Doctor Who Fans Start SDCC Hall H Line Early

Every year the Hall H line at Comic Con draws crowds of thousands. As Comic Con gets more and more popular fans are lining up earlier and earlier to get a glimpse of their favorite movie and t.v. actors. We speculated in an earlier blog post that Doctor Who would be a very popular panel, and this is proving to be true. As I write this post, it’s 5:10pm Wednesday evening, the night before Hall H’s first panels, and there are already over 100 people camping outside Hall H!

A young couple was seen lining up yesterday, when asked what they were camped out for they replied “Doctor Who”. Since Doctor Who skipped Comic Con last year, fans of the longest running science fiction show are eager see the Twelfth Doctor, his Impossible Girl Companion and a few other special guests.

BBC AMERICA’s Doctor Who returns to San Diego Comic-Con for a Hall H panel on Thursday, July 9. Following his record-breaking first season as the Doctor, Peter Capaldi will make his first ever appearance at Comic-Con with stars Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), Michelle Gomez (Missy), lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat and executive producer Brian Minchin. Doctor Who follows the adventures of the Doctor, the time traveler, who will continue to journey through all of space and time in epic adventures in the new season premiering this fall. Capaldi’s first season delivered BBC AMERICA its highest rated season ever and is available now on all digital platforms.Peter Capaldi on making his first Comic-Con appearance: “Tales of San Diego Comic-Con are told in awe on every set around the known fantasy/sci-fi production world. It’s become a fabled kingdom. One I am thrilled to find myself heading for. And to appear in the legendary Hall H, is a further twist to the cosplay and comic madness I may never recover from.”

Want to follow the journey of these brave souls camping out in front of Hall H all night? Follow @HallHLine on Twitter, check the hashtag #HallH and #HallHLine #HallHSdcc on Twitter and Instagram, and keep your eyes on @DoctorWho_BBCA!

So far the only Hall H line is for Thursday, but with Game of Thrones and Star Wars in Hall H on Friday, that second line could be starting any minute!

San Diego Comic Con runs July 9th – July 12th 2015.

SDCC 2015: Top 3 Fan Experiences

SDCC 2015 Offsite Events

Picture this: you’re dressed up in your favorite Arya Stark cosplay, you’re water dancing, fighting off enemies with your master’s wooden training sword, swinging and dancing like a Bravosi warrior! Imagine this: you’re drinking ale with Viking warriors, celebrating a victorious battle on a longship at sunset! You’re a new S.H.I.E.L.D. recruit, an enhanced, a man or woman with special powers who has just been given a secret code to join Nick Fury’s secret team!

These are three scenarios that could actually happen to you this year at San Diego Comic Con if you decide to take part in an offsite experience! Whether you have a SDCC badge this year or not, you can take part in these awesome events! Listed below are my top 3 choices for offsite experiences that will rock your SDCC world!

Top 3 Offsite Events

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Game of Thrones Experience
Thursday 7/9 — Saturday 7/11 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 7/12 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
The Omni Hotel 675 L St. San Diego

Last year Game of Thrones fans were treated to free Westeros tattoos, a photo op on the Iron Throne, and a virtual reality experience on The Wall. This year fans get to go through an immersive sword training experience (much like Arya’s water dancing sword training), a GIF booth with dragons and white walkers, and photo ops with costumes and props, like The Mountain’s iconic giant sword.

If you take part in this experience you will be able to boast to all your friends back home that you experienced the realm and survived the realm! Based on photos from last year this is an event you do not want to miss! Take note that this experience will be very popular. The average wait time is around 3 hours, so grab a snack, bring a friend, and get ready to experience the realm!

You can follow this event by tracking the hashtag  #ExperienceTheRealm and by following @GameofThrones on Twitter!

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Agents of Shield Secret Warriors
Thursday 7/9 – Saturday  7/11
Convention center floor and outdoor areas

Agents of Shield fans be on the look out for “Shield Ambassadors” who will be roaming the convention center with limited edition “Secret Warriors” pins.

If you are lucky enough to be rewarded with a pin, take a picture of yourself wearing the pin and post it to Twitter using the #SHIELDSecretWarriors. The cast of Agents of Shield will be picking their favorite photos to feature on the Agents of Shield Twitter, so be creative!

How can you find these S.H.I.E.L.D. ambassadors and become one of Fury and Coulson’s Secret Warriors? Follow the official @AgentsOfSHIELD account on Twitter and check their tweets for locations!

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2 Vikings Experiences

History Channel’s Vikings is returning to Comic Con this year with two offsite events: Vikings Horns and the Vikings Longship. If you are fan of the show or just want a fun way to sail around San Diego Bay sharing drinks with your friends, be sure to check out these awesome events!

Vinking Horns
Thursday 7/9 – Saturday  7/11
Gaslamp District

As you adventure around downtown San Diego and the Gaslamp District, be on the lookout for Vikings “Brand Ambassadors” and “Shield Maidens” who will be handing out drinking horns. Once you acquire one of these cool horns you can use it to get discounts on drinks at many Gaslamp bars and restaurants, including: Analog Bar, Florent Restaurant & Lounge, East Village Tavern + Bowl and The New Yorker. You can find the full list of bars at the Vikings Booth #437.

