefly

What can I say besides watch it and then ponder how anyone could cancel a show like that?  Well, Fox did the unthinkable and canceled Joss Whedon's epic sci-fi-western after just 1 season.  Joss says the crew of Serenity was his favorite to write for and after watching just an episode its easy to see why.  The show is gripping, the crew is rough and risky, and led by Han-Solo-like Captain Mal Reynolds the adventures are always sassy and exciting.  Oh, also, because of the awesome fans, Joss was able to make a feature film, Serenity, that picked up with the crew a few months after the end of the show.  

2. X-Files

Created by the legendary Chris Carter, X-Files is the show that laid out the foundation for paranormal/supernatural/extra-terrestrial TV shows.  Who the frak knew what a 'mythology' episode was or what 'monster-of-the-week' episodes were before the X-files?  I see so many different aspects of the X-Files in some of my favorite TV shows such as; Lost, Avatar, Roswell, Buffy and Supernatural.   I want to believe.  

1.  LOST

Yeah, I know, you've heard all the rumors about LOST on every late night talk show- but let me set the record straight.  Lost is fantastic.  It, like X-Files, doesn't spell everything out for viewers.  Exec. producers Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse and J.J. Abrams gave Lost incredible characters and then used the Island to ask questions about life, fate and destiny.  I'm currently rewatching right now (middle of season 1) and just get ridiculously excited every time I get to watch an episode.  Also, Desmond and Penny may have the best love story ever on television.  

Badges for SDCC On-sale Early 2013?!

Posted by Christina Cooper on December 22, 2012 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Well folks, it's time to begin the real craziness this time of year: getting San Diego Comic-Con 2013 tickets.  Comic-Con has updated their website, which has led many to believe that ticket sales are going to be happening very soon.  The official website indicates that tickets will go on sale in 'early 2013'.   And folks, that's soon.  Very soon!

But, hey, I get the nerves- that feeling of dread when you wonder if you're going to have tickets to the awesomest Con around.  This is one of the first years I actually have a ticket before Christmas, so I understand how many of you are restless.  If you're currently without Con 2013 tickets, the first step in getting tickets is signing-up for a Member ID on the SDCC website.  Only those who have a Member ID will receive an email about ticket sales and will be eligible to buy tickets once they do go on sale.  

Once you've created a member ID, make sure sign up to receive all emails about Comic-Con.  Until the email arrives, I'd also follow Comic-Con's official twitter account and possibly even get the tweets to my phone.  

If you've already signed up for a member ID, then your well on your way to purchasing a ticket to Comic-Con 2013.  Check back for updates on ticket sales and dates.  

- SDCC will be taking over San Diego July 18-20! 

Buffy the Apocalypse Slayer

Posted by Christina Cooper on December 22, 2012 at 5:15 AM Comments comments (0)

It isn't everyday the world survives an apocalypse, but if you've been on Facebook, Tumblr or Twitter, you know the world has survived 'the end'. The Mayans predicted the end of the world, but what they didn't take into account was one badass girl (Buffy Summers) from Sunnydale.  

To put it in the Slayers' own words,"If the apocalypse comes.. Beep me"'.  

Thanks Buffy. 

The Ponds: The Boy and Girl Who Waited

Posted by Christina Cooper on December 21, 2012 at 2:50 AM Comments comments (0)

I've been missing the Ponds like crazy so I've deemed it appropriate to post two images I found via tumblr.  Check out both cute/heartwarming imagesof Rory and Amy Pond below!

You can buy both prints on ETSY.  

On a personal note, I'm not sure if Doctor Who will ever be the same for me. With both Amy and Rory gone, I feel as though the TARDIS is going to be extremely lonely for Matt Smith.    Recent news that the TARDIS interior is changing isn't making me any more excited for the second half of series 7.   I'm hopeful Steven Moffat finds a reason to bring River Song back to the TARDIS.  


The Doctor Who Christmas Special premieres on Christmas Day followed by the remaining eight episodes of season 7 in spring 2013.  

Star Trek II: Into Darkness Trailer!

Posted by Christina Cooper on December 7, 2012 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)

J.J. Abrams has granted Star Trek fans a brief glimpse into his Star Trek II film!  Check out the 1-minute trailer  with this short trailer for Star Trek II: Into Darkness!  

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Now that you've seen that trailer which villian do you think Benedict Cumberbatch is playing? Perhaps, Khan, or another Trek villian? 

Disney Buys Lucasfilm: Star Wars: Episode 7 Slated for 2015

Posted by Christina Cooper on October 31, 2012 at 3:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Frakking hell!  No, you don't need to check the date.  It isn't April 1st.


