July 27, 2007
Notes from the Con

I settled into my groove, but not much of one. This is still way too many people for far too many stretches to fill the niche. And next year, when the Convention Center contract runs up, they're thinking about moving into a bigger place. As if they'd keep the same cap with the potential out there to make even MORE money.

Yesterday was slow, and yes, Karen Allen was "officially" revealed as being in "Indy IV" at the Paramount presentation. Though the 20 minutes of "Beowulf" wasn't shown, it's instead showing in a theater in town or some such strangeness.

A personal pleasure was being in a scantly attended Joe Jusko spotlight. The Marvel Masterpieces card series are my childhood, and his drawing of Wolverine for that set is my single favorite comic image...ever.

Also, last night, the premiere of DC animation's "Superman Doomsday," which I suprisingly enjoyed. I'm not big on DC animation outside of the early 90s "Batman: The Animated Series," but this PG-13 epic was kind of the shit. It's what the fallout of "Funeral for a Friend" should have been, if you mixed in a touch of what "Quest for Peace" should have been. Trust me....it works itself out.

Today, the Warner Bros. presentation was a complete disgrace. A huge chunk was devoted to "Get Smart," footage and a panel with Steve Carrell, The Rock, the Japanese cat from "Heores" (I despise the show too much to search for his name), etc. There was an interesting look at Joel Silver and Dominik Sena's Greg Rucka adaptation "Whiteout," which could be some genre fun.

The "Watchmen" panel - if you want to call it that - consisted of a long-winded Zack Snyder talking about his vision for the project, which, thankfully, is purist to the tenth degree. Solid R rating, no updating to reflect current environement and damn if he isn't trying to get the pirate story in there, too. His explanation for the young-ish casting decisions was that he wanted actors he could age up and down accordingly. That makes some sense given the narrative. Jackie Earle Haley and another cast member, actress, can't recall, came out but not much from them. Questions were fielded, but really, it was a completely impotent showing and not having "The Dark Knight" here was absolutely STUPID. Whatever.

An interesting "I Am Legend" panel discussion regarding the upcoming comic books spun off the narrative and the film adaptation. Orson Scott Card and Richard Christian Matheson were in attendance among others discussing their contributions to the Vertigo book. Card revealed he finally pried the gaming and comic license for "Ender's Game" away from Warner Bros. and that his next comic project would likely be one based on his classically beloved sci-fi novel.

Let's see, what else. I met the obligatory Lou Ferrigno? I'm skipping the Neil Gaiman spotlight because they've got it in four rooms, which means wall-to-wall people yet again and no sight from the back? I may check out NBC's pilot premiere of "Chuck," or I may just bolt from the convention center into downtown San Diego and hope for a "Dark Knight" trailer attached to a screening of "The Simpsons Movie."

Oh, and that "Sweeney Todd" poster is apparently a Comic Con exclusive. Not the final teaser or one sheet.

That's all for now.


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