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C2E2 2018 Cosplay Gallery and Convention Report
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C2E2 2018 header

Last month, it was once again that time for me to drive south and head into downtown Chicago, avoid the construction (as much as possible), and make our way to another year of C2E2, the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo. For us here in the Midwest, this is most likely the biggest convention in the area, although there were a few conventions going on in Chicago as well. I think it did affect the crowd a little, as it didn’t seem too terrible on Saturday.

See below for our rundown of C2E2 2018, along with our photo gallery from the convention.

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Marvel Studios Has No Plans To Attend Hall H At San Diego Comic-Con This Year
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10 Years Of Marvel Studios

For almost 10 years, Marvel Studios has had a panel in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con. Many who attend the show-stopping panel would line up at least a day in advance to be sure to see whatever footage the studio may have. However, things will change. That’s because the studio has no plans to book the hall this year, which would leave room for other studios to up their own panels or just give attendees more time to enjoy the Comic-Con floor. More on this story here below.

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‘Westworld’ Season 2 Official Trailer Breakdown – Violent Delights
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Westworld Season 2

Violent Delights is a weekly podcast where hosts Andrew Sorcini, Dwayne DeFreitas, and Tosin Onafowokan discuss HBO’s Westworld, and the larger questions this ambitious show hopes to tackle.

In this special pre-season edition of the Violent Delights podcast, Andy and Dwayne break down the new official trailer for HBO’s Westworld Season 2, shot-by-shot, and Westworld‘s recent panel at SXSW and ‘Live Without Limits’ SXSW experience — PLUS, what Westworld did for April Fools’ Day.

Watch the trailer just below, and then listen to the podcast episode at the bottom of this post.

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SXSW 2018: HBO’s ‘Westworld’ Panel
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SXSW 2018: HBO's Westworld Panel #1

With the return of HBO’s Westworld coming sometime in April, fans of the smash hit show crowded the Austin Convention Center ballroom during SXSW 2018 in hopes that its stars and showrunners might offer hints of what’s to come. And they weren’t disappointed.

The panel was moderated by WIRED’s Jason Tanz, who introduced showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and stars Evan Rachel Wood (Dolores Abernathy), Thandie Newton (Maeve Millay), James Marsden (Teddy Flood), and Jeffrey Wright (Bernard/Arnold) to the stage.

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SXSW 2018: HBO ‘Westworld’ Sweetwater Town Experience
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SXSW 2018 HBO Westworld Sweetwater Town Experience

As a huge fan of HBO’s Westworld, and producer of Geeks Of Doom’s own Westworld podcast, Violent Delights, the concept to actually visit Westworld’s town of Sweetwater was nothing short of a fan’s dream come true. HBO’s team made that dream a reality with their SXSWestworld experience this year at Austin’s SXSW.

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SXSW 2018: How Syfy’s Superman-Less ‘Krypton’ Will Still Embody The Man Of Steel
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Syfy's Krypton

Creators of the upcoming Syfy series Krypton were on hand at DC’s pop-up SXSW store this weekend to share what fans can expect from a Superman TV show, which doesn’t actually include Superman himself.

For those living under a rock, Krypton is a prequel series set about 200 years before the explosion of the planet Krypton, which comic geeks will know is the event that led to baby Kal-El to be sent off in a rocket headed for Earth. As such, the show will focus on Superman’s grandfather Seg-El, father Jor-El, and a smattering of characters from the greater DC universe. And since the planet Krypton orbits a red sun, Kryptonians won’t exactly have the sort of powers we’re used to seeing in Metropolis, so to speak. Still, Krypton’s show creators explained that this makes for fertile ground when it comes to storytelling.

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SXSW 2018: Elon Musk Surprises ‘Westworld’ Panel With SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch Trailer
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SXSW attendees who sat in on a panel last Saturday afternoon featuring HBO’s Westworld showrunners and stars were surprised when showrunner Jonathan Nolan introduced SpaceX CEO (and generally real-life Tony Stark) Elon Musk onto the Austin Convention Center stage.

During the panel, Nolan had been previously lamenting at the fact that when he was a kid, he used to spend an “unhealthy amount of time” dreaming about spaceflight, but in recent years the enthusiasm for space travel had waned, so he was talking to “a friend” about how to inspire people to drive the conversation back into space exploration. The inspirational “shocking” idea they came up with was a red sportscar combined with the music of David Bowie. That “friend” was of course Elon Musk, who joined the panel on stage.

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SXSW 2018: 10th Annual BBQ Crash Course
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SXSW 2018 10th Annual BBQ Crash Course

Anyone who knows me knows that I can’t resist good barbecue — or any barbecue for that matter. It’s my Achilles Heel, my downfall. So when I had the opportunity to attend the 10th annual BBQ Crash Course at Austin’s South By Southwest Festival (SXSW), I leapt at the chance.

A little context: I’m a Los Angeles native, and while I often smoke my own barbecue, I’ve never had authentic Texas BBQ before. I had no idea what I was in for.

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SXSW 2018: Journalism Is A Central Theme In Brian Bendis’ Upcoming Superman Run
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Superman Logo

While past reboots of Superman have put a greater focus on the Man of Steel’s life as reporter Clark Kent, newly hired DC Comics writer Brian Michael Bendis’ take on the character will be closely tied to the ideals of good journalism, the scribe explained during a panel at this year’s SXSW.

“I actually spent the day shadowing an Oregonian [journalist], just to show you how important the daily planet is to the stories we’ll be telling,” Bendis told Geeks Of Doom in response to a question about how the current climate of “fake news” and misinformation currently plaguing society might impact the storytelling. “On top of that, Journalism [is] under siege in my lifetime like it’s never been before.”

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SXSW 2018: DC Creators Talk The Future Of Superman Ahead Of Action Comics #1000
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Superman Donut wall

One huge benefit of reuniting Superman with his iconic red trunks is the amount of attention it creates, which is very useful for DC Comics as it embarks on a brand new era for the Man of Steel. Case in point, the promotion pairs red underwear featuring #thetrunksareback hashtag on the back as well as a wall of Voodoo Doughnuts in the shape of Superman’s shield at this year’s SXSW (see photos above and below).

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