So this weekend see’s us off to Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo up in LA. It’s only in it’s third year and while it doesn’t have the allure of Comic-con, if you are into comic’s then it is fun place to be. I tend to be a convention junkie, even the smaller conventions interest me. I love the art, costumes, displays and booth babes. Seriously though, it keeps me in touch with my creative roots and I always walk away feeling a little inspired. So if you are in SoCal and need something to do, you can’t go wrong with a day at Comikaze. Oh and they have a really cool octopus loge. Here is the website.
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So the big news in Hollywood yesterday is the release of the first trailer for the great Wes Anderson’s new film The Grand Budapest Hotel, as with all of his films, I consider it a must see whether it turns out to be good or not. Check out the trailer here.
Thoughts? Once again Wes makes use of his usual suspects but goes on to add Ralph Fiennes and Jude Law. At some point does he risk over-saturation?
So it’s been officially announced that Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and the greatness of Harrison Ford will all have roles in the new Star Wars movies. Whether it is cameos or something substantial no one knows. Man I don’t know about this one. It’s cool to see them reunited but they have aged so much. Mark Hamill in particular doesn’t look so good. Do we want to risk seeing our favorite childhood characters potentially suck it up now? I mean I hated the last Indiana Jones movie, not that Harrison Ford was bad in it, just that I hated seeing one of my favorite characters get dragged through a bad movie. I think the thing that will make it or break it, besides the script, will be J.J. Abrams. In this case I think we will have to pull a page out of The Avengers motto of “In Joss we trust” and say “In J.J. we trust.” Whatever the case, they can’t be worse than Episodes I-III, right?
Seen better days, Mark?
For a long time many people have been asking, “why is there no Wonder Woman movie?” This article explains.
“We’ve seen lots of Spiderman in recent years, plenty of Iron Man, as well as Thor, Captain America, Wolverine, Superman and Batman. We’re even going to see Superman and Batman together.” Click to read more:
With the announcement that the great Matt Smith was stepping down nerds everywhere have been speculating who the next Doctor might be and as of this weekend we have our answer. Meet Peter Capaldi also known as the 12th doctor, and he happens to be a huge Doctor Who fan. Okay, I have to say every Doctor seems to be a huge Doctor Who fan just like the cast of the new Star Trek movies seem to all be huge fans of the television shows. Ironically enough, some of you may recognize him from a stint on Torchwood in 2009. Anywho….here is his picture.
A while back I wrote a comedic bit about a Dexter spin-off set in England called Poindexter and while it was a joke, I may not have been far off. Showtimes entertainment president David Nevins said he wanted to keep in contact with Dexter’s showrunner Scott Buck. When asked what this meant he said “draw your own conclusions.” Nothing has been decided and it was really more of a tease then anything, but the fact exists it could happen.
I think this would be a horrible idea doomed to fail. Dexter is such an iconic character driven show with Michael C. Hall portraying the serial killer that it is hard to imagine anything that would capture an audience like Dexter did. Besides, what would they do? Anything with a serial killer, such as Dexter’s brother, would feel old hat. What about a focusing on the Miami P.D.? To much like CSI. A show about a young Harry and how this all started? It has possibilities but what keeps it from being just another cop show.
This doesn’t mean it won’t happen or won’t work, I will just be very surprised if it did.
So another Comic-con has come and gone and already leaving a whole in my heart. To be honest I have mixed feelings about this one. For the first time ever I was not able to get into the panels I wanted to in Hall H, which was really disappointing. We got in line at 6 AM and just missed getting in. We were in the row right next to the four “chutes.” The next day we thought maybe we should get in line at 4 AM but around midnight heard people were already camped out across the street from Hall H. At that point we decided it wasn’t worth being exhausted all day. However, that did give me the opportunity to hit smaller panels and spend a lot of time on the sales floor, which is always fun.
I went to a couple of the creative panels and one on marketing and branding. They were fun and insightful and I forgot how much I like the smaller panels. I also spent a lot of time on the sales floor and I admit I had a hidden agenda. I spent the time networking with a lot of artists and small press publishers handing out copies of my book, Great Moments in OCD History. I also spent time handing out bottles of hand sanitizer to promote it as well, which most people thought was really funny.
