Newsflash: Girls can be geeks, too! Clare Grant aka Team Unicorn, and Bonnie Burton, author of The Star Wars Craft Book, took me to the Comic-Con floor to help find the glittery girl things amidst the sea of shoot-em-ups, superheros, and wizards. First stop: My Little Pony, where we met some serious Bronies (whom we now have a crush on), then it was on to find geek shirts for girls from HerUniverse, and a real hover board, just like Marty McFly’s from Back to the Future II. Check out the video below for more fun stuff that girls geek out over at Comic-Con, plus catch rock legend-turned video bomber Gene Simmons join the tour.
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One of my highlights so far this year at Comic-Con was learning how to be a Power Ranger from some of the dudes behind the mask, including Walter Jones, the original black Ranger, and Alex Heartman, the new Red Ranger.
During a visit to their booth on the convention floor, I got to put on my very own Red Ranger outfit and try out a few moves and battle cries. Take that, everybody who always said my personality was “totally Blue Ranger”! Watch the video below, which includes an exciting showdown with the villainous Green Ranger. READ FULL STORY
AS HULK JOURNEYS TOWARD THE CONVENTION CENTER ITSELF, HULK LOOKS UP AT THE MARRIOT WHICH HAS TWO GIGANTIC SCREEN ADVERTISEMENTS OVER THE SIDE OF THE TOWERS. LOOKING AROUND THE CITY, THESE KINDS OF ADS ARE EVERYWHERE, TAKING UP THE ENTIRE SIDES OF SKYSCRAPERS… IT’S LIKE THE CITY ITSELF IS COSPLAYING.
HULK ARRIVES TO THE BACK OF THE LINE IN THE MIDST OF CHAOS AND ONE OF THE BIGGEST SURPRISES IS THAT LINE SYSTEM WORKS PRETTY DAMN WELL. THE VOLUNTEERS AND SECURITY ARE ON THEIR GAME. THEY DIRECT PEOPLE WITH CARE AND KNOW-HOW. AND THERE IS NO DOUBTING THAT THE SECURITY ALONG THE STREET IS RAMPED UP AFTER A TRAGIC ACCIDENT A FEW DAYS PRIOR IN WHICH A WOMAN RAN ACROSS THE STREET NOT TO LOSE HER PLACE IN THE TWILIGHT LINE AND WAS STRUCK BY A CAR AND KILLED. THESE ARE THE KINDS OF THINGS A CONVENTION TAKES WITH THE APPROPRIATE AMOUNT OF SERIOUSNESS, AND EVERYONE SEEMS IN CONTROL AS A RESULT. READ FULL STORY
'The Walking Dead Escape': Witness an exciting video journey through the Comic-Con zombie obstacle course!
The Walking Dead has been all over Comic-Con 2012 this year, with the revelation of a Zombie Survival Car on the floor and a capacity crowd in Hall H cheering on the exciting new footage from Dead‘s season 3. But the show’s influence also spread beyond the Convention Center — to celebrate the comic book series’ 100th issue, Dead staged a takeover of San Diego’s Petco Park, creating a massive zombie-infested obstacle course.
We took a camera crew over to Petco to see if we could survive the undead apocalypse. What we found there shocked us, scared us, and taught us all a very important lesson…about zombies. Watch the video below: READ FULL STORY
The Panel: Psychologists Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight) and Robin Rosenberg (The Psychology of Superheroes, What’s the Matter with Batman?) producer Michael Uslan (The Dark Knight Rises), comic book writers Len Wein (Batman), and Steve Englehart (Detective Comics), and Catwoman herself, actress Lee Meriwether (Batman: The Movie).
The Big Revelations: According to clinical psychologist Robin Rosenberg Batman is not, in fact, crazy. The panel was ostensibly meant to delve into Batman’s psyche but spent more time analyzing Catwoman, thanks in part to the presence of the totally charming Lee Meriwether. Robin Rosenberg took the audience through several potential mental health diagnosis for Bruce Wayne and ruled out symptoms of depression, dissociative personality disorder, and PTSD. Whew!
Snap Judgment: If you wanted a deep dive into the personality of Batman and the nature of his relationship with Catwoman, this was the panel for you! I just wish they billed it as such so that the Catwoman co-players would have showed up.
Most Incisive Audience Question: From panelist Steve Englehart, who wondered why more people didn’t recognize that Wayne was also the Dark Knight: “It just seemed to me that if you slept with a guy you might recognize the bottom half of his face.”
