Monday, July 25, 2011
SDCC - Home-Con 2011
Alas, whilst I did not attend the San Diego Comic-Con this year (because it is an exhausting madhouse and also I'm lazy) I did participate in the much more relaxing and casual and--well, I'd say "clothes optional" but, well... You can almost get away with anything at Comic-Con. Except for Electrical Tape Suspenders Girl. They sent her away one year. BUT ANYWAY. Where was I? HOME-CON.
I attended Home-Con. Which consisted of me sitting in front of my computer eating microwaved leftovers and drinking Canada Dry while following along with live-blogs and YouTube clips and RSS feeds beamed to me from the con floor. Catching all the news and panels and cosplay photos I can possibly stand to shove into my eyes and brain.
It looked like people had a good time. All those tens of thousands of people. And nobody got stabbed with a pen, did they? Did The Lizard push you?
What stood out to me, this year, from what I have seen on the Internet, while cosplaying as Tracie In The Clothes She Slept In?
INCREDIBLE HULK #1 by Jason Aaron and Marc Silvestri
I am a finicky and fickle Hulk reader, but I was a big fan of as much of the Peter David run I caught and enjoyed bits of Paul Jenkins, Bruce Jones, and David's short return to the series. It's not enough to call me a Hulk "fan" but I have enjoyed the work that some creators have done with him. To that end, I am absolutely psyched to read Jason Aaron's Hulk. Jason is a writer who keeps impressing me and who has a very fun, interesting vision and I can't begin to imagine what he could bring to the Hulk, but that's what gets me really pumped to see it. Silvestri's an interesting choice for artist. Not someone who would immediately come to mind when you think Hulk artist, but it looks like they have the brilliant Dean White coloring him so we could be getting some pretty impressive visuals to go along with Jason's big, hulking ideas.
CABLE REBORN by Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness
I can't quite fathom why Marvel thought Cable needed to be brought back at this time, particularly after having had such a meaningful and effective death during "Second Coming." BUT I'LL BUY IT. Because I'll buy anything Ed McGuinness works on. And it could be interesting seeing Jeph Loeb return to a character he spent quite some time with in the 90's and seeing how Hope reacts to Cable's return, after having come into her own so much already. I don't know why this is going to exist but I'm just happy that McGuinness is drawing more things I like.
DC's THE NEW 52
DC didn't really seem to announce anything new, did they? Am I forgetting something? What they did seem to attempt was to assuage people's fears/concerns, provide some additional info for their September relaunch and--best of all--showed off a lot of interior art and design sketches. Those were really nice to see. It was also interesting to read Grant Morrison's thoughts on superheroes, Superman in particular, (sorry Robb) and some of the things he's planning or considering for his Action Comics. I've experienced a very bizarre turnaround in my feelings toward Grant lately and it terrifies me. But let's see where this takes me.
SUPERMAN VS. THE ELITE animated film
I'm terribly excited for the upcoming BATMAN: YEAR ONE animated film, but that's pretty much as far as my mileage for Frank Miller Batman goes. So while everyone was excited to hear about the two-part THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS films, I was excited to hear that one of my favorite Superman stories was being animated, based on Joe Kelly's "What's So Funny About Truth, Justice, and the American Way?" That, along with an adaptation of Mark Waid's "Tower of Babel" Justice League tale, proves 2012 will be another excellent year for DC animated films.
SAGA by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Brian K. Vaughan returns to comics, a year after the Ex Machina conclusion, for an ongoing sci-fi series from Image with brilliant artist Fiona Staples. This is huge news and I'm hugely excited. I love BKV so much and I'm glad he's taken some time away from Hollywooding to put some more of his genius back into comics.
Andrew Garfield, at the Amazing Spider-Man panel, gave a surprise, nerdy, heartfelt speech to the crowd (after sneaking in as a Spider-Man cosplayer) about the importance of Spider-Man to his life and it's impressive and moving and Adam Warrock was so moved by it, he wrote a rap about it. It's just dang cool and Andrew scores MAJOR points with me for it. Well done, kid.
GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE
That sequel we didn't think we wanted? It's starting to sound SUPER DANGED COOL. I mean seriously. Reading the panel description and knowing how insane the CRANK directors are? This could be a crazy fun movie starring a skeleton whose head is on fire. And I think that's what the first movie was missing more of. Fun. Ridiculous fun.
MOTHERFLIPPING JOSS WHEDON. He didn't really have anything to announce but hot dang was I glued to my seat watching that entire panel on YouTube. I just adore the man and I genuinely love hearing him talk.
Conan O'Brien's FLAMING C
I'm surprised that something that seemed like such a one-off, throwaway gag from an episode of Conan's talk show has had such mileage. Conan crashed the Green Lantern panel with a joke(?) trailer for a CG animated Flaming C movie. And it looks spectacular. I'm hoping the fact that they keep making these sorts of things means there could be something long-form and substantial on the way.
Probably the LEAST favorite thing I've heard from the con (so far?), outside of the awkwardness coming from Dan Didio regarding the lack of female creators at DC in September...
JMS SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE v.2
I was lukewarm on the first volume of this series. And hearing JMS describe a ("near") sex scene from volume 2 almost cinches that I am done with this thing and this guy.
And then there's the...
SURPRISE ANNOUNCEMENTS THAT ARE REAL THINGS THAT ARE REALLY HAPPENING!
LEGION OF SUPERHEROES/STAR TREK
THE LEGION OF SUPERHEROES ARE MEETING THE ORIGINAL SERIES STAR TREK CHARACTERS. THAT IS A REAL THING. KIRK AND COSMIC BOY AND SPOCK AND CHAMELEON BOY. THEY'RE GOING TO MEET AND HANG OUT AND SAVE GALAXIES TOGETHER. FOR REAL. I DON'T KNOW WHY.
There is a MacGyver comic book series coming from Image. Okay. Odd. A bit. Sure. I mean... comic companies seem to be milking whatever licence they can get their hands on. That's cool, I guess. But the headscratcher on this one is that they got indie darling and brilliant artist, Becky Cloonan to do the art for the series. WHAT? I don't know if Becky is, like... secretly a huge fan of MacGyver? I... can't understand how these things go together. ...Don't... don't make me want to buy a MacGyver comic, Image. Don't. Don't do that to me. Not cool, Image. Not cool. (or... REALLY cool? I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO MAKE OF THIS.)
What about you? What did I miss? What's excited you from this past weekend's announcements? Cobie Smulders/Maria Hill painting? Pull up a chair. Speak. Tell.