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Comic-Con Is Happening Online. Here Are the Highlights for Steampunks

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Comic-Con @Home is happening again this weekend in place of Comic-Con International, the huge pop culture convention in San Diego. The virtual gathering will feature panels, movie screenings, a cosplay competition, portfolio reviews, and presentation of the 2021 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, all viewable from the comfort of home. The in-person Comic-Con was cancelled due to COVID-19.

The program lists several panels that should be of interest to steampunk fans, including sessions on Doctor Who, the forthcoming Chapelwaite TV series from EPIX, and a new comic book series inspired by the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose. The schedule also features a full slate of movie screenings, including Enola Holmes, The Rocketeer, and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.

The event went live on Wednesday with a panel on Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins, a new movie in the G.I. Joe franchise. A handful of panels are planned for Thursday, but most of the action takes place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.


Panel topics are similar to what you’d expect from an in-person comic-con, including previews of upcoming games, comics, movies, and TV shows. You can also stream sessions about larger pop culture issues such as diversity, community building, and interactions between art and science.

These panels may be of particular interest to steampunk fans:

Legion M: How the Power of Fandom Is Changing Hollywood will focus on projects from the fan-owned entertainment company. The program description mentions Legion M’s involvement in three films: Archenemy, Colossal, and Mandy. But the company has also announced a series called Evermor inspired by a steampunk-themed art installation in Wisconsin. The company hasn’t provided any recent updates on the series, but it’s still listed as being in development.

When: Friday at 11 a.m. Pacific time. Event description.

Doctor Who Comics Panel will focus on the Titan Comics series, with writer Jody Houser, artist Roberta Ingranata, colorist Enrica Eren Angiolini, and editor Jake Devine.

When: Friday at 1 p.m. PT. Event description.

Winchester Mystery House
Photo courtesy Winchester Mystery House

Behind the Veil is about a forthcoming comic book series inspired by the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose. Walter Magnuson, general manager of the tourist attraction, will introduce the panel. The series, to be published by Source Point Press, is described as a “horror story based on one of the greatest architectural marvels in the world and the incredible life of its mysterious owner, Sarah Winchester.”

When: Saturday at 10 a.m. PT. Event description.

The Weird West Card Game is a preview of Doomtown: Weird West Edition, a game that will serve as a new platform for Doomtown: Reloaded. Pine Box Entertainment, developer of the game, is also working on an online version. Pine Box is planning to launch a Kickstarter campaign for the new edition on Aug. 17.

When: Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m. PT, on the developer’s Discord server. Event description.

Doctor Who scene
Goran Visnijic as Nikola Tesla and Jodie Whittaker as The Doctor. Photo: James Pardon/BBC

Doctor Who is a pre-recorded panel with showrunner Chris Chibnall and cast members Jodie Whittaker (the 13th Doctor) and Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan). The panel will also feature new cast member John Bishop and a “very special surprise guest.”

When: Sunday at 10 a.m. PT. Event description.

Legacy of Aztec Culture will offer discussions of forthcoming creative projects inspired by the culture of the Aztec Empire. Panelists include animator Sofia Alexander (Onyx Equinox); writer David Bowles (Clockwork Curandera); video game producer Guillermo Vizcaino (Aztech: Forgotten Gods); comics creator Henry Barajas (Helm Greycastle); and comics creator Paul Guinan (Aztec Empire).

As we recently reported, the first volume of Clockwork Curandera raised more than $10,000 in a Kickstarter campaign in April and May.

When: Sunday at noon PT. Event description.

A Conversation about Chapelwaite is a panel featuring cast members and the executive producers of the forthcoming EPIX horror series.

Set in the 1850s, Chapelwaite is about a father (Adrien Brody) who relocates his family to his ancestral home in Maine following the death of his wife. Brody’s character, Captain Charles Boone, “will soon have to confront the secrets of his family’s sordid history and fight to end the darkness that has plagued the Boones for generations.”

The series is based on the Stephen King short story “Jerusalem’s Lot.”

When: Sunday at 4 p.m. PT. Event description.

Movie Screenings

Enola Holmes
Enola Holmes. Photo: Alex Bailey/Legendary ©2020

Comic-Con will also feature a series of movie screenings with watch parties. Among them:

Enola Holmes, the 2020 Netflix film starring Millie Bobby Brown as Sherlock Holmes’ teen-age sister. It streams Saturday at 11:10 a.m. PT.

Quigley Down Under, a 1990 western about an American cowboy (Tom Selleck) in 19th century Australia. It also stars Laura San Giacomo and Alan Rickman. The film streams Saturday at 4 p.m. PT.

The Rocketeer, a 1991 film about a stunt pilot in 1938 Los Angeles who discovers a rocket pack stolen from Howard Hughes. It stars William Campbell in the title role along with Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin, Timothy Dalton, and Terry O’Quinn. The movie streams the same time as Quigley Down Under, Saturday at 4 p.m. PT.

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, the 2004 dieselpunk adventure starring Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, and Giovanni Ribisi. The film was known for its innovative use of computer graphics. It streams Saturday at 10:15 p.m. PT.

Other scheduled films include Labyrinth, Willow, Little Shop of Horrors, Scott Pilgrim vs the World, The Maltese Falcon, The Shadow, Captain America: First Avenger, Wonder Woman (2017 version with Gal Gadot), Superman (1978 version with Christopher Reeve), and five movies from the Star Wars franchise.

You can get all the details, including links to each session, on the Comic-Con @Home website.

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