Blizzard’s San Diego Comic-Con Social Giveaways

I had never heard of Splurgy, or the fact that it’s an app (according to Blizzard’s description), until I noticed the Blizzard giveaway in preparation for San Diego Comic-Con 2014. The giveaway is simple: go Like everything Blizzard does on Facebook and get entered to win grab bags!


YOUR CHANCE TO WIN EXCLUSIVE SDCC LOOT!

Your Chance To Win Exclusive SDCC Loot!

Click here to enter to win 1 of 25 Blizzard Comic-Con Goodie Bags! What’s inside, you ask? The 2014 Blizzard Comic-Con Goodie Bag contains some of the exciting prizes we will be selling at San Diego Comic-Con this year:

  • (1) Heroes of the Storm Team Tee
  • (1) Heroes of the Storm Lanyard
  • (1) Diablo Whimsyshire Treasure Goblin
  • (1) Starcraft Cute But Deadly Cloaking Zeratul
  • (1) Starcraft Funko Pop! Vinyl Primal Kerrigan
  • (1) Warcraft Nether Faerie Dragon Plush

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Entering our giveaway is quick and easy, just follow the instructions on the giveaway link above. You can earn entries into our giveaway by completing a variety of social actions through the Splurgy app, including:


Want to get your hands on the items that aren’t exclusive to Comic-Con? Head to the Blizzard Gear store now by clicking here.

Real Life Assassin’s Creed Parkour at Comic Con (GameInformer.com)

The most interesting thing to me in the video, besides that fact that Ronnie’s talented and makes climbing buildings look effortless, is how many innocent bystanders didn’t even notice him running through their dinner, their stroll along the sidewalk, or even through their standing line to somewhere. Are we all that oblivious?

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Parkour runner Ronnie Shalvis and filmmaker Devin Graham are back with a new Assassin’s Creed video, and this time they’re running through Comic Con.

We’ve seen Shalvis dressed as Ezio for the Assassin’s Creed II trilogy, and as Connor for Assassin’s Creed III, and now he’s tackling the unreleased Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.

Along with disrupting the assorted meals of Comic Con attendees, Shalvis and Graham also crashed Ubisoft’s boat party. You can check out the video below, and look out for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag on current-gen consoles on October 29.

The Most Expensive Item for Sale at San Diego Comic-Con (Wired.com)

Cara Santa Maria hit up SDCC 2013 in search of the most expensive items available. I was shocked at the final two price tags.

Transformer: $162
Robot: $375
Star Trek Uniform: $2,300
King Kong Painting: $18,000
Harrison Ford’s Whip from Temple of Doom: $75,000
Ripley’s Flamethrower from Alien: $95,000
Action Comics #1 (First Superman): $600,000
Detective Comics #27 (First Batman): $660,000

San Diego Comic-Con 2013: Live Stream Coverage at IGN

If you’re like me and unable to attend this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, IGN is THE place to check out the event “live”. They’ve posted their entire Live Stream coverage schedule and have a shiny new San Diego Comic Con 2013 events page, including previews, a Live Stream link, and articles focused on the attending movies and TV shows.

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Three days of streaming coverage, including news, analysis, celebrity interviews and game exclusives.

Can’t make it out to San Diego? IGN has you covered! Coming off of a record-breaking E3, IGN is locked and loaded again: this time to bring you full coverage of San Diego Comic-Con. For the first time, IGN will be live streaming from the Con providing breaking coverage of the world’s biggest pop culture event.

Come to IGN.com starting Thursday, July 18th for breaking news, panel analysis, celebrity interviews, debut footage and game demos.The stream will be happening right on the front page of IGN.com on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 1:00-5:00 PM PST.

The event will be hosted by Greg Miller and Daemon Hatfield, the same crew from our E3 Live show. Commentary throughout the event will be provided by IGN pop culture experts, including Jim Vejvoda, Eric Goldman, Joey Esposito, Chris Tilly, Roth Cornet, Scott Collura, Steve Butts and Marty Sliva. From Walking Dead to Marvel movies, from Batman Origins to Kick-Ass 2, they’ll discuss the biggest news in movies, TV, comics and games.

Here is the current schedule of events. Please note that due to the nature of Comic-Con, times may shift and new things may emerge on the schedule, so keep checking back here for more!

