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Month: July 2010

SDCC Day Five…

Yes, getting your fuzzy butt back home after SDCC counts as a Con Day.
Managed to get into San Diego Airport sometime after 6am. The TSA Line was shorter than TG Green. The highlight of standing in line was I was wearing a Can’t Stop the Serenity 5th Annual T-Shirt when one of the TSA’s recognized Serenity.
Flying from one airport to another you notice a few things: Like Borders and there’s not a Dunkin Donuts in sight. Although, I did like the Free Wi-Fi at San Diego.
The full flight from San Diego to Baltimore was non-eventful. No one praying the rosary all the way. Although the Contractors behind me talking about Darpa on the way back was interesting.
Baltimore’s Airport is rather interesting in the fact once you get to Concourse A you need to get to B or vice versa. This is by no means anywhere near as creative as changing Concourses in Chicago.
Baltimore to Manchester was going swimmingly until the passengers started connecting the dots and wonder how we were getting from Manchester to Providence when one of the Flight Attendants corrected herself.
To which I tried to explain to my seat mate we’re actually landing in Warwick. The same seat mate that was reading a life insurance book cover to cover.
At least we didn’t land at Quonset that would have been fun for a larf.
BTW, anyone thinking of going next year: July 20th-24th…

SDCC: Preview Night and Day 1

Preview Night: Grabbed passes and went back to the room. Standing in waiting line for 3 hours did not appeal. By the time I got my act in gear I decided to skip preview night and went to dinner instead. High over cast and no sign of the sun.
Day 1: So far consisted of waiting in line for Hall H which did not disappoint. The line started behind the convention center and somehow we managed to get it. Thankfully it was overcast and even some drizzling rain.
The Megamind Panel was not a complete disaster since Will Ferell was in full costume. Tina Fey carried the panel while Jonah was fine. The star of the panel was the life sized cardboard cut out of Brad Pitt. If it wasn’t for that cut out the entire panel would have been a disaster.
The Tron Legacy Panel turned out extremely well with Patton Oswalt MCing the event. The cast was in attendance and I have to say Jeff Bridges is going the way of Beau. Eight minutes worth of a scene was shown and it looks good. Q+A happened with the last question from a Mini Unibomber (I wish I could take credit for the moniker but can’t) asking how Mister Bridges like Disney rebooting Tron.
After the Q+A there was audience participation which consisted of us chanting several lines of Dialogue and stomping our feet. So, when Legacy does arrive in December and you hear either: Disc Fight or Dee Rez. That was Hall H.
The new trailer is up over at Yahoo Movies. After the panel ended, several things happened afterwards: Captain Jack Sparrow gave us a heads up about Stranger Tides and G. Del Toro came out to announce he is producing/writing/directing (?) Haunted Mansion. The amount of hats he is wearing for this movie is up in the air.
Returned to the room to recharge phone now planning next move: Hall H maybe be a lost cause. The lines involved and the sun is now out. So a swing through dealer’s room then maybe dinner at House of Blues with Revision 3 guys then Serenity Screening with California Browncoats….

SDCC: Day Zero…

So, after a 5am wake up call, the Airport Taxi was actually 5mins early, I managed to successfully managed to get through the 6AM security line at TF Green. Even saw one of the old Atomic Comics Crew in line.
The great news was I was in Group A and managed to get a window seat on both flights. And, I managed to break out the iPad, plug it into the keyboard mount and get some writing done.
The bad news was both flights were full. Memories of going to Screenwriting Expo many years ago were vague enough that I forgot about how cramped a 737-700 can be.
Thankfully no screaming kids and managed to have a seat mate that was a graphic design major and going to the Con too.
I’ve been posting pictures here and there on Twitter/Flickr but judging from the route we took but I think we flew over the dullest parts of the USA either that or the cloud cover obscured it all. I think I’ll take isle seat on the way home.
I haven’t flown anywhere in a while so the quick hop to BWI wasn’t so bad, the 5 hour bus trip to San Diego with no Internet Connection just shows you: 1. How addicted we are to the interwebs and 2. If the Virgin America can get Wi-Fi then so can SWA.
After the horrible attempt at getting hotels, I’m extremely happy with the accommodations I found on-line. No, I’m not dropping names, I found it first and so long as Comic Con stays in San Diego, I’ll be rebooking for next year.
Badge pick up isn’t until 3pm, so it’s either the Zoo or the Aircraft Carrier Aviation Museum for me tomorrow morning . . .

Asgard, the Corps and Amazons…

This week has seen a great deal of moving and shaking in the comic world.
Ed Norton is no longer mild mannered Bruce Banner, Mark Ruffalo is being heavily courted if you believe the funny pages.
Asgard’s finest and in Loki’s case, worst were put on display for the first time.

And, The Green Lantern made the cover of EW just in time for SDCC.

In the case of Asgard, seeing Hannibal the Cannibal missing an eye and zipped up like a can of sardines leads me to ask the question: Sir Anthony I hope you asked for a lot of money to be trussed up like that. The design could be a lot worst I suppose. Having not been a reader of any of the Thor books except the Ultimates when Hitch was drawing it I’m not the best to say whether it’s good or bad but it sure beats the hell out of nothing, I guess. The movie doesn’t seem Punisher bad, yet.
As for Mr Reynolds in the CGI suit, I think DC has the right idea in mind. The suit comes from the ring. The ring is alien. So the suit isn’t made in Wayne Industries or Stark Enterprises. It’s different. And, that’s what I think will make this movie different than the rest. Motion Capture worked in Avatar and if done correctly I think it’ll serve Green Lantern well.

The announcement two weeks back of Wonder Woman being rebooted and redesign was met with some criticism.  Personally, it doesn’t look half as bad as many have complained about. Does it take away from the fact she’s a women or the fact the stars and stripes are now less prominent than they were? Nope. In fact, it should quiet complaints about the T&A factor since she’s out of the unitard. Too bad about the boots aren’t a tad more biker. It could have been worse, have you seen what She Hulk is wearing lately, bleh. And, don’t even get me started when Ghost Rider went from the leather to the neon red.
Yep, she’s got pants and a jacket from the ’90’s. And her origin has been rebooted, again.
I think I’ve stayed away from mainstream comics because of the event books and the reboots. Starman stands out in my mind, I hopped on James Robinson’s title just in time for issue 1 and followed it until Starman went into space aka the Magical Mystery Tour until I gradually lost interest. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend tracking down the trades, Robinson and artist Tony Harris was great stuff.
Wonder Woman doesn’t lose anything if she changes outfits for a year or less. Remember, changes in the comic world never ever last long. Sure, Captain America was assiminated (yes, I know speeled that wong). Supes went back to being Supes after his death and the Bruce Bayne is being brought back from the past sooner or later. Even, Parker and MJ may be getting back together after their marriage was dalarted by Mephisto.
Out of the Trio (Bats, Supes and WW), Diana’s origin and history may be at the heart of her character but for the life of me I can’t name any of her rouges gallery, her friends or her island. Now, that’s nothing against the character, the writers or greek mythology majors. We can even ignore any of the fetishes the original creator had in mind. To put it bluntly, Diana has no Joker and if I can’t pronounce her Island then a ten year old can’t either. If this change makes her more in the vein of Promethea and less forgettable, than I think it’s a good thing.