At a little before noon on Sunday, the last day of SDCC 2012, Jane Espenson (BSG, Buffy), Brad “Cheeks” Bell (Pop-Up Video), Jenna Busch (Moviefone Minute), Sean Hemeon (True Blood), and Jeff Greenstein (Will and Grace) file onto the stage of Room 7AB and begin setting up for the panel "Espenson: An Anagram For Openness" (and I just realized that’s not metaphorical). The room is packed and the audience settling in eagerly awaits the discussion to follow which will focus on Jane and Brad’s new online series, Husbands, called the “future of TV” by Ira Glass.
With the popularity of YA dystopia literature like The Hunger Games taking the world by storm, the Fanboy Comics crew attended Hungry for Dystopia, a panel discussing what attracts today's authors to totalitarian futures, the inspirations behind dystopian themes, and the possible solutions offered within their stories. The panel featured authors Neal Shusterman (Unwind trilogy), Lissa Price (Starters), Paolo Bacigalupi (The Drowned Cities), Michael Grant (BZRK), Daniel H. Wilson (Amped), Gennifer Albin (Crewel), and Marie Lu (Legend trilogy), and it was moderated by Anna North (America Pacifica).
At San Diego Comic-Con 2012, leading animation studio Klasky Csupo provided Fanboy Comics with a sneak preview of their new digital slate for the upcoming year, and fans of their previous properties like Rugrats, Aaahh! Real Monsters, Rocket Power, and The Wild Thornberrys will be very excited by the eclectic group of projects. With 20 never-before-seen pilots, a digital comic book, and a multi-platform web series, Klasky Csupo has big things in the works for fans of all ages. Announcements regarding the digital properties and the studio's new digital division will be shared with Comic-Con fans at the company's 5:00 p.m. panel.
Not to start off with this old cliche, but how many times has this happened to you? You're traversing the corridors of a hotel when you turn a corner and see a man wearing only dance pants and a very well-made Elmo mask, either practicing dance moves or having a seizure. I can use the word seizure, because I have a brain tumor. That's our word.
As I sit here on a randomly snowy April morning listening to The Blues Brothers soundtrack, my mind drifts to the likes of The Nerima Daikon Brothers. Like Hideki and Ichiro trying to desperately save their precious daikon field by any means necessary, I'm reminded of two hardworking women scrambling to keep a huge anime convention together. Those two gracious ladies are Jeanie Rabatsky and Allison Milwid, since President/CEO Jim Gogol was rather sick during the pre-production portion of putting on Tekkoshocon X, which took place from March 21-25. A four-day con is a rare thing, but so wise it boggles the four brain cells I have left. The first night of the con was actually held at approximately 6 p.m. at the Hollywood Theatre in Dormont, PA. The genius of this, besides giving anime and manga fans an early start to collect their weekend passes, was to cut down on the lines for the following day, when hordes of preteens bombarded the hotel in which the convention was held. Atlas may have been able to shrug, but Jeanie and Allison had to wait until the con was over, packed up, and ready to go for the next one. Besides having to wrangle guests, volunteers, staff, and myself, they had their hands full. I must say, ladies, you did a hell of a job.
In this WonderCon panel, the forensic psychiatrists of Broadcast Thought, H. Eric Bender, M.D., Praveen R. Kambam, M.D., and Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D., joined forces with Mark E. Safarik, M.S., V.S.M., one of the senior (retired) members of the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, to explain the pathology found in the dark world of Gotham City's serial killers. These panelists compared and contrasted some of the deadliest real-life killers with some of Gotham’s most notorious.
Greetings, my fellow tributes!
With The Hunger Games feature film barely a week away from release, I know that if it doesn’t have Ms. Lawrence or Mr. Hutcherson slapped on the cover, it’s going to take a lot to grab your attention. Well, hold on to your mockingjays, because there is ANOTHER Hunger Games film in the works as we speak! I’m not talking Catching Fire; I’m talking about a feature-length fan film made by fans, for fans, with fans, which will cover unexplored events mentioned during Mockingjay, the third and final book of The Hunger Games trilogy. I’m talking about Star Squad!
MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT READ MOCKINGJAY!!!
Each year the convention season gets longer and longer. Comic Cons are a big deal now; companies can promote new projects and fans just eat up the chance to meet their favorite creators. The last few years, however, a weariness has taken over the larger cons. SDCC has become massive, and, amidst all the excitement, it can be hard to focus on comics these days. These big conventions are filled with so many people and have so much going on that everyone is exhausted, stressed out, and you can rarely get in to see the panels or the people you want.
Do you like a good haunted hayride or haunted house? Do you love scary movies? Is Alice Cooper your own personal Jesus? If at least two of these three things are true, then you’ll probably have an amazing time at Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights, which opened for 2011 this past weekend. For years now, every autumn Universal has turned its theme park into one big haunted house adventure, within which you will find six giant haunted mazes, a terror tram, an entire city block overrun with zombies, deranged clowns roaming around wielding everything from little, creepy noise makers to roaring chainsaws, and what seems to be a yearly tradition: a variety show called Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure. It’s a shocking, scary, and unbelievably fun, full-immersion Halloween experience!
Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:
This was my first year ever to cosplay at Comic-Con, and there was no better character to portray than The Hunger Games' Katniss Everdeen! As one of the strongest female characters in Young Adult fiction, Katniss will be making her movie debut in Lionsgate's film adaptation, due in theatres in March of 2012.
The Lionsgate booth at SDCC featured an over-sized HG film poster, as well as several screens that played the recently released motion poster. In addition, Lionsgate staffers handed out Mockingjay pins and posters, which became the most sought-after swag of the Con.
Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:
The FBC Crew attended Showtime's 2011 panel entitled 'Tired of Ordinary Television,' which featured three of its TV shows: Dexter, Shameless, and the upcoming Homeland. Despite taking place in Ballroom 20, which holds a little over 4,000 attendees, each show's panel felt more intimate than most. Although each show received an undivided allotment of time during the two-hour panel, the entirety of Showtime's programming fell a bit flat, lacking both fans in the room and exciting news from the shows.