San Diego Comic-Con International: Day One
July 27th, 2007 - There is so much to report and it's only the first day of San Diego Comic-Con International. Thursday is a wrap and today we offer our look back on all the fun that was the first 24 hours. We should open by saying that we're not in attendance at the convention this year. We hope to be there in 2008, but for this year we can only share our thoughts on the rumblings emanating from the show and ride the information currents as they ripples across the wide world of comics as only Comic-Con can.
Watchmen Film: One of the biggest stories yesterday had to be the announcement of the full Watchmen cast [link]. Billy Crudup was a masterful choice we already knew, but I almost fell out of my chair when presented with Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach. The more I think about this choice, the more prefect it seems. He has the look of Walter Kovacs, he proved in Little Children that he has the creepy yet human factor needed for the role down pat and he's a comeback story (you might remember him as a child actor from the Bad News Bears movies or the film Breaking Away) the likes of which only Hollyweird can produce.
DC's Final Crisis Panel: Dan Didio, Paul Dini, Tony Bedard, Adam Beechen, Sean Mckeever, Mike Martz, Dan Jurgens, Jim Califiore, Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti hosted the DC Countdown panel yesterday. During the panel the team worked to hint at the answer to the question "What are we counting down to?" That answer hinged on counting down to Final Crisis. What is Final Crisis? That doesn't seem to have a completely clear answer yet. There was interesting discussion of the evolution of the Red Robin, the various versions of the Legion, Smallville making it into DCU continuity, Darkseid's impact, DC One Million and much more. Great coverage of the panel can be found over on Newsarama [link], Pulse News [link], Wizard [link] and Comic Book Resources [link].
Mondo Marvel Panel: Always a crowd pleaser, Mondo Marvel was back again this year! This was the kickoff panel for the Con and promised a solid look at "all things Marvel". Some breaking news included the announcement that Brian Reed and Lee Weeks will be taking on the new Captain Marvel title. The presentation promised that World War Hulk #3 will be mind blowing. It was revealed that there is a big bad behind the Phalanx's drive in Annihilation: Conquest. One of the bigger announcements from this panel was the coming debut of the The 12. J. Michael Straczynski and Chris Weston explained that the series, starting in January, will focus on Golden Age characters like Dynamic Man and Fiery Mask. In other news, current Iron Man film director Jon Favreau will be taking on an Iron Man comic tentatively called Iron Man: Viva Las Vegas. Great coverage of the panel can be found at Newsarama [link], Wizard [link] and Comic Book Resources [link].
In Other News: Jeff Smith unveiled details of his new series RASL. Plans for the Conan relaunch were unveiled. The Superman/Doomsday movie premiered. Boom! Studios announced its new Godfather series. IDW discussed more Star Trek. Star Wars Social Networking Cards were unveiled. Neil Gaiman showed off some great Beowulf footage. Matt Wagner covered the new Vertigo Madame Xanadu series and looked back on Grendel. DC discussed winning the NBC Heroes license and their upcoming graphic novel. The new Marvel postage stamps were discussed. A series of retooled G.I. Joe action figures were unveiled. Dreamworks announced snapping up Oni's The Damned and Courtney Crumrin for films. Yes, it was a loaded day filled with these stories and much, much more!
News Links for Thursday 7/26/07
San Diego Comic-Con: Day One
Since we couldn't be there this year, here's all the news from around the web for Saturday at San Diego's Comic-Con International
Con News: Feast of the Seven Fishes Movie
Con News: Brian Reed talks Captain Marvel
Con News: An alternate look at One More Day
Con News: Matt Wagner and Madame Xanadu
Con News: Matt Wagner / Grendel Spotlight
Con News: Preview Marvel Minimates
Con News: Preview: Spider-Man Movie Legends
Con News: NBC's Heroes Online Comics To Be Collected by DC Comics
Con News: DC's Crossing Over
Thursday Coverage: Wizard News Clips of the Day
Thursday Coverage: Wizard Rundown of Everything Con Related
Thursday Coverage: Comics Continuum Thursday Rundown
Wednesday Coverage: Preview Night Podcast
Wednesday Coverage: Preview Night - Attack of the Clowns
San Diego Comic-Con International: Day Two
July 28th, 2007 - Comic-Con, there are few words that can describe it. That said, I really liked one line from the G4 coverage [link]. During last night's two hour live show (the second such show since the con began) host Olivia Munn [link] explained that Comic-Con was "like a mensa meeting on acid". That hit just a little too close to the truth.
