Saw in the server stats this morning that this photo of Randy and the wonderful John Barrowman is now the ninth most viewed photo in the local gallery here at Howling Point. Out of 1367 posted photos, this is the first non-sports photo to crack the Top 10.
Randy met the actor who played Captain Jack Harkness (not to mention “Lead Tenor” in The Producers) at the 2009 Comic-Con. I stood several feet away with the camera and tried not to be too jealous. Hopefully they can rekindle their relationship at Comic-Con this year, which by the way starts in only 27 short days.
Great effects. Loved the 3-D. Thought the hookah-smoking blue caterpillar needed a movie of his own. But that’s about where my love for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland ends.
We caught the 3-D non-IMAX version of the movie at a sold-out showing in Del Mar last night. The horde of entitled and self-absorbed high schoolers texting and walking in and out of the showing just reinforced my reaction to the movie: there was little to hold the attention for more than a quick jolt of eye candy.
Maybe my expectations were too high. Whatever the reason, it just didn’t work for me. Some great lines and fascinating visual takes on the individual characters just never found their way into a coherent story worthy of the hype and the assemblage of proven talent.
On the plus side, I did get to see the trailer for the upcoming Tron Legacy. I’m feeling very good about that one. I suspect that while the kiddies will be wearing Mad Hatter costumes at ComicCon this summer, the vendors will be pushing Tron for all they can make.
Yes, we went to Comic-Con last Thursday and Friday. Yes, I took lots of photographs. No, I didn’t post here timely, though I had a few tweets and Facebook updates. Spent the weekend on another web project that has a set go-live date coming up, so that’s been taking priority.
Comic-Con was great fun as always. Going two days allowed us to spend more time at the sessions and not feel like we were missing too many of the booths. A four-day pass would have been nicer, but we knew prior obligations would keep us from the weekend stuff. Maybe next year.
Our celebrity autograph this year was John Barrowman of Torchwood. Celebrity sightings were numerous. Toys include a model of the Tardis, a Max bobblehead, a Comic-Con exclusive of Ninja Joe the Egg, and lots else.
Really loved the one CLE session I was able to attend. Kinda upset with the organizers for scheduling two others at 10:30 in the morning when Comic-Con and the convention center were incapable of processing crowds fast enough to get people in the doors by 10:30 in the morning. Also a tad upset with the Peanuts people for promoting a special Snoopy figurine commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the moon landings, then being unable to deliver. Manufacturing defects don’t cause false announcements, bad management does.
Still happy with the experience though, and props to the unfortunately renamed SyFy for going all out. Free shirts, a themed restaurant (offsite), lots of swag of every variety. They really set the standard for the other studios and networks in promoting their shows.
Not Just Cool Costumes
Still going through photos from Comic-Con, and I should have write-up tomorrow, but this video was too good not to share immediately.
The video was shown during part of an MCLE on current trends in copyright and trademark law at Comic-Con this afternoon. Yes, Comic-Con is not just costumes and toys but business, and for those of you lucky enough to not be in my business, MCLE is my continuing education requirement as a member of the California bar.
It was a good little presentation, but really too short to do the topic serious justice. There were two other presentations I wanted to catch this week, but the timing didn’t work out. Comic-Con’s slow processing of daily registrations seems to make catching any seminar before 11 or so close to impossible. Might have to break down and get a four-day pass next year even if I won’t go all four days just to avoid the daily lines.
Happy It’s June, Drooling For July
Glad to put May behind me and looking forward to a great June. Then I learned today that no matter how good our vacation is this month, July will totally rock. Business can keep skidding, the sky can stay grey, but Torchwood is back, possibly even in HD goodness.
Between that and Comic-Con, July will have me in a geeky little coma. A very happy little geeky coma.
ComicCon Survivor Stories
ComicCon was a blast, as always, even only doing one day out of the four. Lots of sightings, lots of photographs, seven autographs (Peter Mayhew, Al Jaffee, one of the Baldwins, Jean Schulz (twice), Dave Pryor and Bob Rissetto.), eight new bobbleheads, and some mighty sore feet.
As Randy commented last night, he had the opportunity to stalk Neil Patrick Harris for a while. In real life this was via the telephoto lens, but thanks to the magic of Photoshop he and Randy had the opportunity to meet and discuss some of Randy’s swag and Mr. Harris’ role in the new Harold and Kumar movie.
Trends noted: Spartan warriors and stormtroopers are holding their own, while Jokers and Batmen (of all vintages) were on the rise. Johnny Depp characters (Sweeney Todd, Edward Scissorhands and Captain Jack Sparrow) were also very popular. Very few Supermen and Spidermen. No Hulks spotted, and very little from the Star Trekkians – I don’t think I saw a single Klingon all day. Friday was Star Wars day though, which might have skewed the sightings.
Really have to respect LucasArts though for going the extra mile. Not just exhibits, but actors to pose for photographs and people to talk to. They really set the standard for promoting their storylines, with this year’s emphasis clearly on the upcoming Clone Wars.
If I am ever coerced into going in costume, was inspired by a couple of Green Hornet and Kato sightings. I don’t have the abs of a Spartan Warrior or the heat tolerance of a Storm Trooper or Batman, but think I could pull off a good Kato without passing out.
Loving Pop Culture
Still going through the loot and the photos, but the day at ComicCon was a blast. Even with the crowds this was probably the best the event has been in years. I’ve got some photos up already and will get the rest up tomorrow.
Yesterday was a very long but productive day. A very early court appearance and a very late client meeting anchored a day fueled by caffeine and made special by meds to try and hold Spinner’s ebolaria at bay. Nice to see that even high as a kite on cold meds I can still kick ass in court. OK, having a cool client and good facts helped, but it felt good.
Today’s outlook is much better. My ebolaria seems to have been a mild case. Today’s calendar says no appointments, a bit of writing, a bit of Business. I may even spend some time to figure out why the thumbnail links to the new gallery sped out of control and tried to wipe out this site.
But above all, must rest and stay healthy. Comic-Con cometh.
Nothing like a little site outage to start the week off. Sorry about that. Dreamhost says a script was maybe running amock, but wouldn’t tell me which one, so I killed a couple of relatively new widgets, and now we’re back. Grrr.
Spent the weekend geeking on the photo gallery upgrades and reminding Randy that a Juris Doctor is just as qualified to give medical advice as those M.D.s are. Nurse Diego spent the weekend stealing Randy’s leftovers, leading to some indigestion of his own.
It’s going to be a busy, ugly week, but it will end on a high note: Comic-Con! Nothing else matters as long as I can get my geek on this Friday.
Merging The Futures
In a couple hours I’ll be live on KPBS, as one of the guests on Tom Fudge’s These Days. A week from tomorrow I’ll be at Comic-Con geeking myself to death. Thoroughly enjoying watching my futures converge though, by noting that KPBS is ramping up their online Comic-Con coverage.