SAN DIEGO A LOOK BACK PART TWO…
Friday was a great day: I got to do a Blade Runner roundtable with Ridley Scott, Sean Young, Syd Mead, James Hong, Joe Terkel, Frank Paull and Mark Stetson. We had about an hour and a half with everybody and Mead and Scott were particularly interesting. I watched Zach Snyder discuss Watchmen, which I’m still skeptical about and they showed the trailer to Whiteout, the adaptation of Greg Rucka and Steve Lieber’s graphic novel with the gorgeous but rather wooden Kate Beckinsale. I also did a one-to-one interview with Rich Moore, one of the supervising directors on the Simpsons movie as well as one of the guys on the new run of Futurama. The evening we went to the open-air screening of 300 at the baseball park, Petco Park,because Andy Grossberg hadn’t seen the film. It was okay on the second viewing although there was a presentation beforehand with people like Frank Miller, JMS, Ridley Scott and James Hong coming out, looking rather jolly (there was a Warner Brothers party going on at the stadium so drink was flowing) and a very unfunny presenter from G4 who came across like a poor kid’s TV compere. Friday night was spent at the Westin bar…
Saturday was another memorable day. Because the organisers had capped the ticket sales, the floor wasn’t horrendously hard to navigate, so it was the first Saturday that was a pleasure to be at. I watched the pilot for Bryan Fuller’s Pushing Daisies, I did a press conference with some of the cast from Battlestar Galactica, including Katee Sackhoff, Mary McDonnell and Tricia Helfer, and I got to do the Iron Man round table with Jon Favreau, who I gave a copy of the Annual to, Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard and Kevin Feige. In the evening, we went to see Warren Ellis speak for two hours, answering questions from the audience. It was fairly entertaining as Ellis wasn’t too cruel. He had been grumpy and impossible while he was on the floor but he came across a little bit more likeable at the panel. We went to the Hyatt on Saturday night for a little of schmoozing…
Sunday was a very pleasant day: having acquitted all of my press duties at the show, I spent Sunday gathering up the copies of the Annual that were on sale during the show. We sold 40 copies which is very respectable considering we didn’t have a table. I had applied for the IDW editor’s job but I didn’t get it. In the evening, I headed to have Indian at the Star of India with Andy and Susie and Jim Johnson, then I went to the Westin to see Tim Bradstreet, which is always entertaining…
So I saw a hell of a lot of people at San Diego as usual but it was too brief as ever. I caught up with my friend Mark Chiarello at the show and several other people. The show is too big but if you make sure that you prioritise, then you do get to see some of the people you want to. It was a pleasure to hang out with Jeff Carlisle and Daniel Goodbrey, who I roomed with, and there were no arguments either as we were all pretty easygoing. The reception to the Annual was phenomenal and it should be in comic stores the week beginning 6th August, so check out your local comic store…
Another San Diego is over and my reporting should appear in Death Ray #5, out the beginning of September in the UK…
Here are some more photos from the show, of Eddie Campbell, Leonard Nimoy, Brian Azzarello, the terrace and Terrence Howard from Iron Man