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Morgan Webb was on hand at San Diego Comic-Con to moderate panel for The Unfinished Swan, bringing together creative director Ian Dallas, level designer Ben Esposito, art director Hokyo Lim, and producer Max Geiger to talk about their upcoming "first person painter" game that will be released sometime later this year on PlayStation Network.

It was interesting to learn that Ian Dallas has a background as a comedy writer, having worked at The Onion and on Drawn Together, especially since The Unfinished Swan feels much more like an introspective art game like Flower or Journey. It was almost as surprising to learn that Ben Esposito was a poet, as it sounded like a joke, but he actually went to college for that. Now he's channeling iambic pentameter into artistic levels.

The panel itself was mostly focused on the artwork in the game, which is the mechanic by which players find their way through the game. At first that involves throwing splats of black paint in a completely white room, which is something you'll have to figure out on your own. During some of the playtests, they noticed that players would sit there for five minutes waiting for the game to tell them what to do.

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It wouldn't be Feedback without a little video game talk! Blair Herter was joined by Epic's Cliff Bleszinski to talk about Epic's upcoming PC exclusive, Fortnite. If you missed our insane live Feedback from Comic-Con 2012, you're in luck. You can watch Mr. Bleszinski answer your questions in the video below. Enjoy!

Cliff Bleszinski Talks Fortnite at Comic-Con 2012 »


In the video below, Blair Butler talks to comics legend Robert Kirkman at the Image Comics booth at Comic-Con 2012 about The Walking Dead and more. Kirkman gives us the inside word on what's coming up in The Walking Dead, as well as his new comic, Thief of Thieves.

"AMC is developing it [Thief of Thieves] as a TV show right now," Kirkman said, "It's a very grounded take an heist story. It's about Conrad Paulson who has turned his back on his personal life to pursue his career as the greatest master-thief who ever lived."

Robert Kirkman & Image Comics At Comic-Con 2012 Live »


Feedback got a lot funnier thanks to special guest, comedian, writer, and host, Scott Aukerman. Scott stopped by to talk about his IFC show Comedy Bang! Bang!.

If you missed this episode of Feedback from Comic-Con 2012 now is your chance you catch up on all the magic. Feast your eyes on Feedback from Comic-Con 2012 with Scott Aukerman.

Scott Aukerman of Comedy Bang! Bang! at Comic-Con 2012 »



Halo 4

I was lucky enough to attend the Halo 4 panel at Comic-Con 2012. About 1000 of my closest friends and I joined developers Kiki Wolfkill, Josh Holmes and Frank O'Connor to talk all things Halo 4. The coolest news (in my opinion) at the Halo 4 Comic-Con panel was about animation. The upcoming FPS from 343 Industries will feature brutal, awesome multiplayer assassination animations, and 343 showed off a couple of mode-specific animations at its Comic-Con 2012 panel.

The flag-carrier in Capture the Flag will be able to perform a massively cool kill. Basically, he'll slam players down, then embed the flag in his head or chest. That's good killing! Oddball will also offer a cool assassination. The holder of the oddball will be able to uppercut opponents to death, like Mike Tyson on bath salts.

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Feedback's Comic-Con live show featured some of the top geek celebrities out there, and it doesn't get any better than Caprica 6 herself, Tricia Helfer. Blair Herter welcomed Tricia, who was excited to talk about her role as the Grid in Tron: Uprising. If you missed the live stream, you can watch the video below. Behold, Feedback from Comic-Con 2012 Day 1 Part 2 with Tricia Helfer.

Tricia Helfer from Tron: Uprising at Comic-Con 2012 »


Mass Effect 3 Hands-On

In their "Past, Present and Future" panel, the developers of Mass Effect offered an exciting look at the evolution of the franchise. Producer Mike Gamble, senior combat designer Corey Gaspur, writer Sylvia Feketekuty, writer Chris Helper and community manager Jessica Merizan met with the fans and discussed the history of the series, beloved characters, multiplayer gaming and even hinted at upcoming ME content.

The panel ended with a teaser shot of a look into the future. Bioware showed a single, mysterious image. I'd re-post it, but that's a Comic-Con faux-pas, so instead, I'll tell you that the image appeared (and it was very hard to make out) to show an Atlus underwater. What it means is anyone's guess.

Another "future" peak: When asked about the motivation behind the shot that ended the "perfect" runthrough of the trilogy, that famous single shot of Shepard breathing in a wrecked atmosphere, writer Feketekuty said:

"The motivation was, 'are these endings all too bleak?' You know what, for the fans who stuffed everything in the Normandy's hold, and did everything, we wanted to give them a little something.  We did intentionally make it vague, so you can project your own gameplay experience on to it."

"It could be just a last gasp before death," writer Helper added, helpfully.

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Feedback's live Comic-Con 2012 show was a hit thanks to celebrity guests and your questions! If you missed the live show (for shame!) don't worry, we'll be posting the videos here today and tomorrow. Below you'll find Feedback from Comic-Con 2012 Day 1 Part 1 with Holliston's Joe Lynch and Adam Green.