But seriously folks, it's not just you.  I am also still in general shock and awe that more Star Wars films are on the horizon. Today, as I was sitting, bored out of my mind, in my senior level government class, my friend sent my a simple text that said: Get on the internet.  Star Wars Episode 7?? I went to the bathroom and honestly nearly screeched with excitement when I read that Lucasfilm had been purchased by Disney for $4.5 Billion.


I was browsing Twitter when I saw that most people were talking about Star Wars: Episode 7- just like any lifelong Star Wars fan, my heart skipped several beats.  Could everything I've dreamt about Star Wars be coming true?  The prequels weren't bad, but I always wanted to see Lucas expand the universe after the fall of the Emperor.  



In a press conference early today, Disney announced that they are indeed looking into releasing Star Wars: Episode 7 in 2015 and then plan to release a Star Wars film every 2-3 years. (HOLY FUCKING SHIT) Yup, I thought the same thing.   We are potentially going to get tons of new Star Wars characters, story-lines and movies.  We don't know if these additional movies will be a trilogy, if they plan to interconnect the movies, or if each movie will be an individual story with a different timeline and different main characters.


Disney has many incredible choices and areas they can lead this already successful franchise into.  First, they have tons of talented writers and directors on staff (Joss Whedon, JJ Abrams, Steven Speilberg) that would do a kick ass job at heading up a new Star Wars cinematic universe.  Lucas has stated he will be staying on as a consultant, which at this point probably means he can be as involved in the process as he wants.  Lucas had this to say about selling Lucasfilm:

"For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation tot he next. It's now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I've always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime" 


George Lucas seems to be singing a much different tune than a few months ago when he sounded bitter about how fanboys have treated him and even stated that he would never make another Star Wars movie.  He technically isn't lying.  George Lucas won't be making another Star Wars movie, but someone else, with his full consent, will be.  


I think this is one of the most exciting events to ever happen within a franchise.  The company's last big purchase, Marvel, has been a huge success such far. Just as a sidetone, Disney now also owns the rights to Indiana Jones 5, so here's hoping we get to see Harrison in the fedora sooner rather than later.  



As you can probably read, I'm a little conflicted over this.  I love Star Wars.  I always have and I think a part of me will be able to watch Empire Strikes Back an infinite number of times through.  My dad was the first person I called to break the news about Star Wars: Episode 7.  He was just as excited as I was at the prospect of getting to see yet another Star Wars film in theaters.  Looking back, I can barely remember going to see Phantom Menace or Attack of the Clones.  I was old enough to remember going to see Revenge of the Sith at midnight, but getting to see the newest Star Wars movie at midnight in 2015 is going to be something special.


But not everyone is sold on the idea of Disney making new Star Wars movies. I can't blame them.   Like I said earlier, I love Star Wars.  A lot of us love Star Wars, probably a little too much, but what the hell, how could we not instantly fall in love with Han Solo or the general awesomeness that is Darth Vader/his breathing.  We don't want anything to ruin it and make it so horrible that it almost brings down the greatness of Star Wars as a whole.  I think this is a fair and reasonable argument, but one that Disney has proven they know how to avoid.  Disney is a smart company who has made plenty of incredible movies.  They know what went wrong in the sequels, and the bottom line is, I think they know what the fans want.


The few Star Wars fans I talked to during classes today and around campus made me realize that all of us are excited for so many different parts of this new Star Wars universe.  I personally am hoping that they include more of the Force and Jedi using that power in everyday use and in battle.  My roommate wants to see either really far into the future, like possible 1000 years after Luke, or she wants to see how Yoda created the original Jedi Order.  Others want to see minor characters, such as Boba Fett, get screen time.  I'm not sure how a movie with him as the lead would work, but it would still be very cool.


Finally, Star Wars is special to a lot of us.  The generation that grew up with Harry Potter probably started by watching Star Wars.  Although 2015 seems like a decade away, it's both alarming and exciting to think that one day, I could be taking my kids to see a Star Wars movie in theaters just as my dad was able to share his love for Star Wars with me.  Wow.  2015 cannot get here fast enough. 

Source: Eonline

Marvel Releases Iron Man 3 Teaser Trailer!

Posted by Christina Cooper on October 21, 2012 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (2)


Marvel has released a short teaser trailer for Iron Man 3!  The full trailer is set to hit the internet on Tuesday.  But this short trailer is enough to get fans extremely excited for the full trailer.  It's only 17 seconds- but boy is it an awesome and jaw-dropping 17 second of footage!  Take a look at the teaser below!


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We'll have a full reaction up after the full trailer is released on Tuesday, but for now I'm going to assume Pepper gets captured by the MAndarin... I'm going to assume Tony doesn't like that.  What did you think of the teaser?