This weekend, I attended the New York Comic Con. It was amazing. Instead of writing some long entry about it, I decided just to post the highlights.
Best Panel Attended: The Warner Brothers Presentation
The studio brought three movies to the NYCC: Watchmen, Friday the 13th and Terminator: Salvation. We were treated to the first 18 minutes of Watchmen, including a bonus prison scene, presented by Dave Gibbons. Watchmen looks so fucking amazing that I bought a poster of The Comedian. Friday the 13th looks like your typical remake of a genre classic. The producers were there, along with hottie Jared Padalecki, and they seemed pretty pumped for the movie. I’ll see it, though I’ll hate myself for it. Finally, McG came with some advance footage of Terminator Salvation and honestly, it doesn’t look that bad. In fact, it could be good, especially with the promise of some inclusion of Sarah Conner. I’m not jumping for joy or anything, but it will be a passable entry into the Terminator series. Although, I don’t think it will produce another kickass female characters that movies sorely need.
Best Icon sighting: Joss Whedon and his Dollhouse Panel
Joss Whedon was charming and everything I hoped he would be. He was just so humble and down to earth. It’s refreshing to hear a genius speak who is so appreciative of his fans. It didn’t even matter that he wasn’t there to talk about Firefly or Buffy. We waited in line for 2 hours to get good seats and it was totally worth it.
The only bad part was that the footage, honestly, didn’t really look all that great. I mean, there was a nice homage to the Buffy series because the clip we saw featured Eliza dancing, much like she did at the beloved Bronze. I think Dollhouse will be a great show, but like Whedon’s other series, it needs a couple episodes to start out before it will get good. Plus, Helo from Bstar G was there and I think once we met his character, all my doubts will be gone. He wasn’t in any of the clips shown at the panel but he certainly teased us with upcoming details about the show.
Best Celebrity Sighting:
Besides Brandi C. and Megan from “Rock of Love”, I saw Michael Imperioli from The Sopranos walking around on the floor after his “Life on Mars” panel. He was shorter than I imagined and had long flowing hair. Oh and Kirk Avecedo on the “Fringe” panel because he was Miguel Alvarez on “Oz”. The greatest show of all time.
Best Surprise of Comic Con: Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation
This documentary looks back on the time in Australian cinema (70s- early 80s) where sex,nudity, wackiness, mayhem, violence dominated the screen. While some may look on it as trash cinema, Ozploitation movies inspired directors like Quentin Tarantino and other grindhouse fanatics to make their own movies. My Netflix queue grew a bit after watching this.
Best Purchase Made: Showgirls “V.I.P Edition” DVD
I bought the V.I.P edition of one of the greatest, campiest movies of all times, Showgirls. A vendor, that I’m sure stole his entire merchandise he brought comic con, allowed me to talk down the price of the DVD. I came home with the movie, along with two shotglasses and Showgirls themed drinking games. Ah Comic Con.
List of Panels I attended:
Not Quite Hollywood: THe Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation
Who Is The Greatest Badass Of All Time? Presented By MTV News
Watchmen, Terminator Salvation, and Friday the 13th (Warner)
Disney Presents Up and Surrogates
Summit Entertainment Presents Knowing and The Hurt Locker
All in all, a great weekend spent with great friends. Except for the Saturday morning I had to wait in line.