WonderCon 2009 might've had a smaller crowd than in previous years--it certainly felt that way walking the convention floor at San Francisco's Moscone Center. Just don't tell anyone who was there.
From lectures on superhero physics, to an impressively diverse display of costumes, to discussions with Pulitzer Prize-winning authors and fan-favorite writers, San Francisco was the place to be for fanboys and fangirls last weekend. There were even deals on Obama comics.
Don't panic! The title is actually in reference to Dong's idea of what a punch line for a joke should be. Yeah, Dong attempts to tell an elaborate joke that, honestly, falls flat; however, this does not mean the joke wasn't hilarious. Oxymoron? Only someone who has not heard the episode would think that. So start listening!
At some point during this episode, I actually get Dong to talk about comics and comic book movies, without him turning into an ignorant, negative Nancy. Speaking of comics, I'm writing this having just seen the "Wonder Woman&… Read more
Pixar showed the first 45 minutes of its next animated feature "Up" at WonderCon here in San Francisco this weekend. I did not see all of those minutes, due to there being some limited-to-first-250-people-to-come BS I didn't have the patience to deal with.
I did get to see about 17 minutes of the film, however, via five scenes Pixar debuted. My impressions after viewing the clips is that the movie looks very good--visually, conceptually, and just for pure entertainment.
"Up" deals with a curmudgeonly old man tying a bunch of balloons to his house and … Read more
For a long time after its debut in 1991, I considered "Terminator 2" my favorite movie, with the first "Terminator" comfortably placed in my top 5. "Terminator 3," although entertaining, did not live up to that high James Cameron standard.
Even with Christian Bale ("Batman") as John Connor, I've yet to get excited about this fourth entry in the series, "Terminator Salvation". At WonderCon on Saturday, the movie's director, McG yelled at me for a good 30 minutes to get me to change my mind.
Well not directly … Read more
JJ Abrams (creator of "Lost" and "Alias") was on hand Saturday along with the new Spock (Zachary Quinto), Uhura (Zoe Saldana), and the new James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) to debut the brand new trailer for "Star Trek."
Unfortunately, I did not get a seat close to the screen, so it was difficult to make out exactly what the trailer consisted of, but for a detailed analysis, check here.
It was also tough to make out dialog with the volume of the sound system set super high, but a few choice moments I remember:… Read more
I'm not gonna front. This is what I came to WonderCon to see. Warner Bros. had already shown the first 22 minutes of the "Watchmen" movie two weeks ago at the New York Comicon, but this was the Bay Area's first chance to see the footage, and it does not disappoint.
*HEAVY SPOILER ALERT* Director Zack Snyder was on hand to introduce the footage, which by now you've probably already read a play by play of. If not, check here. What I'll do here is just give my impressions of what I saw.
The … Read more
To think I almost decided to skip the "Wonder Woman" movie. I'm a huge comic book geek. I love me some Batman and Wolverine for sure. Wonder Woman, however, never really did it for me. Never enough to buy a single issue of her comic, at least.
That was until Friday. After watching the "Wonder Woman" animated movie, I actually bought a Wonder Woman comic for the first time.
My decision to do this, as you might surmise, has everything to do with the movie blowing me the "eff" away. It stomped on … Read more
Not everyone can make it to WonderCon every year, I understand that. Honestly though, if you don't deal well with crowds, you should probably stay home, because wow.
The crowds on Saturday are probably the reason I'm not going back on Sunday. I can take only so much of clueless geeks bumping my camera, walking into my shot, standing in the middle of heavy traffic areas, (apparently) not bathing that day, and making dumb "purist" comments about changes from the graphic novel to the "Watchmen" movie, only to be proven completely wrong.
Yeah, I'… Read more