The Biggest Winners And Losers Of Comic-Con 2014
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Every year, people spend thousands of dollars to journey to the motherlode of geeky pop culture: San Diego Comic-Con. And every year, entertainment companies do their utmost to generate excitement about their upcoming spectacles. But who gained buzz, and who lost it? Here's our list of the biggest winners and losers of Comic-Con 2014.
Winner: Fight Club !!!
There was one rock star at Comic-Con, and it was the writer of Fight Club, whose new novel Beautiful You is getting raves for its extreme, crazy sexiness. And people were genuinely on fire for the news about his long-awaited Fight Club sequel, being released by Dark Horse Comics. We heard people on the floor and in panel lines talking about seeing Chuck Palahniuk in tones usually reserved for Joss Whedon.
Winner: Avengers: Age of Ultron !!!
You'll have to take our word for it — the footage they showed was just brain-meltingly good. The action looked stunning, and the Avengers were clearly just crushed by the robot onslaught. Even with Ultron's cheesy villain speech, this was astounding. And seeing Ultron and Thanos on stage with all the Avengers was a great moment.
Game of Thrones and Walking Dead are neither mentioned as winner nor loser.
Winner: Project Almanac
A secret screening of this time-travel movie turned out to be one of the most pleasant surprises of the convention. We were blown away by the technical details and the grounded characters, and the new approach to time-travel storytelling.
Comic Con itself us mentioned as loser.
Most of 2015's biggest movies did not show up: no Jurassic World, no Star Wars: Episode VII, no Fantastic Four. Hall H had more smaller movies than usual, and yet Hall H somehow couldn't find space for American Horror Story or Orphan Black. And to make things worse, vendors were telling us this might be their last year, because they're just not making enough money to make it worthwhile — and things like Kickstarter, online sales and smaller shows are more lucrative. (See this letter from Mile High Comics.)
Well, at least Christopher Nolan's Interstellar looks great.