Sunday, July 27, 2008

Comic Con 2008: Hit or Miss?

I am going to write a quick post here to ask the question - there has been some discussion regarding Comic Con this year regarding what has been good and what has been bad.

I like Comic Con, but seriously I am not in love with it. It's always been a major drain on the resources with few tangible benefits other than the fanboy-ish glee one gets at seeing something first...

What made comic con good for you? What made it bad?

Discuss in the realm of free-thinking, honest discourse.

BYOB.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Faces of Comic Con:










Comic-Con Panel Solution Proposal

What if...

Part 1: The Problem
At breakfast this morning I was considering how many panels I have missed this comic-con because I was standing in line extremely early for a popular panel. While waiting in line for the the Halo Universe Panel, I missed two other panels that I wanted to attend. On Friday I went to get in line for the Star Wars 2008 panel which featured The Force Unleashed and Star Wars: The Clone Wars the game, the movie and the television show. While I was in line they were showing one of the BIG panels for the con, Will Eisner's The Spirit with Frank Miller and Samuel L. Jackson. The person directly behind me in the line wanted to see this panel and stood in line the entire time this panel was going on and we were lined up to see star wars and never got in for it. This gentleman and his wife wasted an hour of their day to stand in line arguing with me about Lucas's involvement in Pixar. He said they had nothing to with them, but at last year's comic con they showed a movie about the history of Pixar which explicitly states that they were a division of Lucasfilm. I give you their first short; The Adventures of Andre and Wally B.

But I digress, the problem is that you can't make it to all of the cool stuff you want to do at the con because of overcrowding and long lines.

Part 2:The Solution
This proposal is based on combing a few ideas that have already gone into effect at this years Comic-con. The sponsored WiFi brought to us by Eagle Eye means that we are all on one big computer network. What if there was a way for all of the people carrying Apple iPhones, Nintendo DSs, and other mobile WiFi capable devices to stream the video of the panel your waiting in line to see. You might not be in the room yet but you would still get to see the content. The technology to do streaming video broadcasts is available, Blogtalkradio video i'm thinking of you. Let's take it even farther and let anyone on the local wireless network to stream the panels they are NOT in line for so while they wait in line for something they are interested in they can browse the other panels that are going on elsewhere.

Part 3:The Opportunity
To ease the expense of this the whole system is brought to you by a big sponser like Eagle Eye or Apple or Batman Begins 3. And each time you access a panel it is preceded by a rotating trailer for something else that's cool. The live feed then starts up and no one misses any of the major panels. Imagine the buzz that Watchmen would get if all 125,000 people at the convention could watch the panel streaming.

Saturday of Doom!

Have plans to go see Howard Chaykin this morning at his panel to learn about the resurrection of AMERICAN FLAGG! as a graphic novel...

Also plan to see the DOLLHOUSE panel...

WHOOPS!

Scheduling conflict arises. One is on one side of the pavilion, and scheduled for midpoint of the other. This is a problem that I, and many others (read everyone) has been having with this years' Comic Con. You have to stand in line to see these things, and lo and behold, three hours later you don''t get in, and...

YOU'VE MISSED OTHER PANELS YOU WANTED TO SEE.

As Eric and I have breakfast this morning to strategize the day, we realized that this Comic Con has become to big, too unwieldy for the current location and infrastructure. There is discontent in the house kids, and unless something is done to a) alleviate the lines, b) alleviate the traffic crunch on the exhibitor floor, and c) reduce costs -- then Comic Con as a destination and a state of mind is gone.

Eric is working on a post on how to alleviate some of the problems (lines, schedules) and I'd like everyone to look at this as a problem we can all solve working together.

Your comments are greatly appreciated -- as always.