We'll talk more about the G4 coverage during tomorrow's Con update. For today, here's what we thought rose above the rest in terms of announcements from Friday at Comic-Con...
Dark Knight Teaser Trailer: As the next Batman film [link] inches closer, Comic-Con treated fans to the first teaser trailed from the film. No visuals yet (beyond the bat sign being blown away and a joker card), but here it is in all it's audio glory thanks to the good folks at G4 for sharing the embedded link...
Marvel's Cup O' Joe Panel: It's was a wide open question and answer session with Marvel's Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada during the now traditional Cup O' Joe panel. Laced with announcements and exploration of all things Marvel, Quesada fielded questions along with Jim McCann, David Gabriel, C.B. Cebulski, Phil Jimenez, Charles Knauf and Matt Hawkins. During the panel, here are some of the big stories...
Chester Quest: Cebulski will be visiting conventions & comic ships looking for 12 artists who will be guaranteed to be hired following the search
Runaways: Strangers in Paradise writer Terry Moore will follow Joss Whedon's run
Eternals: Charles and Daniel Knauf will be taking on a new Eternals monthly title
Joe, as always, was very willing to take on all comes with questions and gave a real air of openness during the Q&A. He wasn't willing to spill the beans on big stories like Hulks rule in the Marvel Universe once World War Hulk is done, but was very straight forward when it came to the issues of under performing titles, how to break into working for Marvel, which DC character would best fit at Marvel and criticism of cross-over events. A solid panel from the mighty Marvel bullpen.
For us, the revelations regarding Runaways was the jaw drop moment of the presentation. Terry Moore's work on Strangers In Paradise is near legend status in my book and I couldn't have placed his talent with a title better suited to his writing style. If Joss had to leave the series, Terry is a great man for the job.
DC's Crossing Over Panel: This was an interesting panel where representatives of DC discussed "crossing over" to other career paths beyond comics. Paul Dini, Greg Rucka, Christos Gage, Mark Verheiden, Gregory Noveck, Steve Niles and others were on hand for this exchange. Probably the best line out of this presentation was made by Gregory Noveck when he asked...
He brings up a really good point. There is talk that Comic-Con might actually move to Los Angles in the near future to accommodate the film industry. Is this a good thing? I mean I really geek out when a film with a comic tie-in is featured at Comic-Con, but it seems increasingly common for Comic-Con to feature non-comic related films. This fan thinks that's an inappropriate watering down of the Comic-Con experience. Hollywood is welcome at our show of shows, but they do need to play by our rules if they want to hang out with the big geeks. Okay, stepping off my soap box... For great blow-by-blow coverage of the Crossing Over panel, be sure to visit Wizard [link], Pulse News [link] and Comic Book Resources [link].
Simone Bianchi and Warren Ellis on Astonishing X-Men: Two words... Can't wait! This announcement ranks right up there with Terry Moore taking on Runaways. Ellis writing with Bianchi's art makes this title a no-miss, must-buy, man-that's-going-to-be-great comic. Announced during Marvel Comics' booth presentation, this was a show stopping moment. It didn't quite break the internet in half, but it was a good one. As far as commitments go, Ellis is set for 24 issues with Bianchi looking at 6 to 12 issues. For all the details, look here [link], here [link], here [link], here [link] and here [link].
