Adam Savage meets the team at Magic Wheelchair, an organization that works with makers to build awesome costumes for children in wheelchairs. At this year’s Comic-Con, Magic Wheelchair unveiled five new Justice League-themed builds for these amazing kids, and we were honored to be there for the reveal!
Here’s Adam’s full Comic-Con 2017 panel, in which he’s joined by Aaron Douglas of Battlestar Galactica and Wes Chatham of The Expanse to talk about costuming, science fiction, and their Comic-Con experiences. Adam reveals his incognito costumes for this year, and takes some great questions from the audience.
We get some close-up looks at Prop Store’s collection of model miniatures from Star Wars, Back to the Future, and Aliens on display at this year’s Comic-Con. Stephen Lane talks about the details of each piece, all of which are going on auction this fall. Plus, an actual hero Star Lord helmet from Guardians of the Galaxy!
We get up close with the stop-motion puppets, vehicles, and environments built for Laika Entertainment’s magnificent films, on display in San Diego during Comic-Con. From 3D-printed model parts to large-scale mechanized puppets, the fabrication and finish of these characters are a labor of love for the art of stop-motion animation.
Jeremy and Norm review Bigscreen VR, a free app that lets users share their desktops and videos over virtual reality. We discuss the social and human-computer interaction implications of Bigscreen, and how an operating system might look like in VR. Plus, we go hands-on with Gunheart in a demo session with the developers!
Kishore heads down into another detector experiment at CERN to learn about the inner workings of ALICE. Plus, we learn how supermagnets are put together at CERN’s superconducting electromagnet factory.
Say hello to Twobacca! Adam is joined by John Hodgman at Comic-Con as they both walk the floor as our favorite wookiee! It’s also John’s very first time cosplaying, and he quickly discovers how enjoyable it is. Plus, Adam chats with the maker of this Chewie costume, and how it’s in some ways an improvement over Adam’s own costume!
Norm’s back from SDCC! He’s joined by Kishore and special guest Annalee Newitz for a mega deep dive into their Comic-Con experiences, all the movies and TV trailers, behind the scenes of that crazy jetpack video, the end of Adobe Flash and MS Paint, and the science study that may end football.
Adam meets up with Richard Browning, maker of an Iron Man-like jet suit that gives him real flight abilities. We get a demo of the suit in flight, and Adam chats with Richard about how the suit works and how it feels to fly and hover like a superhero.
It’s reassuring to know that hardcore fans are somtimes in charge of making high-end collectibles. We meet up with Quantum Mechanix’s Schubert Tam to learn how he directed his team to research and sculpt the perfect sixth-scale replicas of our favorite Star Trek characters, down to their episode-specific facial expressions!