SDCC 08: Memoirs of a Comic-Con Virgin

Long-time GoD contributor and San Diego Comic-Con ’08 correspondent Neverwanderer gives the play by play of his very first San Diego Comic-Con experience this past July.

“The San Diego Convention Center is so huge that if you were to stand at one end of the exhibit hall and face the room, you couldn’t see the other end because of the curvature of the Earth.”
-William O’Neil, Co-Creator of Violent Messiahs

“NO! I’m not going to “˜sand eggo.’ I get twitchy just thinking about SDCC! I’ll be home watching the Sex & the City movie.”
-Brian Michael Bendis, Writer of Secret Invasion, among many, many others…

“Nerd Prom! NERD PROM!!!”
-Comic-Con Attendee

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SDCC 08: Spotlight on J. Michael Straczynski

“If you ever have an opportunity to see J.M. Straczynski speak live, do it.”

Seems like you can’t read a single article regarding the man’s work without having this piece of advice thrown your way. Indeed, the creator of hit sci-fi show Babylon 5 and prolific writer of such comic titles as Amazing Spider-Man, Supreme Power, and The Mighty Thor has built himself a reputation as not only a groundbreaking creative force, but an entertaining public speaker as well! “¨

This fact made my decision to attend his “Spotlight on”¦” panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con all the easier.

I’d sat through two panels before his (one of which — the Grant Morrison/Gerard Way affair — can be read about here), both of which had that sort of low-calorie rock concert feel to them. You know what I’m talking about”¦ a room the size of a school auditorium”¦ a small stage upon which sits a few long tables and a row of chairs”¦ the lights go dim and the deep-throated announcer welcomes you to the show and introduces the guest(s) of honor”¦ moderate applause fills the room as the speakers mount the stage, waving to the crowd”¦ and then sit down and sip from their plastic cups of water. It’s the Diet Coke of venues.

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SDCC 08: Conversations with GoD: ‘City of Ember’ Director Gil Kenan
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While at the San Diego Comic Con this past weekend, I had the chance to sit down one-on-one with Gil Kenan, the Israel-American director of the Academy Award-nominated motion-capture animated Monster House.

While relaxing casually on the back upper patio at the convention center, Kenan talked to me mainly about his latest project, City of Ember, the big-screen adaptation of the Jeanne Duprau children’s fantasy novel.

Kenan gave a few details on his big-screen adaptation for City of Ember, which will be released in theaters by Fox Walden on October 10, 2008, and a bit about how Tom Hanks became involved with the film as a producer.

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