Thursday, July 18th

  • 1:00: San Diego Comic-Con Show Preview
  • 1:30: Nothing Left to Fear: Interview with Slash (of Guns N’ Roses fame)
  • 1:40: To Do List: Interview with Aubrey Plaza, Rachel Bilson and Maggie Carey
  • 2:00: Cosplay Superstars: Interview with LeeAnna Vamp, Vampy and Meagan Marie
  • 2:15: The Conjuring: Interview with Lili Taylor
  • 2:30: The Games of Comic-Con: Discussion with Steve Butts and Marty Sliva
  • 2:45: Ender’s Game: Interview with Gavin Hood and Roberto Orci
  • 3:00: Doctor Who: Interview with Matt Smith
  • 3:15: The Walking Dead: Interview with Robert Kirkman
  • 3:30: Ender’s Game: Interview with Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin
  • 3:45: Octodad: PS4 game demo
  • 4:00: Divergent: Interview with Shailene Woodley, Neil Burger and Veronica Roth
  • 4:15: Batman Origins: Interview with Troy Baker, Roger Craig Smith, and WB Producer
  • 4:30: Marvel Comics: Interview with Joe Quesada
  • 4:45: Comic-Con: News wrap-up

Friday, July 19th

  • 1:00: Comic-Con: Friday Preview
  • 1:15: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds: 3DS game demo
  • 1:30: Power Rangers: Interview with Jason David Frank
  • 1:45: NTSF:SD:SUV:: Interview with Karen Gillan and Paul Scheer
  • 2:00: Falling Skies: Interview with Noah Wyle, Will Patton and Moon Bloodgood
  • 2:20: Nintendo: Wii-U game demo
  • 2:30: The Legend of Korra: Interview with Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko and Janet Varney
  • 2:45: Vikings: Interview with Travis Fimmel and Kathryn Winnick
  • 3:00: Godzilla: Gareth Edwards Interview
  • 3:15: The Walking Dead: Panel discussion with Roth Cornet
  • 3:30: The World’s End: Interview with Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost
  • 3:50: 300: Rise of an Empire: Interview with Sullivan Stapleton, Rodrigo Santoro and Eva Green
  • 4:00: I, Frankenstein: Interview with Aaron Eckhart, Yvonne Strahovski and Stuart Beattie
  • 4:15: Pikmin 3: Wii-U game demo
  • 4:30: Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Interview with Cast
  • 4:45: Comic-Con: News wrap-up

Saturday, July 20th

  • 1:00: Comic-Con: Saturday Preview
  • 1:15: The Walking Dead: Interview with Greg Nicotero, Scott Gimple and David Alpert
  • 1:30: Nikita: Maggie Q Interview
  • 1:45: Kick-Ass 2: Interview with Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jeff Wadlow and Donald Faison
  • 2:00: Evil Dead: Interview with Fede Alvarez and Jane Levy
  • 2:15: Godzilla and More: Panel discussion with Jim Vejvoda
  • 2:45: Orphan Black: Interview with Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris and Dylan Bruce
  • 3:00: Bates Motel: Interview with Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore
  • 3:15: Arrow: Interview with Katie Cassidy, Emily Bett Rickards and David Ramsey
  • 3:45: Scribblenauts Unmasked: game demo
  • 4:00: Marvel Movies: Interview with Kevin Feige
  • 4:15: Marvel Movies: Discussion with Joey Esposito
  • 4:30: Community: Interview with Gillian Jacobs, Allison Brie and Yvette Nicole Brown
  • 4:45: Comic-Con: Show wrap-up

To keep up with all of the news and info from the show, bookmark the IGN San Diego Comic-Con Index. See you at the Con!

WildStar: Two Teasers In Time for Comic-Con?

Folks looking at the WildStar news feed have noticed today two new posters uploaded by the devs. Both have an “announcement” date of July 19th which is the beginning of the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con.

Current speculation (hopes?) circle around announcing either a new race or a new class. What do you think? I’m hoping we get several more teaser posters over the next few days so Comic-Con is ripe with new announcements!

Convention Etiquette 101: How to Avoid Crossing the Line at Comic-Com (Wired.com)

The fact that this article needed to be written is part funny, part sad. It’s a shame conventions that attract attendees who often have first-hand experience of being shunned or feeling ostracized from the mainstream can’t treat each other with basic respect. Alyssa Rosenberg has assembled six very basic, much-needed rules of conduct for “Cons” and other similar events where cosplay is featured. She also includes six suggestions to help combat sexual harassment.

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It’s time for everyone to stop convention harassment in its tracks. Photo: Flickr/Mikemoi

Last week, Wired explored the phenomenon of convention harassment, and how–particularly in the absence of clearly articulated and enforced guidelines–harassment can become pervasive. Sometimes, these unfortunate incidents are the result of misunderstandings about convention etiquette. The social phenomena of large groups can make it more difficult know what the right ways to behave are in situations like conventions that are dramatically different from our homes and workplaces, or to step in when something happens that doesn’t seem right.

But social science isn’t destiny. So what are the boundaries, and how can attendees make sure that they don’t cross important lines of respect with friends, strangers, and even professionals? Here are six tips to help you avoid crossing the line, and six ways to support your friends if they’re being harassed.

