Holy geekfest, Buzz readers! I'm heading down to San Diego to attend this year's Comic-Con! I'm a Comic-Con virgin, so this will be my first time at the exciting comic book/sci-fi/fantasy event (though it's become mainstream enough to include some random stuff, like that Rainn Wilson movie The Rocker?) and up until now my understanding of Comic-Con has been vaguely based on that scene in Chasing Amy when Holden (Ben Affleck) goes up to Alyssa's (Joey Lauren Adams) booth where she's signing copies of her new comic book, and he hands her his. . . Oh, man, now I have to go watch Chasing Amy again.
Speaking of Chasing Amy, Kevin Smith will yet again be on hand at Comic-Con, mostly to promote his next comedy Zack and Miri Make a Porno, starring Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks. Smith's also moderating this panel I hope to attend called "Scream Like a Girl" which, OK, is being held by Spike TV, but includes a bunch of ladies who are going to discuss what it's like to be a woman working in the fanboy universes of comic book, sci-fi, fantasy and horror films. I think it sounds pretty cool, and with any luck, I'll be able to interview Smith after the panel. And will try not to swoon or gush. . .too much.
To see some of the other stuff I'm angling to check out,
- Surely the room for this will be packed to the gills, but I have to try anyway: EW is hosting a few "Visionaries" panels, featuring some heavy-hitters all on one stage. The Filmmakers panel includes Judd Apatow, Frank Miller, Kevin Smith, and Zack Snyder (300, The Watchmen). For the TV Showrunners panel they're bringing up Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof (Lost), Josh Schwartz (The O.C., Gossip Girl, Chuck), Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies) and Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles). There is much to learn from these guys.
- Of course, there are also separate panels just for shows like Lost, Heroes, and Pushing Daisies, along with some for new shows, like HBO's Alan Ball creation, True Blood (yay, vampires!). Sometimes these panel sessions include sneak peeks at things (like, say, the first episode of Heroes, if we're lucky?), so I'll wait patiently in line for that.
- There are a bunch of movie panels I'd like to check out, too, like the one for Max Payne (with Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis in attendance), The Watchmen, The Spirit, and a couple of randoms, like Pineapple Express.
- Oh, and did I mention that Gerard Butler is supposed to attend a panel to promote the upcoming Guy Ritchie film RocknRolla? Yeah, pretty sure my schedule's cleared for that one.
Wish me luck! And if you've been to Comic-Con yourself, send me your thoughts and tips!