Comic Con, I miss you already! It's hard to believe how quickly you come and how quickly you're gone. Just like a dream is what Comic Con is! So much to do and see that you're cross-eyed just trying to wrap your mind around it and schedule where you want to be. Between panels and wandering with a full backpack and stuffed bags in each arm it's a work out all weekend long. Yup! I just love it, I do.
Friday was just as busy and ended with some special treats! I wandered the floor, bought some toys and a few comics. I found a buddy of mine wandering the floor and we walked some more through Artists Alley and I managed to get a ticket to THIRST for later in the evening.
After more wandering I went to Room 4 to check out the Radical Publishing Creators Panel which was being moderated by Harry Knowles. I had recently picked up a Radical book, Hercules and was interested in their other titles. They've got comic book creators and artists like Steve Niles, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Jim Steranko on their team, along with Arthur Suydam, David Hine, Rick Remender, Nick Simmons, Nick Sagan, M. Zachary Sherman, Sam Sarkar, and Steve Pugh. All of these fellows have new books out with Radical, they showed off the art of each new series and gave each an intro. I was most interested in David Hine's FVZA: Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency, Incarnate by Nick Simmons, a vampire series, which was sold out at the show so I'll have to track down laters, Steve Niles' sci-fi story City of Dust, and Time Bomb by Jimmy Palmiott which he described as being influenced by Where Eagles Dare. Honestly I always like hearing about new comics, but can't go too crazy, I've got a big pull list right now as it is!
Later on I found another friend of mine and we braved the HALL H line in the sun to see footage from DISTRICT 9. We managed to get into HALL H in time to see the end of the LEGION panel which stars Paul Bethany, Tyrese Gibson, Doug Jones and Adrianne Palicki. The film is directed by Scott Stewart and it's his first feature. Bummed we missed the trailer but it sounds interesting. Tyrese put in an extra plug for a comic book he created and was selling down on the show floor.
Peter Jackson was there to introduce DISTRICT 9, but before that began he made a few comments on THE HOBBIT, saying that it has not officially been "greenlit" yet but that they were in the process of delivering the script within the next few weeks. Any word on that had been heard on casting is pure speculation, they're not offering roles to anyone until they have the go ahead, and it will indeed be two movies.
DISTRICT 9, directed by Neill Blomkamp and staring Sharlto Copley. The new footage they showed on the film was AMAZING! There was some bits from the most recent trailer but it delved much more of the story about the government wanting the alien weapon technology. There were some incredible action sequences. It was made on $30 million! It was funny to learn that there was a studio request to redub Sharlto's voice with Tom Cruise, but that didn't happen. Neill was greatly influenced by old sci-fi films and this film was his chance to show it off. August 14th, can't get her fast enough!
My friend and I parted ways after the panels but I gave him my THIRST pass because I had decided to check out the premiere screening of ANGEL OF DEATH starring Zoë Bell. The film was announced at last year's Comic Con and is Ed Brubaker's first live action movie. There was a very fun panel introduction featuring Ed Brubaker, Zoë Bell, Ted Raimi, Doug Jones, John Norris and Paul Etheredge. Everyone on stage was super excited about sharing the film. Zoë is super cool! She talked about her time on Xena, performing stunts and beating up on Kurt Russell. She said she finds the crying stuff more challenging then stuntwork. Even with Ted Raimi on the panel Zoë and Ed got lots of attention. Ted did tell a fun story about being typecast. One day his agent got a breakdown that was looking for a "Ted Raimi type" and when his agent sent in Ted's picture they didn't hear back right away but eventually got a note that said "Not quite it" which was hilarious.
ANGEL OF DEATH is coming out on DVD, Zoë Bell is Eve, an assassin who survives being stabbed in the head, this kick-starts her conscience and she's haunted by visions of those she's killed. It fuels her next killing rampage on the group that employed her before they can kill her. Doug Jones is the Doctor who removed the knife in her head and Ted Raimi has a fun cameo moment. There's even a cameo from Lucy Lawless too. ANGEL just let's Zoë do her thing, fighting, stunts and kicking lots of ass. Yup.
Earlier in the day outside HALL H I had been handed a flyer and coin for FLYNN'S! It was offsite from the convention center, a recreation of the the arcade from TRON, yup, a real life FLYNN'S! Standing in line for a bit beneath the neon sign at 336 6th Street I was a bit anxious.
Once inside I saw all the classic arcade goodies! I actually geeked out quite a bit, there was POLE POSITION which I was happy to see still pretty good at it! (Thank you Chris and Tom Liquor Store!) I was really giddy seeing TRON, SPACE PARANOIDS, GAUNTLET, and all the other cool old arcade games.
After a while the lights in the dark room flashed and the far wall was opened leading down a curtained hallway that had sketches of the new light cycles.
Then around the last corner there on a spinning platform was a replica of said light cycle. WOW! WOW! WOW! Everyone snapped pictures and it was just so cool. On the way to the exit we were given t-shirts, there were two to choose from, FLYNN'S ARCADE and FLYNN LIVES. My friend who had gone off to see THIRST was near by and he raced on down to check out FLYNN'S too. We were allowed in for the arcade's last show of the night! It was fun to play the games a bit more and just be an old school gamer geek.
WATCH THE TRON TRAILER!!!!
Still in geek mode, my friend and I went to the diner CAFE DIEM which was sponsored by SyFy. (still SyFy looks lame!!!) On the menu they even offered IMAGINATION, which was FREE thank goodness but the whole place was filled with promotions for SyFy's programming with the eats named after characters from the shows. It was fun place to have a late night meal, I hear it was pretty busy busy during the day too.
Now there's still a bit more to share, more fun bits from Saturday and Sunday and I have to brag about geeking out with one of my heroes! Of course if you read some tweets, you already know how that was!
Ok, I'll be back soon with more Comic Book kind of news! yup yup yup!