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July 14, 2005

Comic-Con: Day One

11:30-3:00 -- Lots of fun wandering the exhibit hall and still only covered about half of it! Forgive this dealer-room diary (19 mins, 11 mb) as it's very rough audio and exposes my frightful fascination with action figures. Highlights include:

- Rediscovering Full Moon Entertainment -- it's been reborn as Wizard Entertainment. Production honcho Joe Dain promises more puppetry! (See photo below.)

- Chatting with the folks at Blue Underground about their restoration of Fire and Ice.

- Checked producer Cliff Broadway's feet and, sure enough, they're just as furry as you'd expect for one of the documentarians behind Ringers: Lord of the Fans.

Oh, that's Christy Marie striking a luscious Leia pose. Does that make me Jaba? Other snapshots ...

3:30 -- B-R-U-C-E!!!!!! Phenomenal. Nobody can say it better than the man hisself -- so here's his whole goldang Q&A session (43 mins, 25 mb).

4:30 -- Boy, do I ever feel sorry for the guy who had to interview David Cronenberg. Just wasn't David's milieu, maybe? He mustered flashes of enthusiasm for A History of Violence, but not in the typically effusive "Hollywood" way. More like a professor who's quietly pleased with his star pupil. Consequentially, Cronenberg can come off sounding cold. Cruelly sarcastic even. But there's usually a sly grin there too. Fascinating fella. Here's a quick highlight reel (3 mins, 1.8 mb) in which he intellectualizes his flick's flashes of graphic violence, reveals a bit of his directorial philosophy and fields praise from a Fly fan even more elated than myself about the upcoming special edition DVD!

6:00 -- Caught up with William Christensen, editor-in-chief of Avatar Press, who has scored three hit comics in collaboration with New Line Cinema. Click for a convention-floor Q&A (6 mins, 3.4 mb) about Leatherface, Freddy and Jason's grisly off-screen exploits.


- Bruce Campbell
- David Cronenberg
- Dealer Delirium
- New Line's comic books

Posted by G. Noel Gross at July 14, 2005 10:05 PM

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