Any day now, the geeked-out behemoth that is San Diego Comic-Con will announce its 2010 schedule. And because of that, thousands upon thousands check the official San Diego Comic-Con website daily, eager for even mere morsels of new information.
Comic Riffs, like the rest of Nerd World, can get a bit antsy in anticipation. So we surf. Sure, there are the stations-of-the-cross websites, from TV networks to film studios to trade publications to entertainment blogs -- as well as Marvel and DC Comics and Dark Horse and more fantasy/sci-fi/gamer sites than we can count. But we need sites that entertain us by feeding the guessing game that surrounds the Official Announcement of the Con Schedule (a.k.a.: The News Release That Launched a Million Tweets.)
So to keep our appetite sated till The Announcement, here are The 10 Comic Con-Related Links We're Likin' This Minute:
1. San Diego Comic-Con Unofficial Blog: From Guillermo del Toro signings to Tweet House celebrity sightings, this blog has its finger on the pulse, if not its entire Hellboy-sized hand.
2. El Guapo Presents: Five More Reasons Why Comic-Con Sucks: Our ever-surfing mind needs levity with brevity, so we're grateful for LatinoReview.com's George Roush, mostly because (1) Yes, George is joking -- dude can't keep himself away from the Con; and (2) He is absolutely right about those "Free Hugs" folk. (If I wanted this much attention from an embrace-happy stranger, I'd look to get booked on Dr. Phil.)
3. Keep Comic Con in San Diego!: The thrum and drumbeat seem to grow louder each summer around the question: Is this year the Con's last in San Diego? Buoyed by more than 11,000 supporters, this site fights the good fight -- and site administrators tell Comic Riffs they expect to hear a stay-or-go decision soon.
4. Televisionary: A vast sea of TV-lovin' sites keeps trawling for network and cable leaks -- what panels are confirmed, what celebrity appearances are more than mere rumor. This is our current fave outside of more official sites. You can, of course, take your pick.
5. Screen Rant's Comic-Con page: Captain America? The Avengers? Ant-man or Thor? We bask in this site's Marvel-ous speculation.
6. Cinematical: Because Hollywood has officially made Comic-Con its own, our list of must-bookmark movie sites grows with the rising CGI-happy tide. (Note: We attended the "Tron" session last year and watched Jeff Bridges good-naturedly walk the media line on the terrace; now we think: Can "Tron" really be returning for the third straight summer?)
7. UGO's Comic-Con '10 predictions: Joseph Gordon-Levitt as The Riddler? Aaron Johnson as Cyclops? "Captain America" is just "Saving Private Ryan" in brightly colored Spandex? UGO dishes its humorous prognostication. Our only request: Keep 'em coming.
8. How to Dress for Comic-Con: UGO earns our double shout because Big Con costumes are such a big part of the show. (We couldn't swing a Jules Vernes novel about last year without hitting a steampunker.) From Thundercats to Wonder Woman rebooted, de-booted togs, UGO offers its own cheeky how-to.
9. Comic-Con: The Documentary: Chattered about for many months, this is the year that "Super Size Me's" Morgan Spurlock "discovers" Comic-Con by filming a new documentary. Spurlock is looking for narrative-ready participants for "Comic-Con® Episode Four: A Fan's Hope." Spurlock's site says: "We are looking to cast original, eccentric, funny, touching, and mildly obsessive people that will capture the excitement, enthusiasm, joy, and passion of comic book, anime, sci-fi, and fantasy lovers everywhere." Spurlock's partners in crime are producer Thomas Tull, Joss Whedon, Harry Knowles and legendary Friend of Comic Riffs, Stan Lee.
10. Riot Year: io9 offers its own skewed take on the Big Con with the humorous piece headlined: "Could there be a nerd riot at Comic-Con? Experts weigh in." Under the category Factors Favoring a Riot: "Fans of opposing schools of thought in close proximity (Twilight vs. Buffy, Kirk vs. Picard)." And under Factors Against a SDCC Riot: "Genre fans are not especially prone to outbreaks of random violence. Even at their most frustrated, the worst you tend to get is shouted sarcastic comments. So, a snark riot is a distinct possibility. Burning police cars, not so much." If nothing else, an epic snark riot could hand Spurlock and Co. its cinematic pièce de résistance.
Do you have a favorite Con-related site? Feel free to share those links below.