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What is the D23 Expo?

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | August 17, 2015 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | August 17, 2015 |

Many have you may have noticed that there was a flood of information coming out of a thing called D23 over the weekend. We only had one post, since we don’t have anyone there and it’s sad enough seeing other sites publish post after post with no pictures or video as poor writers set about describing frame-by-frame trailers that haven’t been released to the public yet. Publishing summaries of what other people summarized is a special kind of sadness that tastes of cigarettes and absinthe. We’ll take what we can get when it comes to Star Wars, but we’re a dangerous combination of crotchety and patient, so we’ll just wait until Tuesday instead. I haven’t even seen Captain America 2: Wintry Boogaloo yet thanks to Netflix dragging its feet, so I can wait a few days to see a trailer instead of reading the blow-by-blow. The return of CapAss cannot possibly be done justice in text hurriedly typed on a cell phone from a convention floor.

So what the hell is D23? We’ve got you covered.

First of all, it is not an abbreviation for Diablo III or a javascript library, which is what you first find when you accidentally google “D3” instead of “D23”.

Second, it only happens biennially, or as I prefer, quadfathomonthly.

Third, it is held in Anaheim, or as I prefer, Northeast Westminster.

Fourth, it is named “D23” because of Walt Disney founding that company of his in 1923. Said Walt before they froze his head: “I came to Hollywood and arrived here in August 1923 with forty dollars in my pocket and a coat and a pair of trousers that didn’t match. And one half of my suitcase had my shirts and underwear and things and the other half had my drawing materials…”

A photo from the archives of his arrival in Hollywood:


So what actually goes on in this sordid cesspool of industry incest organized by the Mouse?

Well basically take Hall H from ComicCon, and cut and paste it a hundred miles to the north, leaving behind all of the bizarre tiny panels, huge exhibition floor full of unknown artists showing off all of their own creations, and everything else that gives the event a soul!

Also, be sure to smile at all times. D23 is under official Disney “happiest place on earth” rules and snipers are positioned in order to ensure that it stays that way.


Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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