- Countdown to Comic-Con 2007!
- Just landed in San Diego
- Comic-Con sum-up ...
- Comic-Con: Wednesday
- Comic-Con: Thursday
- Comic-Con: Friday
(Sorry for the delay; been wicked ill; as you were.)
Comic-Con on Saturday (July 28) was (oddly) less crazy than Friday. Maybe we just got used to the crazy.
And Saturday was fun. My buddy and I split up first thing, and he went to the Avatar panel while I hit the Exhibit floor to introduce myself to companies and individuals, meet up with folks I'd only previously known via Email and phone (like Mark Irwin, co-creator behind multi-format property Jack Secret; pitched as "Harry Potter meets Johnny Quest"), talk to a bunch of folks on Artists Row, pick up that Leinil Francis Yu signed Captain America "The Return" poster I'd eyed the day before, and so on.
Panels were great this day, too. The Marvel Spider-Man and Smallville panels, in particular, were what I expect panels to be. Poppy, unexpected, with panelists jumping in and out of conversations, having fun, and knowing their stuff.
I picked up the "Ramathorr" figure from the Four Horseman's Seventh Kingdom, to complement the "Gauntlet of Vaskkh" figure with which I'd been gifted the day before. They guys offered to sign it, and were surprised when I told them I was actually going to take it out of the box for display.
Hasbro also added a bunch of their Marvel Legends series 4 figures to their show floor display case, so I snapped some picts of those, as well as their upcoming Japanese-derivative, 6-inch figures, which nonetheless look cool.
The Marvel Spider-Man panel was a blast. It included writers, editors, and artist Dan Slott, Zeb Wells, Bob Gale, Marc Guggenheim, and Phil Jimenez, with Joe Quesada moderating. The panel was snappy, fun, well-moderated, and the guys are obviously having a blast (and taking seriously) the Spider-Man "One More Day" arc, then 3-times-monthly change-up. Writer Marc Guggenheim and artist Phil Jimenez are now exclusive to Marvel, and I felt bad that Jimenez let slip who makes out alive between Mary Jane and Aunt May.
And Dan Slott? Perhaps one of the funniest panel members I've seen. He was hilarious, punny, and having a lot of fun with the panel, and the absolute thrill ride that writing Amazing Spider-Man affords.
I also attended the GameTap "Re/Visioned" panel, consisting of Jim Lee, Warren Ellis, Peter Chung, Gail Simone, and Brian Pulido, and moderated by GameTap's Ric(k)ardo Sanchez. I'm really liking Simone's down-to-earth take on female empowerment, and it was fun to watch part 1 of Ellis's 3-part arc, at the same time he got to see it.
I also got to chat with Peter Chung and tell him "thank you" for the animated Æon Flux, and give him my voice demo. Very quiet, pleasant person. I was also able to meet the producer behind the Re/Visioned series, and let him know I was impressed with it.
The there was the Warner Bros. Smallville panel. Again, how I think a panel should be -- a lot of back and forth, people jumping in and out, playful, sexy people (Seriously -- Hartley? Vandervoort? Morris? Durance? Gough? Millar? Wow -- wicked sexy, all). The funniest exchange happened during the Q&A when a fan asked Hartley and Durance how they prepare for their steamy scenes -- and both of their spouses (and Hartley's daughter) were in the front row. Good feedback on the professional side of the preparation, though.
This panel was also a great example of how you video summarize an entire series, and tease the next season. Serious kudos to whoever pulled that off.
Other Cool Stuff:
Talking with Leinil Francis Yu and getting the signed Captain America "The Return" poster?
Meeting writer/creator Mark Irwin in person and being the first to see the new Jack Secret preview art?
Talking with Peter Chung (and saying "thanks" for the animated Æon Flux; and giving him my voice demo)?
Chatting with artists like Chris Batista & Tom Nguyen?
The incredible (and incredibly redeeming) Marvel Spider-Man and Smallville panels?
