Entertainment Weekly's Marc Bernadin picks up on a little-noticed comment from comics historian Peter Sanderson about the real impact of the WGA writers strike to ask "What about the San Diego Comic-Con?"
Comic-Con is gonna get slammed this year, one way or the other. Even if the strike is over by the third week of July, the TV season's shot to hell and if production doesn't start toot sweet, next season will follow suit. And TV is a big part of what pushes the media stuff at Comic-Con: Heroes, Battlestar Galactica, Lost—even perennials like Babylon 5 and Buck Rogers still draw modest crowds. But what would Comic-Con look like without the casts and crews of flicks like Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince, Watchmen, Star Trek, The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Spirit, The Wolfman, Land of the Lost, and G.I. Joe—all of which could be expected to strut their stuff in San Diego?
The most obvious answer may be "It might look less overwhelming and full of starfuckers," but it may be a moot point; even if the writers strike is still in effect in July, there will still be completed summer blockbusters to promote - Three of them adapted from comic books, even - and if the cancellation of the 1970s Incredible Hulk show isn't enough to keep Lou Ferrigno from attending the con every year, the temporary hiatus of shows like Lost and Battlestar Galactica is very unlikely to keep stars and fans of the show from showing up. If nothing else, the delay may allow creators of NBC's Bionic Woman time to beg fans to give the show another chance.