By Jimmy Palmiotti
Just got back from the New York Comic Con [took some days off after] and had a blast. Want to say thanks to everyone that came by and said they read the blog and especially to the awesome fans at the show that made it all interesting for me. Did a few panels, a few hundred interviews and got to enjoy some decent warm weather while there, unlike the usual February weather that I am used to in N.Y.C.
Coming back to Florida was a mixed bag for me because I love seeing all my friends when in N.Y, but at the same time I couldn’t wait to get back to Florida and dig in to my work, especially since a lot of my projects are all hitting deadlines this week. Yes editors, I know you are reading this.
On with the headlines…
MEGACON: I am going to remind you about this show for the next two weeks. If you never went to MegaCon, I will tell you that it is one of the best-run cons in the states by some of the nicest people you ever met. I actually get to host a few of the panels while I am at the show this year. The first being the GIRLS OF HORROR panel … I get to chat up Darcy Demoss and Ami Dolenz in front of an audience. Check them out on imdb.com and I bet you’ve seen at least one or two of their movies. I love hosting these panels because they are a lot of fun and the focus is on someone else for a change. Its funny, its so flattering that people actually want to listen to what you say, but at the same time, and especially at shows, I want to be one of the audience just as bad.
I also get to host the biggest panel of the show, the BATTLESTAR panel that includes past and present actors Dirk Benedict, Melody Anderson, Anne Lockhart, Herbert Jefferson, Lucianna Carro, Jennifer Halley and James Callis. It’s a Battlestar panel that is mostly going to be talk about the show, its differences between old and new and a very fun question and answer period. My brother Tony is especially happy about this one since he is a big fan of the show. That takes place on Saturday and I really think its gonna be the most packed panel of the show.
I am a guest on a panel called comics to screen and along side me will be Tricia Helfer among others. How cool is that? Also there will be Alaina Huffman who played Maureen on the Painkiller Jane show and is currently starring as Black Canary on Smallville. She is one cool lady and I’ve had the pleasure of hanging with her on set and she will charm the pants off you.
Side note: Amanda Conner designed the suit Black Canary wears on Smallville. They based it on the run we worked on with Terry Moore in the Birds of Prey series and since then have used it just about everywhere.
On the comic side of guests, we got George Perez, Brian Pulido, Tim Townsend, Darwyn Cooke, Chuck Dixon, Brandon Peterson, Mark Waid, Ron Marz, Chris Claremont, Ethan van Sciver, Amanda Conner, Tony Bedard, Ken Branch, Bill Stout, Sergio Cariello, Dan Jurgens, Jim Cheung, Frank Cho, Steve McNiven, Humberto Ramos, Mike Perkins, Adam Hughes, Pat Broderic, Dick Giordano, everyone’s favorite editor-in-chief Dan Didio, and a whole bunch more I am not listing because I am sick of typing. All of these people are friends of mine and owe me not only their careers, but also a boatload of cash. Don’t believe me? Well… you shouldn’t.
So, If you were looking for an excuse to take a trip or just get out of the shitty weather and soak yourself in sunshine, come on down. Really. You will have a blast.
DATE DAY: Amanda and I figured we would take a day off before the usual Valentine’s Day came along and take a drive south of Clearwater as far as we could go and crash at a motel wherever it would take us. Well, a half hour in, we got a major blowout on the highway and we crawled off the interstate like a hurt animal and I changed to a spare and went to a Midas shop to get a new tire. The wait was gonna be an hour and a half so we had a wonderful dinner in Saint Pete, then got the new tire attached and headed towards Sarasota and hit a few beaches and such. Little did we know, the entire United States happened to come out for this weekend to Florida and we decided at around 8 pm we should maybe head back north, being a few hours away from home and all that. Well… coming back on route 75, the brand new tire came apart in one of the most desolate areas you could ever find and we couldn’t change the tire there because of an incline and the fact that the speed limit was 70 and it felt like missiles were flying by us. Yes, there were no road lights here either, so we drove a mile to an exit that has a Hess station that also contained a post office, a pizzeria, a doughnut store and probably an operating room if I looked hard enough. Long story short, we stopped back in Sarasota for dinner wielding the spare, had some food, ran into the apocalyptic rock slut on the street and headed home keeping the speed limit under 50 because the tire was not made for regular driving. All in all, we did have fun, I did learn to change a flat in less than 5 minutes and it was still time together, and that’s the most important thing I guess.
MOVIES: During said valentine trip above we stopped and saw a movie called Paul Blart: Mall Cop, which, in my opinion, was one of the worst films of the year. Dull, not funny and a complete waste of time… I wanted to leave the theatre at least 10 times during it. From script to direction, we have seen this movie 100 times before and done better each and every time. The studio owes me 18 bucks for this turd. If you don’t believe me, just ask anyone that saw it and they would tell you the same thing. Did I mention that there isn’t a single minute that is any good in this movie? Get it? Not yet? OK, if you actually liked this film, please don’t talk to me. Ever. Lol…
Also saw CORALINE in 3-D. the animation was amazing, but the movie itself was not engaging to me. I really wanted it to be better… really. I think the world of Neil Gaiman and his work, but this was a story that didn’t connect on any level for me and I honestly felt like I had seen it all before… a number of times. Maybe it’s for kids, but there wasn’t a single person under 20 in the theatre. Again, I am probably not the target audience, so go see it yourself. If you saw it, leave a post and give me your take.
Last, I am late out of the gate to see THE CURIOUS LIFE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON. I tried once before to see it and it was sold out, so this time the theatre was half empty, which always makes my day. Overall I enjoyed the movie and its sentimental observations. It was not boring for a second and what was really nice was I was not getting distracted by the digital renderings at all of Brad Pitt’s character. I felt at times it pushed through certain things and because of its long running time, I understand that… but if I had to pick on one thing, it felt like an alternate reality Forest Gump. That’s not a bad thing, mind you, since I am one of those people that really enjoyed Gump and its globetrotting. Overall, I left very satisfied and a bit sad. If you saw it, you understand why. NOTE: CATE BLANCHETT is simply one of the best actresses out there these days and she is stunning in this movie.
DAVE JOHNSON: You know his art from all those brilliant 100 bullets covers, now go catch him doing some insane stuff at this link. Leave a comment and enjoy the exploits of FLATULENE!
THE RESISTANCE: If you like science fiction, bisexual characters, punks, modern day killer monks and complete and utter madness, please give this book a try. Attached here is the cover that was penciled by Darwyn Cooke, background pencils by Amanda Conner, inks by yours truly and colors by Brandon Peterson. This is the collection of stories Justin and I did for Wildstorm many years ago, and it’s collected for the first time by I.D.W. Best bet is to get your retailer to order it now from the catalog so you can get one. Don’t blame me when your store is sold out.
POWER GIRL: Working on issue 4 right now with Justin, and as I am going along, I was thinking, how would the fans like a book where Power Girl never threw a punch… you know, an issue where she was at work, dealt with co-workers, saw a movie with another superhero, looked at an apartment, went shopping, took the subway, bought cat litter, etc? You think the book would make it past issue 5? I mean, we got Amanda drawing it… lol, its fun to see Powergirl bash someone into space, but how much fun would it be to make an interesting issue where no villain was involved. Ok… maybe one in a tease. Opinions?
- JIMMY P