DC's Group Therapy Panel: This DC panel featured Dan DiDio, Gail Simone, Geoff Johns, Sean McKeever, Eddie Berganza, Duncan Rouleau, Dwayne McDuffie, Tony Bedard and Michael Siglain and focused on DC team titles. Big announcements breaking from this chat were a bit few and far between as the presenters were a bit more tight lipped than the Marvel panel we discussed earlier. There seemed to be more joke or non-answers here. We did learn that the Sinestro Corps storyline will run through, at least, Green Lantern #25. Also, in Teen Titans things are going to get darker before they lighten and there was a hint at a Rogue's Gallery comic. Let's hope Saturday's DC Nation panel is a bit more forthcoming with the DCU info. You can find more on this panel at Newsarama [link], CBGtxra [link], Comic Book Resources [link] and Pulse News [link].
In Other News: Comic-Con was sold out for the weekend by mid-day Friday. The Joker sent fans on a scavenger hunt. Dr. Who is setting up shop at IDW. Boom! Studios has Mark Waid as it's new Editor-In-Chief. Dark Horse Comics is teaming up with Myspace. The Image Founders Panel was held reuniting all the original founders of Image Comics. The Watchmen film saw it's release date set and kicked off an official website. There was Iron Man and Indiana Jones 4 news and much, much more. You can catch all the details on these and many more stories on our news page [link].
News Links for Friday 7/27/07
San Diego Comic-Con: Day Two
Since we couldn't be there this year, here's all the news from around the web for Saturday at San Diego's Comic-Con International
Con News: Marvel Comics Cup O' Joe
Con News: Ellis gets Astonishing
Con News: Turning the spotlight on Neil Gaiman
Con News: The Dark Knight gets a teaser trailer
Con News: Watchmen, Whiteout and Warner Brothers
Con News: Eisner Award-nominated Feast of the Seven Fishes web comic
Con News: Bruce Timm Talks About DC Animated Features
Con News: Marvel Legends two packs and Icons
Con News: DC writers crossing over
Con News: Play Naruto for Wii at San Diego Comic-Con
Con News: Paramount Panel: Iron Man, Cloverfield, Indiana Jones 4
Con News: Bianchi talks Astonishing X-Men
Con News: DC Group Therapy
Con News: Back into Hell: Jamie Delano returns to John Constantine's world
Con News: SDCC DC's Group Therapy
Con News: 40 Years of Star Trek Panel
Con News: United Nations of nerds
Looking back on Thursday: UGO updates from the 2007 San Diego Comic-Con!
San Diego Comic-Con International: Day Three
July 29th, 2007 - Today we're looking back on Saturday in San Diego. This year's Comic-Con plays to a sell-out, packed house as comic royalty and those who ascribe to title geek sheik gather for the convention to end all conventions. It's Comic-Con baby! With this update, we've crossed the half-way point in our coverage. Today we'll cover another 24 period of announcements, breaking news and general comic goodness both here in summary form and our our news page [link].
DC Nation Panel: Everyone is asking, what is Final Crisis? We've seen Crisis on Infinite Earths, Infinite Crisis, Infinity Crisis and now we're counting down to Final Crisis. DC's littered us with teaser images [link and link to point to just a few], but what does it all mean? It was my hope that the DC Nation Panel would answer those questions or at least hint at an answer. Well, we learned that Grant Morrison is going to write Final Crisis with J.G. Jones (think 52 covers) doing the art. In an odd statement of fact, the panel unveiled that Kamandi will be featured on the last page of the first issue. Beyond that, we're still left to wonder what lays ahead for the 52 earths that now make up the DCU. While they were there, the panel also unveiled the first word on the new Salvation Run mini-series penned by Bill Willingham. It's set to star Flash's fan favorite Rogue's Gallery. You can learn more about the Rogue's Salvation Run here [link] and a little more about Final Crisis here [link] and here [link]. You can learn more about the entire panel at Pulse News [link], Wizard [link] and on Newsarama [link].
WB Unveils New Spidey Toon: Ah it's good to see Spider-Man back on the small screen and this latest rendition shows real promise. Here's one description of the con-exclusive preview footage unveiled today (thanks to CBG whose article is linked below)...
