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
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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.
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
The Black Panel: Michael Davis moderated the infamous panel with Shaquille O’Neal, Jamie Kennedy (The Jamie Kennedy Experiment), Alexander Strong (New Kingdom Entertainment), Missy Geppi (president, Geppi’s Entertainment Museum), E. Van Lowe (former Cosby Show writer, author of YA Earth Angel and Boyfriend from Hell), and Steve McKeever (president, Hidden Beach Records).
Footage Screened: Panel sponsor AT&T screened a Daybreak web series trailer, Shaq previewed his new comics Clean Ops and Hoopfighters.
The Big Revelations: Shaq is coming out with comics!
Snap Judgment: The Black panel is entertaining as hell, but generally lacking in substance. This is a product of its open-ended Q&A style. It does lead to revelations like Jamie Kennedy’s confession that he turned down a role in Boogie Nights for a role in As Good As It Gets because the latter paid better.
Most Incisive Audience Question: From Clayton Thomas, who asked Shaq to add him to his Black Comedy tour and then did two minutes to prove he’s got the goods.
Least Incisive Audience Question: A fan asked for a pic with Shaq. Sweet but not a good idea with quip master Michael Davis on the mic.
The Winner of the Panel: Jamie Kennedy. The crowd was here for Shaq, but Kennedy acquitted himself well.
HULK WAS SUPREMELY INTERESTED IN A PANEL ENTITLED “THE CHARACTER OF MUSIC.” ASIDE FROM THE FACT THAT IT WAS POPULATED BY A NUMBER OF VASTLY TALENTED COMPOSERS AND THEIR EQUALLY TALENTED CINEMATIC COLLABORATORS, IT SEEMED LIKE A RATHER PROMISING PLACE FOR AN IN DEPTH DISCUSSION ABOUT THE POWER OF MUSIC AND THE SUBTLETIES OF ITS ARTISTIC APPLICATION.
INSTEAD HULK GOT A COMIC-CON PANEL.
OKAY WOW THAT SOUNDS HARSH. THAT’S REALLY NOT HOW HULK MEANS IT. IN FACT, THAT STATEMENT IS NOT MEANT TO DERIDE THE PANEL AT ALL. THE TRUTH IS THE PANEL WAS RATHER FUNNY, GOOD-NATURED, FULL OF GREAT ANECDOTES, AND EVEN HAD A FEW AWWW-INDUCING MOMENTS. BUT IN HULK’S SHORT TIME HERE, HULK HAS BORN WITNESS TO THE FACT THAT A COMIC-CON PANEL DOESN’T NECESSARILY OPERATE LIKE… UM… PRETTY MUCH ALL THE OTHER PANELS THAT HULK HAS BEEN TO DURING PRETTY MUCH EVERY OTHER TIME IN HULK’S LIFE.
THEY ARE BASICALLY SEMI-CONTROLLED CHAOS.
The trailer for Halo 4: Foward Unto Dawn, the live-action series based on the popular Xbox franchise debuted at Comic-Con on July 12.
Set at the beginning of the human and Covenant war in the Halo universe, Dawn tells the story of cadets in training at the United Nations Space Command, leading up to the events of Halo 4, the game.
The five-episode series will premiere on Oct. 5, setting up the launch of the videogame on Nov. 6. Watch the trailer below.
The Panel: Writer Marjorie Liu (Astonishing X-Men), video game writer David Gaider (Dragon Age), comic book writer Brandon Thomas (Miranda Mercury), showrunner and screenwriter Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Middleman, Lost), novelist Sarah Kuhn (One Con Glory), and sci-fi writer N.K. Jemisin (The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms); moderated by Racebending.com.
The Project: Racebending.com convened their first panel at 2011 Comic Con in the wake of the casting travesty that occurred on the Avatar:Last Airbender. This year they continue the conversation.
The Big Revelations: Entertainment companies across all platforms really don’t get diversity (duh).