1. Ask permission, not forgiveness–and keep your eyes up: Want to take a picture of a cosplayer? Ask, and ask politely, rather than snapping the picture covertly (these are some great suggestions on good and bad times and ways to approach cosplayers, and what you can and can’t ask for). If they say no, then accept that the answer is no–don’t try to sneak the shot in anyway. Under no circumstances should you take a picture that focuses on a single part of a cosplayer’s–or anyone else’s–body, rather than the whole person. And if you’re posing for a picture, getting something signed, or asking a question at a panel, keep your eyes on the camera, or the face of the person you’re talking to.

2. And think before you ask: There’s nothing wrong with asking challenging questions at a convention, if they’re about content. Asking a cosplayer or artist for a hug, kiss or date, or asking about their bodies as an excuse to leer at them–as happened to artist Mandy Caruso when she was dressed as the Black Cat during an interview–is something different. Those questions are all about you, not about the work that an artist put into their comics or a cosplayer put into their costume. If you want to compliment someone, stick to their creativity and skills, not their looks, no matter how attractive you might find them. After all, it’s insulting for someone who’s put an enormous amount of effort into a costume or a book to have that hard work ignored. And if you find someone less than attractive? Keep it to yourself.

3. Respect everyone else’s space: Harris O’Malley, who runs the geek dating site Paging Dr. Nerdlove, notes that conventions are prone to a couple of levels of space invasion. First, there’s the convention floor, where he advises against lingering around booths. “I’ve seen lots of dudes think that if they hung around long enough chatting awkwardly, the cute comic artist [or] writer of their dreams will accept their love [or] proposition,” he says. Pro tip? That’s a way to make yourself look like a pest, rather than a romantic prospect. If you’re taking a picture with a cosplayer, O’Malley says letting them set the pose, rather than moving in close and using a photo opportunity as a chance to touch the person. This can both produce a better picture, since the cosplay probably knows the best and more dynamic poses for the character, and help you avoid coming across as creepy.

Similarly, there’s the issue of approaching people in spaces where they can’t easily move away if they’re uncomfortable, which was at the heart of the the problem infamous incident where Skepchick founder Rebecca Watson was propositioned in an elevator at the World Atheist Convention. It may be tempting to make a move when you’ve got the opportunity, but consider whether you’re in a situation where the person would feel uncomfortable saying no. If that’s the case, be a gentleman, and pass. This is also part of basic party etiquette, which includes not backing people up against a wall, or into corners. “An easy way to avoid this is to stand next to someone and facing the same direction as them, instead of across from them,” O’Malley suggests. “It’s less intimidating and feels far less predatory.”

4. Be considerate about other people’s time: Three Parts Dead and Two Serpents Rise novelist Max Gladstone says that, as someone who grew up not knowing many other nerds, “I have a perpetual sense of astonishment whenever I run into women who have opinions about Roger Zelazny or the end of Evangelion.” But he points out that when you’re talking to someone who shares your interests, or to an artist you admire, an easy way to come across poorly is to monopolize their time, especially if they seem like they aren’t interested in the conversation. As much as it’s exciting to meet fellow geeks and your nerd idols, remember that you don’t have a right to anyone else’s time and attention, much less a set amount of it. Knowing when your moment is up and exiting gracefully won’t just make you come across better to the people around you. It’ll help you preserve good memories, untainted by awkward endings.

5. Pay attention to the signals other people are sending you: To be fair, it can be hard to know when to bow out of a conversation, especially with someone you don’t know. O’Malley says to follow their eyes and look for sentence length. “If the person you’re talking to is responding enthusiastically, then everything’s great,” he says. “But if you’re getting shorter and more terse answers, doing more talking than listening and they’re either looking around the room or checking their phone or watch, they’re looking for a socially acceptable excuse to leave.”

6. Watch your drinking: It’s easy to feel like a convention that takes you far from home and lets you to hang out with friends or colleagues you only see once in a while is a great place to kick back and have few drinks. But while having one drink to loosen up around people you don’t know may be a pleasant social lubricant, zipping past your limits is a great way to alienate new friends who are just getting to know you (or know you in person) and destroy the positive impression you wanted to create of yourself as a fun person (or promising professional). Especially when you don’t know everyone you’re hanging out with well, alcohol makes it easy to crash through people’s boundaries, O’Malley warns: “A few drinks in and suddenly that line you think is hilarious and harmless is actually really offensive or creepy to everyone else.”

Of course, sexual harassment at conventions doesn’t just affect women (and men) who experience it. If you’re a guy, seeing a woman you care about as a friend, partner, or colleague get harassed, or hearing about it later, can be incredibly upsetting. But here are six great ways to be an ally to the women who you’ll be hanging out with in San Diego, stopping harassment before it happens, disrupting it when it’s underway, and reporting it afterwards, so Comic-Con can be a fun and safe experience for everyone involved.

