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2008 San Diego Comic Con

Adios, Comic Con...

I know, where have I been. Long story. I was scheduled to fly home Sunday night and my flight got cancelled, yadda, yadda, yadda… I couldn’t update my blog. So, what happened Sunday? Well, there was a great Dave Gibbons panel where he told the story of his entire career and premiered some new motion comic footage from chapter 2.

At the end of the panel, after everyone had gone, I got some “alone time” with the maestro. Let me say this, the man is very nice, very gracious and impossible not to like. When I sheepishly asked him to sign my trade paperback, he asked me if I wanted him to also draw Rorschach in there as well. Uh, yeah!

So that’s it for my Comic Con blog. Look for a whole shitload on new articles and photos on the site soon. New stories, interviews and panel details will be posted all this week so keep checking the home page for updates.

I’d like to take the time to thank, Dave Gibbons, the folks at WB publicity, and everyone else who made this trip a really great experience. Oh, and JetBlue? You suck.

And, in case you’re interested, here’s the page Dave signed for me…

Gibbons signed my book...

Posted on July 29, 2008 3:01 PM

Watchmen art auction for charity

Today at the Con there will be a charity auction to help fund the disabled services for the convention next year. One of the pieces that will be on the block is an original 12-section Watchmen illustration in the shape of a clock, with each wedge-like section drawn by a different comic artist. Here's a rundown of some of the artists who are contributing: Steve Oatney, Matt Haley, Otto Dieffenbach, John Watkins-Chow, Chachi Hernandez, Katie Cook, Mark McHaley, Spencer Brinkerhoff, Chris Moreno, and Monte Moore. Since there is no photography allowed in the gallery, the artists assured me that they will send me photos of the finished piece as soon as they could.

Posted on July 27, 2008 8:00 AM

Bring on the Swag

Here's a rundown on all of the Watchmen swag you could have gotten at the event. There was a Watchmen movie shirt, a Mason Auto Repair shirt, a Watchmen Mad magazine with a 4 page parody inside, Watching the Watchmen bookmarks, a signed Watchmen poster (there was a design for each character, but it was one per person and you got what you got), the exclusive WatchmenComicMovie.com postcard with original artwork by this site's forum's “wonderboy,” and a Watchmen movie swag bag to carry it all.

Watchmen shirt

Mason shirt

Mad

bookmarks

poster

postcard

bag

Posted on July 27, 2008 7:35 AM

The Legend of Jim Kakalios

So, I sat down with Jim after his lecture to ask him some more questions. Let me tell you something about Jim - he's a real nice guy, and his presentation was informative and full of laughs. Do yourself a favor and buy this guy's book. I'm happy, because at least I got one exclusive interview this weekend. Take that EW (those whores). Also, Jim's a big Watchmen fan, and he said he visits this site often and lurks on the forums. By the way, guess who moderated Jim's panel? Someone from EW. Ahh. They're everywhere! Here's a look at the cover of Jim's fantastic book, and the page he graciously signed for me...

Science of Superheroes

Jim's signature

Posted on July 27, 2008 12:43 AM

The Science of Watchmen

Hello from Comic Con. I am just about to have an interview with Jim Kakalios, the consulting physicist from Watchmen, but wanted to quickly tell you about his lecture that I just attended. The hall was packed with hundreds of people wanting to learn about the science behind superheroes. His incredible powerpoint presentation covered everything from Dr. Manhattan, to the Owlship and Rorschach's mask. He even quoted one of our forum member's posts in his presentation. Much more to come after the interview. Check back in a few.

Posted on July 26, 2008 5:38 PM

Poster Autograph Session

At around 3 PM on Friday the whole cast showed up at the WB booth to sign autographs. The way it worked was, if you bought a Mason's Auto Body t-shirt, you would get a ticket to get three autographs on one of the posters. I managed to get Haley, Morgan and Gugino on a Rorschach poster. Others on a different line could get Wilson, Crudup and Snyder's autographs on a different set of posters. It all happened fast and it was pandemonium as you can imagine. The posters were made to look like the portfolio posters from the 80's. Here are three of the posters and a proud fan who was glad to get his ticket...

Smiley poster

Veidt poster

Silk Spectre poster

fan as The Comedian

Posted on July 26, 2008 10:05 AM

DC Direct Merch

Aside from Debbie Snyder, there were some other cool things to see at the DC Direct booth. All of the figures and busts were there, as well as some great prop replicas. The prop replicas included a shadow box with The Comedian's guns and dog tags, Rorschach's mask and grappling gun, and a detailed model of the owlship. They also debuted the Dr. Manhattan figure and statue. Here's the photos...

The Comedian

Dr. Manhattan

Nite Owl I

Silk Spectre I

Nite Owl bust

Dr. Manhattan

Grappling gun

Comedian's Guns

Owlship

Posted on July 26, 2008 9:45 AM

CSFritz Meets Debbie Snyder

So I met up with CSFritz who is a regular on this site's forum, and he's taking me around the exhibition floor because I've been in Watchmen movie land all day and hadn't been out there yet. We head on over to DC Direct to see the figures and props and who is standing right next to me but Watchmen producer and wife of Zack - Debbie Snyder.

