We’re still running around and have yet to assimilate all that happened, but here’s some highlights of our reading of other reports, other voices at comic-con:
§ One of the best stories coming out of Comic-con? After they had camped out for two days, diehard Twilight fans got a huge thrill when cast members showed up with some breakfast:
Just a little after 6:15 a.m., faithful Twi-hard fans, who have long been lined up outside of Comic-Con’s Hall H, were rewarded for their efforts when cast members from Breaking Dawn showed up to give their thanks with with a surprise breakfast. Nikki Reed (Rosalie), Ashley Greene (Alice), Elizabeth Reaser (Esme), Boo Boo Stewart (Seth Clearwater), and Julia Jones (Leah Clearwater), sneaked up on on Camp Breaking Dawn. Fans, who were just waking up from a long night in line, thought the surprise were the free Twilight posters and mugs being given out by the studio. Little did they know! Unsurprisingly, when members of the Cullen clan and the wolfpack showed up (with apples, bananas, muffins and water), a delighted cheer rippled down the line, as Reed and Greene posed for photos and signed autographs.
That story is definitely going to inspire about 350,000 more people to go to Comic-Con but its really nice.
§ Chuck Rozanski reports a similar story:
Seventeen year-old Povi Romero was sobbing uncontrollably yesterday afternoon in our booth here at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con international. Povi’s tears were not motivated by sadness or despair, however, but rather by uncontrollable joy and happiness. After traveling 800 miles to be here from her home near Santa Fe, New Mexico, Povi accidentally ran into Alexander Skarsgard, the luscious vampire Eric Northman from the HBO series, TRUE BLOOD. Despite having just participated a wonderful presentation, he graciously signed Povi’s convention badge for her, and then signed her mom’s badge, too. Povi was still so overcome and shocked at her unexpected good fortune that, even ten minutes later, she was still trembling, had tears streaming down her cheeks, and could barely speak.
I am passing Povi’s wonderful story on to you because I think that it clearly illustrates that San Diego Comic-Con is a place where even your wildest dreams can come true. Your personal interests may be vastly different than Povi’s, but I’ll bet that you would at least take a passing interesting in the stunning GREEN LANTERN sketch that Neal Adams drew for Povi’s dad, Mateo Romero, or running into Stan Lee, Joss Whedon, or Lou Ferrigno walking to a panel. Whatever your personal tastes and/or fan enthusiasms, San Diego has it for you!
Once again, these stories are going to fan flames of fan desire even more but, as CCI:SD has become more of a fanfest for entertainment, these kinds of interactions are what will make it all the more special.
§ io9 rounded up Comic-Con Badvertising— the lowest nadirs of awfulness to be seen from a giant, glaring Smurf to other marketing plans gone terribly wrong. We missed about 80% of these — where the heck were they?
§ If it was the movies you were interested in, io9 also rounds up The Biggest Winners and Losers of Comic-Con, including films and TV mostly. No mention of Trickster? Among the losers — Marvel’s confusing Avengers booth, and DC’s attempts to talk directly to fans about The New 52.
§ Vulture has its own Comic-Con news round-up. We never set foot in Hall H, but apparently there’s a movie coming up that features Gia Carrano beating up Michael Fassbender. SOLD. Among the losers, mentioned by many, Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola’s abortive attempts to fiddle with his iPad at his panel. It’s always the AV.
§ Vulture also has a fine photo gallery of oddities and wonderments.
The highlight of the con was probably this well-staged moment with Andrew Garfield pretended to be a weird fan and then delivered an impassioned speech about how much he loves Spider-Man. Dudue is skinny.
§ Vulture also looked at the Tintin movie
Unfortunately, Tintin himself didn’t escape the same fate. There’s something off about this character, and it’s clear why he’s been minimized in the trailers for his own movie. Aside from the swoop in the front of his hair that lends him some cartoonish verve, Tintin looks simultaneously too-human and not human at all, his face weirdly fetal, his eyes glassy and vacant instead of bursting with animated life. The voice performance by Jamie Bell is fine, but the look is lacking.
This dog riding a motorcycle was the undisputed king of the show.