1. Arm yourself with knowledge: San Diego Comic-Con–which takes the time to make clear how it will screen cosplayers’ weapons–doesn’t currently publicize its sexual harassment policy on its website. But there is a policy, which Wired received from convention representatives:

“Attendees must respect commonsense rules for public behavior, personal interaction, common courtesy, and respect for private property. Harassing or offensive behavior will not be tolerated. Comic-Con reserves the right to revoke, without refund, the membership and pass of any attendee not in compliance with this policy. Persons finding themselves in a situation where they feel their safety is at risk or who become aware of an attendee not in compliance with this policy should immediately locate a member of security or a staff member, so that the matter can be handled in an expeditious manner.”

Also, regardless of the con-specific rules, California state law criminalizes both felony sexual assault and misdemeanor sexual battery. And if someone is at Comic-Con in a professional capacity, the fact that they’re at a convention doesn’t mean you can’t report them to their employer if they sexually harass another Comic-Con attendee, as the writer Elise Matheson decided to do recently after she was harassed at a convention. Knowing the law and your options means you’ll be prepared if you or a friend or colleague is harassed, and want to respond.

2. Let people know you’re on their side before you pick up your badge: Novelist John Scalzi, who recently said he’d no longer accept invitations to appear at conventions that don’t have clear, rigorous, well-promoted and well-enforced harassment policies, says one of the best ways to help other people have good convention experiences is to step up before something goes on. “If you’re going into a situation where your female friend might catch some crap, let her know ahead of time that if she needs you, you have her back,” he suggests. “She can determine what she needs and when, and can be in control of any intervention. This doesn’t mean you have to stand around like a bodyguard, just that you’re ready to help out if she needs you.”

3. If you see something, document something: Once you’re on the convention floor, O’Malley says the one exception to the rule about asking before you take pictures or video is when clear and obvious harassment is going down, and you need to collect evidence that could be useful for convention organizers, law enforcement, or someone’s employer later. Having documentation you can go back to is “easier than relying on a quick impression,” he says. “Plus, in a crowded venue like San Diego Comic-Con, it’s easy to get a case of mistaken identity… People can just fade into the teeming masses. A ‘caught in the act’ photo helps with that.” That doesn’t mean you should take it on yourself to dispense vigilante justice and distribute said photos or videos yourself. A great illustration of how those efforts can go wrong fast was the negative response to Adria Richards’ decision to tweet a photo of two men making jokes she found offensive at the open-source conference PyCon. Also, you also don’t want to humiliate someone who has been just been harassed by broadcasting their harassment for the world to see. So if you catch video or photos of something bad going down, offer it up to the person who was harassed as documentation for a potential report.

4. Don’t be afraid to deflect the situation: Scalzi recommends that if you see a friend or coworker in an uncomfortable situation that you “use your friend privileges for good. There have been times where I’ve seen female friends looking trapped by a dude, where I have gone over and said, ‘excuse me, I need to borrow my friend here for just a moment,’ and then gently extricated her to find out if everything was fine. If it is, no harm done and she can go back to her conversation. If it wasn’t then she can use that moment as an escape route, with me backing her up. Likewise there have been times when I have been talking with a female friend and some dude who has been making her uncomfortable comes up; I’ll tell that guy we’re having a private conversation, and that he should move along. This does mean you have to be willing to be seen as a jerk by this guy, but if this guy is making your friend uncomfortable, then that’s probably not going to be a problem.”

5. Offer yourself up as a sidekick, don’t try to be the superhero: It’s easy to get rage-y, thinking about the prospect of someone you care about being creeped on at a place where they’re supposed to be having a great time. But resist your fantasies of going all Kick-Ass on a harasser. Often, the best, most productive thing you can do is offer to be a sidekick, not a superhero. Listen to your friend while she’s processing her experiences. If she decides to file a report, offer to accompany her while she talks to convention organizers, the cops, or places a call to their harasser’s employer to file a report. Matheson specifically talks about how important it was to have had a friend with her when she reported her harassment. And if your friend has a bad experience talking to convention staff or to anyone else, you can be a valuable witness to that secondary experience. Sure, it means you might miss a screening or a signing. But taking time out to support a friend who’s been harassed is a way to make the convention experience better and safer for everyone in attendance. That’s heroism, even if it doesn’t feel like it.

6. Treat friends you’re meeting at Comic-Con for the first time like they’re your real friends:Gladstone acknowledges that conventions can present special challenges, because they can be meeting places for people who have mostly forged their relationships online. But he says that only increases the obligation to act if someone you care about is being made uncomfortable–or making other people uncomfortable. “Will we stop our ‘friends’ from doing something that they’d regret (as, I assume, we’d do with our real friends)?” he asks. “Will we help our ‘friends’ avoid unwanted attention; will we be there for them as we would for people we’ve known for years?” The answer to both of those questions, obviously, should be yes.

Original Wired Article

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