Marvel Ultimate Universe Panel: The panel kicked off with word that Butch Guise is now exclusive to Marvel! Nice move by the house of ideas. During the panel we also learned that there will be an Ultimates interpretation of the Age of Apocalypse (Jeph Loeb at the helm), Ultimate Spidey's going to see the return of Norm Osborne and that Ultimate Power will sson have big implications for the entire Ultimate Universe. Chief among the announcements from the panel was the fact that Ultimates 3 is due to hit stores this December and will have a more fluid line-up than seen previously. A new series (slated for May 2008) titled Ultimatum promises to follow in the footsteps of the primary comics trend of this modern age... it will change everything. Given the fact that the Ultimate Universe really isn't tied to some of the same restrictions as the main Marvel Universe, this series promises to be one to watch. For all the details, please visit Pulse News [link], Wizard [link], Comic Book Resources [link] and Newsarama [link].
In Other News: There was so much taking place today that it's hard to sum it up here. In the space that follows, we're going to touch on the high points then direct you to our news page for all the detailed story links.
In other news today, DC's Vertigo line will take a look at Madame Xanadu, the House of Secrets and the Unknown Soldier among others in a growing line-up of titles. Boom! Studios discussed a host of new projects. During the Image Show, Robert Kirkman unveiled plans to kill many if not all the characters in the Walking Dead by issue #50. This was just one of a host of Image announcements. Marvel's new MMORPG will be set in actual Marvel geography and may allow for time travel missions taking players to key points in Marvel's history. Fans got a look at the highly anticipated Dr. Strange animated film. The 2007 Eisner Awards were handed out. Fans got to see, live and in person, one of the Iron Man suits used in the film (Mark 1). Aspen comic unveiled a new Showcase series highlighting individual characters from the Aspen Universe. Kevin Smith will be writing and directing the first episode of Heroes: Origins. The full pilot of the Bionic Woman series was shown. Angel: After the Fall will pick up right after the last episode of the final season of Angel continuing his television story in comic form. T op Cow Productions showed off anime, comics, statues and even t-shirt projects in the works. Judd Winick will soon take on Titans East for DC and much, much more. We're just touching on things here in a shotgun fashion. For all the details, please visit our news page [link]
News Links for Saturday 7/28/07
San Diego Comic-Con: Day Three
Since we couldn't be there this year, here's all the news from around the web for Saturday at San Diego's Comic-Con International
Con News: The Rogue's Salvation Run
Con News: Against the Grain: SDCC '07 Edition
Con News: Stan Lee: True Believer Preview
Con News: Rob Zombie and Halloween
Con News: Choices, you've got choices
Con News: Comic-Con Interview: Neil Gaiman
Con News: Raw deal for digital comics
Con News: Heroes Panel Report
Con News: Liveblogging the Marvel/Universal Panel
Con News: 20 Minutes Of Beowulf Screened
Con News: Bionic Woman Debuts at Comic-Con
Con News: Comic books online?
Con News: Ton of NBC Heroes Updates
Con News: The Simpsons come to Comic-Con
Con News: Marvel's Ultimate Universe Panel
Con News: Superhero Squad
Con News: Top Cow Bares It All
Con News: Boom! Studios Announces Explosive Plans
Con News: 300 and Blade Runner: The Final Cut -- A DVD Extravaganza
Con News: Heeerrrre's Iron Man
Con News: The DC Nation finds Salvation and Crisis
Con News: Get Your Halo On
Con News: Dan Jurgens: Back on a Tangent
Con News: Legendary Comic Book Heroes
Con News: Monk Dark Mystery
San Diego Comic-Con International: Day Four
July 30th, 2007 - Today we're looking back at Sunday at Comic-Con. San Diego may be a wrap for 2007, but our coverage continues. Today we'll point you to a few straggler story pointers still popping up over on our news page [link]. We'll also see what the bloggers had to say about the con. Later this week, we'll take a look at the G4 television coverage. For now, let's jump right into our Sunday coverage to what was hot at Comic-Con...
