LA @ Comic-Con: Premieres, Panel, Parties

LA represented at San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend. Dozens of LA experts spoke on panels, Hollywood film and TV studios and startups like Loot Crate had booths on the show floor. Plus lots of fun cosplay on the show floor, including Thor (photo right), Pokemon and more. Highlights included:

– Marvel’s super panel featured the casts of Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Spider-Man: Homecoming (Tom Holland) and more, and the announcement of Brie Larson as Captain Marvel. The new Marvel Studios logo and Thor Ragnorak logo was revealed.
– Warner Bros. released trailers and news for Wonder Woman, Suicide Squad and Fantastic Beats with much fan approval
– Star Trek premiere featured the cast introduced by Conan O’Brien, with fireworks, laser show, and outdoor IMAX screen with live symphony and choir at the Embarcadero park
– Conan hosted the Game of Thrones show
– VR demos by VF Werx, and many more in the VR lounge
– Pokemon Go: At the Pokemon Go panel upgraded to Hall H (first time for a game), Niantic Labs CEO John Hanke discussed new features that are planned for the most popular mobile game / app in history, adding that the release has only about 10% of the ideas they have planned for the game. He also revealed the Valor, Mystic and Instinct team captains, and commented how in LA, Pokemon Go encourages people to explore hills, hikes, parks, and piers left behind by our car culture. Panel summary in our Pokemon Go article. Still looking for a Dragonite or Aerodactyl? Try this Rare Pokemon and Where to Find Them in LA article by our founder Kevin Winston in Thrillist LA. Niantic Labs is hiring developers in its LA office, so you can maybe help add features, decrease server lag.
Parties included Nerd HQ, IGN, TV studios, and dozens more. MTV held its Fandom Awards at the Petco Park lawn, with celebs and artist performances that was televised later. IMDb went big with its first ever Comic-Con party, with a three-story #IMDboat docked in the harbor, with celeb interviews and photo opps featuring its new content shows.
We had a blast at our annual Comic Cocktails, with Captain America, Batman, Supergirl, Poison Ivy, and more cosplay heroes enjoy Instagramable views of the Gaslamp, Petco Park and San Diego Harbor from the rooftop Altitude Sky Lounge at the Marriott Gaslamp. Attendees took pics with model Captain America, and Thor, Star-Lord, Black Widow, and Gamora standees. Check our pics.

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