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25 Best Things We Saw at San Diego Comic Con 2018

From ‘Aquaman’ star Jason Momoa wowing the crowd and Jamie Lee Curtis saving a life to the latest in geek couture fashion, these were the genuine SDCC showstoppers

Cast member Jason Momoa participates on stage during the Warner Bros. Theatrical Panel for "Aquaman" at Comic Con in San Diego, July 21, 2018. (Photo by CHRIS DELMAS / AFP)        (Photo credit should read CHRIS DELMAS/AFP/Getty Images)

Cast member Jason Momoa participates on stage during the Warner Bros. Theatrical Panel for "Aquaman" at Comic Con in San Diego, July 21, 2018.

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We may be a year away from the San Diego Comic Con’s 50th anniversary, which is likely to see a massive blowout for the annual gathering of geek/pop culture I.P’s, creators and fans. Still, there was definitely a void in the SDCC ecosystem in 2018, with traditional heavy hitters like the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Game of Thrones were AWOL. But that also meant, however, other voices could fill the gap and seize the chance to cut through the usual hype while promoting more forceful messages. The Black Heroes Matter gathering returned to highlight African-American representations in comics; the Eisner Awards saw Marjorie Liu become the first woman ever to win for Best Writer; and panels throughout the event tackled non-commercial topics ranging from Afrofuturism to debunking the idea of “fake geek girls” to how to best battle online trolls.

“We see a surge in peoples’ ability to recognize their own rights,” said Star Trek: Deep Space Nine star Chase Masterson, who led an independent rally after the convention immigrant rights advocates and groups like the ACLU. “We see people empowered on a daily basis in the intersection we draw between human rights and pop culture.”

All that said, Comic Con was still Comic Con. On the first day, we picked up a convention bingo card created by Oni Press to promote The Long Con, a new comic about people trapped at a fan convention when the apocalypse happens. By Sunday, we’d crossed 75-percent of it off with sightings of utilikilts, giant vinyl bags, costumed service dogs and by having several of those “Wait, was that … that guy? From that thing? OMG, I think it was!” moments. (No, really, we’re pretty sure that was Navid Negahban who plays the Shadow King on Legion!) So from the socially-minded to the schwifty, we present the 2018 edition of our Top 25 Things We Saw at the San Diego Comic Con.

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Jack Ryan’s Virtual Patriot Game

A lot of Amazon Prime Video’s promotional resources this year went toward the Aug. 31st debut of John Krasinski as Tom Clancy’s reluctant spy hero. Not only did they sponsor IGN’s annual rooftop party at the Andaz Hotel, they also put together an activation where visitors could seek out information and take part in two adventures of their own: a “Black Ops” escape room where Ryan communicated with them via walkie-talkie; and a three-story high virtual reality “training course” where would-be “analysts” tested their mettle jumping from choppers, avoiding gunfire and walking precariously across a decaying 28-foot-high plank. Oh, and did we mention the dashing (both virtually and physically) across a zipline to safety in full view of both the crowd and Twitch video streamers? Krasinski himself, however, was not on hand; he’s already filming the show’s second season. AG