Penny Arcade Game Coming to PSN


The episodic adventure game Penny Arcade Adventure; On the Rain-slick Precipice of Darkness will make it to PS3 users via the Playstation Network. HotHead games announced this new port of their first game project at Comic-con. The tone of the game is pulp meets comics meets rpg all set in an HP Lovecraft horror world. I am definitely looking forward to this game which has a unique blend of point and click adventure game play and Japanese RPG elements(basically its a Final Fantasy clone when it comes to combat). Episodes of the game will be comparably priced with other platforms. Playstation+JRPG+Point and click+Penny Aracde=1 happy gamer.

Friday, July 25, 2008

The Dark Knight Sez...


Take that, Bitches!


$238,615,211

FARSCAPE Rumor Confirmed...

As first noted here...


BOOM! STUDIOS AND THE JIM HENSON COMPANY ANNOUNCE
ROCKNE S. O'BANNON TO WRITE FARSCAPE COMIC SERIES

StarBursting into comic stores this fall!

July 25th, 2008 - Los Angeles, CA - Today BOOM! Studios and The Jim Henson Company revealed that Rockne S. O'Bannon, beloved creator of FARSCAPE, will be writing BOOM!'s recently announced FARSCAPE comic book series. Widely recognized as one of the greatest sci-fi series in television history, the multi-award-winning FARSCAPE will make the transition to comics later this year.

"This is a dream opportunity for me - to get to continue the Farscape saga," O'Bannon said. "The comic book series starts off directly where the PEACEKEEPER WARS mini-series left us. It's like we're finally getting to experience Season Five of Farscape. Not only that, but the stories in the ongoing comic series will completely tie into the upcoming Farscape webisodes. Farscape lives!"

"I can't tell you how incredibly excited I am that Rockne will be part of the comic-book team. I'm a fan, and he's one of the best writers around," said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Mark Waid. "I'm doubly pleased that both Rockne and The Jim Henson Company folks have responded to the idea of making this series a direct continuation of the FARSCAPE TV series rather than an out-of-continuity tie-in. For fans of FARSCAPE, and with the show's creator involved, the comic series will fill that outer-space-sized void the show once occupied. In short, it's going to be frelling awesome!"

"Farscape the television series was a huge production, but we still had to tailor our storytelling to conform to the inevitable television limitations of story length and logistics and budget," O'Bannon added. "The great thing about the comic book medium is that the scope and scale of the Farscape world is no longer restricted. In terms of where we can go, what we can show -- these new stories will be Farscape Unrestrained."

Not wanting to give away too much of what's in store in the new comic series, O'Bannon did reveal, "One of the places that we always wanted to explore in the television series was Rygel's home world of Hyneria. No matter how passionate we were about telling that story, we simply couldn't do it. But now one of the massive-scale arcs in our first 4-issue comic series has us off to Hyneria!"

Debuting on the SCI-FI Channel in 1998, FARSCAPE follows the adventures of Astronaut John Crichton, who has a freak accident during an experimental space mission that catapults him across a thousand galaxies to an alien battlefield. Suddenly, he's trapped among alien creatures wielding deadly technology - a battle that 20th century sci-fi pop culture never prepared him for. Hunted by a merciless military race, Crichton begins his quest for home from a distant galaxy.

A groundbreaking award-winning sci-fi production, FARSCAPE has become a global favorite. Named by TV Guide as one of television's "Best Cult Shows Ever" and most recently named by EMPIRE Magazine as one of the "50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time," FARSCAPE is known for the overwhelming fan-based campaign that led to its miniseries production. The show has continued to find new audiences as it airs in syndication and is available on DVD around the world.




About BOOM! Studios

BOOM! Studios (
http://www.boom-studios.com) is a unique new publishing house specializing in high-profile projects across a wide variety of different genres from some of the industry's biggest talents. In its inaugural year, Wizard Magazine named BOOM! "Best New Publisher." Founded by the creator of the TV show EUREKA, Andrew Cosby, and his partner Ross Richie, BOOM! Studios continues to be on the leading edge of comic and graphic novel publishing.