Vikings Longship
Friday 7/10 – Saturday  7/11
Gaslamp District

Imagine the most epic Viking pub crawl, and that’s what will be happening on the Vikings Longship this year at SDCC 2015. A Seal Boat will be turned into a longship, carrying passengers around the Gaslamp district, stopping at bars and restaurants. Everyone who finishes the ride will receive a Viking Drinking Horn.

How do you find this Viking Longship? Follow @HistoryVikings on Twitter and ask people working the booth! Also, a few lucky longship passengers will get to sail the San Diego Bay at sunset with the cast of Vikings! This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity so be on the lookout for how to win!

These events are only a few of the amazing offsite events featured at SDCC this year! For a full list of offsite events visit SDCC Unofficial Blog.

Top 5 Panels at SDCC 2015

We are now less than 30 days away from the world’s biggest comic book, television and movie event of the year! What is this famed event? None other than comic book heaven on earth – San Diego Comic Con! Every year over 150,000 fan boys and fan girls, actors, exhibitors and comic book artists converge on downtown San Diego for five days of bliss and mayhem. Over those five days new movies will be announced, actors will be cast in roles that could define their careers, fans get to interact with their favorite show runners and casts, autographs are signed, comic sketches are drawn, toys are hoarded and everyone pretty much has the best sleep-deprived week of their lives!

If you are attending SDCC for the first time or you are a seasoned con veteran, you’re probably wondering what the big panels will be this year. We know that Marvel is skipping their big movie panel this year, so no Cap 3 Civil War cast for us… but who else is coming?

This week studios finally began announcing their movie and television panel line up for SDCC 2015. Based on the panel information so far, these are my top five panel suggestions and predictions for 2015:

Top 5 Panels at SDCC 2015

1. Star Wars The Force Awakens
Friday July 10 Hall H

Lucasfilm president and producer Kathleen Kennedy, director J.J. Abrams, writer Lawrence Kasdan, and special guests will preview a special look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If you can brave the crowds and the sidewalk overnight, you will have the biggest bragging rights in the world! If they show an exclusive clip that is not released to the public, you will join the ranks of the select few who have seen footage of a film that will no doubt be the biggest film of the year, if not the decade!

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2. WB & DC TV Superhero Saturday Night
Saturday July 11 Hall H 8pm-11pm

DC TV/Warner Brothers is back for a Saturday night Hall H takeover! Last year they rolled out the entire cast of Arrow, Gotham, The Flash and Constantine. They gave out awesome swag bags filled with tee shirts, comics, pop corn, buttons and water. They showed the entire pilots of both The Flash and Constantine, and they introduced Arrow‘s season three villain, Ra’s al Ghul (I still get goosebumps when I think about it!)

This year they are bringing back the casts of Arrow, Gotham and The Flash, as well as the casts of new shows Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow! They will be screening the Supergirl pilot in its entirety and bringing footage of Gotham, Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow. Can you imagine how many people are going to be on that Hall H stage this year? Don’t miss it if you’re a fan of these awesome superhero shows shows!

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3. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2
Thursday July 9 Hall H 12pm

Lionsgate is bringing Katniss Everdeen back to Comic Con! You don’t want to miss their exclusive footage of the final Hunger Games film or the Q&A with the cast. They haven’t announced who will be attending yet, but my money is on Jennifer Lawrence (who will be here for X-Men Apocalypse), Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Natalie Dormer and Gwendoline Christie (who will be here for Game of Thrones and The Force Awakens). This is the final installment of The Hunger Games Trilogy, so you know they will be bringing something special to Hall H this year.

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4. Doctor Who
Thursday July 9 Hall H

SDCC Whovians were sadly left without a panel at last year’s Comic Con because the new Doctor, Peter Capaldi and his ‘impossible girl’ companion Jenna Coleman were on a worldwide press tour. This year they are back! Peter and Jenna are both expected to attend the panel, along with show runner Steven Moffat. They will also be screening footage of season nine, and possibly announcing a premier date!

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5. 20th Century FoxPOSSIBLE PANEL
Saturday July 11 Hall H

If 20th Century Fox brings any of these films to Comic Con this year, they will fill Marvel’s gap and rule Hall H on Saturday. While the studio has not announced their plans for Comic Con yet, you can be sure they will be making a historical presentation in Hall H. Two years ago they brought the entire cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past, which merged both casts of the original franchise and the prequels. It was incredible. Now that Bryan Singer has announced that X-Men Apocalypse will be his final X-Men film, you can be sure he will be promoting it at SDCC and showing footage along with the cast (possibly) Jennifer Lawrence, Sophie Turner, Oscar Isaac, Channing Tatum, Alexandra Shipp, Olivia Munn, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Amanda Condor, and Tye Sheridan.

Also likely to appear is Ryan Reynolds to promote Deadpool and possibly share some exclusive footage! 20th Century could also bring Fantastic 4, Hitman 47, The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, Victor Frankenstein and The Martian, but no official announcements have been made.

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What do you think? Will Star Wars rule Comic Con this year or will the X-Men? What about Warner Brothers? Will the Batman v Superman panel out blast everyone? Will WB unveil the entire Justice League and Suicide Squad this year? Let me know your SDCC panel predictions in the comments below!

San Diego Comic Con runs from July 9 – July 12 2015.