For the next three days the entertainment world will focus on San Diego Comic-Con. The convention is bigger, more swollen than ever and over 125,000 visitors are expected to pour into the mouth of the San Diego Convention Center. And that's terrible news for some of the conference's most loyal fans.
As San Diego Comic-Con begins to skew more mainstream and becomes a Hollywood event, so does its crowd. Suddenly people are flocking to the convention to see the stars of Twilight and How I Met Your Mother. With only a limited number of tickets to go around, the experience for die-hard comic fans is being watered down and Comic- Con is turning into the very thing that those fans tried to get away from.
Fans that aren't going this year have to look to smaller magazines and publications if they want to follow stories about actual comics. Of the five things The Guardian is "excited for" none have to do with anything happening in the comics industry (though there is a mention of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. television show). Entertainment Weekly has a livestream ... of interviews with semi-famous people (Seth Green and his girlfriend were on talking about "nerdy" things yesterday). The Los Angeles Daily News has a story on how Comic-Con went from "geek to chic." And what coverage there is of comics-related goodness, like the upcoming X-Men Days of Future Past movie, becomes more about who's starring in it than it is about the actual story. Consider Vulture's exclusive and Comic-Con preview, where they state that Kitty Pryde has some time-traveling powers:
In Singer's take, Ellen Page returns as Kitty from the Brett Ratner–directed X-Men: The Last Stand, but this time she uses her powers to send Hugh Jackman's Wolverine back into the past, where he encounters the younger mutants played by James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, and Michael Fassbender.
A simple Wikipedia search would tell you that Kitty Pryde doesn't have any powers related to time travel—a small gripe for mainstream readers and an earth-shattering faux pas for fans of the X-Men comics. She simply becomes intangible, and sometimes has a dragon. If adding a time-traveling upgrade to Kitty's arsenal of powers is director Bryan Singer's choice, then you'd (if you read comics) at least expect a sentence or two questioning the choice.