Welcome faithful reader(s?) EG thought it was important that we blog tonight and for this I hate him. My body hurts. I have the stink of other geeks upon my person. And, the destroyed remnants of a Burger King Triple Stack and a couple of their Taco bombs just laid waste to my lower intestine.
But, EG tells me that the peoples they demands the updates.
So, here you go.
With the continued growth of ComiCon and the hope-dashingly long lines for nearly every panel (I’m looking at you “Ghost Hunters.” Seriously? Ghost Hunters was at capacity? Really? Did actual ghosts appear at the panel? Were they captured before a live audience and then given corporeal form only to feast on the souls of the innocent leaving an ectoplasmic residue in it’s wake? Perhaps that’s what I sat in.) we only managed to get to handful of panels.
Oh, but what glorious panels (except for that Batman one with the corpse of Jerry Robinson) they were!
Here’s what ended up in along with both of our brief reflections on each followed by a few photos that’ll make you feel like you were actually there with impaired vision…
WARNER BROS. THE WATCHMEN PANEL (In which the director, cast and co-creator of the Graphic Novel presented new footage, some expanded from the recent trailer):
EG’s Thoughts: Despite my still lingering misgivings about the project I can’t deny that the footage is impressive and that the makers of the film really do have a love for the project and the best intentions. I still can’t see it being able to adequately translate the work from the sequential page to celluloid but we’ll see.
OG’s Thoughts: While there’s not much in the world that’s worth a three hour wait in line behind the world’s biggest “Drew Carey Show” fan (not EG), this came pretty darn close. Unlike most of these big Hollywood panels, the cast were unusually well spoken and knowledgeble of the source material. (The scars from Sarah Michelle Gellar’s heat-vision blasts of disdain from six years back still burn.) The footage knocked me out of my sweat-soaked socks and I’m just as excited about this movie as I was when we saw our first glimpse of “Superman Returns.” Sadly, I think we all know how that turned out.
DC: BATMAN: NO REST FOR THE DARK KNIGHT (Starring writer’s Paul Dini, Brian Azzarello and Grant Morrison and Joker creator and aforementioned corpse Jerry Robinson):
EG’s Thoughts: I regularly buy both Batman and Detective Comics. I’m enamored with both of the writers of those books (Dini & Morrison). So, you’d think I would’ve been thrilled with this panel. Unfortunately, there was no new information given, the writer’s seemed generally unaware of what each other was doing and most of the talk seemed to be rife with spoilers from “The Dark Knight” (which we won’t actually be seeing finally until Sunday!!!). All and all, it was a generally disappointing panel that not even the lilting brogue of Grant Morrison could redeem.
OG’s Thoughts: I second all that and would only add that it would have been nice if some of the questions asked of the creators were about the actual comics they create. This panel sucked.
EG Adds: And I desperately would have liked to have seen an actual fist-fight between Dini and Morrison who certainly seemed not to respect one and other very much. (Despite lip-service to the contrary.)
ADULT SWIM: VENTURE BROS. & ROBOT CHICKEN:
EG’s Thoughts: We have been to these panels before and they are consistently fun and entertaining and this year was no different.
OG’s Thoughts: These two shows are the only programs in the Adult Swim line-up that don’t seem to be cobbled together from non-sequiters and bong resin. And, while this panel has always been fun in the past, the creators have always seemed a little too-cool for school and kind of annoyed to be there. (Aqua Teen Hunger Force being the primary offender) So, I really dug this year because these guys seemed to geniunely like interacting with the fans and were enthusiastic about what they had coming up.
EG Adds: The only down side – NO FREE SWAG!!! Say you want you want about the Aqua Teen guys, those green Mooninite socks were awesome!
MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 20th ANNIVERSARY REUNION (Patton Oswalt hosts the entire cast and writing team of this landmark in geek programming):
EG’s Thoughts: If we had only managed to get to this panel for the entire Con I still would walk away satisfied. As a long-time fan and member of the “Information Club” I was delighted to see both the clips and the cast united on this historic occasion. I only wish that they had been able to announce a new re-launch of the series to heal my aching heart of the loss their cancellation brought.
OG’s Thoughts: Really, probably one of the best things I’ve witnessed our 5 Con-going years. Only that sad, miserable part of myself was disappointed that the Riff Trax people didn’t go to fisticuffs with the Cinematic Titanic people. But, that’s a small part of me. Mostly, I was happy to see them all together celebrating their excellent work.
Tom Servo, from MST3K.
Crow T. Robot, from MST3K.
Seems Emil Hirsch, following the failure of the recent Speed Racer film, has fallen on hard times.
Any guy willing to come to a hot, crowded Con, dressed in a furry Scooby Doo costume just to promote his comedy act and website deserves the link. Here you go - Andre Meadows!
Okay, seriously - maybe the best Two Face costume we've ever seen.
Is there anything I can type here that won't make me seem like a total perv? No? Okay, nevermind then.
Alright, that’s it for Friday. Due to an expected late night on Saturday, look for Saturday’s update on Sunday after we return to Los Angeles!