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Comic-Con Web Series Roundup: Crackle's 'The Unknown,' Bryan Singer's 'H+' and 'Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood July 11, 2012 at 7:36AM

Web series are becoming a major presence at pop culture madhouse Comic-Con, as film and TV talent increasingly make the move to the small cyber screen and as web-based companies tackle original programming production and distribution. A round-up of panels and trailers below.
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The Unknown

Web series are becoming a major presence at pop culture madhouse Comic-Con, as film and TV talent increasingly make the move to the small cyber screen and as web-based companies tackle original programming production and distribution. A round-up of panels and trailers below.

-On Friday, July 13, actress Taryn Manning ("Hawaii Five-O") and director Martha Coolidge ("Real Genius") discuss Crackle's newest original series "The Unknown." Touted as a "long-form anthology series," the show follows an anonymous blogger (Dominic Monaghan of "Lost" and the LOTR franchise) who discovers supernatural occurences and conspiracy theories that have suspiciously gone undocumented.

-Bryan Singer's apocalyptic "H+ The Digital Series" will screen. The series, set in the future, follows the incessant use of the drug H+, which allows humans to connect mentally to the internet at any time. When a virus is unleashed in H+, a third of the world's population dies instantly, and it's up to a few rebel survivors to unearth the truth. Check out the trailer and more info about YouTube's continued forays into original programming here.

-On Saturday, July 14, actor Scott Wolf ("Party of Five") and other cast members will be on hand to answer questions about the new animated series "Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters." Though the series, which follows a young hero battling fantastical creatures in a parallel dimension, will air on The Hub TV network, "Kaijido" is multi-platform oriented, and has a trading card line as well as an online trading card game and battle game.

This article is related to: Comic-Con, Digital Future, YouTube, Bryan Singer, Crackle, Animation


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.