Yes, it is that time in San Diego where vampires can be seen congregating in San Diego's beautiful downtown and no one bats an eye. It is the time when the Gaslamp District looks something out of Star War's Mos Eisley Cantina. It is the time when it is not only commonplace to see your cubicle partners dressed up as Superheroes, but it is expected.
It is the 40th Anniversary of San Diego Comic-Con 2009 and Fox 5 is giving you a special preview to help get you ready for the experience. Comic-Con kicks off with a Special Preview Night on Wednesday, July 22 for members with 4-day registration badges. Comic-Con officially starts on Thursday, July 23 and ends on July 26. Attendees are hoping to share in the latest buzz surrounding the comic publishing industry and get the latest news (and autographs) from their favorite comic writers, actors, and artists. If you plan to go, come up with a game plan and arrive early. I suggest printing a map at http://issuu.com/comic-con/docs/cci09_maps first. Here is your sneak preview and best bets for the Special Preview and Opening Day of Comic-Con Convention. Enjoy!
WEDNESDAY, JULY 22 6:00pm to 9:00pm
BEST BET:"The Human Target"/"V" Sneak Peek Pilot Screening
Wednesday, July 22 attendees will be treated t o a special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings of highly anticipated TV series for the upcoming 2009-2010 season- "The Human Target", "V", and "The Vampire Diaries"."The Human Target" (FOX) -- Loosely based on the popular DC Comics title about Christopher Chance, a private detective and bodyguard who protects his clients from harm, will air Wednesdays at 9:00pm on FOX beginning in January. The series stars Mark Valley, Chi McBride, and Jackie Earle Haley, who starred in "The Watchmen" after a long hiatus from the Bad News Bears movies on the 80's. An ill-fated attempt was made in the 1990s to bring "The Human Target" to ABC starring Rick Springfield ("Jessie's Girl") as Christopher Chance. Whereas, the DC Comic has Chance taking on the identity of his targets, the TV series from FOX will have Chance take on nondescript cover identities that keep him close to the "target"."V" (ABC) I have to admit, I loved the 1983 V miniseries about the reptilian visitors who come to earth to try to earn the trust in order to devour the human race. The 1983 series starred Marc Singer ("Beastmaster") and featured Robert Englund ("Nightmare on Elm Street") before he gained fame as Freddy Krueger. ***SPOILER ALERT***: You come to learn in the new series, that the alien visitors have been here before. The updated series has FBI agent Erica Evans (Elizabeth Mitchell of Lost) and son Tyler (Logan Huffman) replacing the 1983 lead role of Mike Donovan played by Marc Singer. I remember being freaked out when a resistance female gave birth to an evil V lizard and bet that comes into play again. That being said, if the preview is indicative of the series pilot, it will surpass the original series and deliver a sci-fi spectacular you will not want to miss. If you cannot make the Wednesday night preview, a second showing will take place on Saturday at the V panel session. "The Vampire Diaries" (CW)-- The CW has picked up "The Vampire Diaries", a romantic and edgy TV series based on the novels written by L.J. Smith about Elena Gilbert, a high school girl, who is conflicted between two vampire brothers who are fighting for her soul. I know "The Vampire Diaries" came before the popular "Twilight" series and I know I am not the target audience, but I have to admit I have my reservations with this one. I am going to keep an open mind just like I did when I went to the Opening Night premiere of the movie "Twilight" but I have to be honest and tell you that I was more terrified of the hundreds of screaming, prepubescent females than I was of the vampires. The new TV series stars Nina Dobrev (Degrassi: The Next Generation), Paul Wesley (Everwood), and Ian Somerhalder (Lost). If there is any indication that this is going to be a marginal series, look at what Executive Producer, Kevin Williamson has chosen as his latest work - a writing credit in Wes Craven's "Scream 4", rumored to star David Arquette and Courteney Cox. The Vampire Diaries will air Thursdays at 8:00pm starting on September 10 on The CS.
THURSDAY, JULY 23
BEST BETS: "Disney 3D Panel" / "Robot Chicken" / " Terry Gilliam"
11:00am to 12:30pm "Disney 3D: Panel"-- Everyone loves Walt Disney Pictures, right? Be prepared to hear about four upcoming movies: " Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland" a star-studded cast based on the Lewis Carroll novel; Mars Needs Moms "Mars Needs Moms!" based on the Berkeley Breathed's (Bloom County) children's story about a boy named Milo who must rescue his mother after she has been kidnapped by aliens; "A Christmas Carol a CGI picture featuring Jim Carrey and motion-capture technology; and "TRON 2.0" a sequel to the 1982 movie about the Master Control programmer of a video game. The panel is moderated by Actor Patton Oswalt ("Ratatouille") an features special guests Robert Zemeckis, Tim Burton, Sean Bailey, and Steve Lisberger. (Hall H)
3:00pm to 4:00pm "Robot Chicken with Titan Maximum" -- I am a fan of Cartoon Network's Adult Swim series, Robot Chicken. I think creators Seth Green and Tom Root are very creative and are masterminds when it comes to the comic genius of Robot Chicken. The series delivers irreverent comedy that sucker punches the fan boy and nostalgic in all of us. It is no doubt that they will be promoting their latest DVD, Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II. They announced a show exclusive that allowed attendees who purchase a DVD with an early entry voucher to an all ages Skate Party in National City. Vouchers will allow attendees to enter the party an hour earlier than the general public, where I am sure it will be no problem to get that DVD autographed (hint-hint). I will be walking Comic-Con with friend, co-writer, and Autograph Collector columnist, Josh Board. This will be a must attend. (Room 6A)
4:30pm to 5:00pm "Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus" -- Heath Ledger's untimely and tragic death happened during the filming for this Terry Gilliam movie starring Christopher Plummer as Dr. Parnassus, who taps into the dreams of others with the help of the devil ( Tom Waits). A theatre troupe, joined by a mysterious con man named Tony, set out to rescue the Doctor Parnassus's daughter, Valentina (Lily Cole). Due to Ledger's death, Gilliam honors the work of Ledger by allowing a rewrite of the script to allow the character of Tony to be played by Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Farrell. Terry Gilliam (Time Bandits, 12 Monkeys, Brazil, The Brothers Grimm, Fisher King), who started with the British comedy troupe "Monty Python's Flying Circus", has many film and directorial credits under his belt that have successfully been able to blend science fiction and fantasy together to form new worlds where strange and wonderful characters are brought to life. (Hall H)Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times