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Thomas Jane made a new 'Punisher' short film for Comic-Con -- watch it now!

The kindest thing you can say about Thomas Jane’s 2004 movie The Punisher is that it’s the best Punisher movie by default, since the character also inspired a terrible 1989 film starring Dolph Lundgren and a terrible, terrible, terrible 2008 film starring Ray Stevenson. But the experience of making the movie apparently stuck with Jane. At San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend, Jane debuted an expensive-looking 10-minute short film about a character who is clearly the Punisher, although the film — titled “Dirty Laundry” — is carefully constructed to avoid any potential lawsuits. The short also features an appearance by Ron Perlman. Fair warning: It’s extremely violent. But as directed by Phil Joanou (Gridiron Gang), it’s also pretty fun.
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On its 30th anniversary, 'Love and Rockets' moves to the digital age

The Panel: 30th Anniversary of Love and Rockets featuring brothers Gilbert, Jaime, and Mario Hernandez, moderated by their longtime publisher, Fantagraphic Books’ Gary Groth.

The Big Revelations: In a deal with Comixology, Fantagraphic will finally begin to release 30 years of Love and Rockets digitally. Comic-Con surprised Mario with an Inkpot Award to match the ones previously granted to his more prolific brothers. Jaime told the crowd that Alan Moore was quite taken with the nine-panel grid that he used throughout his Locas story “100 Rooms” and subsequently adopted it for Watchmen. Gilbert named Palomar’s villain, Howard Miller, after fellow cartoonists Howard Chaykin and Frank Miller.

Footage Screened: Early artwork from the brothers, including the self-published first issue of Love and Rockets. Groth also showed a slide with Jaime’s rendering of a female Robin, an image that, according to Jaime, inspired the creation of Carrie Kelly in Dark Knight Returns.

Snap Judgment: The Hernandez brothers are legends who produced the most enduring indie comic series in history with Love and Rockets. It’s important that their sprawling oeuvre remain accessible for new fans, and their new agreement with Comixology to reprint their work digitally ensures that.

Most Incisive Audience Question: Several women thanked the brothers for creating enduring female characters like Luba, Maggie, and Hopey.

The Winner of the Panel: Mario. He finally won a major award after decades in the shadow of his more celebrated younger brothers. He was genuinely touched by that moment.

Bronies, Jem, and a visit from a rock legend: A geek girls' guide to Comic-Con

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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How to Be a Power Ranger: A Mighty Morphin' video tutorial

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

HULK VS. THE COMIC-CON FLOOR!

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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

Comic-Con panel: Is Batman broken—or is Bruce Wayne crazy for dating Catwoman?

The Panel: Psychologists Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight) and Robin Rosenberg (The Psychology of SuperheroesWhat’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.

Patton Oswalt on Daniel Tosh controversy: 'Obviously, I don't agree with what he said,' but...

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

Eisner Awards: The winners are...

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards — largely considered the “Comic Oscars” — were given out Friday night at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. And the winners are… READ FULL STORY

Quentin Tarantino fans are primed for today's Comic-Con 'Django' panel

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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.

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