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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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[Comic Con 2010] Gays + Geeks > Attention Whores

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[Comic Con 2010] Gays + Geeks > Attention Whores

It was inevitable that there was going to be some prosteylitizing at comic con.  Especially after I was handed a flyers about the *real* “Dante’s Infero” that awaits me, blah blah blah.

It was so great hearing the absurdists laugh off the WBC (Westboro Baptist Church), and I have to say the San Diego Police did a great job protecting civil rights and liberties.  Officer R. Pajita was very friendly, but yet kept cool under the pressure there.

Eventually the WBC ran off to go back into their hidey hole and go protest another soldiers funeral.

To see photos of the protest as well as a video interview with Jesus himself, go past the break.
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Hey SDCC! DON’T…

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DONT: make people leave the property just to get into something 4 hours from now. This is the end of the line for Hall H at approximately 9am. Programs begin at 10am. This line is an extension of the massive grassy area cattle pen on the other side of the building.

For a shot from last year’s Hall H line, see here.

Interior Day: The Press Pit in Hall H

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Here are 6500 people eagerly anticipating the Tron panel in Hall H.
But first a story as to how I got in here.
It’s Thursday, day 1 of Comic-Con. I have my shiny PRESS badge, an expensive-looking camera, and am still glowing from all the preview night happy happy joy joy. I ask a couple of security folks where the Press line is for Hall H. I join a milling crowd of about 80 or 100 press and professionals outside the side entrance to Hall H. On the other side of the talent trailers are a roiling mass of attendees (hoi polloi, fans, nerds) but WE are the Professionals. We wait in line, gamely chatting about our outlets and our cameras and what we’re hoping to see today.
A lady comes out reeking of pilates and studios with a clipboard, the VIP list. A very few of us are on it. The clock is ticking towards the panel start time of 11:15 am, but those few people are whisked in and the door shut. None of us want to seem too eager, or perhaps only myself and the fellow from Fool.com were actually eager and everyone else was just too cool. Hard to say. Eventually it was moot: “I’m sorry, we can’t let you guys in here.” But, but we’re Press. This is the PRESS LINE. “No, we just have a few VIPs to come in this way, you guys need to go wait in line.” But we have been in line, here, in the PRESS AND PROFESSIONALS line.
“Look, we can’t let you in here. You need to go around to where the food court is and sneak in.”
Yes. They advised us to sneak in. I knew someone who had snuck in last year so when the tall fellow in the Tron jacket closest to me took off in that direction, I was close on his heels. We got to the pillar which hides a section of the curtain barrier. It’s not just a curtain of course, it’s framed in iron pipe, including at waist height. Tron Jacket faltered, but I pushed through.
ZZZZZIP! Like a flash, a security person was there to tell us we can’t come in that way, that we need to go around to the press line. We explained we had just come from there and were instructed to come over here, but we couldn’t come in the disability access entry because the bouncer there was built like The Thing. She said we needed to go back out to the press line. We pressed our point. Behind her, Hall H line folk were trickling in by 20s. “Can’t we just walk in with them right now? We have press badges!” It was early Thursday and she was just misinformed enough already to know that she didn’t have much of a leg to stand on, and after all it was only 2 of us. “Just go, right now, run.”
So we did.

[Comic Con 2010] Preview Night Highlights – Star Wars/Hasbro

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[Comic Con 2010] Preview Night Highlights – Star Wars/Hasbro

Hasbro and Star Wars have always been a powerful force in cool toys, and this years booth is just as awesome.  The main draw was a Battle of Hoth diorama. Sitting in a glass case, it compresses the entire epic battle to several scenes you just wanna play with.

Of course you have the AT-ATs and AT-STs,  but the coolest part is inside the base, Leia is stuck in a tunnel with Han.  Darth Vader searches for rebel scum and of course Chewie is still trying to fix the Millenium Falcon.

For photos, go past the break.

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