I don’t know whether it’s due to the brief, but awkward lull between Comic-Con and Wizard World Chicago, or because I’m pressed on some other projects, but I’m not seeing many items that grab me for full-fledged posts. So, here are some brief items, or “Small Bites,” as we like to call them:
Marvel’s Kyle talks animated Doctor Strange
It’s been known since last year that the Sorcerer Supreme would be Marvel’s fourth animated direct-to-DVD project, but details have been pretty scarce.
But at Comic-Con, Now Playing talked to Craig Kyle, Marvel’s vice president of animation, who discusses some of the challenges of bringing Doctor Strange to life.
“The credit goes to [writer] Greg Johnson,” Kyle tells the website, “and the beautiful job he did taking what was already there and finding a way to really make a wonderful story and figure out the laws of magic, so it’s not just, ‘A magic word can do anything I want.’ Because it’s really tricky. You’ve got a guy who can say and do anything he wants with a wave of his hand. What are you going to put him up against?”
Headline of the day
From TrekWeb: “Manga Artist Fearful of Star Trek Fans.”
The horrors of Comic-Con
Writing for Stanford University’s campus newspaper, Lisa Kerner relives the nightmare of attending Comic-Con solely to see the Veronica Mars panel, only to come face-to-face with, well … Comic-Con.
“My frustration increased when I scoured the autograph line after the panel,” Kerner writes. “Whereas the 4,500-seat auditorium was filled with teens and young adults, this line revealed mostly middle-aged men and women with the intense look in their eyes characteristic of outsiders anxious to sell their not-so-prized autograph on eBay the next day. Meanwhile, I couldn’t even catch a glimpse of the actors, as security was intently herding us away.
“At Comic-Con, I was suffocated by the sweaty throngs of people, aggravated by the incompetence of the staff and security and appalled by the lack of organization and the illogical approach to planning, but what perplexed me the most was fact that no other convention-goers seemed to care.”