San Diego Comic-Con 2012 in Photos

Photos from San Diego Comic-Con 2012

A Photographic Look Back at San Diego Comic-Con 2012

Although the New York Times talked about a sense of “gloom” pervading the halls of Comic-Con this year, people I spoke with were optimistic — both in terms of the business outlook and the mood of the crowd. (See Knowledge@Wharton, “Comic-Con Shines through the Gloom.”)

Comic-Con always exhibits a strong sense of pop culture history, and this year’s event featured retrospective panels on Jerry Robinson and Joe Simon (both of whom we lost this past year); Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster and Bill Finger (who are the subjects of two new books); and the Annual Jack Kirby Tribute. In one of the most heavily anticipated events, Joss Whedon joined the cast of the cult-favorite television series “Firefly” for a ten-year anniversary panel and a subsequent press conference sponsored by the Science Channel.

There were plenty new announcements and surprises from the major studios including Sony Pictures and Disney. Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures officially announced their reboot of Godzilla, with Monsters director Gareth Edwards at the helm.

And Comic-Con wouldn’t be Comic-Con without the cosplay: fans dressing as their favorite superhero or villain. As always, the costumes ranged from the clever to the fantastic.

Here, then, is Comic-Con International: San Diego 2012 from my perspective in 393 photos. Separate sets are available for several highlights including:

Firefly Reunion Press Conference: Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Summer Glau, Alan Tudyk, Adam Baldwin, Sean Maher, and Tim Minear

The Science Channel’s “Firefly” 10th anniversary reunion press conference with Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Summer Glau, Alan Tudyk, Adam Baldwin, Sean Maher, Producer Tim Minear, and Science Channel General Manager Debbie Myers.

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'The Guild' and 'Geek and Sundry' at Comic-Con 2012
‘The Guild’ and ‘Geek and Sundry’: Felicia Day Jeff Lewis, Robin Thorsen, Sandeep Parikh, Amy Okuda, Vincent Caso

Felicia Day and the cast of “The Guild” and “Geek and Sundry.”

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Disney Studios panels at San Diego Comic-Con 2012
Walt Disney Studios: Tim Burton, Sam Raimi, Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis, John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Rich Moore, and Chris Hardwick

Chris Hardwick moderates the Walt Disney Studios session with Frankenweenie director Tim Burton; Oz The Great and Powerful director Sam Raimi and actors Michelle Williams and Mila Kunis; and Wreck-it Ralph voice cast members John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman, and director Rich Moore.

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Sony Pictures panels at San Diego Comic-Con 2012
Sony Pictures: Kate Beckinsale, Rian Johnson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, Neill Blomkamp, Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, and Simon Kinberg

The Sony Pictures session features Total Recall with Kate Beckinsale and others; Looper with writer/director Rian Johnson and actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt; and Elysium with director Neill Blomkamp, actors Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, and producer Simon Kinberg.

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'Resident Evil: Retribution' panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2012
Screen Gems ‘Resident Evil: Retribution’: Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Oded Fehr, Boris Kodjoe, Mika Nakashima and Paul W. S. Anderson

Screen Gems presents Resident Evil: Retribution with Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Oded Fehr, Boris Kodjoe, Mika Nakashima and writer/director Paul W. S. Anderson.

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'Before Watchmen' at San Diego Comic-Con 2012
‘Before Watchmen’: Dan DiDio, Mark Chiarello, Will Dennis, Amanda Conner, Darwyn Cooke, Adam Hughes, J. Michael Straczynski, Len Wein and special guest Quentin Tarantino

DC Entertainment presents “Before Watchmen” with Dan DiDio, Mark Chiarello, Will Dennis, Amanda Conner, Darwyn Cooke, Adam Hughes, J. Michael Straczynski, and Len Wein. Quentin Tarantino makes a surprise appearance to announce working with DC on the “Django Unchained” comic book limited series.

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Remembering Jerry Robinson and Joe Simon at San Diego Comic-Con 2012
‘Remembering Jerry Robinson and Joe Simon’: Jens Robinson, Michael Uslan, Anthony Tollin, Charles Kochman, Batton Lash, Paul Dini, Steve Saffel and Mark Evanier

Remembering Jerry Robinson and Joe Simon” looks at the life and work of Batman artist Jerry Robinson and Captain America co-creator Joe Simon with Jens Robinson, Michael Uslan, Anthony Tollin, Charles Kochman, Batton Lash, Paul Dini, Steve Saffel and moderator Mark Evanier.

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'Siegel and Shuster and Finger' panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2012
‘Siegel and Shuster and Finger’: Larry Tye, Marc Tyler Nobleman, and Mark Evanier

Mark Evanier moderates “Siegel and Shuster and Finger” with Larry Tye, author of Superman, and Marc Tyler Nobleman, author of Bill the Boy Wonder.

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Jack Kirby Tribute at San Diego Comic-Con 2012
‘Annual Jack Kirby Tribute Panel’: Stan Goldberg, Paul Dini, Charles Hatfield, Paul S. Levine, and Mark Evanier

The “Annual Jack Kirby Tribute Panel” features Stan Goldberg, Paul Dini, Charles Hatfield, Paul S. Levine, and moderator Mark Evanier.

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Batmobiles at San Diego Comic-Con 2012
Six Batmobiles on Display

Six batmobiles — from the 1966 “Batman” television series through The Dark Knight Rises — displayed together for the first time.

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Comic book creators at San Diego Comic-Con 2012
Comic Book Artists and Creators

Comic book creators: artists, writers, and editors.

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Cosplay at San Diego Comic-Con 2012
Cosplay

Cosplay: From the The A.W.E.S.O.M.-O 4000 to Playboy Bunny Avengers — costumed characters at San Diego Comic-Con 2012.

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