Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Comic Con 2011 - Report PT 2 - Notes added


I dig the Jughead and Archie masks

I also dig that these comics are still in print

My favorite costume of the show - complete with coconuts!

Some of the magical Hall H crowd

6000+ fans fill Hall H
The panel for Fright Night was good, largely buoyed by an engaging cast. They also showed a bunch of clips and a few of them were quite intense and scary - but also funny at the same time - like the  original.

The Sony panel started with a 'behind the scenes' short film from Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance that featured the directors doing all kinds of crazy crap like filming on roller blades at 60 mph.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

Johnny Whitworth, Idris Elba, Nicholas Cage

Next was 30 Minutes or Less, from the director of Zombieland. Funny cast and funny panel. Aziz Ansari is hilarious.

30 Minutes or Less Cast - Nick Swardson, Michael Peña, Aziz Ansari

After 30 Minutes was Total Recall. The clip was awesome and the panel confirmed (after seeing Colin Farrell in the Fright Night panel as well) that Colin Farrell is funny, witting, charming and smart in addition to being a great action hero. I think the whole cast is terrific and I am really looking forward to this SF action film.

Total Recall - Kate Beckinsale, Len Wiseman, Jessica Biel, Colin Farrell, Bryan Cranston, John Cho
Last for Sony was The Amazing Spider-Man. This was a great panel that started off a bit rough with a fan at the mic asking questions even before the panel was introduced. Ralph Garmin (funny, funny guy) was the Sony moderator and tried to get the guy off the mic. The audience mic light came up and a guy in a dime store spidey suit just kept talking about how he had never been to comic-con before and that he was Spidey for Halloween when he was 2 and that he loved Spider-Man. Ralph tried to get him to leave, but the guy kept going. It was a bit uncomfortable until the kid pulled off his mask. It was Andrew Garfield and the crowd went NUTS!

There were 2 more clips - one with a bit of story and one that introduced the Lizard and showed a couple of shots of the baddie. The animation and skin texture is amazing.

The Lizard (Rhys Ifans) arrives at the Amazing Spider-Man panel.

Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone
Then it was back to the main part of the convention...

Some hack pulp author by the Total Recall hover car

Baby Joker - My favorite Joker at the con...

Along with Artist's Alley, the Indy Publisher area is a big favorite. Every year I walk the aisles and buy a few books from the folks that have manages to get their books written and drawn and printed - often they are their own publishers. I'll give some of my favorites a "Pulp of the Week" shout out in the weeks ahead.

Part 3 tomorrow

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