By Luis Monteagudo Jr.
Comic-Con 2017 came to a rockin’ end Sunday.
It was a whirlwind week of superheroes, zombies and evil villains. Here’s a look at some of the sights and sounds of a dizzying week.
• “I heard there’d be costumes but I didn’t think there’d be so many costumes,” Wes Tooke, co-executive producer of USA’s alien invasion show “Colony” on his first visit to Comic-Con.
• The winner for this year’s most popular costume was easily Wonder Woman. The popularity of the recent movie attracted dozens of women in Wonder Woman costume. And even a few men!
• “We had the idea of giant walls first,” actor Josh Holloway, discussing his “Colony” show, which features an alien invasion of earth that blockades segments of Los Angeles with giant wall structures.
• “It’s Comic-Con,” a fan discussing long lines with another fan.
• Movie and TV studios try to top each other every year by creating elaborate sets to promote their upcoming movies and shows. This year’s most impressive set was for the long awaited “Blade Runner” sequel.
Visitors entered a giant tent erected on a parking lot in the Gaslamp and once inside encountered an eerily realistic version of the movies dystopian LA, complete with rain and mud, grimy vehicles and sleazy characters wandering the set.
• “Launching nuclear weapons on our cities is a bad idea,” former State Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher criticizing a common plot device in movies. Fletcher served on a panel with other elected officials discussing how in real life they would respond to an alien attack or superhero battle that damages a city. For the record, none of the officials wore costumes. But Fletcher did wear a Wonder Woman shirt.
• “I’m very unaware of much of what I do,” confessed “X Files” star David Duchovny, responding to a fan’s detailed question about one of his projects.
• The last day of Comic-Con kicked off with a rock concert. The band Kansas performed its hit “Carry on Wayward Son,” which is featured annually on the popular “Supernatural” TV show, about two demon-hunting brothers. As fans sat in Hall H for the beginning of the panel, they were promised something “big” to celebrate the fact that “Supernatural” is entering its 13th season, making it the longest running American sci-fi/fantasy show.
The lights dimmed and giant screens were unveiled on the sides of the cavernous Hall H, showing scenes from the show’s 12 seasons. Then “Wayword Son” kicked in and fans jumped to their feet and screamed upon realizing the song was being played live by Kansas.
Luis Monteagudo Jr. is a freelance writer and pop culture enthusiast who has attended Comic-Con for more than 20 years. He has written for The San Diego Union-Tribune, USA Today and numerous other publications.