Like a lot of attendees today, Fanboy
Planet almost didn't make it to the convention. A terrible
truck accident on I-5 delayed both several guests and conventioneers.
In our case, we had trouble determining the difference between
AM and PM on our alarm clock.
we continued walking around in goggle-eyed wonder, realizing
that even with our various levels of fannish behavior, most
attendees make us look like amateurs. Still, we got to venture
a little outside the regular realm of comics. Wizkids began
holding regular games today for their Hero Clix
system, as well as Mage Knights, and introduced the DC Universe
Hypertime set, which set DC editor Dan Raspler into a frenzy
From there we got a brief chastisement
by Jennifer of New Line Home Video. Yes, faithful readers
of Fanboy Planet, the DVD of Lord of the Rings:
The Fellowship of the Rings comes
out on Tuesday, August 6. And no, mentioning that still
won't get us a review copy.
Having established a great rapport
with the guys over at CrossGen Comics last
year (and their booth certainly has filled the gap left
by Marvel), we stopped by to say hello. Director of Corporate
Communications Ian M. Feller introduced us to CrossGen CEO
Mark Alessi. For a guy who didn't have much time
to talk, he still gave us a lot of information.
Always controversial at conventions,
Alessi promised to shake things up in a big way this weekend
with two huge presentations. On Friday, CrossGen will be
revealing some big media deals, followed by some news on
Saturday which will be shaking up the publishing status
quo. Persuasive as all heck, Alessi convinced us to be there.
We'll talk to him a little more (and on the record) on Saturday.
who went on the record with us today were James
Leary from Buffy The Vampire Slayer
and, in the high point of the convention so far, Erin
Grey. By sheer chance we ran into Tom Kenney
(Mr. Show, Spongebob Squarepants), here to shoot
Mark Hamill's new mockumentary, currently
titled Comic Book: The Movie. We'll
be trying to sneak into as many shots as possible. Coincidentally,
Brian Posehn walked by as we talked to
Kenney, so we grabbed him for a sitdown, too.
Among the presentations today was
the JLA/JSA panel, in which editor
Dan Raspler let slip that Chris Claremont
will be writing a JLA mini-series. Though that sent
a buzz of excitement through the room, it didn't compare
to the moment that Mark Waid showed up
and asked the question that had plagued him most in years
past: "Will you put Firestorm in the JLA?" At least Joe
Kelley got to answer yes before people started
asking Waid questions.
Line of the day, however, went to
JLA penciller Doug Mahnke. When
an audience member asked the artists if their wives or girlfriends
asked them to draw women with smaller breasts, Mahnke paused,
slowly pulled the microphone to himself, and said "There
is no reason to discriminate against large-breasted women."
Good thing, too, because JSA writer Geoff
Johns hinted at big plans for Power Girl.
Raspler kept a tight rein over any
really big revelations, other than a confirmation that the
hunt for Aquaman would indeed end with the JLA actually
finding him. Kurt Busiek let very little
slip about the JLA/Avengers
crossover, but marveled at how much detail George
Perez keeps throwing into the book. "There's a
luau on the satellite, and George drew seven pigs on the
Now it's late, and we have Hero
Clix to play…