Wrath of Con 2009
Fanboy Planet's Trip Through The Hottest Party
comes with throngs of cool things to see and do, but when
the exhibit hall closes down for the night that doesn’t
mean the excitement of the convention has to come to a close.
taunting poster outside, photo by David Tapia
companies and PR firms are still working hard to make Comic-Con
and San Diego the place to be. Usually, that’s achieved
by a Gaslamp District full of banners, flyers and displays
promoting the hottest upcoming projects from just about
everything in Hollywood.
achieved with numerous promotional parties set up by some
of the biggest companies in the biz, each striving to have
the best party and rule the Con. This year’s winner,
and still champion, had to be IESB.NET’s
“The Wrath of Con” party.
Started last year, Wrath has gathered a buzz from all around
the net as being the hottest party in town for the Who’s
Who of the convention. Promising big name celebrities, big
time entertainment, and all around fun, Wrath lived up to
all the hype and delivered an afterparty worthy of all Comic-Con
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Wrath was held at the Hard Rock Hotel outdoor plaza. All
around lay numerous open bars with Fearnet.com
and Capcom sponsored drinks (try the Strider; it will and
simultaneously won't break your stride) and delicious hors
d'oeuvres for the guests.
The floor was bookended by a modest-sized stage for live
music and a six sided wrestling ring from TNA Wrestling
across the way. Whatever was going to go down there was
sure to be exciting.
party started with a live set from one of the hottest rock
groups around today, Daughtry. I just need to clarify, Daughtry
has the number one album in the country and they started
rocking out at his first Comic-Con.
how awesome the Wrath of Con party was. Daughtry gave the
party its all as the band rocked out for a solid hour of
party then took a breath and we were treated to sneak peak
of Platinum Studios’ upcoming movie Dead of Night,
starring Brandon Routh as supernatural detective Dylan Dog.
The movie looked really good and a lot of fun, and immediately
after the footage -- which got a huge response from the
crowd, the cast of the film came on stage.
After yet another breather, the focus
of the party turned towards the TNA ring.
Before any headbutts
or chair shots were thrown though, the party crowd’s
attention was directed to the video screens again to announce
the Wrath of Con award. A sign of respect to some true pioneers
of the genres all of us Comic-Con goers love, the award
recognized Watchmen and 300 director Zack
Snyder and screenwriting stars of the summer Roberto Orci
and Alex Kurtzman (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,
Star Trek and Fringe).
All in all, it
was a very nice way to remind all the people who were there
that this was a party that didn’t forget its roots
and that the whole reason we were all there was because
of our love for Comic-Con.
Snyder, crowned current king of us...
Once the awards
were finished, TNA wrestling icon Kurt Angle entered the
ring and hyped his day job. He then brought out Zachary
Levi, star of NBC’s Chuck, who then introduced
an exhibition match featuring Chris “The Fallen Angel”
Daniels and Suicide vs. The Motor City Machine Guns. Not
shying away from a fight, these two teams put on a pay per
view caliber match that was full of hard hitting, high flying,
non stop action. Applause to all the TNA crew who put that
together; it was fantastic.
Once TNA had finished, music poured into the plaza and
the party was on. Gorgeous dancers shook it on side stages
and even in the TNA ring itself. Women with painted-on bikini
tops mingled throughout the crowd and the Wrath of Con was
in full swing.
Some of Hollywood’s
hottest stars and talent were on hand to enjoy the party as
well. Aside from the aforementioned contributors to the party,
many a star and starlet could be seen. Seth Green, Stan Lee,
Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, the cast of The Big Bang
Theory, as well as show creator Chuck Lorre, Blair Butler
and Alison Hayslip from Attack of the Show and many
others populated the floor mixing and mingling it up in one
of the best parties at Con.
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The rest of the
night was spent drinking it up, talking it up and dancing
the night away. And as the party closed, all guests were
handed gift bags with cool swag from various sponsors, yet
another cool surprise from an already eventful party, including
an ashcan edition of party sponsors Poor Boys Productions'
graphic novels The Safest Place and Death Valley,
written by Friend of Fanboy Planet and guest wrestling columnist
others attempted to have the hottest party at Comic Con
this year, but few achieved what IESB.net did this year.
Not only did they throw a fantastic party but they put on
a great show with great people at a great place. Congrats
to all the Wrath of Con sponsors and promoters for creating
for what will now be known as the King of all Comic Con
owe it all to Death Valley -- thanks, Keith!
And thanks to Poor Boys Productions!
taken by Lon Lopez unless otherwise noted.