Fighting through the throngs of revelers at San Diego’s packed convention center during Comic-Con can be a harrowing experience - an overwhelming crush of sharp elbows and gigantic swag bags.
It's worth the hassle for plenty of pop culture fans. But lately, some pass-holders are happy to escape the panel lines and exhibition hall (which is as humid as any Florida afternoon) even though they likely spent $175 on admission.
Welcome to the party across the street - and even down the block. There's a slew of scheduled events and multi-day hangouts outside the venue that celebrate comic books and nerdery. FULL POST
In the latest movie, "Sushi Girl," Mark Hamill plays an ex-convict that looks nothing like his iconic character Luke Skywalker.
With horn-rimmed glasses and shoulder-length hair, Hamill shares one very tense dinner with the criminals who landed his character in jail.
But going incognito is nothing new for the actor. Hamill has made a name for himself in the voice acting community, first for playing the Joker in 1992's "Batman: The animated series," and later on for contributing to "Avatar: The Last Airbender,"and "Metalocalypse."
He's also got two English versions of Hayao Miyazaki films under his belt.
"It's a rhythmic thing," Hamill said about dubbing the original Japanese versions of Studio Ghibli's "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind" and "Castle in the Sky."
"I just have a facility for it," he said of matching the animated lip movements of his characters.
Hamill sat down with CNN Geek Out to discuss all things Comic-Con, animation and more. FULL POST
In light of the controversy comedian Daniel Tosh created by joking about rape in a comedy club recently, his upcoming Comedy Central cartoon "Brickleberry" seemed to be at a crucial juncture at Comic-Con.
The animated show about forest rangers focuses on adult characters. Rumors swirled (but even RumorFix commenters were pointing out inaccuracies) in the run up to the panel that the cartoon was frantically getting scrubbed of any rape jokes before its Comic-Con debut.
The panel on Friday afternoon was hardly packed, but was populated with Tosh-faithful. The pilot for "Brickleberry," which was shown at the panel, is an equal opportunity offender – with or without the reportedly excised rape jokes. It was, however, all about jokes involving animal cruelty, abuse of the disabled, sexist jokes, racial jokes, bestiality jokes, you name it.
"As sick and twisted as that [pilot] is, it was actually pretty tame compared to what comes after," said voice actor Tom Kenny, who plays Woody on the show. Kenny is better known for voicing SpongeBob Squarepants. FULL POST
"Every year it gets bigger," said 43-year-old Marvin Bricker of El Cajon, California. But it doesn't take a veteran Comic-Con attendee to notice that this year's comic book and pop culture trade show is even more impressive and crowded than last year's.
“I can remember when it was a big deal that 5,000 people were attending Comic-Con,” said Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill. “Now they’re saying there’s 180,000 people here.”
Convention organizers estimate that the San Diego Convention Center hosted 130,000 attendees last year.
The crush of Comic-Con is an intense experience for anyone – newbie or veteran. And the entertainment companies and vendors here know it. The flashy, come-hither presentation on the floor drops the jaws and widens eyes of passers-by. The labyrinth of booths is blinking a Morse code, sending out an encrypted message to devoted fans. FULL POST
Happy birthday, Han Solo!
Harrison Ford turns 70 today, a fact being celebrated by San Diego Comic-Con attendees, both the fans and the famous.
“[His impact] is huge. He single-handedly brought back the fedora, the Stetson and the leather jacket, the whip. He brought back the adventure with Spielberg and Lucas, brought back adventure in all genres, sci-fi, fantasy and the rest," said Christopher Shaw, a cosplayer who was all gussied up as Indiana Jones in the convention hall.
“Happy birthday, Harrison! Keep the adventures coming. Hopefully there will be an ‘Indy 5’ coming soon, and if you retire before then, I’m your man,” Shaw said.