Holliston Stars Joe Lynch & Adam Green at Comic-Con 2012 »




 ‘Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles’ Impressions

Resident Evil 6 will probably feature Ada Wong as a playable character. During the QA portion of the RE6 Comic-Con 2012 panel, someone asked if Ada Wong would be playable in the game. The Exec Producer via a translator answered "Would that make you happy?" "I can't answer that now but I might be able to make you happy soon," teasing an upcoming announcement that would confirm Ada.

We already know Ada is in the game, but as of now she's only making an appearance as an NPC. Earlier this month there were reports indicating there may be a 4th campaign. Files uncovered in the Resident Evil 6 demo suggest this campaign will feature Ada Wong. 

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Hundreds of fans at Comic-Con 2012 lined up in Hall F to wait in line for the chance to go behind the scenes with Naughty Dog's The Last of Us. One of the first pieces of "exclusive behind the scene details" was the introduction of a brand new character, Bill. He is voiced and mocapped, by W. Earl Bron. The Sean Bean look a like named Bill owes Joel a favor, a big favor. He and Ellie need a working car, although he doesn't say why. Bill, who lacks the parts, sends Joel and Ellie on a gather/scavenger quest in Bill's Safe House.

The Last of Us "Bill's Safe House" Comic-Con 2012 Trailer »


 

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Cosplay is an exhibition, not a competition, but if there was a winner of Cosplay at Comic-Con 2012, it was the fellow in the GIF below, cosplaying as the hapless runner from QWOP.

QWOP Cosplay Wins Comic-Con 2012

(Via Reddit)

For tons more Cosplay pictures, check out our massive collection of Comic-Con cosplay galleries.

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The Enduring Legacy of Sherlock Holmes Elementary Panel Comic-Con 2012:

There are some characters that never die, fictional creations so complex and deep that even hundreds of years aren’t enough to dampen their appeal. One of these is the great Sherlock Holmes. Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary detective originally appeared in 1887, and since then, he’s never really left. In 2012, Holmes and his personal valet Watson are the subject of a series of big budget movies, a successful BBC series, and soon, Elementary, an hour-long fall series on CBS.

CBS hosted a showing of Elementary’s pilot at Comic-Con 2012, and both Holmes and Watson look marvelous, despite their advanced ages. Elementary looks up-to-the-second current, in spite of its wizened protagonists.

This time out, Sherlock is played by Johnny Lee Miller. He lives in modern New York, not Victorian London, and he's a drug addict with a sideline in consulting for the NYPD. While Holmes’ drug-of-choice is not revealed in Elementary’s pilot, the original Holmes, was quite fond of cocaine. Holmes here is a wastrel with a rich family. He's a difficult genius, who's obsessed with solving mysteries and thwarting crimes, although his interpersonal skills need a lot of work.

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Looper To Feature Time Travel, Bruce Willis And More From The Comic-Con 2012 Looper Panel

Looper
isn't the biggest blockbuster movie in the Hollywood pipeline, but it's definitely one of the most interesting. I was lucky enough to check out the Looper panel at Comic-Con 2012 and got a sneak peek at some of the scenes from the upcoming movie. The verdict? Very positive.

Looper tells the story of a future world where time travel is used mainly for assassinations. In the future, it's nearly impossible to dispose of a body, so if you want to kill someone, you send him back in time, where a trained assassin, called a Looper, pulls the trigger, and disposes of the body.  That works out great, until a Looper meets his future self, and can't bring himself to pull the trigger.

It's an intricate idea, from the great Rian Johnson, director of the movie Brick, and it stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt and Bruce Willis. Blunt and Gordon-Levitt were on hand at Comic-Con to talk about the movie, as was director Johnson. Sadly, Bruce Willis was shooting another picture.

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Sons Of Anarchy Season Five Sneak Preview From The Sons of Anarchy Comic-Con 2012 Panel

Comic-Con closed out its show in 2012 with a panel celebrating the fifth season of outlaw biker series Sons of Anarchy, and although five years is a long time in TV, the series looks very far from jumping the proverbial shark.

The panel kicked off with a look at several minutes of footage from season five, a Comic-Con exclusive, in which the season is set up, at a glance. Jax is now the head of the Sons, and Clay has been reduced to something like a biker file clerk. He’s lost everything: His power, his wife, and his leadership of the club. Jax, having finally assumed the leadership role, will be put to the test by having to run the club. Now that Jax has what he wants, what will he do with it?

 

After the video, the cast and creator of Sons took the stage. Series creator Kurt Sutter, Katey Sagal, Charlie Hunnam, Maggie Siff, Kim Coates, Ryan Hurst, Tommy Flanagan, Mark Boone Jr., Dayton Callie, Theo Rossi and Comic-Con legend, Ron Perlman all were reppin’ SAMCRO at the Con-- there was a lot of testosterone and denim in Hall H.

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Your Silent Hill Nightmares Return In Theaters & Halloween Horror Nights In Silent Hill: Revelation 3D Comic-Con 2012 Panel

Inside the Silent Hill: Revelation 3D panel at Comic-Con 2012, it was clear that we won't be sleeping easy after this Halloween. Wait, I take that back. I probably won't like being alone in the dark after what I saw in Hall H, where attendees were given a first look at footage from the film.

The two scenes featured star Adelaide Clemens being chased in a creepy factory by an even creepier mannequin spider monster, as well as Kit Harington (Jon Snow!!) trying to escape a room of stabby nurses. You know what this means. Silent Hill is back!

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