Comic Con

BUY ART WHEN YOU GO TO COMIC-CON

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Let’s face it.  You can be all over Tumblr and Reddit and whatever you want to be, but you aren’t going to be able to see all the art in the world.  Though it can seem like it in Artists Alley and Small Press.  Come to the con.  Buy your pop culture stuff, buy your mint #7 with the upside-down Dark Horse logo, get that thing autographed.  But buy some art.  Something here is going to speak to you, in ways you may not understand.  The money goes to the artist almost totally, and you get to give them positive feedback on their lonely creative burstings.

Plus it makes your home look cool.  I buy a print a year, and this year I bought this Ragnar.

[Comic Con 2010] Futurama Press Panel [Updated]

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[Comic Con 2010] Futurama Press Panel [Updated]

Futurama is finally back with all the original cast members.  Here, at the Comic Con 2010 press panel, we’ve learned that Comedy Central has ordered 26 new episodes. Hurray!  The new season so far has had good ratings as well as good reviews.

John DiMaggio shared a story with us about a time when he went into a tattoo parlor one late night and saw a guy getting the face of Bender tattooed on his neck.  John got excited and proved that he was the voice of Bender.  The fan asked him to sign his neck, next to his tattoo, then that John’s signature tattooed as well.

Matt Groening saw the protestors protesting the Westboro protestors and said he loved the Bender cosplayer that held the sign reading “Kill all humans!” (GJ!)  Matt has been coming to Comic Con since 1979 and he was able to see his career grow from the outside in.

Lauren Tom revealed that the inspiration for the voice of Amy Wong’s mother is Lauren’s real life grandmother who usually cursed at her while she was a young kid.

Someone from the press asked besides the main character voices, what are their favorite side character voices they like to do.  John DiMaggio said that he loves to play the robot cop, URL.

The writing staff consists of people with Computer Science, Science, and Math PhDs. Lastly, it was revealed that Bender will never become a Globetrotter.
Stay tuned to this post for photos and video from the press conference.

Update: Photos and a short clip of the panel have been uploaded past the break.

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[Comic Con 2010] Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game Hands-On First Impressions

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[Comic Con 2010] Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game Hands-On First Impressions

If there’s one movie that I’ve been highly anticipating this year, not counting Inception, it’s Universal’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, starring Michael Cera. As a gamer, the biggest thing about the movie, and the graphic novels it is based on, is the video game-like world that the protagonist, a do-nothing slacker named Scott Pilgrim lives in. With power ups, 1-ups, experience points, and enemies that leave behind coins when they’re defeated, the world itself seems to be a gamer’s paradise. So, it’s no surprise that Scott Pilgrim is getting a video game tie-in.
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Comic Con Giveaway – Scott Pilgrim vs. The World T-Shirt

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Comic Con Giveaway – Scott Pilgrim vs. The World T-Shirt

We waited in line for you guys and got you this Scott Pilgrim VS the World T-Shirt. The shirt size is a large and can be yours.  If you want to win the t-shirt, just be sure to do the following three things to be entered in the raffle:

  1. Follow us on Twitter
  2. Like us on Facebook
  3. Leave a comment below. Any comment. We don’t care. Just say something.

We’ll be holding the raffle on Monday. Full photo of the shirt is past the break. Good luck!

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[Comic Con 2010] Day 1 – Tron Panel

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[Comic Con 2010] Day 1 – Tron Panel

AWESOME! AWESOME! AWESOME!  That is basically what we got out of the Tron Panel.  Just complete awesomeness.  After seeing 8 minutes of Tron Legacy, everyone’s jaw hit the floor.  The movie looked beautiful and, in our opinion, will definitely beat down Avatar.

During the panel, the whole audience was asked to do some foley for the movie.  Skywalker Sound was on location to record crowd noises.  The audience was told to read the screens for instructions as to when to chant “DISK WARS!”, “RINZ NER!”, and “DEE REZ!” We were also told to stomp in different rhythms.   All of these sounds will be used in the movie during the scenes that happen in the arena in the movie..

Tron Legacy comes out this December 17th and was recorded in true 3D. None of that up-converting crap. Past the break are photos of the panel and the newly released trailer. Enjoy.

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Saturday. The BIG DAY.

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Part the first…

After 2.5 days of the t-shirt and cargo pants look, I felt silly not being dressed up on Saturday, which is masquerade day.  Sure, I wasn’t doing the masquerade, but that’s the day all the serious people dress up, as well as most of the one-day-only attendees who come (like my friend Ben).  I feel left out and lame in this way when I go to the Renaissance Festivals, Blizzcon, or other nerd conventions in my past as well.  Gotta represent!  So, I dug through my closets to find something that might pass for a costume for Comic-Con, without wanting to go zombie (too messy).  I found the outfit detailed earlier, and once I had the hat on and some makeup to look a little sluttier, I mean, smokier, I felt I could pass for something.  I had sort of a Firefly-steampunk vibe going, mostly thanks to the hat which had always garnered me compliments in my younger days.  I did have a cute brass pin of a Weta gun, the Goliathon 83 to be precise.

One of the great things about Comic-Con for me personally is the diversity.  Many purists complain, with good reason, about the dilution of he original comic-book focus, and I can respect that.  I attended my fair share of comic conventions in high school and the feel is just so different.  The middle area of SDCC’s Exhibit Hall with the movie studio booths is a nightmare of crowding, attempts at crowd control, avarice, pushing, strollers, and idiots, but the studios generate some awesome swag, interesting panels, fat cash to keep our ticket prices down, and that glorious unicorn diversity.  The expansion from comics into toys and t-shirts and manga and videogames is already obvious; the studio films of comic book properties and the huge sci-fi market that overlaps so heavily with that made the studio presence inevitable.  There is so much cross-pollination we could never extract the pure DNA again.  Plus we get these awesome giganto bags for our swag.

Nerds who love comics also love other things, and the great thing about nerds is their passion for those things, whatever they may be.  I always struggle with working out my programming schedule at Comic Con because I do have a wide range of interests and many of them get scheduled for the same blocks of time.  I could completely nerd our at panels for sci-fi movies, speculative fiction, Harry Potter, older 1980’s comics, steampunk, Robot Chicken, Lost, Chuck, Battlestar Galactica, World of Warcraft, production design, composers, Browncoats, toys, Ghostbusters, Glee, character development…. I like a lot of nerdy things a lot.  Even things I am not necessarily passionate about, I am literate in, or at least comfortable enough to know the right name to shout to catch their attention for a photo.  “Columbia!  Leeloo!  Jayne!  Sea Captain!  Weinerlicious Girl!  Russell!  Snape!  Over here!”

My web-tingling friend said he felt intimidated that I out-nerd him, and I know from my social group that I only scratch the surface in many areas.  I had a lack of focus, or specialty.  Some folks are just there for Star Trek, or Family Guy, or Buffy, or Fables.  I love looking at the surges of creativity pulling through the crowd.  Store-bought costumes aren’t shameful exactly but they don’t elicit the same “oh DUDE!” that Zombie Aquaman or the steampunk folks or the crazy goat-headed creature do.

 

Friday Fix

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Hey all yall beautiful Pixelatedgeek readers out there in Internetlandia. Friday is here and what a busy week it has been for the site. Half the site is roaming the floor at this years Comic Con doing their best to not pass out from all the awesome they are experiencing. We here at Pixelatedgeek decided we are going to try and round up some of the articles on the site in one neat and tiny post so you can get all the geek you want as conveniently as possible. Also, I am going to recommend bands to all you music lovers out there because dear tiny Nelson lets me run rampant on his purdy little site.

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