I wasn’t expecting this year’s San Diego Comic-Con—and specifically a panel for a horror franchise, no less—to provide a truly emotional moment that I will relive for years to come. And yet, that’s what happened on Friday at the annual pop culture-addled event in the massive Hall H, and I have Jamie Lee Curtis to thank.
There were also numerous standout moments of the more expected ilk. This included the debut of plenty of buzzy trailers, such as my personal favorite, Shazam, which earned a rapturous response in Hall H and even garnered applause when it was shown periodically at the DC booth throughout the rest of the weekend. Another highlight was Ryan Reynolds during the Deadpool 2 panel, where he was asked which of his two previous, critically maligned superhero films—X-Men Origins and Green Lantern—he disliked more. After a thoughtful discourse about the joys and challenges of big-budget filmmaking, the star conceded, “No, they’re both pretty bad.” (Reynolds was also humorously seated next to an empty chair with a name tag for “Vanisher,” Brad Pitt’s invisible Deadpool 2 character.)
Of the parties I attended, memorable ones were the NBC bash at the Good Place activation and the IMDb yacht shindig, along with a Mars-themed Nat Geo party that included two astronauts on stilts who were constantly ducking under the strings of white lights overhead. (Comic-Con is basically Christmas for stilt-rental companies.) On one of the nights, I ended up in a party line behind Ian Ziering and Breckin Meyer, and somehow waiting behind the king of the Sharknado franchise and the Robot Chicken mainstay, respectively, tells you everything you need to know about the five-day extravaganza.
In honor of Comic-Con and all the adventure and imagination and random run-ins that it represents, the Playboy Bunny dressed up in classic superhero and villain garb with poses that harken back to a few of our classic covers. The illustrations by Butcher Billy can be seen below, alongside their counterpart Centerfolds. These should help make the wait for Comic-Con 2019 just a bit more bearable.