July 14th, 2005

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Comic-con Report: Thursday

Sus here, reporting from Comic-con Day One. The convention floor is a mad house, full of geeks, fangirls and wildly-dressed folks all maneuvering for the best swag. The swag itself is so-so. Mr. Sus scored an inflatable Conan the Barbarian sword, and I got a "Lois and Clark" Superman cape. M got elbowed in the back by a woman diving for a "Greatest American Hero" button. Cool costume sightings include Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Ash, all four Ghostbusters, Bender and Leela, and Marv, Kevin and Hartigan from Sin City.

Our first panel of the day was with a bunch of DVD producers, which turned out to be more interesting than I expected. We got some scoop on a few upcoming DVDs, plus an interesting perspective on DVD special editions from the guys who actually put them together. And Peter Jackson and Bryan Singer both recorded special Q&A's for the panel, which was sweet. One of the guys who was there is producing the Superman Returns DVD and alluded that Bryan Singer's got big things planned for Saturday's sneak peak.

Then we got a first-look at the trailer for Richard Linklater's upcoming A Scanner Darkly and watched a scene from the film, which looks absolutely amazing. And we scored free t-shirts! They also had an animatronic Philip K. Dick android on the panel. He was supposedly built with artificial intelligence so he could answer questions, but he was not so much with the intelligence. The guys on the panel kept trying to ask him questions, and his face would twitch creepily and he'd answer with something random, like "Do you speak any foreign languages?" And then when they tried to ask him a question about Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? he launched into this hysterical disjointed monologue about Bladerunner, with absolutely no pauses for punctuation, that just went on and on and on. You had to be there, but the entire room was doubled over laughing at poor android Phil Dick.

After that we cruised around a bit more and stopped off to meet Dean Haglund, who was super nice and friendly. Mr. Sus bought a copy of his self-published comic book about the cancellation of "The Lone Gunmen" and had him sign it for me. Other celeb sightings include John Landis, Amber Benson, Kenny Baker, Ray Park and Peter Mayhew.

Then it was back up to the meeting rooms for the best panel of the day: Bruce Campbell. He's a terrific speaker, and absolutely hilarious. And he's got a huge following--the room was packed to capacity and we were glad we'd gotten there early to secure seats.

We're chilling back at the hotel right now, but in a bit we're off again to watch some of the Kung-Fu Superhero Extravaganza and then to find some dinner.