2005: Day 3
Something For Everyone...
been three days? With the lack of amount of sleep everyone
has been getting, it has to be at least five...
welcome you and your money.
has traditionally been the busiest day of the Convention,
and thus it is the one day of the year that we envy Peter
Parker his clones. For television fans, just about anything
and everything genre related made an appearance, as every
network tried to convince us that we would love how they
treat us this year.
DC and Marvel held their major roundtable discussions of
the weekend, but almost everything of note that they could
announce had already been shared with Wizard. Sure, fans
liked the chance to talk about future projects, but instead
of gasps of surprise, everything was met with polite applause.
No buzz seemed able to take hold -- not even the Eisners
had people terribly excited, though both Joe Quesada and
Bob Wayne did their best to tout those that had won for
their respective companies.
Convention has become a golf tournament.
there's Hollywood, which sucked me in this morning. Having
panicked at the size of the line yesterday before accepting
the size of Hall H, I knew to achieve a zen-like calm when
approaching. As it happened, convention security also knew
better how to move everyone along today, and very soon the
room was packed with excited fans hoping for their first
glimpse of Superman Returns.
has returned to his people.
Bryan Singer flew in from Australia, still in the middle
of filming. But he felt very strongly that because this
was Comic-Con and this was Superman, he needed to appear
before the fans and show them that he loves the character,
too. Once again, I'll write up a more detailed report, but
for now, I'll admit that I had skepticism going in and nothing
but eager anticipation going out. Really, the extremely
cool "S" shield pin Warner gave out at the DC
Direct booth served only as a bonus.
congoers could also notice a movie teaser poster appeared
sometime after Friday night. Singer himself had not yet
seen it and was taken aback when an audience member complimented
him on it.
ducking into a few panels, I wandered the floor and stopped
by Wiz Kids, the makers of Hero Clix, to see what they might
have that would make me wish I had more money. There Wiz
Kids publicist Jason Mical steered me towards their Pirate
game, which I am bound and determined to figure out this
week. The Wiz Kids booth also had the European edition of
Indy Clix for sale, which meant a shot at some rare pieces.
Naturally their hot item of the summer was the Phoenix figure,
which dealers already had for sale for upwards of $120.
Mical, pushing the Pirates.
I spent a little time with Doug TenNapel, creator of Earthworm
Jim and the graphic novels Creature Tech and
Earthboy Jacobus. This weekend saw the debut of
his new show on Nickelodeon, Catscratch, and since
we at Fanboy Planet are sensitive to children's entertainment,
I had to check it out. The episode screened featured some
top voice-over talent and was really funny. Doug will be
following up with us for an interview sometime over the
next week or so.
bouncing from Marvel to Nickelodeon to DC, it became apparent
that a late night spent hanging with some of the Warner
animation staff had taken its toll.
I don't know when Kevin Smith will finish the Green
stumbled over to a shuttle bus, I ran into long-time FBP
Gunn, who had come to the Con to present a panel for
the new film he wrote and directed, Slither. Our
woman at the panel Erin Frost reported that it looked "creepy,"
which is probably the intent. And ladies, it stars Nathan
Fillion. Yes, Captain Hotpants will be a little more down-to-earth
know it at the time. All I knew was that food and sleep
were needed, because Saturday night I would meet a long-time
idol -- Bruce Campbell. Yes, the hardest working man in
show business had a busy night of meet and greets with fans,
starting with a party to celebrate the upcoming THQ videogame
Evil Dead: Regeneration.
there, Bruce had to host two successive screenings of Man
with the Screaming Brain. "Had" might
be too strong a word, because it is clear that despite a
rather snarky screen persona, Bruce really does appreciate
where he is and the people that have brought him there.
Mario's piece last month, and Campbell smiled, saying he
had fond memories of Campbell. Though I admitted I hadn't
yet seen the movie, I had been enjoying the comic book.
He nodded and praised Dark Horse for a while before submitting
to the attentions of several people younger, prettier and
more female than myself.
threw a really great party, with several plasma screens
set up to play the videogame on every platform. You could
even play at the bar, as long as the bartenders didn't distract
you. The incredibly fun surf rock band The
Headless Hearsemen provided "spine tingling sounds
of the spooky-delict," At one point lead singer Norman
Howls insisted that everyone "get down," literally,
and refusing to go on until we had all squatted on the floor.
True to form, Campbell resisted the exhortations of the
ghostly lead singer, but as the guest of honor, he could
the Haunted Mansion had a house band...
review of the game -- incomplete and soundless as our
experiences were in the din of the party.
then, it was time to sleep.
out the bonus photo gallery!