Other Side of ComicCon:
notes from Mish'al Samman
been reading this site the past week, you know that we've been
neck-deep in geekiness (and the glory of it) in San Diego. Our
resident manga and Star Wars expert, not to mention our
loosest cannon, Mish'al Samman ran wild, and it is only as of
today that we are able to piece together his garbled transmissions.
in San Diego, all we really knew of him were text messages
at 2 a.m. But now, the first report:
All my punchlines were too mean.
(l. Mish'al Samman, r. Jeremy Bulloch)
you aren't at the con, and think you're not into comics, please
reconsider. The ComicCon is so much more than just comics.
It's everything you've ever seen as a child (or a grown up
child) meshed into one fun experience.
of manga and anime is overwhelming, and caught even me, a
fan of the forms, by surprise. Last year there should have
been a warning that this would happen, because this year they
brought it…and I think they brought ALL OF IT. Of course my
friends at Animerica would love to see this happen,
and for me the more the merrier.
year though it felt less comic bookie, and more film/other
types of stuff. I don't care to get into the debate, because
it's more stuff for me to see and appreciate. From Starwars.com
trying desperately to get me to signup for Hyperspace to probably
the most memorable poster I've seen yet (at KWOON's booth),
and the impressive huge Gundam-like mecha at the Five Star
Stories exhibition, it all makes the experience pleasing.
wandering around to get my goodies, meet people, and get reacquainted
with some that I met last year, I found my first awe factor
over at the Star Wars fan club booth where Jeremy Bulloch
sat to sign silver Boba Fett figures for a huge line of fans.
Next it was off to Dreamwave where they were demo-ing the
Transformers Armada videogame, which is a sweet looking demo.
I was assured this was only a technical demo, and it wasn't
finalized yet as there was more to be done, like soundtrack,
and weapon firing, and stuff like that… But I was still amazed.
the mosquitos are huge in San Diego. And green.
Heroes made their appearance as they asked me to be in their
filming of their movie while there. Unfortunately I had to
tell Frisbee-boy… um, Guy, that I couldn't make it for their
panel was Dark Horse's Manga Mania, which was anything but
uplifting. It was a sad thing that Chris Warner didn't show,
and Tim Ervin-Gore held the panel up alone. After talking
briefly about some of the licensing stuff, it started to have
the feel that Dark Horse and Kodansha may be having some issues
that need to be resolved.
on the list was the Bandai exhibition, showing awesome trailers
of upcoming 2004 titles coming to U.S. shores soon like Witchhunter
Robin, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, .hack//sign:
Dusk, Yukikazu (cool fighter jet animation), and much
Due Studios had an extremely brief informational panel, then
spent the remaining time calling out raffle prizes. Josh Blaylock
said his G.I. Joe story arc would end with issue 25.
Someone else would pick it up from there, though Blaylock
still wants to be involved with the plots.
you stay in the exhibit hall too late,
this guy has permission to kill you.
20 & 21 are the Snake Eyes/Storm Shadow story with #21 traditionally
being a silent issue again, an homage to Marvel's #21: Silent
Interlude. Mike Zeck will be doing entire issues, and the
return of Serpentor is imminent.
JOE: Frontline Zanya's story will come to focus, and
then a story with Stalker as the focus, and finally the
Night Creepers. Also mentioned was Voltron, and the appearance
of the third long forgotten child.
it was off to see what Wildstorm had installed for us, with
a huge panel of talent, and slides with upcoming releases.
I don't recall Robotech in there, but was assured there
are a bunch of titles in line.
Hammerhand's Revenge comes in October, and get this… Thundercats
vs. Superman, where the TC go to Metropolis to track Mumm-Ra's
Life Eaters looks like a very cool book to be looking
forward to, and Sleeper, among others. But then,
how cool is it that Jim Lee himself handed out Victorian
cookies to all that were in the audience? Still not sure
what a Victorian cookie is, but it's Jim Lee. Finally
on to the Lucasfilm and AtomFilms.com Star Wars Fan Film
Awards. Sorry, no pictures, and no recordings, but it was
a lot of fun. The big prize went to Pink 5 as it was chosen
by Mr. Lucas himself, and was funny as heck. Much like at
the Oscars, the actor's face was about to break into tears,
and it was a great show.
wasn't all. We were all treated to an awesome stage show,
The Entire Star Wars Trilogy in 30 minutes. It was great and
funny, with a standing ovation and cheers all around.
there? Jeremy Bulloch hosted. Young Boba Daniel Logan and
R2D2 Kenny Baker attended. Troops writer/director Kevin
Rubio presented the Pioneer Award to HARDWARE WARS, which
is now 26 years old. Lucasfilm reiterated that Indy 4 is coming
soon, but couldn't offer any hard dates.
night out on the town began, I bumped into many of the DC
people and Wildstorm folk, a bunch of the Devil's Due people,
and to end my evening I was talking to someone as Kevin Rubio
stood next to me. I smiled and said good evening Mr. Rubio.
His reply was simply "Mr. Rubio is my father." Ah, what a
just glad there were no 3 a.m. phone calls from a Tijuana