We struggled across a convention floor so thick with
attendees we expected to see Charlton Heston running across it screaming
"Convention Green is made out of people!" At each logjam of people,
usually caused by a booth babe, one question burned in our minds:
"Can Kevin Smith be topped?"
Well, yes and no.
Hollywood invaded. Though no line grew to Smithian proportions, many
great presentations happened. The smaller auditorium hosted a forbidden
episode of Futurama, followed by a brand-new episode of Space
Ghost: Coast To Coast as a preview of the Cartoon Network's new
Adult Swim block of programming. Call it the room of cult-followings,
as the cast of Mr. Show also made an appearance.
Just next to that, the main auditorium remained jam-packed
all day long. Warner Brothers unveiled their upcoming slate of genre-related
films, though the big disappointment was that no one appeared from
Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone. Intending to talk about
his Dark Horse comic Fray, Joss Whedon ended up dancing around
next season's Buffy resurrection. Will The Black Racer be involved?
What about Aquaman's resurrection, huh? It's just not fair.
promote Planet of the Apes, Fox brought in actor Cary Tagawa,
who gave Fanboy Planet an interview that we'll have up before the
movie opens next Friday. New Line gave a short presentation on The
Lord of the Rings, while Frodo Elijah Wood snuck over to see the
Mr. Show antics. A mysterious sounding Star Wars program
also occurred, but no word yet on whether or not Lucas allowed any
new information to leak. We can tell you this much: Mara Jade is not
in Episode Two. Neither is anything remotely resembling deep characterization.
big bombshells dropped today, one in film and one in comics. Director
Sam Raimi made his first ever (and extremely nervous) convention appearance,
and after fielding a few questions, showed a full five minutes worth
of Spider-Man, a scene depicting Peter Parker getting that
spider bite. It looked great. Fans who feared this film, exhale. Fans
who love comics adaptations of movies, however, might have reason
to shake. Stan Lee will write the book with art by Alan Davis. But
that's not the real news out of Marvel.
through Marvel's editorial slideshow, a commotion occurred at the
podium. The lights came up to reveal Kevin Smith, who lovingly berated
Marvel Comics for sucking. Only one thing could turn the company around,
he said, and that would be if they allowed him to write another book
for them. Joe Quesada teased back, in an acting job no less impressive
than his role in Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back. After mutual
ribbing, the two announced that Smith will return to Marvel,
and within six months will release The Black Cat. No artist
has yet been determined, but Smith doesn't care. He's out to prove
that he can make a second-tier character into a fan favorite.
But will she look good on next year's convention t-shirt?
Day Four? Nope. We went home. But we'll start writing up articles
on some of the symposiums attended, movies seen, and celebrities spoken
to, including the woman we'd most like to help us survive the Australian
Outback. What was Elisabeth doing at the convention? Not even she