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Comic-Con 2009 – We are not alone

Monday, July 27th, 2009

I almost didn’t go this year. Some of my friends I usually go with weren’t going so I almost called it all off. I’m glad I didn’t of course. Among some of the highlights for me were first time Comic-con appearances of Hideo Miyazaki and Peter Jackson. Even though the former was only there to promote the English dubbed & US release of a film he’d already made (“Ponyo”) and the latter told us the disappointing news that “The Hobbit” was stalled, I am enough of a fangirl that just seeing them in person was a thrill.
John Lasseter & Hideo Miyazaki
For more movie news I was excited for “Where the Wild Things Are” (they showed us a great sampling of clips from the film) and I was cautiously optimistic about “District 9″ (The film Jackson was there to help promote). I also think Tim Burton’s “9″ is going to be good with the potential of being “great”. “Toy Story 3″ is a sure fire hit and gave me a chance to see if the “new” 3D was going to give me a headache or not (it didn’t). However “Beauty and the Beast” in 3D left me thinking, “Why?”. It’s already a fine film so making a 3D version just seems like a money grab to me. “Sherlock Holmes” I’m not sure about but with Jude Law, Robert Downey Jr and Rachel McAdams in it, I’m willing to give it a shot. “The Book of Eli” looks pretty darn dark and could turn out to be compelling. Gary Oldman and Denzel Washington are in it so we’ll see if it’ll go on their respective “hit” or “slightly miss” lists. The film “Legion” I wasn’t interested in before at all but it’s now at least on my DVD list, same with “The Box”.

Arts-wise I enjoyed seeing Donato do a live painting workshop demo and I also enjoyed Brom’s panel in which he talked about his career as well as showed us some of the work process behind his new book, “The Child Thief”. Looking at his past work I was surprised by how much he’s done (you’ll have to forgive me for not knowing this as I met him as a friend of a friend before I realized I’d also seen his work before). I also made the usual webcomic artist rounds, seeing Rich from Diesel Sweeties, and the Penny Arcade and PvP guys.

For evening events, Friday night I attended a bar party where I saw four members of “The Guild” and talked briefly to Felicia Day (and even more briefly to Sandeep – not because he was rude or anything just because it was darn crowded in that bar!). Saturday I went to Sony Online Entertainment’s Block Party. The weather was pleasant compared to past parties and I had a pretty good time though they weren’t demoing “The Agency” which is what I wanted to see since I’d missed it at FanFaire this year.

In general, I was once again pleasantly pleased with my fellow geeks out there. I did experience some of the huge crowds Comic-Con is famous for but I generally found everyone to be very courteous. Folks would apologize immediately if they even slightly bumped you or got in the way of your picture. Some nice guys saved my seat in Hall H when I had to go up to the press area to take pics and then came back to my seat. I made “line buddies” with a Lara Croft who was wearing a climbing harness as a stand in for a gun holster harness — something I had just noted on my recent climbing trip. So there you go folks, at least two girl, geeky, game playing / rockclimbers out there. I am not alone.
Lara Croft
In fact that’s what Comic-Con is ultimately about for me and many like me. It’s reaffirming that you are not alone. There are others (many others in some cases) out there who like that same comic, hero, villain, piece of artwork that you do and at Comic-Con not only do we get to reaffirm this in a way that online interaction can’t do as well, but we also get the chance to fly our colors proudly and show the whole world that we are not the only ones out there.

Quotes from my trip:
Hideo Miyazaki answering the question, “Why do you have female protagonists?”, “Because women are strong and beautiful.”
Tim Burton, “I’m actually a ‘light’ person.”
Robert Downey Jr on preparing for his role as Sherlock Holmes (after we watched clips which showed Holmes being a playboy), “As you know I’m a method actor…” He paused then added, “No, we went to the source.”
Peter Jackson, “I don’t think movie studios give the audience enough credit.” in regards to making a thought provoking film.
Cameron Diaz answering a shouted marriage proposal from the audience, “Yes!” and then she added, “Can we do it in Vegas? I’ve always wanted to get married in Vegas”.
Gary Oldman answering when we might see the next Batman movie, “Might be 2011… We start shooting next year…But you didn’t hear that from me!” [he has since backtracked on that statement].

My Comic-Con photos: Flickr set

Warcraft Movie – Sam Raimi to Direct

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

The game, movie cross over trend shall be complete. A Warcraft live-action movie is in the works.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – July 22, 2009 — Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. and Legendary Pictures announced today that Sam Raimi has signed on to direct the eagerly-anticipated major motion picture based on Blizzard Entertainment®’s award-winning Warcraft® universe. Raimi has, in the course of his career, clearly demonstrated a genius for developing and adapting existing fictional universes for mainstream audiences while staying true to the spirit of the original content.

Raimi directed the Spider-Man trilogy, which has broken box-office records around the world and garnered five Academy Award® nominations. Known for his imaginative filmmaking style, richly drawn characters and offbeat humor, Raimi wrote and directed the cult classic, The Evil Dead and produced 30 Days Of Night. He most recently wrote and directed the supernatural thriller, Drag Me To Hell.