DC Big Guns: DC returned with their Big Guns panel, an all question and answer session which was to focus on the trinity of the DCU; Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. Heading up the panel were Paul Dini, Geoff Johns, Mark Verheiden, Bob Shreck, Dustin Nguyen, Ivan Reis, Carlos Pacheco, Matt Idelson, Mike Marts, Grant Morrison, Kurt Busiek and Gail Simone. Some interesting tidbits coming out of the panel include upcoming details on the evolution on Wonder Woman implicating her lasso as one of the "most dangerous weapons in the DCU". Talk of the Teen Titans movie indicated the film will center on the Wolfman/Perez run and Nightwing will be in the film. Here's Kurt Busiek's take on the big three...
In other discussion, Grant Morrison called Final Crisis the Lord of the Rings for the DCU. This proved to be one of the more detailed though sometime meandering (what Q&A session doesn't meander through) DC panels of Comic-Con. For more on this panel, please visit the coverage on Comic Book Resources [link] and Newsarama [link].
Joss Whedon Panel: Make mine Whedon!! Two amazing announcements for Buffy fans came out of yesterdays Joss Whedon Panel. First, it wasn't a huge surprise that there will be a Season 9 comic to follow the runaway success of the Buffy Season 8 series at Dark Horse. It was revealed though that Oz will play a role in upcoming comics/episodes of the series. That was great news, but wasn't a complete shocker. What was a shocker was the possible return of Ripper, the prequel story of Rupert Giles which may take the form of a 90 minutes Buffy spin-off film for the BBC. Plans are still being ironed out on that front. Whedon will play a part in the new Dark Horse presents series and, as reported previously yesterday, Angel: After the Fall will continue that television series in comic book form. For more on this panel, please visit the coverage on Comic Book Bin [link], Pulse News [link], Wizard [link] and Cinema Blend [link].
Marvel Studios Panel: Might Marvel film goodness as the panel covered the upcoming Hulk film and Iron Man. For the Hulk film, we had producers Gale Anne Hurd and Avi Arad, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, director Louis Leterrier and Liv Tyler (Betty Ross) and Edward Norton (Bruce Banner). On the Iron Man side, we had Avi Arad and Kevin Feige, director Jon Favreau, Terrence Howard (James Rhodes), Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts) and Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark). A star studded panel to say the least. As Norton and Downey Jr. are two of this fans favorite actors in Hollywood today, I couldn't be more pleased with the line-up for these two films.
For the Incredible Hulk presentation, we learned that production is underway. As reported previously, the film will ignore the Ang Lee version of the Hulk and blaze a new trail. Ed Norton actually wrote the screenplay for the film and he was influenced by the Bruce Jones run on Incredible Hulk. Fans of Doc Samson will be pleased to hear that he will be included in the film along with several references to the broader Marvel Universe. Nice!
Over on the Iron Man side of the fence, they unveiled (for the second time so far this weekend) a rough trailer for Iron Man. In the presentation, fans got a better feel for Downey Jr as Tony Stark and saw more of the overall cast. Favreau, in the early sequences presented, bragged about the lack of CGI used in much of the footage explaining the suits actually exist! Stan Lee joined the panel for a time and there was even talk of the Avengers film!
X-Men: Endangered Species: Talk about your rough few year for mutants... It appears life is about to get even rougher as the Marvel X-Men Panel shared all the latest details on the X-titles. Here we have a new 12 issues series (X-Man: Emperor Vulcan) focusing on the X-Men left behind in space. There were details on the upcoming Messiah Complex storyline building in a few of the titles and the panel hinted that the X-Men will be more like and army and less like a family when this story is done. It seems, like most sides of the Marvel coin, the X-titles are in a time of upheaval as they tear everything down, do the unexpected and build the books back up from the ashes. Ed Brubaker said it best when he explained, "I feel like Marvel right now is more like Marvel in the '60s when you never knew what would happen month-to-month." Good news for comics and comic readers. For more on this panel, please visit the coverage on Newsarama [link] and Comic Book Resources [link]
In Other News: Running through some of the other items from Sunday rapid-fire style... DC Vertigo announced that John Bolton will be the artist on The Green Woman. The Simpson's panel basked in all the newly released film goodness. The Fables panel gave away a one page Fables story starring Jack of Fables that would never be reprinted. Wildstorm offered fans a glimpse into the future of their titles. Oni celebrated it's 10 year anniversary and discussed upcoming titles. Image unveiled plans for some Jack Kirby / Silver Star, Captain Victory updates. New Harry Potter swag (aka new merchandise) was unveiled. Nicolas Cage and Weston Cage talked Voodoo Child. A Spaceballs Animated series bus offered an artwork preview of the new G4 show and much, much more. We're just touching on things here in a shotgun fashion. For all the details, please visit our news page [link].