Not wanting to blow her cover, I just said, “Hi, Debbie” and she said “hi” back. But Casey, as he's known off of the boards, picked up on it and immediately asked her for a photo. Luckily, nobody else picked up on it and she was able to continue walking the floor in anonymity. Here's the photo...

Casey Fritz and Debbie Snyder

Posted on July 26, 2008 9:26 AM

Podcast on ComicRelated.com

I've teamed up with the folks at Comic Related, the guys who brought us all of those “Cassandra Faust” insider stories. They're going to call me every night after the Con to get reports from me on Watchmen and everything else going on there. Check out the first installment over at ComicRelated.com

Posted on July 26, 2008 8:56 AM

Friday’s Watchmen Panel

While waiting in front of the meeting room to get checked in by WB for the panel, I met a bunch of journalists covering the event including one video team from Malaysian television and some of the guys from G4. Once they all found out who I was, they all grilled me for the latest Watchmen news, and the names of the actors they were going to interview… I was like a Watchmen information booth.

A bunch of us were ushered into the bullpen in Hall H to the right of the stage to wait for the panel to begin, and I was right up front. This is when we found out Internet was down, so my plan was to phone in details back home and have one of my staff do the updates.

One surprise guest on the panel was Dave Gibbons, who was asked about how he felt when he visited the set during the shooting of Watchmen. He said that standing in the Owlship, smelling The Comedian's cigars and having Morgan walk up to him in full costume, slap him on the back and show off his guns to was like he was inside a dream, and that he felt like if he was pinched he would wake up. He explained that during the whole time he was there he felt “like a kid at Christmas.” He even described a graffiti “G” with a small square which the crew tagged on the backlot — Gibbon's symbol. Another easter egg you can look for when the film comes out.

When asked about Alan Moore, Gibbons quipped "I see there is an elephant in the room." He explained once again how Moore still didn't want to be a part of the film in any way and that would never change, although he certainly wishes his partner could have been involved.

Then the footage was shown, with the sounds of Phillip Glass' “Koyanaskatsi” behind all of the scenes. Again, no dialog, just like in the trailer, but the music was very impactful. I was told later by a WB rep that they are pushing to keep that music in the film.

The footage killed. So much, they showed it twice at the actors request, who were seeing it for the first time as well. More than the trailer, it was the graphic novel on screen. For this footage, Zack chose scenes whose comic counterparts contain some of the big iconic panels. Even Rorschach's leap from Moloch's window was there. The rest are all listed below so I won't repeat them here.

Some cool facts were revealed during the Q&A session with the audience. First, Jackie Earle Haley admitted that when he was gearing up to play Rorschach, he hit the forums and the blogs to read what all the fans had to say about the character.

When the moderator from the panel asked Matthew Goode about the controversial German accent that he added to his character Adrian Veidt, he look mortified and exclaimed, “Oh God, now I'm going to get mauled.” He explained that it was just something that he did the help him flesh out the character, and that it would be subtle and only be heard when Veidt is not doing a commercial, or an interview in public. He mentioned a scene Veidt has with Lee Iacocca where he would have a perfect American accent, but then when he's with the heroes, his voice reverts back to a hint of German in it. The audience seemed satisfied with his explanation, mostly because of the adrenaline rush from seeing the footage.

One interesting development was that when asked by a fan who heard a rumor that the DVD would have a special feature chronicling the long troubled journey Watchmen made to finally make it to the screen, which would cover Gilliam's, Greengrass' and Aronofsky's attempts, complete with old concept art, Zack Snyder said, that it was just a rumor. Then, he admitted that it was a very cool idea and he would look into getting that done.

Malin heads on stage

Billy Crudup

Matthew Goode

Jackie Earle Haley

Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Morgan anbd Patrick Wilson

Carla Gugino

Carla Gugino & Malin Ackerman

Posted on July 26, 2008 7:05 AM

Internet Woes

Sorry it's taking so long to get this page updated, finding a place to spread out at the Con is almost impossible, and Internet connectivity is spotty. Then, when I got back to my hotel, for some reason, I couldn't connect to my site and upload anything. Looks like I'm up and running now. If it stays that way, expect a huge update soon.

Posted on July 26, 2008 8:08 AM

We Got Footage!

I'm not sure what was wrong with my connection but I wasn't able to get online to give minute by minute details. Here's some quick info of the footage they showed during the panel. Some of the scenes they showed:

- The R rated version of Dr. Manhattan pointing at and exploding North Vietnamese soldiers. Very gory.

- Laurie pulling the tarp off of Archie with a look of amazement in her eyes.

- Rorschach at Blake's apartment, discovering the hidden closet filled with The Comedians weaponry and costume.

- The Minutemen photo shoot showing Sally Jupiter rubbing her eyes after the flash.

- Dollar Bill on the floor, cape caught in the revolving door with bullet wounds in his chest

- The Comedian's smiley face badge getting that first drop of blood on it during the fight with Adrian.

- Nite Owl's nightmare when he is kissing Silk Spectre as the nuclear blast goes off behind them.

