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Another Comic-Con Post

July 30, 2010

Yes, I’ll get back to the knitting soon. I’ve got a few items blocking and waiting for their photo shoots as we speak, including the shawl I knit at SDCC.

I managed to make it through 3 whole days of Comic-Con this year, more than any other year. I think the main reason for this is I finally (in my 4th year) figured out to just not do things I don’t like. In previous years I spent significant time on the show floor, battling my way from booth to booth, and hating every second of it. This year I was down there for about 30 minutes and decided that was enough. I don’t care to pick up clutter disguised as swag, and I hate being jostled by crowds. Sitting in panels and chatting with friends is much more my SDCC persona.

Friday I spent the entire day in Ballroom 20. What can I say, I really wanted to see the True Blood panel, and the line was insane. Most of the stuff I sat through was at least not actively bad. The day went Stargate Universe, Caprica, Big Bang Theory, Bones, Joss Whedon, Women Who Kick Ass, and True Blood. Besides the TB panel, which was just full of pretty, and confirmed an amnesia storyline from the books is upcoming, the panels I enjoyed most were probably Caprica and BBT, neither of which I watch. The Caprica panel had surprise James Marsters, who opined about Smallville (It’s still on because Tom Wellington is still hot), the Buffy Universe, and Torchwood. And those were just questions from the moderator. BBT had surprise Bare Naked Ladies, who played the theme song for a sing along. It was also the first of 3 panels I randomly saw Wil Wheaton on. That was a lot of Wil Wheaton for someone with no real opinion about the dude. After the panels my friend Mandy and I wandered over to the Room of Fulfillment to pick up Bones and TB freebies. We got the newest Kathy Reichs paperback from the Bones panel, and a huge bag of stuff from TB, including the 3rd Sookie Stackhouse book, a t-shirt, postcards, band-aids, and a notebook. HBO certainly knows how to give good swag.

Saturday most of my day was over at the Hilton in the Indigo Ballroom. It was a nice big room, but had horrible sound problems all day. We started the day off with Leverage, which D is really into (I call it his stories). They gave us show t-shirts (mine says “Mastermind”) that are actually quite nice. The designs aren’t anything super special, but the actual shirt quality is really great. A free shirt I’ll actually wear! This was my 2nd unexpected Wil Wheaton, along with unexpected most of the cast. Christian Kane was pretty funny, and aside from sound issues this was a solid panel. Freebies, sneak previews, funny cast – what more can you ask for? Second panel of the day was Venture Bros. Also a good panel, in a completely different way. Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick got into a long rambling discussion of an awesomely terrible movie called Incognito. I’ve already added it to my Netflix queue. Third was some show on SyFy that looked terrible. No one was actually there to see them either, judging by crowd response and turn-over. Fourth was The Guild, which showed us the best video of all of Comic-Con.

Video: Season 4 – Music Video – “Game On”

You will not be sorry if you watch that, I promise. The Guild was also Wil Wheaton panel number 3. After The Guild was the panel I’d been waiting for, Community. It was worth the wait for my excellent seat (3rd row!) and to see live versions of Donald Glover and Danny Pudi doing both the Biblioteca rap and Somewhere Out There duet. Awesome. After the Q&A I had to scoot out quickly to get back to the main Convention Center for The Vampire Diaries. TVD is totally my stories. It’s so fun and full of pretty. Sadly, it wasn’t a great panel, as the moderator was terrible. But, lots of pretty people and a nice preview reel for season 2, so not a total loss. My absolute last panel was actually a panel about comics, imagine that! The one comic I’m actually really into is Fables, so I was excited to see them this Comic-Con. It was an okay panel. We saw some art previews for upcoming issues that looked AMAZING, so that is super exciting. They also had a pretty cute give away that ties into what’s happening in the comics right now. It’s totally a comic I’d recommend checking out, and your library probably has at least the first couple collections.

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SDCC Day 1

July 25, 2010

I got a lot of knitting done on day one of Comic-Con. This is what my Lune shawl looked like when I got home:

Lune shawl - Day 1 SDCC

This was the most knitting I got done any of the days, because I think I may have overdone it a bit. My shoulder hurt a bit overnight, so I scaled it back the next two days. The Lune shawl was absolutely perfect Comic-Con knitting though, easily worked on with minimal attention. I didn’t really see any other knitters beyond the ones I already know though.

Thursday I went to 6 panels: Danny Elfman, Iron Man and Rocket Men, Spotlight on Charlaine Harris, Showtime’s Anti-Heroes, Dexter, and Transcending Trauma: From the Birth of Batman to the Rise of the Red Hood. The Danny Elfman panel was okay. They pitched a new huge box set – albums from all his movies with Tim Burton, coffee table book + CD – coming out around Christmas, and he told a couple stories about starting out working with Tim Burton. I left once the Q&A started, as man were there a lot of inappropriate questions.

Leaving that panel early wound up being a good thing, as there was a line (!) to get into the Iron Man and Rocket Men panel. I have some friends who are involved in the San Diego Space Society and Space Up, which were both represented on this panel, which is why I decided to check it out. Basically, it used the idea of Iron Man and Stark Industries as a jumping off point for talking about space tourism and advances in space travel. Fairly interesting, although one of the guys came off as kind of a jerk. The takeaway was basically that space tourism wasn’t going to happen until there was a way to get into orbit with a significant reduction in fuel costs.