News Links for Sunday 7/29/07
Since we couldn't be there this year, here's all the news from around the web for Sunday at San Diego's Comic-Con International.
Con News: DC Big Guns
Con News: Marvel Studios Panel
Con News: Oni Press Panel Report
Con News: Missy Peregrym wants to play Wonder Woman
Con News: Magettes From Dark Horse?
Sunday Coverage: Comics Continuum Sunday Rundown
Coverage Summary: Selection of costumed characters around the convention floor
Coverage Summary: Top Five TV News Stories
Coverage Summary: The Five Biggest Announcements from the San Diego Comic Con
Coverage Summary: Newsarama story tracking page
Coverage Summary: Comic Book Resources story tracking page
News Links for Monday 7/30/07
San Diego Comic-Con: The Remaining Stories
Since we couldn't be there this year, here's all the news from around the web following San Diego's Comic-Con International.
Con News: Comic Con Iron Man and Hulk Videos
Con News: Nicolas Cage, son unveil comic book
Checking in with some of the weekend's blog coverage!
Blog Report: Journalista: Hollywood Eats San Diego
Blog Report: Journalista: San Diego ate the News
Blog Report: Comics Reporter - Your 2007 San Diego Con Update
Blog Report: Gelatometti - Getting Pumped SDCC
Blog Report: Comics 212 - San Diego California
Blog Report: Comics 212 - 5 More Things to Look At in San Diego
Blog Report: Comics 212 - San Diego Update 1: Photos
Blog Report: Comics 212 - I'm in a Las Vegas State of Mind
Blog Report: Bags and Boards - Wrap-up thoughts
Blog Report: Bags and Boards - Spectacular Spider-Man on Kids WB
Blog Report: Bags and Boards - More details on Zuda
Blog Report: Bags and Boards - Eisner Awards winners
Blog Report: Bags and Boards - Sunday sells out
Blog Report: Bags and Boards - Con Snapshots
Blog Report: Bags and Boards - Nimoy/Quinto to split Spock
Blog Report: Bags and Boards - Friday sold out at Comic-Con
Blog Report: Monitor Duty - This is the big geek weekend
Blog Report: Monitor Duty - Batman easer trailer online
Blog Report: Monitor Duty - Spoke in Stereo
Blog Report: Monitor Duty - Cpl. Otter reports from Comic Con
Blog Report: Monitor Duty - Cpl. Otter's Tips for the Con
Blog Report: News From Me - Comic-Con July 28, 2007
Blog Report: News From Me - Comic-Con July 27, 2007
Blog Report: The Beat - Day 0 report
Blog Report: The Beat - DC to publish HEROES comic
Blog Report: The Beat - The Trailer
Blog Report: The Beat - Video Blog #1: Welcome to Hell
Blog Report: The Beat - Video Blog #2: Scott McCloud
Blog Report: The Beat - No room at the Con II: Friday sells out
Blog Report: The Beat - From the comments — scammers in line?
Blog Report: The Beat - SD07: Day 1 report
Blog Report: The Beat - Jeff Smith’s Rasl
Blog Report: The Beat - Friends of Lulu award Winners
Blog Report: The Beat - Dark Horse on MySpace
Blog Report: The Beat - Some day 0 photos
Blog Report: The Beat - Who is the Joke on at SDCC?
