The San Diego International Comics Convention, better known as the San Diego Comic-Con, has been held telematically this July for the second consecutive year. The event, born in 1970 as a regional exhibition in Southern California, has become one of the great meeting points of the entertainment industry in the United States, attracting in 2019 around 130,000 visitors over four days, according to figures from the organizers. In recent years, the series have been gaining presence at this event. This year, the final season of The Walking Dead and the return of the series Dexter, which features one of the most charismatic characters on recent television, and debuts its ninth season this fall after ending the eighth in 2013.
The wave of fans dressed as their favorite characters, the lines of stalls selling all kinds of objects and the excitement of seeing exclusive previews of series and movies amid animated screams will have to wait until the summer of 2022. The organizers, instead , offered from July 23 to 25 a series of presentations and telematic talks under the name Comic-con @ Home, which can be seen in their entirety through the official YouTube channel of the organization. A smaller, face-to-face event, called Comic-Con Special Edition, is scheduled for late November in San Diego, but television channels and streaming They have not missed the opportunity to show some of the novelties of this and next year, although without the splendor of past conventions.
The trailer for the new season of Dexter It has been one of the most talked about releases. The video shows the serial killer played by Michael C. Hall, who has adopted a false identity in a quiet logging town, having a hard time controlling his darkest impulses.
Hall commented in the telematic colloquium dedicated to the series that, after eight years of absence, viewers will find a Dexter who has accepted that he cannot have a normal and satisfying life and at the same time continue with his serial killer instincts. “However, I think he has the fantasy that he can balance both,” says the actor. The 10 episodes will start in Spain on November 8 through Movistar +.
Another series with a character who plays with the lines of morality, Lucifer, presented a preview of its sixth and final installment. The new experiences of the seductive demon embodied by Tom Ellis, saved by Netflix from the darkness of cancellation in its third season, will be available on the platform on September 10. Next year also says goodbye The Walking Dead in its eleventh season. Scott M. Gimple, current content supervisor for the franchise, promised fans “to give you an epic and extended goodbye that will close more than 10 years in the right way.” Nonetheless, AMC’s adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s comic survives through its spinoff series. Fear The Walking Dead and the most recent The Walking Dead: World Beyond, both with their own presentations at the convention, which shows that zombies do not die easily.
The British sci-fi classic Doctor Who took the opportunity to offer a small look at the new chapters, which will be released in the United Kingdom at the end of 2021. Jodie Whittaker, the interpreter number 13 to embody the extraterrestrial being whose adventures are the focus of the longest-running series on English television, returns as the protagonist in a trailer that promises action through time and space.
A Comic-Con with few releases
The pandemic has not only hurt the convention, but has also made itself felt between premieres. While Comic-Con 2019 offered presentations to the public of series such as The Boys, The Witcher Y Star Trek: Picard, this year’s edition only featured a few new fictions, such as the African-American horror anthology Horror Noire and the trailer of the series Chucky, the latest continuation of the horror movie saga Devil Doll.
Animated productions, meanwhile, have had a greater presence. The saga Star Trek gave sample of the second season of the comedy Star Trek: Lower Decks, broadcast in Spain through Amazon Prime Video, and a first look at Star Trek: Prodigy.
Blade Runner is another science fiction saga that joins the trend of animated adaptations with Blade Runner: Black Lotus, a computer-generated co-production between the Japanese animation platform Crunchyroll and Adult Swim. There was also a script reading by the cast of The Patrick Star Show, a new cartoon that follows the adventures of SpongeBob’s pink friend, and showed the first images of a four-part special from Adventure Time for HBO Max. The Paramount + platform, whose landing date in Spain is still unknown, revealed the trailer for The Harper House, his bet on animated comedies for adults.
Filmmaker Loren Bouchard made a triplet with The Great North (Disney+), Central Park (AppleTV) y Bob’s Burgers (Fox). The first two made their debut at the convention while the third, which opens its 12th season in the United States in the fall, is in the process of making its leap to the movies.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.