Getting to meet and say thanks to Scott Porter in person for Friday Night Lights?
Not having mentally linked clones of myself to run around the exhibit floor and attend all of the panels. Seriously, that's a good use for mentally linked clones.
Oh, and I was stuck in the Smallville line for forty-five minutes with a real-life, unfunny version of The Simpsons Comic Book Guy. Dude seriously hated every comic book arc since 1969, and every comic book TV show or film that didn't have George Reeves. I politely engaged him for 40 of those minutes, and expressed my opinions counter to his, until he started belittling someone in line merely for being born in 1982. I then told him I didn't understand why he was at Comic-Con given that he hated everything, and that we could either talk about something he actually liked about comic books, or something other than comic books. He stopped talking. Very sad, really.
- Chatted with Scott Porter (Jason Street on "Friday Night Lights") today. Turns out we share things in common. 12:03 AM July 29, 2007 from web
- @GabrielleSays Phil Morris. He is sooo cool. Super grateful about his gigs. Super articulate. 11:57 PM July 28, 2007 from web in reply to GabrielleSays
(This is the END of the "Smallville" season 7 panel.)
(GabrielleSays was asking who "Phil Mor¬" from my truncated Twitter post was.)
- #&-!$+!! m.twitter truncation! 09:11 PM July 28, 2007 from web
- Phil Mor¬ 09:09 PM July 28, 2007 from web
- Girls love Justin Hartley ... 09:07 PM July 28, 2007 from web
- Supergirl (Laura Vandervoort) joins the "Smallville" cast. 09:06 PM July 28, 2007 from web
- At the "Smallville" season 7 panel. _That's_ how you tease a new season. 09:04 PM July 28, 2007 from web
(This is the START of the "Smallville" season 7 panel.)
- Looking at the "Iron Man" movie gray (1st set) armor reveal. Impressive. 08:16 PM July 28, 2007 from web
- Getting another Four Horseman figure. I may be have a problem ... 08:13 PM July 28, 2007 from web
- I'm impressed with how talented and nice all the GameTap folks are. 07:33 PM July 28, 2007 from web
(This is the END of the GameTap "Re/Visioned" panel.)
- Peter Chung, animator Robert, and GameTap producer Elliot all have my voice demo. 07:32 PM July 28, 2007 from web
- Preview of all "Re/Visioned" (Tomb Raider), and Ellis's part 1. 06:57 PM July 28, 2007 from web
- Chung criticizing U.S. animation division of labor. (In Korea, everyone is a generalist.) 06:52 PM July 28, 2007 from web
- Chung talking his process. 06:51 PM July 28, 2007 from web
- Gail Simone's phone just went off. 06:48 PM July 28, 2007 from web
- Ellis's episode builds on british adventurism tropes. 06:43 PM July 28, 2007 from web
- Mike's script is political. "Hey, there's politics in my entertainment!" 06:42 PM July 28, 2007 from web
- Brian Pulido's episode is a comedy. Nice. 06:41 PM July 28, 2007 from web
- Jim Lee is top-notch at saying why his style isn't animation friendly, and who at Wildstorm is. 06:41 PM July 28, 2007 from web
- Gail Simone's Tomb RaideH 06:39 PM July 28, 2007 from web
(Should read, "Gail Simone's Tomb Raider is the anti-Laura -- 12 years old, pre-pubescent, and chestless.")
- -- because it was shooting up the Vatican. 06:38 PM July 28, 2007 from web
- Peter Chung's version of the Tomb Raider Buddhist temple shoot-em-up was rejected -- 06:37 PM July 28, 2007 from web
- Peter Chung deftly deconstructs the Tomb Raider template, and turned it on its ear.
- Peter Chung did this because it was a "chance to practice my craft... under ideal conditions". 06:32 PM July 28, 2007 from web
- Realizing Warren Ellis never returned my Email ... 06:31 PM July 28, 2007 from web
- Joke about Jim Lee being late ... to the panel. Yeah, _just_ the panel ... 06:27 PM July 28, 2007 from web
- Warren Ellis's phone just went off. 06:26 PM July 28, 2007 from web
- -- but they're a 06:25 PM July 28, 2007 from web
(Should read, "--but they're all in one place!")