I have to say it was really fun connecting with the indie/small press and artist. They tend to be be really nice and sort of have “we’re all in this together” mentality and their is definitely some quality work among them.
Overall, this SDCC wasn’t the epic experience of years past due to not getting into Hall H, but it was still fun. I love just being surrounded by that environment. The art, costumes, movies, comics and everything else. It always serves to remind me of my roots and refresh me creatively. And yes, I have decided that I am a Con junkie.
Let’s face it, while Comic-Con is a lot of fun it is not exactly OCD friendly. Absurd crowds, long lines in the sun, venders that look like they are out of a Turkish bizarre and a small demographic of people who don’t know basic hygiene all combine to make for a potentially epic OCD meltdown. Oh and let’s not forget the bathroom that gets trashed by 8:30 in the morning. The great Con is not really a great place for phobias in general, but never fear, yours truly will be handing out SDCC OCD survival packs. Each pack comes with a sanitary wipe, mask, pair of gloves and in some cases sanitary gel. Hit me up or check out my book Great Moments in OCD History on Amazon.com.
So if some of you were wondering if there would be a Godzilla promo going on don’t be disappointed, apparently he has been spotted on a collision course with San Diego. Here is what we know.
The real question, will the Wolverine be doing anything? Most probably, but what? We will have to wait and see!
If you didn’t catch it yesterday catch it today. My reviews of Dark Horse’s new title The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys! You won’t want to miss! This one is gonna be great.
“Just the title alone was enough to make me interested in this new series by Dark Horse, and I am impressed with just the first issue. Enter a futuristic desert wasteland filled with rebels, stragglers, and a mysterious DJ all fighting against the evil corporate forces of the Better Living Industries (BLI), whose face-like logo has to be a shot at Walmart. BLI is headquartered in nearby Battery City, a neo-Babylon filled with decadence and decay that is slightly reminiscent of Warren Ellis’ Transmetropolitan. How decadent? Try android sex workers trolling the streets for anyone who is feeling a little lonely. Oh, and they can get addicted to a power source known as Plus. [more]”
So Game of Thrones season three has come and gone and left the world reeling in the wake of the Red Wedding. I’m not sure if I can think of any other TV event that has created such a stir (maybe J.R. getting killed in Dallas? But I was too young for that, and it turned out to be a lame dream in the end).
I am one of those snooty guys who read the books so I knew it was coming and I secretly couldn’t wait to see people’s reaction. I was also interested in seeing how they pulled it off. I have to admit, even knowing what to expect, it was still incredibly traumatic to watch. HBO pulled it off perfectly. It was simply brutal in its violence and betrayal and to sit there watching Walder Frey enjoy it even makes it even worse. Having Robb’s pregnant wife be there getting stabbed in the belly was a painful twist that wasn’t even in the books (she doesn’t go to the wedding in the books) so there was something new for us who knew what was coming.
Season three (and book three) marks a huge turning point in the series. The Red Wedding breaks the Stark power and Robb’s death marks the death of any real chance of justice for Ned’s death. The Stark’ s played fair and lost, which is one reason the Red Wedding is so tragic. The nice guys really did finish last.
I remember during the season one Comic-con panel it was either David Benioff or D.B. Weiss that when asked about where they would like to take the series responded that they felt if they could get to one specific point they would be satisfied, even if the show was canceled after that. He said the initials for that point were “RW”. At the time I hadn’t read the books and me and my friends assumed it meant “Robb’s Wedding” which was obviously wrong. Well, they reached that spot and the show is no danger of being canceled, seeing as how it is now HBO’s flagship show.
As for the rest of the cast, there is plenty ahead for them. Khalessi continues her rampage through the free cities but some very hard times are ahead. John Snow’s plot is starting to finally get interesting and he will take more prominence in the episodes to follow. We also finally get to see a little more of what may be in store for Brann. I do wish Sansa’s plot would go somewhere but even in the books she does little thus far.
Some fans wondered if the show will catch up to the books. I doubt it will and if it does it won’t be anytime soon. Book six is half written and more importantly A LOT happens in book three. They can easily, and should, be able to get another season out of it. Which is good for us because it gives us that much more to watch, although I really wish they would do a fall and spring season or at least do more than ten episodes, but then again, I also wish Robb had lived and the Frey’s were all dead.