Blog Report: The Beat - Eisner Awards Live Blogging
Blog Report: The Beat - The Long March to Saturday
Blog Report: The Beat - Video Blog #3: What are the Turds?
Blog Report: The Beat - Listen up if you can’t be there live
Blog Report: The Beat - Pulp Secret videos
Blog Report: The Beat - Video Blog #4 - Scott Morse
Blog Report: The Beat - I wish it wasn’t ending!
Blog Report: The Beat - Video Blog #5 - Charles Vess
Blog Report: The Beat - ICv2 wraps up biggest con ever.
Blog Report: The Beat - Video Blog #6: Rosario Dawson
Blog Report: Blog@Newsarama - Day 1 roundup: The numbers game
Blog Report: Blog@Newsarama - Dispatches from the front, Part 1
Blog Report: Blog@Newsarama - Dispatches from the front, Part 2
Blog Report: Blog@Newsarama - New image of The Joker released
Blog Report: Blog@Newsarama - Sunday sold out!
Blog Report: Blog@Newsarama - Random SDCC stuff, day 2
Blog Report: Blog@Newsarama - Mark Waid joins BOOM!
Blog Report: Blog@Newsarama - Day 2 roundup: Mark Waid goes BOOM!
Blog Report: Blog@Newsarama - More photos!
Blog Report: Blog@Newsarama - Full 30 Days of Night site launches
Blog Report: Blog@Newsarama - Dispatches from the front, Part 3
Blog Report: Blog@Newsarama - Teen Titans Year One cover art
Blog Report: Blog@Newsarama - Pimp Tony Stark’s ride
Blog Report: Blog@Newsarama - More of the Iron Man unveiling
Blog Report: Blog@Newsarama - Photo catch-up
Blog Report: Blog@Newsarama - Maddie Gaiman’s secret blog
Blog Report: Blog@Newsarama - More photos from the floor
Blog Report: Blog@Newsarama - The laughter, the pant stains…
San Diego Comic-Con International: The 500!
July 31st, 2007 - We're really pleased with our 2007 Comic-Con coverage. Sure, we couldn't actually be in San Diego this year, but we were really working feverishly to link to each and every story we could find tied to San Diego's Comic-Con International. In the end, we pointed you to 500 Comic-Con related stories and posted four days of solid commentary coverage soaking up everything we could learn. If you missed any of our convention coverage, it's still available to enjoy. We invite you to take a look and see if you can't find a story or two you may have missed. Here are all our coverage links...
We're not even stopping to take a breather now that Comic-Con has passed. Tomorrow we plan to look back on G4's four hours of televised San Deigo coverage all the while packing and counting down the hours to our Chicago show next week.
This year, we'll be doing live, on-site coverage of Wizard World Chicago. Our plan is to bring you into the action with photos, video, commentary and much, much more. Our Chicago show will have a much more personal touch than Comic-Con. We're really excited to make the trip and we'll post our first pre-convention update on Wednesday 8th. We'll be right in the heart of the action all the way through the following Monday morning sharing ever detail we can cram onto our site.
San Diego Comic-Con International: G4 Coverage
August 1st, 2007 - We're going to close out our 2007 Comic-Con coverage with a look back on this year's G4 TV broadcast [link] of the event. G4 did a pair of live, two hour shows covering the first two days of Comic-Con. They originally aired at 7 PM eastern time on July 27th and 28th. Add to that a one hour pre-show the channel put together a couple weeks before the event (looking back on their '06 coverage) and G4 dedicated about five hours to Comic-Con.
Throughout this story, be sure to check out the video links. They'll lead you to some of the very best moments the shows had to offer!
What is G4? The network bills itself as the fastest growing network on television with programming focused on breaking gamer industry news, trends, reviews, games, gear, celebrity interviews and insider opinions. The network is written to appeal to a male 18-34 demographic and you can tell this is the case both due to the style and humor present in the shows.
