NYCC 2013: Friday Panel & Screening Highlights...

Welcome to the first full day of New York Comic Con! Lots of cool panels today. Let’s get right to it! 11:00 – 12:00 – Marvel: Amazing X-Men & The Marvel Universe – Empire Stage 1-E If you’ve been following along with any comics news sites recently, then you’ve no doubt seen Marvel’s very vague, one-word teaser ads. The mystery behind those ads will be revealed at NYCC. Most of the X-book writers not named Brian Michael Bendis will be here for this one: Marjorie Liu, Dennis Hopeless, Peter David, Gerry Duggan, Brian Wood and more. I’m most curious to hear what Peter David has planned now that X-Factor has ended. Could X-Factor be morphing into X-Corp? 11:00 – 12:00 – Mattypolooza – 1A01 If you’re a Masters of the Universe Club Eternia subscriber, you’ll definitely want to go to this panel, as you’ll be able to vote which upcoming figure gets made: Darius or Mara. 11:15 – 12:15 – DC Collectibles – 1A10 DC Collectibles has been steadily producing high quality tchotchkes of your favorite DC characters for a decade now. You’ll be able to preview their 2014 product line here. 12:15 – 1:15 – He’s Back! Celebrate Chucky’s 25th Anniversary with the Creators & Cast – Main Stage 1-D If you are a fan of the Child’s Play series of movies, this panel is for you. Creator Don Mancini will be here, as will cast members Brad Dourif, Fiona Dourif, Danielle Bisutti and Jennifer Tilly. Friends to the end! 12:15 – 1:15 – Marvel Television Presents – 1A06 Jeph Loeb, the head of Marvel Television, will be talking all things Marvel TV. He will show previews of Hulk and the Agents of SMASH, Avengers Assemble and Ultimate Spider-Man. I don’t know if...

Movie References Abound in Guillermo Del Toro’s Couch Gag for The Simpsons...

How many movie references can you catch in Guillermo Del Toro’s opener to The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror XXIV?

NYCC 2013: Thursday Panel & Screening HIghlights...

Unless you have an Exhibitor or Pro Pass, New York Comic Con opens for you at 3 PM on Thursday, October 10. Thursday will be the least crowded day of the con, since it’s open only to people with 4-Day Passes and people who specifically bought Thursday passes. Because of this, Thursday is a great day to nab the hotter con exclusives or meet your favorite creator. Just be sure to check the NYCC website to make sure that creator is there that day. The Panel and Screenings schedule is pretty light on Thursday, but there are definitely some that are worth checking out. 3:15 – 4:15 – Comixology Submit: The Future of Self Publishing – 1A08 3:15 – 4:15 – Protect It and Publish It: Creating and Protecting Your Comic Book Property – 1A03 If you’re interested in creating your own comics, Thursday has some panels aimed right at you. Unfortunately, these two conflict directly with each other. Fortunately, they’re close enough to each other that you could pop into one at the start and move to the other later. Comixology is the giant in the room when it comes to digital distribution, but if your concerns are more legal in nature, you may want to hit up the Protect It and Publish It panel. 3:15 – 4:15 – Women in Comics – 1A15 This looks like it will be an interesting discussion regarding female protagonists in comics. Plus, Becky Cloonan will be there. 3:45 – 4:45 – DC Comics 101: Essentials – 1A06 Or…”We’re not just the New 52! Promise!” Going by the description of this panel, it looks like it’s DC pitching you its back list. 3:45 – 4:45 – 60 Years of Bazooka Joe – 1A01 Anyone else think the...

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD: Episode 102: "0-8-4" – Review...

4/5 – But the last 5 minutes makes me want to give it 5/5. The second episode of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD aired last night. During the preview at the end of the first episode, we were teased with the phrase “Oh-eight-four.” In last night’s episode, we found out what an 0-8-4 is. It’s the code for an object of unidentified origin. The last 0-8-4 Coulson dealt with was Thor’s hammer in the dessert. This 0-8-4 takes the team out of the country to a South American jungle. The episode began excitedly, with a gaping hole in the SHIELD plane’s hull mid-flight. We then immediately flashback to the start of the mission. I know this cold open with the plane in distress was used to lure in viewers, but I think I would have preferred finding out about the hull breach when it actually happened. This opening telegraphed Camilla’s betrayal too much. Speaking of Camilla, when she first started flirting with Coulson, I started to think that Coulson was like Will Ferrell’s character Detective Gamble in The Other Guys. Hot women are just throwing themselves at him. We find out later Camilla had other plans. Another thing about Coulson: he bleeds. After he gets punched in the face, Coulson is clearly bleeding from the mouth. If Coulson is some kind of Life Model Decoy, he’s an advanced one, with blood pumping through his veins…or tubes. If Coulson is a LMD, I hope we get a scene that involves a decapitated head with wires sticking out. FitzSimmons continues to delight. They are easily my favorite part of the show.They remind of  equal parts Doctor Who companions and Ron and Hermione from Harry Potter. I would watch a FitzSimmons spin-off. Fitz (left) and Simmons (right) Ming-Na Wen’s...

Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods – Review Oct01

Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods – Review...

5/5 – Fascinating. I had wanted to watch Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods for some time now. Unfortunately, Netflix didn’t have it on disc or streaming, and my halfhearted attempts at tracking down a copy never produced any results. One of my friends brought the movie up in conversation recently, asking if I ever saw it. When I mentioned I hadn’t, he lent it to me. Success! The movie spans the entirety of Grant Morrison’s career up to when the documentary was made in 2010. Grant talks about his childhood, growing up the son of an anti-nuclear activist. Hearing about some of the places his dad would bring him as a child makes be better understand what makes Grant such a unique guy. Grant’s charm definitely comes through in the film. He’s not full of himself, and doesn’t treat his own writing like it’s the work of God. I had the chance to meet Grant last year at NYCC. I was intimidated, but he turned out to be one of the nicest and enthusiastic comic book creators I’ve ever met. Hearing Grant’s theories about chaos magic are absolutely fascinating. He clearly believes it works, and he and others point out instances where Grant’s chaos magic does seem to have indeed worked. Who knows, maybe chaos magic is real. If it is, I feel that Grant may be tuned into its workings far beyond the scope of most people. Interspersed throughout the movie are The Office-style talking head interviews with comics creators talking about Grant. It’s interesting to hear what his colleagues and collaborators have to say about him, especially Phil Jimenez relating his experience of working on The Invisibles with Grant. Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods is intimidating. No, not because of Grant Morrison’s...