About The Jim Henson Company

The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family entertainment for over 50 years and is recognized worldwide as an innovator in puppetry, animatronics and computer graphics. Best known as creators of the world famous Muppets (the rights to which are now owned by The Walt Disney Company), Henson is the recipient of over 50 Emmy Awards and nine Grammy Awards. Credits include the Saturn Award-winning "Farscape" and the features "MirrorMask," "Five Children and It" and "Good Boy!". With additional locations in New York and London, The Jim Henson Company is headquartered in Los Angeles on the historic Charlie Chaplin lot complete with soundstage and post-production facilities. Independently owned and operated by the five adult children of founder Jim Henson, the Company is also home to Jim Henson's Creature Shop , a pre-eminent character-building and visual effects group with international film, television and advertising clients, as well as Henson Recording Studios, one of the music industry's top recording facilities known for its world-class blend of state of the art and vintage equipment. The Company is currently in production on "Sid the Science Kid," a new science readiness animated series for preschoolers scheduled to debut on PBS in September 2008, and recently launched "Puppet Up! - Uncensored," a live puppet improvisational show that has played to sold out crowds around the world and premiered as a special on TBS. The Company has also announced the creation of Jim Henson Designs, a merchandise collection inspired by Jim Henson's earliest sketches.
http://www.henson.com

What Happens at Comic Con Stays at Comic Con:





Stephen Baldwin Speaks...

About his new comic for Boom Studios - THE REMNANT!


BOOM BABY!


I am in recovery from the Boom Studios Party and drinking coffee to replace my fluids... Yes, send nurses.

Lots of fun and laughter last night at the Hyatt with lots of familiar comics and game faces.

Caleb Monroe was there - for those of you who don't know Caleb is writing the new comic THE REMNANT - and I spoke with him briefly about it. They have previews over at the Boom booth so I will pick some up.

Matt Gagnon, editor of the benefit PULP TALES book for Josh Medors, a comic artist who is in need of health care (aren't we all?) says that sales are brisk for the PT book with the BEN TEMPLESMITH COVER!!!!!

(see Matt? I told you I could drive sales up 10% )

MIKE NELSON (FALL OF CTHULU, X-ISLE, ENIGMA )was there with the writer's room from John Rogers' new show on TNT LEVERAGE. John has a mostly female writing staff which is a most excellent thing as they are the ones who politely laugh at my mad pulp bastardry and move on. You will see them post occasionally on John's blog Kung Fu Monkey.

LEVERAGE just completed their first episode (in a record SIX - COUNT 'EM SIX - DAYS!!!) of production without a hitch. They are moving along at the speed of television (wussies need not apply).

FARSCAPE FANS take note - big announcement today regarding the FARSCAPE comic from BOOM and Henson studios. It's been rumored, but today it will be confirmed. Let's just say it ties the web and the comic together and leave it at that.

MATT FORBECK - writer of the MUTANT CHRONICLES movie adaption was there as was former TOKYOPOP editor HOPE DONOVAN. Look for new stuff from both. Hope especially wants to do something in the "teen girl comics" category (which is woefully underserved except from manga), but isn't limiting herself.

MARK WAID is super-excited about the new Disney/Pixar line coming out from Boom. He gets to write THE INCREDIBLES. mark is one of those guys who genuinely loves comics of all types and seems to instantly cultivate that little kid inside himself whenever he sees one.

That's enough for now. More later after my blood supply is replaced.

B

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Eric SDCC Update #1

The first impression one has upon arrival, is that the show has become WAY too big for this convention center. It seems as though there are twice as many people as last year in the hallways. Even panels I was expecting to have short lines and sparce attendance provided long waits and crowded inside. Like the panel for episodic gaming. Particularly shocking was the DEXTER panel which was in one of the smaller rooms and should have been either the ballroom or the main exhibit hall H.

Evab after all the waiting and making my way through all of the crowds, every panel was filled with fun, insight, and cool exclusive stuff.

