Hello True Believers!
Well, I think I have JUST finally recovered from the mental and physical trial I affectionately call Comic-Con International! Yeah, I'm older now so cut me some slack...A hangover lasts two days now for me too. I just don't recover as quickly these days. And don't get me started on my right foot! Yeesh, I'm not kidding, that foot was so sore from all the walking and standing at the show that when I woke up Monday after the con it was swollen like a balloon and I could barely put any weight on it. Next year fashion be damned, I'm wearing my orthopedics!
So, the show?... Yes, it was typically exhausting/invigorating, overwhelming/awe-inspiring, encouraging and discouraging all at the same time. I went full tilt about 19 hours of each of the 4 days and nights I was there and had two days of travel. Add the 3-4 days of prep time and the 3-4 days of recovery and catching up with work days after and Comic-Con pretty much takes over the last 3 full weeks of July. I'm still actually doing follow-ups and working some angles for new work and such.
I was also able to enjoy dinners with friends, colleagues and a few film contacts. That's always my favorite part of the con...Going out for fine food and lots of booze! And the latter part was indulged in to the "excessive" side unfortunately.
I was also able to get into a couple of the exclusive parties again this year thanks to manager extraordinaire, Dannie Festa! The Zach Levi party was unreal! I met Nathan Fillian who always seems to be enjoying himself immensely and is always gracious with the fans. Spotting Malin Akerman on the dance floor was surreal as the heavens seemed to literally open up and shine a bright beam of light down upon her! She really has that "X" factor that makes her dazzle. A truly beautiful woman. Elijah Wood was DJing which was kinda cool, and, again, surreal. And then fellow Hobbit, Dominic Monaghan, lended a hand at one point. I spotted Jonah Hill who has dropped about 200 pounds! Good for him...he obviously wasn't following my diet that week. And I capped the evening by saying "Hello and great job on the Star Trek movie" to a very friendly Zachary Quinto, which made the little fanboy geek in me squeal with delight! I gotta say, I'm fully hetero, but that's one good looking dude! So was Zach Levi BTW! Basically all guys named Zach at the party were hot.
So SDCC was really great this year. I sold lots of books at the Top Shelf booth, saw a lot of old friends, had fun with the Archie alumni over at their booth, ate like a king and drank like Volstagg and got about 3 hours of sleep a night. All-in-all I'm going to rank this year's con an 8.5 out of a possible 10! And that's a fantastic score. The only thing keeping it from a 10 would be "no big movie deal signed" "no big book deal signed" "no crazy sex parties"...but other than that a near-perfect show. Oh, and the foot that looked like a fresh baked loaf of bread, of course.
Next show for me will be APE October 1-2 so I hope to see some of you there. After that I have no set plans until 2012 for cons. I will, however, be hard at work gearing up for 2012. I'm hard at work on a couple new books and still working on several film projects.
Other than we saw Captain America recently and were pleasantly surprised. I wasn't exactly thrilled when they cast Chris Evans as yet another Super-Hero (or villain) as that is all he seems to play. But he was really quite good as Cap! The movie was solid entertainment but it lacked a bit of soul we thought. Cap's all about heart, courage, intestinal fortitude, good moral values, etc... And while they showed that initially, they went away from it when it really counted in the end. It was really mostly an action flick. Dum Dum Dugan was awesome! The actor who played him (Neal McDonough) is always charismatic in all his roles and nailed Dum Dum. I've always thought him visually dynamic with that bowler cap and he looked very cool on screen.
Anyway, I score Captain America a B-/C+ or 6.5 out of 10. Worth seeing, yes. Enjoyable, yes. But not as great as it could have been. X-Men: First Class and Thor were far better.
Next stop, Planet of the Apes! I've heard mixed reviews so am going in with semi-low expectations. Of course it cannot be worse than the Tim Burton fiasco 10 years ago. Yuck, that one still leaves a rancid taste in my mouth.
A'ight, that's all I got for now.