- I am a fan of Jim Lee, Warren Ellis, Peter Chung, Gail Simone, and Brian Pulido individually -- 06:24 PM July 28, 2007 from web
- Attending ready the GameTap "Re/Visioned" panel. 06:20 PM July 28, 2007 from web
(This is the START of the GameTap "Re/Visioned" panel.)
- _That's_ how you do a panel ... 06:15 PM July 28, 2007 from web
(This is the END of the Marvel Spider-Man panel.)
- That Marvel Spider-Man panel was a hugely redeeming Comic-Con / panel experience..... 06:13 PM July 28, 2007 from web
- Noticed among multiple comic panels, hot artists are younger, hot writers / editors are older ... 06:05 PM July 28, 2007 from web
- 12-year-old fan awesomely rips "Iron Spider" costume ... 06:01 PM July 28, 2007 from web
- Writer Dan Slott is sooo funny ... 05:54 PM July 28, 2007 from web
- Bob Gale surprised by geek letter he wrote to Marvel in "Tales of Suspense" #93, 1967. 05:52 PM July 28, 2007 from web
(I have a copy of this issue; and the letters.)
- The Spidey decision (one team, one _complete_ arc) is a brilliant Marvel marketing move ... 05:39 PM July 28, 2007 from web
- ... but I had a preview discussion with someone, so I know ... 05:35 PM July 28, 2007 from web
- Petey is on the outs with Jameson / Bugle, so people are wondering about a camera in Jimenez art ... 05:33 PM July 28, 2007 from web
- Looks like Jimenez let slip who survives out of MJ and Aunt May ... 05:28 PM July 28, 2007 from web
- Slide slip shows Guggenheim as exclusive ... 05:26 PM July 28, 2007 from web
- Jimenez is exclusive to Marvel (announced yesterday) ... 05:23 PM July 28, 2007 from web
- Slott, Wells, Gale, Guggenheim, and Jimenez are one the panel, and Quesada is moderating ... 05:21 PM July 28, 2007 from web
- And Larroca. And I meant McNiven. I know. I'm twittering, give me a break. 05:16 PM July 28, 2007 from web
- New Spidey creatives Jimeniz, Niven, Bachalo ... 05:11 PM July 28, 2007 from web
- New Spidey creatives Dan Slott, Zeb Wells, Bob Gale, Marc Guggenheim ... 05:08 PM July 28, 2007 from web
- At the Marvel Spider-Man panel ... 05:04 PM July 28, 2007 from web
(This is the START of the Marvel Spider-Man panel.)
- iItandIn You are absolutely right! ;-) 04:06 PM July 28, 2007 from web
(This was supposed to be "@StandIn You are absolutely right! ;-) "; he was saying my "overheard" comment earlier should be the start of an "Overheard at Comic-Con" reveal.)
- Grabbing a bite at The Tin Fish ... 04:03 PM July 28, 2007 from web
- Buying a print from Allen Berman, Living Legend (Timely Comics) ... 01:41 PM July 28, 2007 from web
This is should be Allen Bellman; my sincere apologies for miss-spelling his name.)
- Great meet-n-greet with Mark Irwin & his daughter. Super nice guy ... 01:40 PM July 28, 2007 from web
- Great talk with Chris Batista & Tom Nguyen ... 01:14 PM July 28, 2007 from web
checking out the Sierra booth ... 11:40 AM July 28, 2007 from web
- Overheard from girl on phone: "Yeah, I'm fine. I'm at Comic-Con and I have boobs." 11:10 AM July 28, 2007 from web
- Waiting in line for the Exhibit floor. Ballroom 20 line is insane. Supposed to meet a writer for Biz work ... 11:08 AM July 28, 2007 from web