Comic-Con: The resurgence of sci-fi

Comic-Con: The resurgence of sci-fi

Comic-Con is nothing if it not a showcase for sci-fi and fantasy geekouts, and Jeff Wachtel is all in.

NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment's chief content officer, Wachtel says he was a sci-fi geek as a kid - "Dune" was his favorite novel - and likens the plethora of genre TV shows and movies to a new gold rush.

It's not because kids are getting more science and math in school, he said, but rather the age-old look at society through metaphor. A galaxy a long time ago and far away is just a way to look at our ordinary daily lives without being "quotidian."

"I get to pretend I'm in a different time or place and I actually am learning about love and...