What kind of coverage did they offer? At Comic-Con, G4 had five on camera reporters covering the event including Kevin Pereira, Olivia Munn, Blair Butler, Chris Gore and Zach Selwyn [video] . The group did some convention floor exploration, presented a few shtick bits, showed off the costumes, garnered several big name interviews and worked to give the comic companies their due. Leading in and out of the breaks, they fielded "stickam" (aka video cam) questions from fans unable to attend the show. Some of the strongest news coverage, ironically, came from a trailer running text at the bottom of the screen throughout the show.
What did we think? About half of it was great. The other half wasn't even directly related to comics and was, at best, forgettable. The first show was much stronger than the second night's coverage. That said, It really surprised me that they targeted Thursday and Friday for their live coverage. Doesn't it make more sense to place the shows on Saturday and Sunday so you can cover everything that took place during the convention? I know the crowds wouldn't have been as strong for a live show at 7 PM on Sunday, but I think dumping the live coverage on the last day to favor a mix of interviews, retrospectives and panel coverage focused on the entire con would have been better. At best, they really only covered half the show. If you're going to dedicate five hours of programming to an event, wouldn't you want to catch all the show stopping moments? I know the fans wanted to see them.
Was it that bad? I'm not going to sit here and simply rail on the coverage. Was it horrible? No way. Was it at times really good? Absolutely. Do I feel like I wasted five hours watching it? Absolutely not. Was there anyone else doing this kind of televised coverage of the event? No. That last question says it all for me.
What were the highlights? When the show had a comic related personality in an interview setting, the intro video and the Q&A with that individual was really strong. Blair Butler, the undeniable true comic geek of the crew, really knows her stuff and, as opposed to some, honestly understood the questions she was asking. Here's our rundown of what we loved from this year's G4 coverage...
The interview with actress and true comic fan Rosario Dawson [video] offered up the best quote regarding Comic-Con I've heard...
Both the Marvel [video] and DC [video] segments had great lead in video summarizing what's been taking place in each respective universe. The companies were well represented by Joe Quesada (for Marvel) and Dan Didio (for DC). Solid comic content start to finish.
Their chat with Eric Larson [video] regarding Image [video] was interesting. I just wish they could have covered Dark Horse and any number of small press companies in attendance. At least running a camera across their booths to give them some exposure would have been nice. I mean, they're only the future of our industry.
The of the historical footage [video] of Comic-Con.
The Dark Knight trailer, the Jon Favreau [video] Iron Man coverage, the Zack Snyer Watchmen interview [video], the Neil Gaiman Stardust/Beowulf chat [video] and the segment on Joey Andrade's The Descendants were all great.
What would we like to see them do different in 2008? Dump the look back hour and expand the overall show to the entire four days. When it comes to geek culture, this network has two holy grail conventions it needs to cover... E3 and Comic-Con. These are the 900 lb. gorillas of technology and entertainment. Give me daily, dedicated shows and I'll be calling out "make mine G4" in 2008.
Our only other advice would be to stick with what makes the network unique... technology and geek culture. For Comic-Con, the network should shy away from the basic entertainment stories and focus on the toys, the statues, the costumes, the comic writers, the comic companies, the comic artists and the comics. They covered this a little during the actual broadcast [video]. If a product didn't have a technology tie-in but was at E3, I would expect them to ignore it in the same light that I feel they wasted precious show time talking about properties like Postal, Clover Field, Halloween, Superbad, Shoot 'Em Up, The Invasion, Troma Studios, Lost, Code Breakers and, god help us, Good Luck Chuck. Just because Jessica Alba is in a movie doesn't make it comic related. There are whole networks dedicated to promoting movies that aren't comic related. If it doesn't have a direct tie-in to a comic, get it out of my Comic-Con coverage.
Anything else while talking about G4? Yes, bring back Leo Laporte [link], the Screen Savers [link] and Call for Help [link]. The network just hasn't been the same since it relegated Leo to the Canadian G4 and self destructed exclusively seeking ratings from the gamer set. Yes, on this issue, I'm bitter.
All in all, I applaud G4 for putting on the show, covering the event and