Next was one of my two favorites of the day, which really surprised me. Spotlight on Charlaine Harris wound up being a great panel. I was a little worried, because two (or 3?) years ago I went to the True Blood panel they had before the show premiered and was kind of squicked out by it. I think it might have just been the moderator though. This one was great. Ms. Harris is sweet and funny. She told a story about Anne Rice sending her a facebook message and how taken aback she was by that (she’s a huge Anne Rice fan). The Q&A was actually pretty good. She says she doesn’t actually have much involvement in the show, but she loves it, and views the books and shows at totally different creative entities. She also talked about embarrassing fan questions, including a woman who told her every time a book comes out she copies all the dirty bits with her husband. Charlaine Harris asked us to please not tell her those kinds of things. No real spoilers or upcoming plot developments, except an answer to whether Sookie would ever become a vampire and Eric’s opinion about that. (I can add that in later if people want to know.)

Then I wandered the show floor until I remembered I hate wandering the show floor. It’s just too crowded for me. I hopped in line for assorted Showtime panels, and laughed at some people who thought they could get in line for Ballroom 20 less than 30 minutes before what they wanted to see. The Showtime Anti-Heroes panel was kind of a weird thing to have at Comic-Con. None of the shows really fit within the themes of comics/sci-fi. Still, it was fairly interesting, and David Duchovny was hilariously incoherent. Only a few inappropriate comments here too. The Dexter panel was okay. The teaser reel they showed was exciting, but the questions asked were pretty much all exactly the same – variations on “do you find the character sympathetic” – and not that interesting. I left early because there was a very loudly fussing 3 year old in the audience, which was both annoying and inappropriate. Don’t take your small children to panels about graphically violent shows people. I shouldn’t have to tell you this.

My last panel of the day was my other favorite. Last year, a group of forensic psychologists had a panel called Unlocking Arkham, about Batman Villains and the definition of criminal insanity. This panel featured the same doctors discussing reactions to trauma and whether various heroes and villains showed signs of PTSD. They talked about resiliency in the face of trauma and social and personal factors that increased that, and some specific character studies. It was really interesting and a great way to end the day. Next year they’re proposing a panel about Green Lantern.

All and all, a great first day at Comic-Con.

You got your homophobia in my Comic-Con

July 24, 2010

Comic-Con was super fun. I saw lots of great panels, and will have posts up about some of them next week. This, however, I found disheartening enough to want to talk about right away. While waiting for panels for The Guild and Community, I overheard the guy behind me complaining about True Blood. (Warning, I discuss up to the episode that aired on July 18th. If you’re watching a season behind and don’t want to be spoiled, probably better to skip this post.)

Now while I love True Blood, there are plenty of reasons to complain about it. It’s very graphically violent. There are a lot of power imbalance/control issues. It’s pretty trashy. Sookie Stackhouse might literally be too dumb to live. None of these were his complaints though. His problem? Dudes kissing.

Seriously. He went on and on (and on) about the number of gay male relationships in the show and the time spent on them. Specifically he seemed upset about the just beginning Lafayette and Jesus relationship. His argument basically boiled down to 1. no one is interested in seeing gay male relationships or, more specifically, two dudes doing it, on TV, 2. it wasn’t relevant to the show because both characters were human and 3. the volume of gay relationships is too high. Let me break this down for you random homophobe.

1. Umm, have you heard of slash fiction? I don’t necessarily understand the fixation of some straight women on gay male relationships, but you can’t deny it exists. Also, Torchwood, very popular with the ladies. There is obviously a segment of straight women interested in seeing these relationships. (Not to mention, you know, actual gay people who might be interested. I don’t mean to imply that it’s required straight women find these relationships compelling. Dude specifically said straight women aren’t interested in relationships between gay characters, which is demonstrably false.) Additionally, there is merit in showing different types of relationships. His argument here basically boils down to “gay sex is icky” and “how dare you show people who aren’t like me?” Rebuttal: you’re a boring asshole. I’m way excited for the Lafayette and Jesus relationship to grow. Lafayette is an interesting character and I’m hoping he gets a little bit of something nice going on for him.

2. What? I don’t even understand what this has to do with anything. Are Jason’s relationships/conquests irrelevant to the show because they’re generally human/human? Are all the human characters irrelevant? Obviously not. I can think of plenty of ways the Lafayette/Jesus relationship could be relevant and I’m not even that imaginative. For example, is Jesus going to start to pry into the arrangement Lafayette has with Eric? I’d know I’d question where the money came from if I was dating a short order cook who drove a Bentley. Will Jesus get sucked into the whole Tara/Franklin thing when Lafayette goes looking for her? Other, better plot points thought up by actual writers and not some annoyed chick on the internets?

3. Also, WTF? There have been zero gay sex scenes on True Blood. Early this season there was a sexually charged dream Sam had featuring Bill, but it didn’t get beyond removed shirts and there might have been a kiss. Russel and Talbot are a couple, yes, but they’ve never even kissed to my recollection. The guy mentioned that the show had already had a human and vampire gay couple, but for the life of me I can’t figure out who he’s talking about. Compare this to the volume of hetero sex scenes. I’m not going to go over to wikipedia and count, but an average of 1-2 per episode honestly seems accurate, so lets say upwards of 30. I’m not even going to touch how he kept stressing that it was gay *male* sex that bothered him.

And finally, do you know anything at all about Alan Ball? Were you somehow able to miss the completely unsubtle correlation between coming out of the closet/coffin? This is a show about homophobia.

So please, random dude waiting to see Felicia Day, next time keep your homophobia out of my Comic-Con.