It’s official. With Marvel Studios opting out of a Hall H presentation at this year’s San Diego Comic Con, their owner Disney Pictures isn’t willing to secede the ‘King of the Con’ title quite so easily to Warners and their planned “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” presentation.

As a result, Disney’s other crown jewel property Lucasfilm has set a “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” for the giant event with the panel to take place on Friday July 10th. Producer Kathleen Kennedy, director J.J. Abrams, and writer Lawrence Kasdan will be in attendance along with ‘special guests’ to provide a special look at Episode VII.

Exclusive “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” products will also be onhand at SDCC which runs from July 9th-12th this year in San Diego.

It’s expected Abrams will debut the next trailer for ‘The Force Awakens’ either at Comic-Con or more likely at Disney’s D23 Expo in August.

Source: Disney

I am excited for the exclusives but not so excited for the crowds.

Source: “Force Awakens” Scores A Comic Con Panel | News | Dark Horizons

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Phoenix Comic Con 2015 got under way on Thursday and ran strong throughout the weekend. This was my first trip to Phoenix Comic Con and I had ideas as to what I could expect in my head before ever arriving. I have to say that there were more than a few surprises for me. The first one that I noticed was the sheer size of the Convention. It sprawled over 4 floors and expanded out to salons and ballrooms in two further buildings. The second was the amount of programming that was on offer including an entire area dedicated to anime every day. The next surprise was the sheer number of people that were in attendance. My biggest surprise was the large number of people cosplaying anime characters. From my observations, it was almost a 1-for-1 for people cosplaying anime characters and those cosplaying comic book characters.

The convention turned out to be more than simply a comic book based event. After attending Star Wars Celebration recently, perhaps my perspective was shifted a bit, but I was amused at the number of people proudly representing other segments of geekdom. Rather than reading my thoughts on the whole thing, how about you just check out some pictures of some of the anime cosplayers that I came across. I can identify every character and show represented. Can you?

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In this episode AJ and Anthony brave the blazing sun and journey to Phoenix Comic Con.  Listen to this episode as they interview some greats such as Ryan Ottley, Javier Hernandez, and Joel Gomez.

While listening to the show check out the pictures that we took while at Phoenix Comic Con.

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For those true completionists out there, the upcoming “Batman: Arkham Knight” poses a serious dilemma.

Polygon reports that due to so many deals with so many retailers, it’s “physically impossible to buy the entire game with all the content available at launch” short of buying multiple copies.

A Reddit user has posted a breakdown of the eight different exclusive versions of the game that will be available at launch. The list includes:

All Locations/All Preorders – Standard Edition

Harley Quinn Story Pack – Access to Harley Quinn story missions

GameStop Exclusive

Red Hood Story Pack – Access to Red Hood story missions.

Best Buy Exclusive

WayneTech Booster Pack- Explosive Gel Takedown, Aerial Juggle, Weapon Upgrade, Batarangs While Gliding

Walmart Exclusive

4 Exclusive Challenge Maps to play as Harley Quinn, Unique Batmobile with exclusive gameplay features.

Steam Exclusive

Gotham’s Future Skin Pack – Dark Knight Returns & Batman Beyond costumes.

PS4 Exclusive DLC

Scarecrow Nightmare DLC Pack

Limited Edition

Steel book, Artbook, Comic Book, Skin Pack, Three skins from DC Comics New 52 series, Limited Edition Batman Statue

Batmobile Edition

Steel book, Artbook, Comic Book, Skin Pack, Three skins from DC Comics New 52 series, Limited Edition Batmobile statue

Those hoping to play the 100% complete version of the game will likely have to wait for the inevitable ‘Game of the Year’ edition which has not scored a release date as yet.

Source: “Arkham Knight” Has Eight Different Versions | News | Dark Horizons

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Universal Television has optioned the rights to Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie and Matt Wilson’s comic “The Wicked + The Divine” with plans to turn it into a TV series.

The story centers on a group of people with superhuman powers known as “The Pantheon” who receive said powers after merging with deities – a process that also greatly reduces their life expectancy.

Matt Fraction and Kelly Sue DeConnick will produce. The comic recently scored three Eisner Award nominations including best new series.

Source: “Wicked + Divine” Comic Becomes TV Series | News | Dark Horizons

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TOYING AROUND: Exclusives, DC Bombshells & More! – Mezco shows off a Dark Knight Returns SDCC exclusive, DC announces a Bombshells comic book and a double dose of Iron Man from Hot Toys.

Click on the link below to check out more images for the upcoming exclusives.

Source: TOYING AROUND: Exclusives, DC Bombshells & More! – Comic Book Resources

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DC Collectibles has revealed its Comic-Con International-exclusive pencil-deco BlueLine Edition Batman action figure, designed by Jim Lee. In a video that premiered this morning on USA Today, the DC Comics co-publisher unboxes the collectible, which will be available in two versions: the standard $40 package, which includes and exclusive print by Lee; and the $300 […]

Source: Jim Lee debuts SDCC-exclusive Batman BlueLine Edition figure – Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources

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In this episode AJ sits down with Joey LaBartunek to talk about the Comixology release of his latest book, A Man Called Kraken.  Joey also spends sometime talking about his influences growing up as well as favorite comics and movies and love for all things Llama.

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Then Anthony and AJ review Mad Max Fury Road as well as Ex Machina!

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