Burbling crowds. Flashes popping. Portfolios dragging.
The steady whirr of Wizard's Wheel o' Stuff. And videoscreens set
too loudly, trying to lure passers-by into paying attention to their
anime. The Comic-Con is officially open.
The actual events remained pretty sparse today, being
traditionally the least attended. DC offered up a tribute to Stan
Lee, while Marvel gave the focus to editor Tom Brevoort. Lee dropped
more information on his Just Imagine series (among other things),
while Brevoort announced a few new series under his watch, including
a nifty looking Thor mini-series with art by Steve Rude. If Odin smiles,
maybe Rude will get to finish this one.
As has become tradition, the Con hosted a variety of
preview screenings of upcoming movies. Elvira, Mistress of the Dark,
hosted a screening of her new film, Elvira's Haunted Hills.
Ghost World, which opens Friday in Los Angeles and New York,
screened off-site, followed by Warner Brothers' Osmosis Jones.
Fanboy Planet will have reviews up of all these films next week.
to our embarrassment of last night, we did remember to bring our equipment
with us, and can now deliver on the pictures we promised. George Barris'
original Batmobile appears courtesy of 20th Century Fox (not AOL-Time-Warner)
to promote the August release of the 1966 Batman on DVD.
Next to it sits The Time Machine, in all its gleaming glory. Directed
by H.G. Wells' great-grandson, The Time Machine currently has
a holiday release.
We may focus a bit on action figures in the months ahead.
Let us reverse ourselves about Toybiz' display; though it is thin,
what they have looks really good. DC Direct has a lot of surprises
in store in the months ahead, but our favorite for most ridiculous
figure has to be the Alfred E. Neuman Green Arrow. Does Kevin Smith
know about this? And N2 showed quite a few prototypes for some licenses
that will definitely find an audience, though right now the best of
what we can publish is The 5th Element. More are coming, and
more from the films of Luc Besson, too.
creators took our words to heart. Let us prove that Mark Waid and
Brian Michael Bendis know how to maintain their Wizard faces.
We're practicing ours now.