SAN DIEGO—Friday, July 24th is Star Wars Day at San Diego's Comic-Con, and it is very special to me.
I can vividly recall as if it was yesterday, seeing Star Wars in 70mm on the big screen for the first time. I had begged to go see the movie but my parents could never seem to find the time. Then one day, when I had given up hope, my family went to Burger King for dinner. My parents purchased Star Wars licensed glasses and flashed four Star Wars movie tickets. It was a magical experience from waiting in line with the other movie fans that had lost count the number of times they have seen the movie to the closing credits set to the awesome John Williams score. I was hooked and it was the Star Wars Marvel Comic Books that really made me pay attention to the comic book genre of media. The 40th Anniversary of San Diego Comic-Con 2009 pays special homage to George Lucas and the Star Wars Universe by dedicating a day to the Star Wars phenomenon among the normal activity of comic convention and costumed craziness. FOX TV! is going to be there and I am going to provide you with a preview of Friday's "must see" events. Now, if I can only remember where my parents have stored my comic books from the 1970s .
FRIDAY, JULY 24
BEST BETS: "Warner Bros." / "Star Wars Old Republic video game" / "Spike and Mike"
10:00am to 12:30pm "Warner Bros." -- Warner Bros. will present their upcoming movie features including "Where The Wild Things Are" an adaptation of the Maurice Sendak's classic children's story; "The Book of Eli" an apocalyptic western starring Oscar winner Denzel Washington (The Manchurian Candidate, Training Day) and Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight, Harry Potter series); "A Nightmare on Elm Street" an update of the horror classic featuring Jackie Earle Haley (The Watchmen) as the blade-wielding Freddy Krueger; "The Box" a sci fi thriller starring Cameron Diaz, James Marsden, and Frank Langella about a package that promises riches at a heavy price; "Jonah Hex" a movie based on the DC comic about a scar-faced bounty hunter, Jonah Hex ( Josh Brolin) trying to stop an army of the undead in the Wild West; and Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes" starring Robert Downey Jr. ( Iron Man) as the Scotland Yard detective and Jude Law (A.I.:Artificial Intelligence, The Aviator) as his counterpart, Dr. John Watson, which opens on Christmas Day, December 25, 2009. (Hall H)
1:00pm to 2:00pm "The Making of Star Wars: The Old Republic" -- Star Wars and Gaming in one nice package. I have spent over 14 years in the video game industry working for Sony Online Entertainment, Electronic Arts, and Sony Computer Entertainment. I do not get excited by video games because I have seen some licenses such as "The Matrix" that have actually been hurt by taking their property to the video game genre. In fact, Sony Online Entertainment who published the MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role playing game) Star Wars Galaxies really did a poor job on the PC game. One of the bright stars of the gaming industry is Dallas Dickinson. who I had the opportunity to work with at Sony Online Entertainment. Dallas, is now the Senior Content Producer at BioWare, an excellent game developer/publisher. The entourage from BioWare and the Producer at LucasArts are scheduled to speak about the development of the newest MMORPG in the Star Wars Universe. Prepare to get cozy and learn about the challenges and capabilities of working within continuation of an existing license such as Star Wars. Be prepared with lots of questions, because I know these guys to be very personable and accommodating. (Room 7AB)
10:00pm to 12:00pm "Spike and Mike Double Feature" -- What?!? Are you seriously telling me to skip out on the Star Wars Fan Movie Awards and The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards?!? Well, yes and no. If you MUST choose between one of these two, the latter will be your best bet. You can view the Star Wars Fan Movie clips at www.atom.com and that will suffice. As far as the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards goes, you will feel so connected to the comic book industry if you attend this coveted awards ceremony, that you may absolutely love it. It is what the Oscars it to the movie industry. For those few who can muster up the courage to see some cutting edge and absolutely raw comic talent, you really need to stay up past your bedtime and hit the Spike and Mike Double Feature. Take the 8:00pm time frame to get a drink and a bite to eat. I warn you beforehand, the New Generation Animation part of the double feature will start out as sophisticated and brilliant. You will golf clap and feel like the animation aficionado you are for having attending and supported the treasure of art from our up and coming animators. But the second half of the show, which starts at 11:15pm, will have you laughing so hard at sick and twisted offerings, that you will feel ashamed and may even feel an ongoing need to take a shower afterwards. Just relax and don't be afraid to admit to your closest friends the next day that you actually found the lowbrow humor to be a hilarious uproar. Don't ask me how I know. I just do. (Room 6BCF)