MR. HULK GOES TO COMIC-CON

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BY THE TIME YOU READ THIS, HULK WILL HAVE LEFT THE CITY OF ANGELS, DRIVEN DOWN THE 405 AND ARRIVED IN BEAUTIFUL SAN DIEGO. HULK WILL NOT BE ALONE. THERE WILL BE LONG LINES OF CARS SLOWLY INCHING FORWARD, ALL GOING TO THE SAME EXACT PLACE.

FOR ONE EXTENDED WEEKEND IT SEEMS THAT ALL OF HOLLYWOOD SAUNTERS ON DOWN TO “AMERICA’S FINEST CITY” (SELF-PROCLAIMED) IN ORDER TO GET THEIR PROMOTION ON. WHICH MEANS ONLY ONE THING: IT’S SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON TIME. THE LAST DECADE HAS SEEN AN EXPONENTIAL GROWTH OF INFLUENCE. GONE ARE THE DAYS OF COMIC-CON AND HOLLYWOOD’S FLIRTATION. THIS IS NOW A STRAIGHT UP MARRIAGE, COMPLETE WITH: BLOCKBUSTER TRAILER DEBUTS, BIZARRE PANELS, RARE COLLECTION SHOWS, EXCLUSIVE PARTIES, COPIOUS AMOUNTS OF DRINKING, COSTUMES, COSTUME CONTESTS, COSTUMED WEDDINGS, AND MORE COSTUMES. IT IS THE COMING TOGETHER OF FERVENT FANDOMS; THE HOLY GRAIL DESTINATION FOR ALL THE PROUD NERDS, THE LOVERS OF GENRE, AND THE HOLLYWOOD ELITE WHO SERVE THEM. OH, HOW GLORIOUS AND AMAZING COMIC-CON CAN BE… AND WITH THAT GLOWING APPRAISAL COMES ONE STUNNING, RUEFUL ADMISSION…

HULK HAS NEVER BEEN.

HULK KNOW, HULK KNOW. IT SEEMS PATENTLY ABSURD. AFTER ALL, HULK GREW UP AS A RAMBUNCTIOUS LITTLE MOVIE LOVER AND EARNEST DEVOURER OF COMIC BOOKS. AND FOR ALMOST A DECADE, HULK HAS LIVED IN LOS ANGELES AND WORKED IN THE INDUSTRY. BUT HULK NEVER QUITE HAD THE RIGHT OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE THE JOURNEY DOWN. SOMETHING ALWAYS SEEMED TO INTERFERE. AND TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE, IT WAS NOW OVER TWO YEARS AGO THAT HULK WAS IN “THE ACCIDENT” WHICH ACCIDENTALLY TURNED HULK INTO THE GIANT GREEN MONSTER WHO TYPES FOR YOU NOW. A REAL-LIVE HULK WHO HAS NEVER BEEN TO COMIC-CON? UNSPEAKABLE! BUT NOW IT’S TIME FOR SOME OVERDUE COURSE CORRECTION.

LUCKILY ENOUGH, HULK WAS ASKED BY ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY TO MAKE THE JOURNEY DOWN AND COVER THE CON. AND HULK COULDN’T BE MORE HONORED AND EXCITED TO DO SO.

IT IS AT THIS POINT THAT HULK FREELY ADMITS THAT HULK IS NOT A PROFESSIONAL JOURNALIST. FOR ANY FIRST TIME READERS, IT SHOULD PROBABLY BE EXPLAINED: HULK IS A HULK WHO WORKS IN HOLLYWOOD IN SOME NEBULOUS CAPACITY AND MOONLIGHTS IN FILM CRITICISM. NO, HULK IS NOT TALKING ABOUT THE KIND OF MOVIE REVIEWS ONE OFTEN ASSOCIATES WITH THE CURRENT LANDSCAPE, BUT INSTEAD HULK OFFERS SPRAWLING, LABORIOUS, HULK-SIZED ESSAYS ABOUT MACRO-LEVEL CINEMA; BIG, SWEEPING TOPICS LIKE SCREENWRITING, THE HOLLYWOOD MECHANISM, THE ART OF ACTING, CURRENT STORY TRENDS, OR EVEN OUR COLLECTIVE MOVIE-WATCHING DISPOSITION. THROW IN SOME VIDEO GAME AND MUSIC ESSAYS AND IT MAKES FOR A PRETTY WIDE RANGE… HECK, TRUTH IS HULK WRITES ABOUT WHATEVER THE HECK HULK FINDS INTERESTING.

AND THANKFULLY, THIS IS LARGELY THE POINT OF HULK BEING HERE. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY WILL BE BRINGING YOU THE MOST EXTENSIVE COVERAGE FROM A HOST OF WONDERFUL, REAL-DEAL JOURNALISTS WHO WILL BE TACKLING THIS EVENT IN THE PROFESSIONAL CAPACITY YOU ARE ACCUSTOMED TO. AS FOR HULK? WELL, HULK WILL BE DOING SOMETHING A BIT MORE… ALTERNATIVE.

BECAUSE HULK HAS NEVER BEEN TO COMIC-CON BEFORE, THIS IS GOING TO BE MORE OF AN “OUTSIDER-AS-INSIDER” APPROACH. SURE, HULK WILL BE COVERING THE SAME BIG MOVIES AND EVENTS, BUT IT WILL ALWAYS BE THROUGH THE LENS OF HULK’S PARTICULAR DISPOSITION; A DESIRE TO KNOW WHAT MAKES THE CON SO UNIQUE, AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE MOTIVE AND MINUTIAE, A HUMANE APPROACH TO DETAILED OBSERVATION FILLED WITH LONG PROFILES, INTERVIEWS, AND WHATEVER QUICK-FIRE TOPICAL PIECES STRIKE HULK’S FANCY. AND HULK IS POSITIVELY GIDDY ABOUT SOME OF THE THINGS HULK ALREADY HAS LINED UP.

HOW WILL THIS GO? THE TRUTH IS THAT HULK DOESN’T KNOW. BUT HULK CAN PROMISE YOU ONE THING:

HULK IS GOING TO WRITE MORE ABOUT COMIC-CON IN THE NEXT FIVE DAYS THAT ANY OTHER PERSON WHO HAS EVER COVERED THE EVENT BEFORE. AND HOPEFULLY HULK WILL DO SO IN A WAY THAT YOU FIND COMPELLING.

SOUND LIKE A DEAL?

DEAL.

… LET’S GO EXPLORING.

<3 HULK

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