The first panel I attended this morning was a celebration of 75 years of Doc Savage. I have only this year become a fan of the Man of Bronze but the panel was exciting. Michael Uslan, executive producer on the new Batman movie The Dark Knight, annouced that he is planning a Doc Savage movie. His depth of knowledge on the subject appeared to be deep. He shared both anecdotal stories and examples of a breadth of knowledge he could have obtained as a comics and pulp historian.

Things got even more interesting from there as my second panel of the day was SPORE CREATOR. Will Wright provided a One-on-One Audience presentation with only his laptop and a power point show. His presentation had great geek humor, including many sight gags and funny stories about story telling and play. His point being that games should be both a story and play at the same time because they are closely linked experiences. A demo of several of the features of Spore and the wide arrange of user generated content that online users will encounter which to date includes more than 2 million unique species created in the Spore Creature Creator which they released only a few weeks ago as both a free and premium download.

More thoughts on other panels to come later, lots to get to still.

Just a Reminder --

The Geekerati crew will be at the G4 and the Boom Studios parties tonight with video cameras and some swag.

Be prepared to do tricks for the camera.


(as the internet quakes for a moment and settles in for the inevitability of it all)


Shawna's Thursday Comic Con Update #1

More and more I’m convinced that the time, energy and money required to make the most of Comic Con just isn’t worth it. After the pain of finding a hotel, which was really too far away to be at all convenient, even with trolley service, and the pain of not finding parking at the trolley stop, and driving downtown to another stop, and finally finding street parking, and then getting on the trolley, we arrived at the Convention Center a half an hour after we wanted to be.
The mob to get into the Con was maddening. Everyone is overcharged for everything – parking, food, hotels…and the entire town feels too small for this event. And every year the crowd endures, presumably because what awaits inside the Convention Center is worth more than all of the costs and hassles combined.
In fact, once the panels start all of the frustrations fade away, and you are left in a room with hundreds of others lapping at the waters of ingenuity and genius. You share space with those who are eager to learn about and support whatever new enterprises are being discussed, be they comics, films, television or games. The fanbase is ravenous and must be fed. The types of feedings vary – from small trinkets, like pins or postcards for a show, to slightly more interesting, like blow up balloon swords or Stan Lee paper masks, to the truly “priceless” – sneak peeks at what is to come. Hints, tidbits, clues and even some spoilers about what fans can expect in the future from the series/book/film/game. In many ways the intangibles, such as video clips and the Q&As can be far more rewarding than any canvas bag or mini-comic.
So starts my Thursday.

Kings Panel: The first twenty minutes of the 2 hour "Kings" pilot was shown at the top of the panel. Beautifully shot, with a $10 million budget, Kings will air on NBC in February, Kings and tells a modern day version of David and Goliath. Ian McShane, who got stuck in traffic and was unable to make the panel, plays King Silas, the man who ended the war with Gath and created the capital of Shiloh. David is played by Chris Egan (Eragon), a young soldier who fought in the war and dared to face the “Goliath” tanks of the Gath to save the life of the King’s son, taken hostage on the battlefield. The director, Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) said about the script penned by Michael Green that it was perfect. “Most scripts come to you and they’re average, but you can see the potential. The pilot for “Kings” was the same as what I received – no changes.”

Next up was an hour of listening to JMS answer questions from those who aspire to be writers, beginners with questions about agents, breaking in, and how-tos. More interesting were those questions about making writing a career, persistence and creativity. The man is a wealth of knowledge, given that writing has been his occupation since he was 17, and he was both cautionary and encouraging.
My first foray into the Ballroom 20, second only to Hall H in terms of its vastness, was for the Doctor Who / Torchwood panels. As expected, there were no hints as to what to expect in the future of the show, once Steven Moffat takes over from Russell T. Davies as executive producer in about a year. Moffat’s season won’t start airing until 2010, quite a long time to determine the future direction of the show. One thing is clear – Moffat relishes the chance to helm the show, citing repeatedly that this is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. Listening to him talk about the show, it feels as if the fanboys have one of their own to rely upon, and in that they trust him implicitly to keep the show up to the quality which is now expected, and possibly even surpass it.