- The Comedian's face slashed with the broken bottle at the bar in Vietnam.

- Dr. Manhattan's hand breaking through the ceiling at Karnack as Ozymandias ducks for cover.

- Dan sitting sullenly, in front of his costume closet, holding the Comedian's bloody badge.

There was no dialogue, just music. From a fan's perspective the movie looks to be so well done, no complaints here. Some of the scenes looked exactly like the comic, it was phenomenal! More later.

Posted on July 25, 2008 1:20 PM

Checked In

Good news! I managed to get a press pass. I'll be meeting with someone from WB later to get a VIP pass to the Watchmen movie panel! Cool.

The package of WatchmenComicMovie promo items never got here. Sucks, but I have a good 20 or 30 in my pocket to hand out. Later.

Posted on July 25, 2008 9:55 AM

I Did It!

I am writing this entry form my hotel in San Diego and I almost didn't make it here. The plane was delayed because of some bullshit at JFK about some quota they have, and apparently, they had too many planes taking off or some crap and they wouldn't let mine go — so my flight was delayed to 9 PM from 6:40 PM.

Then, they announced that the San Diego airport closes at midnight, and if we left at 9 PM, they wouldn't let us land because we would arrive after curfew. It looked like the flight was going to get cancelled, and it was the last flight out that night. Knowing this, JetBlue got off their asses pulled some strings, and we were in the air by 8:30 or so.

When I landed, I got my suitcase from baggage claim and headed to my hotel shuttle bus. I actually rode along with comic creator James Sturm who was in town for the Con as well. We chatted a bit and I gave him one of my WCM mystery promo items. I think he was pretty nonplussed.

Well, I'm going to sleep now so I can be fresh for the Watchmen panel tomorrow. Later.

Posted on July 25, 2008 1:13 AM

Owlship Photos

Warner Bros. has brought along the Owlship “Archimedes” to impress attendees. Here are some images…

Owlship

Owlship

Owlship

Owlship

Owlship

Owlship

Owlship

Posted on July 24, 2008 8:52 AM

Watchmen’s Comic Con Schedule

Watchmen director Zack Snyder cruising the Con

So, what’s on the schedule for Watchmen at this year’s Con? Well, here is the abbreviated Watchmen only schedule:

Friday, July 25

10:30am-11:30am: 10 Years of DC Direct (Room 8)
Get a look at the latest Watchmen movie merch and whatever other stuff DC Direct wants to plug.

11:55am-1:00pm: Warner Bros. presents Watchmen (Hall H)
This is the big Watchmen movie panel with Zack Snyder, Malin Akerman, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jackie Earle Haley, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Goode, and Carla Gugino. Rumor has it, Snyder will be showing 4 to 5 minutes of never before seen footage geared to make fans of the comic appreciate how close his film is to the actual comic series. Also, don't tell anyone, but I think Watchmen illustrator Dave Gibbons might be stopping by too. Expect interviews of the whole lot from yours truly.

12:00pm-1:00pm: Costume Illustrators, Production Illustrators, and Concept and Storyboard Artists (Room 32AB)
Trevor Goring, costume illustrator from Watchmen, will be on the panel with some of his peers. Expect no Watchmen fans to be there, it’s during the big movie panel.

1:00pm-2:00pm: Production Designers (Room 32AB)
Alex McDowell, set designer from Watchmen, will be on the panel with some of his peers. At this point I will be getting ready to interview Zack and the gang after the panel, so I won't be there either. At least I got to interview McDowell when I visited the set.

1:15pm-2:00pm: Trailer Park (Hall H)
I’m assuming the Watchmen movie trailer will be shown.

5:15pm-6:15pm: Entertainment Weekly’s The Visionaries: Filmmakers (Hall H)
Zack Snyder, director from Watchmen, will be on the panel with some of his peers.

Saturday, July 26

4:00pm-5:00pm: Costume Designers: Designing for Feature Films (Room 3)
Michael Wilkinson, costume designer from Watchmen, will be on the panel with some of his peers.

4:00pm-5:00pm: Science of Superheroes (Room 2)
Jim Kakalios (consulting physicist from Watchmen) moderates this presentation and Q&A on what makes superheroes work, science-wise. He told me they should have named his presentation: The Science of Watchmen - or - Why So Blue, Dr. Manhattan? I snagged a private interview with Jim, so I got that going for me.

Sunday, July 27

3:30pm-4:30pm: Dave Gibbons (Room 7AB)
Be front and center when Dave talks about his art, his writing, and his love for comics. I know I will.

Posted on July 23, 2008 9:12 PM

WCM @ Comic Con!

2008 San Diego Comic Con

Yes! WatchmenComicMovie.com will be at the 2008 San Diego Comic Con this year to cover everything Watchmen!

Keep checking back here throughout the week as I will be covering the movie, the books, the merch, and any other Watchmen related stuff on the floor of the Con as it happens.

If you’re attending the Con (and you can find me) I’ll be handing out an exclusive WatchmenComicMovie promo item! Later!

Posted on July 23, 2008 8:24 PM

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