“At its core, Warcraft is a fantastic, action-packed story,” said Raimi. “I am thrilled to work with such a dynamite production team to bring this project to the big screen.”

My first thought was that they were going to make a film of “World of Warcraft” that might be a good comedy but it was a little hard to think of it as a live action film since so many people play WoW with differing play styles (can you imagine Gold Farmers in the movie? ha). Since it’ll be about Warcraft I’m thinking it has a chance ;)

Full press release here.

New Star Trek Movie: Abram’s Vision and Response to Shatner

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

New Spock and Kirk
If you’re a geek you’ve probably heard about a new Star Trek movie being in the works. The film is aiming for next summer for its release and director J.J. Abrams is at the helm hoping to breath new life into the franchise. Entertainment Weekly comes out with an issue tomorrow featuring Star Trek and shared some choice quotes with the game industry press.

“I don’t think people even understand what Star Trek means anymore,” says Abrams, who saw the first Star Trek film in 1979 with his father at a theater on the Paramount lot. But he feels no warm-fuzzy nostalgia about it. In fact, Abrams can sum up his regard for Trek in two words: Galaxy Quest, the 1999 hit starring Tim Allen that satirized Trek with painful precision. “It’s so ridiculous, so accurate, so sophisticated, it spoils the Star Trek universe,” he says. Plus, at heart, Abrams is still more of a Star Wars guy. “All my smart friends liked Star Trek,” he says. “I preferred a more visceral experience.” Which is exactly why he accepted Paramount’s offer in 2005 to develop a new Trek flick; creative­ly, he was engaged by the possibility of a Star Trek movie “that grabbed me the way Star Wars did.”

Abrams says he was also drawn to the project because he believed in—and wanted to evangelize—Trek’s unabashed ideal­ism. “I think a movie that shows people of various races working together and surviving hundreds of years from now is not a bad message to put out right now,” says Abrams. That ethos may seem cornball to an America darkened by a decade’s worth of catastrophe, but after an election season that has seen both presidential nomi­nees run on “hope” and “change,” Star Trek just may find itself on the leading wave of a zeitgeist shift—away from bleak, brood­ing blockbusters and toward the light. “In a world where a movie as incredibly produced as The Dark Knight is raking in gazillions of dollars, Star Trek stands in stark contrast,” Abrams says. “It was important to me that optimism be cool again.”

Is the world ready again for Trek’s optimistic vision of the future? Some involved with the film suspect the presidential election may have a dramatic effect on how Star Trek will be perceived. “This is a franchise that offers hope for unity—and so does Barack Obama,” says Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock. “When this movie comes out, and Obama is presi­dent, hopefully there will be some parallels.” Perhaps, but the elder Spock knows that moments of unity can be fleeting. “My only regret is that the movie can’t come out sooner,” Nimoy says. “I think the world could use it. Don’t you?”

While Nimoy will be putting on his ears to play a wizened Spock in the new Star Trek, don’t expect a cameo by William Shatner as Captain Kirk. Last month, the 77-year-old actor posted a video on YouTube, complaining about being left behind, and chastising Abrams, even though Shatner’s Kirk died in Star Trek Generations (1994). “I brought him back to life in one of my books, very easily,” Shatner tells Abrams in the video. “I’m just sorry that I’m not in your wonderful movie.”
Abrams has seen the video, of course. “I don’t know how my life has become a thing where William Shatner talks to me through YouTube,” Abrams tells EW. “I was such a huge fan of his, but we wrote a scene for him in the movie and it didn’t feel right. And he said to us—he said publicly—that doing a cameo didn’t interest him. Which I totally appreciate. But we did try.” EW tried to reach Shatner, but he declined to be interviewed. Through a spokesperson he said, “I don’t think it would be appropriate for me to be involved in the Star Trek universe at this point.”

Rock Band Video – You Too Can Be This Good

Saturday, October 20th, 2007

At E for All, Harmonix had a Rock Band stage set up for 3 groups of gamers to play Rock Band. One lucky set got to have center stage where everyone watching could hear them. When I first came within hearing distance of it I entertained the thought of going up there myself — despite the signs saying that by doing so you consented to be on film/video/the internet etc.

Watching these guys made me change my mind. Sorry, but I’m just not as brave.

The video starts off with a little bit of the game interface.

Wil Wheaton is my Plane Seat Mate!

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

Will Wheaton is my Plane Seat Mate!
I flew to the SOE FanFaire this year and got to talk to Wil Wheaton on the way, at the baggage terminal and even sharing a cab. He’s in town to visit friends. Very very nice guy. More later!

Happy 30th Anniversary Star Wars!!

Friday, May 25th, 2007

What a great movie! These are designs I was inspired to make because of it…
Yoda could've said this.
It's the lightsaber that says...
This one I’ll admit is a bit of ribbing. I made it in reaction to certain movie edits for “special edition” DvDs etc.:
Han Shot First!

You can find them in the movie section!
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Back to the Future – Proof He Did It!

Sunday, May 28th, 2006

I give you… Marty McFly in 1918!

http://www.seditionproject.net/RENO.htm

This was found by internet sleuths on this page about folks charged of Sedition.