Of Torchwood season 3 we learn that it is unique, as is the next year or so of Doctor Who with its 4 “specials”, Torchwood will have one large story told on the canvas of 5 episodes, challenging what is left of the Torchwood Cardiff team under the command of Captain Jack Harkness to deal with more hardships. In fact, Russell T. Davies did not appear in San Diego so occupied is he in scripting the 5 episodes, which begin shooting in a month.

It was announced at the panel that BBC America will air Season 3 of Torchwood in Spring 2009, shortly after UK premiere, and that deal had only been finalized today.

Apparently all could be worse: Traffic is completely snarled on the 405 and the 5 headed down to San Diego from L.A. today. Accidents are causing guests to be late for (or not show up at all to) panels. I’m now glad that despite the melee to get into the Exhibit Hall last night, that I was here and ready to deal with today.

Next up: News about “Wizard’s First Rule”, HBO’s new series “True Blood”, and “Dexter!” Video clips of today’s panels reported here will be up later tonight and this post will be updated with the links.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Flickr Feed - Comic Con pictures

There's a flash badge in the sidebar. As I add photos to my Flickr feed.

Feel free to use this post as a place to talkback about the Con!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

I'm in Trouble Aren't I...?


From Pulp 2.0

This is my Friday morning interview...I am sure she is a lovely girl (what with the name Mistress Malice and all) and has many sweet, adorable attack kittens in her con booth ....

With razor sharp fangs and claws aiming for any available blood vessel...

Monday, July 21, 2008

The Plan for Comic Con 2008:

Can be found here:

The important bits:

Got to www.Twitter.com/geekerati and sign up to follow the feed. We will be giving you minute by minute updates from all sorts of panels. Want to know what's up with Whedon's DOLLHOUSE and DR. HORRIBLE ? Want to know about the Tori Amos comic ? How about Mistress Malice - the After Dark Horrorfest Scream Queen? And let's not forget THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, UNDERWORLD 3, SPORE, DEAD SPACE, and many other must see events.

Want to talk to comic / Hollywood creators at the Boom Studios party ?

It will be like YOU ARE THERE (too old a reference for you kids? Gawd, I'm a geezer).

Video will be posted at the Geekerati Blog and hosted by YouTube so if you search all you will have to type in is: GEEKERATI SDCC 2008.

We will be testing the live stream tonight/tomorrow and we'll let you know when it will be on.

Regular podcasts will be at the end of the day -- every day -- except Saturday night, where we will delay the podcast until Sunday morning breakfast.
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See you there!

Monday, July 14, 2008

San Diego Comic Con 2008 Preview Show and the Search for the World's Greatest Superhero

Tonight on Geekerati: San Diego Comic Con is only 10 days away. The event attracts a crowd the size of a reasonable city, but is the title "Comic Con" still appropriate? Our panelists will be covering the event live, and today we'll be talking about what the Con is offering this year.

Call in with your questions LIVE at 10 PM Eastern / 7 PM Pacific. Also, let us know what you are looking forward to hearing about from Comic-Con. The more we know what you want to learn, the better our coverage of those topics will be!

Monday, July 7, 2008

100 Best Westerns, Tonight on Geekerati

Tonight we'll be discussing the recently released list of the 100 Best Westerns (not the hotel chain, the films), as determined by the Western Writers of America. We'll talk about our own top 10 favorites, agree or disagree with the "official" list, and talk about the many subsets of Westerns from early silent films to today.

Join us LIVE at 10 PM Eastern / 7 PM Pacific Monday July 7! Chat in our chat room or call in to the show to talk about your favorites.