July 11, 2012
It’s that time of year again! Comics and other pop culture fans of all stripes are descending on San Diego, California this week for Comic Con International.
Speed Force will be there: I’ll be on the floor myself three days out of four, and of course we’ll be monitoring the news coming from the con.
If you want a fan’s eye view of the con and can’t wait for the blog updates, keep an eye on…
Flash news will go up here on Speed Force as time permits, and my full convention write-up will go on K-Squared Ramblings as usual.
Amazingly, this will be the tenth San Diego Comic-Con I’ve reported on online. Check out my past convention coverage (write-ups, photos and more) if you’re interested in how the con (and my approach to it) has changed.
August 15, 2011
This Steampunk Flash costume was designed and built by Dustin Fletcher of Penny Dreadful and Cathy Jones of God Save The Queen Fashions.
Fletcher and Jones each write about their parts of the costume after the jump.
Photo by Nathan Rupert.
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August 1, 2011
I’ve completed my full convention write-up for this year’s Comic-Con International. Here’s hoping I’ll be spending a few more days in San Diego next summer!
July 25, 2011
The frenzy of Comic-Con International is over, and San Diego returns to normal…until next year. I was only there one day this year, but Devin and I both followed the event online to collect all the Flash news we could find.
Here’s a quick round-up of Speed Force’s convention coverage.
Flash Comics News
A special thanks to @SpeedsterSite, @BitterWallyWest and @TheFlashReborn for asking questions in DC’s panels and around the floor, and posting about their experiences on Twitter. It was also great to meet all three of you finally.
Flash Collectibles News
Around the Con
Analysis and Commentary
I should have my convention write-up finished
tonight or tomorrow soon. [Update: It's up!] In a week or so, after everyone has had a chance to post their convention photos, I’ll publish a full round-up of costume sightings.
July 21, 2011
This morning, my Flash/SDCC Twitter search erupted in comments about the Flash speeding around San Diego on a Segway. It wasn’t long before someone posted a photo. Photographer @NandoVel writes:
Flash on a Segway. I don’t know if that means he’s Flash-ier or just lazy.
The goofy moments like this are always the ones that stand out most for me. I’m really looking forward to actually being on-site tomorrow.
Update: Here’s another shot, this one from @mattkindt.
In other SDCC news, Flash artist/writer Francis Manapul has posted his signing schedule for the con.
July 7, 2011
Comic-Con International is coming up in only two weeks. Now’s a great time to review your plans and check out Speed Force’s tips to make the most of your trip to San Diego, built up from years of personal experience.
March 9, 2011
Hotel reservations go on sale in just half an hour for Comic-Con International, and fans across the world are gearing up for a grueling session of reloads and busy signals. I’m sitting it out this year — which actually feels kind of weird, since I’ve dealt with it every year since 2006 (and possibly 2005, but I think that may have been the last year it went smoothly) — but with the baby, we figured it would be better to make it a one-day trip this year.
To those of you planning to wade into the fray, I wish you the best of luck. And if you don’t manage to score a room through the convention block, I hope these tips for staying in San Diego that I wrote last year will help you find an alternative.
August 13, 2010
It’s been three weeks since Comic-Con International, but costume photos are always in season. Here are some of the people who came to the con dressed as the Flash. I’ve posted a few of these before, but not all of them. Some of the photos are mine, but most of them are from other photographers on Flickr. In each case, clicking on the photo will open the original page with larger images.
Authentic Custom Costumes
These are the costumes that were clearly home– or professionally-made, but that stuck to the standard designs.
First up is Mike Rollerson’s photo of a really impressive female Flash. I’ve seen her in a number of other costumes at various conventions, including Catwoman and Psylocke. Keep reading – there’s another picture of her later on.
The Superman/Wonder Woman/Flash trio on the right made a huge impression, judging by the number of photographers who snapped pictures of them at the con. The Flash is a very exact copy of the costume from the game Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, down to the boots and the armbands, though he’s thrown back the hood and put on sunglasses instead. I’ve seen at least one picture of the group where he’s tossed on a red sweatshirt over the costume that looks like Bart’s from Smallville.
This group includes a more traditional Flash. As with many large groups, I’m not sure how many knew each other and how many were just invited to join in for having a costume with the same theme.
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July 21, 2010
I’m not at preview night, but I will be in San Diego over the next few days for Comic-Con International. Mostly I plan on having fun, but I do plan to cover some of the DC panels live.
Since my old Twitter-to-liveblogging solution doesn’t seem to be working anymore (I don’t know whether it’s changes in WordPress or changes in Twitter), I’ve gone looking for alternatives and settled on Cover It Live. Among other things, it not only handles live updating from my end, it will also automatically update your view, so you don’t have to sit there hitting reload. They officially support the iPhone, and it seems to work on Android as well, though I have no idea how well other mobile devices will handle it.
The panels I’m planning to cover live are:
I’ll try to catch at least one more of the other DC Nation/Editorial panels, but I don’t know whether I’ll try to cover them as they happen.
And there’s still the possibility that I won’t be able to get into the panel. Or I’ll get in, but the wifi (if there is any) and cell reception won’t work. We’ll see…
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July 12, 2010
Some Monday morning linkblogging…
Comics Should Be Good’s Year of Cool Comics spotlights “Flash of Two Worlds” — or more precisely, the Grant Morrison/Mike Parobeck retelling of the story from Secret Origins #50. The story was recently reprinted in Flash: The Human Race.
Speaking of CSBG, Brian Cronin reviews Flash #1-3 and settles on “delightful.”
Will Comic-Con International leave San Diego? Publisher’s Weekly has a good round-up of the situation.
Now that the full schedule for this year’s convention is online, I’ve updated my Flash at Comic-Con post. I’ve also added a couple of items to my Tips for Comic Con.
A group of webcomics artists have put together a Web-Comics Auction for the Gulf Coast benefitting the Colbert Nation Gulf of America Fund. (via The Nerdy Bird.)
With ComiXology making waves, Comics Worth Reading checks on the status of other digital comics platforms like Graphic.ly and Longbox.
In light of Death’s upcoming appearance in Action Comics, Comics Alliance rounds up the long history of Sandman and the DC Universe.
Update: Let me add two more here: Collected Editions has worked out the Blackest Night reading order for the trades/hardcovers, and Once Upon a Geek has also taken a stab at Death in the DCU.