Comic-Con on the way

Posted by · 9:31 am · July 20th, 2009

San Diego Comic-Con InternationalLike the rest of the web geek world, I guess, I’m gearing up for this year’s San Diego Comic Con International, which begins with preview night on Wednesday.

All eyes, of course, are on Thursday’s slew of events, a treasure trove of goodies that made for a ton of Sophie’s choices when putting together my personal schedule.  I’ll definitely be at the Disney panel, with glimpses of Robert Zemeckis’s “A Christmas Carol” in 3D and a taste of Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland,” among other things.  Speaking of 3D, perhaps the most anticipated panel will be James Camerons “Avatar” event.  I’m definitely looking forward to that, but the likely crowd of humanity that will be doing same?  Not so much.  Trying to wrangle some VIP consideration as we speak.

The Peter Jackson-produced “District 9” isn’t as high on my to-do list as most, but I’ll probably park it for Paramount’s “Iron Man 2” Panel on Saturday.  The film just wrapped a 72-day shoot over the weekend, by the way.  Warner Bros. also has a panel, on Friday, but Spike Jonze’s “Where the Wild Things Are” is the only thing that has me interested there.  Focus Features also plans a considerable presence with “Coraline” (the Blu-ray and DVD of which hits shelves tomorrow) and “9.”

Oh, and Terry Gilliam’s “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.”  I suppose I should check that out.

Otherwise, it’s all about the geekdom.  There are a ton of Batman events planned this year, everything from a 20th anniversary retrospective on the 1989 film (which one would think Burton would be in on that action, since he’ll be there, but I’ve read nothing along those lines yet) to aa discussion on forensic psychiatry and the Dark Knight’s Rogues Gallery.  I’ll do as much as I can.

On Friday there’s a production designers discussion that I feel an obligation to attend, given our coverage of the crafts categories here at In Contention.  Scott Chambliss, Nathan Crowley and Alex McDowell will be in attendance.  Should be somewhat enlightening.  I may also take in some TV stuff — “Dexter,” “Lost” and, yes, “The Big Bang Theory” — just to mix things up.

So much to do, so little time.  One thing is for certain: I’m staying clear of any and everything with the words “New” and “Moon.”




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  • 1 7-20-2009 at 10:04 am

    Sound Designer Dan said...

    Avatar is #1 on my list but the one I’m most excited for is Matthew Vaughn’s “Kick-Ass” film. Am I the only one excited for this?

  • 2 7-20-2009 at 10:16 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    If the discussion is between the two of us, then yes. ;)

  • 3 7-20-2009 at 11:01 am

    Devany said...

    Ugh I’m so jealous. I would want to do the Disney panel, Alice, 9, Avatar, Iron Man, and all the Batman stuff. I have zero interest in District 9, it never grabbed my interest.

  • 4 7-20-2009 at 11:15 am

    Mark Kratina said...

    Where is our next wave of Dark Knight Movie Masters figures, Mattel? Mercy.

  • 5 7-20-2009 at 3:07 pm

    AmericanRequiem said...

    Avatar, Alice in wonderland, Where the Wild Things Are, and District 9 should be awesome

  • 6 7-20-2009 at 6:30 pm

    Gareth said...

    Mark –

    it appears the line has been cancelled, unfortunately. At least that is the scuttle I have heard. Before that, I heard they would be showcasing new figures at the Con… so lets hope that the latter is true and the former is lies….

  • 7 7-20-2009 at 9:00 pm

    Mark Kratina said...

    Gareth-

    I heard there will be an announcement on the TDK MM line at Comic Con, but that they most likely will go to MattyCollector.com and will have to ordered over the internet. I’m sure it will be a zoo and they will be hard to come by if this is the case. We’ll see……………..

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