- Marjorie Liu pitched an all female book to Marvel featuring Black Widow, Electra, Mystique and X-23 (Wolverine’s ‘daughter’). She was told by the higher ups that such a book wouldn’t sell!
- David Gaider revealed that one of the most popular mods for Dragon Age transforms Isabela—a black character with a romantic storyline—into a blue eyed blond haired damsel.
- Sarah Kuhn reported that Asian writers are often asked to change their last names by the marketing departments at book publishers when writing in genres like romance to make their books more marketable.
- Javier Grillo-Marxuach struggles with “standing against a stereotype even if that means denying an opportunity to put a person of color on screen.”
- Javier Grillo-Marxuach also revealed a forthcoming comic with Ape Entertainment titled Unfathomable, to go with his recently launched Ramiel, Wrath of god mini-series.
Most Incisive Audience Question: An audience member asked how one gets into the head of a character of a different race or ethnicity, leading Javi Grillo-Marxuach to recount a touching story about how his own struggles with English informed his writing on the season one Lost episode that focused on Jin.
The Winner of the Panel: Javier Grillo-Marxuach! His comments were informative, insightful and very funny. Not easy to do when discussing issues of race.
To celebrate the 100th issue of The Walking Dead comic book series, Dead writer and all-around undead guru Robert Kirkman kicked off Preview Night at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con by unveiling a car specifically designed to survive the impending zombie apocalypse (we gave you an advance peek a few days ago). The automobile is actually a heavily converted Hyundai, featuring a host of essential death-preventing, walker-annihilating improvements: Armored windows, wheel spikes, and even a handy katana-and-baseball-bat rack. I talked to Kirkman and Gary Castillo, the guy who actually put the car together: Check out the video below for a complete walk-through of the ultimate Zombie Survival vehicle.
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I am a college professor hired for my expertise in post-World War II American culture, which somehow led to me teaching an incredibly popular college course on comics and graphic novels. Despite growing up on comic books, until this year I had never been to San Diego Comic Con. Of course I’ve known about SDCC for what feels like my whole life, and I’ve certainly wanted to go. But I transitioned from a poor undergraduate to a poor grad student to a not-so-poor professor without ever having attended. I assumed that I would make the trip with my family when the kids were big enough to handle the crowds and the crazy. But it hadn’t happened yet, so when EW asked me to lend my particular and peculiar expertise to their coverage of SDCC 2012 I jumped at the chance. And here I am, finally, on a pilgrim to my chosen temple of culture.
I came up in a golden age of comics. No not THE golden age, c’mon now. But I used to go to the comic shop and pick up Frank Miller’s Daredevil, Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing, Chris Claremont’s X-Men, Marv Wolfman and George Perez’s Teen Titans. Now, these icons of my tween years are multi-platform brands. Moore, Miller, et al were not plotting to take over Hollywood like so many writers of today’s comics — it just sort of happened. And, despite all the movie studio money that depends on comics, this sort of organic movement from the margins to the center is still happening. Take John Layman and Rob Guillory’s Chew, which might be my favorite comic right now. Showtime has optioned the book for development into a series, but the idiosyncratic creator-owned project about an Asian single-dad detective with an unusual palate is a grass roots success. I’m happy that despite all the PR dollars that now get lavished on SDCC, organic growth like this is still possible in the 21st century synergistic entertainment industry.
Still, this is all new to me, and I’m excited to be seeing it from the inside. Because I’m part of team EW, I received a list of all the celebs who have confirmed they are appearing this year. That’s crazy. Not only am I going to see 30 minutes of Django Unchained, I already know if Leo is going to show up for the Q&A. It would have been enough to have waited outside of Hall H for hours with all the other fans. Which, by the way I’m still totally doing. The Django ticket is hot, with seemingly 1/2 of EW lined up to cover it, so I’ve got to get up early and get on line like everyone else.
And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Jonathan W. Gray is an assistant professor of English and Gender Studies at John Jay College/CUNY. Follow him @elmcitytree.
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