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Comic-Con Black Panel: Lots of laughs, less substance

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.

THE ANATOMY OF A COMIC-CON PANEL

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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.

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'Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn' trailer -- WATCH

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.

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Panel on race in comics engages the elephant in the room

 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).

For example:

- 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.

Robert Kirkman introduces 'The Walking Dead' Zombie Survival Car

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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The pilgrimage: A comic book expert's first trip to Comic-Con

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.

 

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…

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Comic-Con off-site events: Or, things to do in San Diego without a badge

Every year when Comic-Con invades San Diego, the geek circus spreads far beyond the Convention Center into San Diego’s Gaslamp District. That’s more true than ever this year, with major companies and fan groups hosting events outside of the Convention. Best of all, none of these events require a Comic-Con badge — which means there’s plenty to do even if you didn’t sign up for a badge when they went on sale five years ago (give or take.) Here’s a list of things to do in San Diego when the walls start closing in: READ FULL STORY

Coldplay to debut 'Mylo Xyloto' comic book at Comic-Con

Vanity project or creative breakthrough?

Coldplay announced Tuesday on their website that the band will debut the first issue of the comic book Mylo Xyloto, directly inspired by their album of the same name, at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con. A collaboration with animation director Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda), the six-part comic series is what Osborne calls “the latest expression of a music-driven feature animated film that the band and I started developing several years ago,” done in concert with the development of what became the album Mylo Xyloto.

In a Q&A on the Coldplay site, Osborne provided a hint at the story involving their character Mylo Xyloto, and how it ties back into the band’s album:  READ FULL STORY

Entertainment Geekly: Spider-Man on Film

Ten years ago, the runaway success of Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man movie kickstarted the whole modern era of superhero movies. This week, Sony rebooted the web-swinging franchise with The Amazing Spider-Man, a movie which has earned critical praise (and a bit of cash) despite the general perception that it might be, well, a bit unnecessary. On this week’s episode of Entertainment Geekly, we talk about the history of the Spider-Man movies — and offer just a bit of praise for the widely-loathed Spider-Man 3 — and ponder where the franchise could go from here. We also talk a bit about Comic-Con, where Jeff will be hosting a certain panel featuring the cast of a certain shortlived Joss Whedon TV show about characters who went on adventures while wearing brown coats. (Hint: It ain’t Dollhouse.) READ FULL STORY

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