The landmark 50th Comic-Con came to frenzied end on Sunday. Here is Times of San Diego’s ever-popular look back at the sights and sounds of the Con.
Worst Comic-Con Memory — “The only thing I was worried about was I had no badge and I can’t go back inside,” said comics publisher William Tucci, recalling his worst Con memory when he was assaulted by two men who were harassing him and his family.
Turning Down Harry Potter — Sometimes you find out things at Comic-Con you never would have known. Such was the case when artist Bill Stout recounted the story of hanging out with Academy Award-winning film director Guillermo del Toro and hearing him in a phone conversation turn down an offer to direct a Harry Potter movie.
Most Popular Costume — Our unofficial survey determining the winner of the most popular costume is the iconic red cloak and dress, with a white bonnet, from the television series “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Several were spotted throughout the week, worn by both men and women.
San Lee’s Tooth — “So, I got to save Stan Lee’s tooth,” said comics writer Paul Levitz, recounting the time that he came to the aid of Lee, who had cracked a tooth one year at the Con.
When The Con Was Low Key — “I brought a sleeping bag and slept on the floor of a fan’s bedroom,” said Stout, talking about the low-key nature of the very first Con, which he attended.
Snow in San Diego — Each year, studios go all out to create elaborate sets promoting their shows or movies. This year, the winner of the best so-called “activation” was AMC, which created a blizzard swirling inside a tent in the middle of sunny San Diego in July. A recreation a scene from “The Walking Dead” gave fans the opportunity to walk through a snow-covered forest while dodging zombies in trees and on a frozen pond.
Making Ends Meet — “Shel said we were a nonprofit because we didn’t make a profit,” said longtime fan and Con organizer Jackie Estrada, talking about one of the Con’s founders, Shel Dorf, and his creation of the first event.
A Simpsons Drawing is Worth What? — “That’s college tuition right there,” said “Simpsons” voice actor Yeardly Smith, after show creator Matt Groening gave away a signed, original drawing of Homer Simpson to a fan.
IDW Turns 20 — Comic-Con wasn’t the only entity celebrating a big anniversary. Hometown publisher IDW celebrated its 20th anniversary by announcing a slew of new titles, including a graphic novel of The Mueller Report and Star Trek actor George Takei’s story of being sent to an internment camp during World War II, “They Called Us Enemy.”
Fond Farewells — Two long-running shows, CW’s “The Arrow” and “Supernatural,” had emotional farewells.
Stephen Amell, star of “The Arrow,” was brought to tears by fans who cheered him as his show heads into its final season.
“You don’t know what you’re going to do when you put on a superhero costume,” said Amell. “You’re just trying not to look stupid.”
Meanwhile, lead actors Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki also were brought to tears by thousands of fans in Hall H. Ackles, Padalecki and crew are heading into their 15th and final season of “Supernatural,” and Sunday’s appearance was the show’s last one at the Con.
Fans gave them a standing ovation at the conclusion of their panel.
“We were all back there promising to each other we were not going to cry,” said actor Misha Collins, who also stars in the show.
Luis Monteagudo Jr. is a freelance writer and pop culture fan who is attending his 29th consecutive Comic-Con.