The Winner of the Panel: The totally charming Lee Meriwether, though Michael Uslan deserves special consideration for comparing the lover life of Bruce Wayne and Archie.
EW met up with comedian (and avid comic book fan) Patton Oswalt at The Spreckels Theatre in San Diego to hear how he’s enjoying Comic-Con and get a behind-the-scenes look at how he prepares for his comedy shows. We also asked what he thinks of the Daniel Tosh rape joke controversy. His level-headed response: “Obviously, I don’t agree with what he said, and I don’t agree with how he said it, but I think it’s very dangerous to create an atmosphere where people can’t f— up.”
Hear Oswalt’s full thoughts, including why the internet can actually be a good thing for comedy, in Part 2 of the video below. READ FULL STORY
We walked the Comic-Con Hall H line this morning to meet the die-hard Quentin Tarantino fans waiting to see today’s Django Unchained panel. Tarantino fans are among the most devoted (one person came all the way from Malaysia for the event) and film-literate at SDCC, unlike some…other…passionate fan bases. (Also mixed in among the Hall H line throngs this a.m. were fan boys and girls waiting to see clips from Iron Man 3 and The Hobbit at those upcoming panels.)
The Django Unchained fans we spoke to were most excited about Inglorious Basterds star Christoph Waltz reuniting with Tarantino, and Leonardo DiCaprio breaking type to play the villain. Fans Kelly Greenfield and her son Nick were interested in “a Tarantino spaghetti western with a slave as the bounty hunter.” Rod Paddock noted Tarantino’s love of Sergio Leone, and is curious to see which notes from the 2007 film Sukiyaki Western Django make it into Tarantino’s Django.
Zeke Pinheiro was happy to see Tarantino cast Franco Nero, the protagonist of the 1966 film Django, and though he was nervous “because of [the racial content], this is a tightrope of a film and I can’t wait to see how he walks it.” Another fan, Chloe, said she puts her faith in Tarantino, because “whatever he does is a statement about what he cares about. I’ve never been disappointed by one of his films.”
Check back at EW.com this afternoon for our full report on the panel.
The Project: Chew is a comic published by Image Comics (The Walking Dead) currently in development at Showtime
The Panel: Chew writer Jon Layman, artist Rob Guillory, with screenwriter Brian Duffield as a surprise guest
The Big Revelations: Like other successful creator-owned comics such as Preacher and Y the Last Man, Chew will end with issue 60. The creative team hopes that Ken Leung (Lost‘s Miles) will play main character Tony Chu when it comes to Showtime. Layman says the series will move in a dramatic new direction with issue 31. Plus, Chew merchandise coming soon!
Snap Judgment: Jon Layman’s perseverance is a model for aspiring writers. He struggled to find success for years, but didn’t chase mainstream projects. He now pens one of the most successful comics in the country about an Asian single-dad who solves crimes by nibbling on dead people, and DC just tapped him to write Detective Comics, the signature Batman comic.
Most Incisive Audience Comment: When an audience member thanked the Chew team for getting him back into comics.
Least Incisive Audience Question: A member asked Louisiana native Rob Guillory for his favorite gumbo. Guillory informed him that he doesn’t like gumbo.
The Winner of the Panel: Layman. You have to love someone who describes himself as “a weird guy who thinks about weird stuff.”
Zombies are a common sight in San Diego during Comic-Con. But on red carpets they most certainly are not. However, when the carpet is for a party celebrating the 100th issue of AMC TV show-inspiring comic book The Walking Dead, there will be blood-stained zombies.
At the Friday night event inside Petco Park – home of the Padres, just across the street from the San Diego Convention Center – actors playing pretty convincing zombies growled and moaned behind chain link fences that lined the celeb-filled black carpet. This didn’t seem to faze the stars of Comic-Con, but many screams were heard from reporters who got as close as they dared to the monsters while they filmed their segment intros.
The man of the hour, the comic book’s creator, Robert Kirkman, was very involved in helping plan the other zombie event that’s taken over Petco Park this weekend, The Walking Dead Escape, an obstacle course where fans can pay $70 to either be a zombie or be chased by one. But going into the party Friday night, Kirkman was not at all privy to what the set-up would be.
“I have no idea. It could be a parade of unicorns dancing on rainbows for all we know,” he told EW on the carpet. “After the zombies, I would trade those for some unicorns in a minute. It’s a little nerve-wracking.” READ FULL STORY