The 40th anniversary Comic-Con hosted some of the biggest Hollywood stars (Denzel Washington for “The Book of Eli” and Robert Downey, Jr. for “Sherlock Holmes” and “Iron Man 2”) and first peeks at some of the biggest Hollywood blockbusters (James Cameron for “Avatar”). But the heart of Comic-Con is still the passionate fans, irreverent without being snarky. I loved taking pictures on the exhibition hall floor and attending some of the special interest panels like the one on “Christian Comics” (which met Sunday morning and began with hymns and a sermon) and the one on monsters (where the moderator noted with spirit that “there’s no reason the monster has to be the bad guy.” I overheard one attendee asking another, “Are you going to the Klingon wedding?” Attendees could have a zombie makeover or sit in a replica of an electric chair to watch clips from a new horror movie.
I heard comic strip legend Leonard Starr talk about Mary Perkins On Stage, Kelly Green, and Thundercats. I saw Seth Green on a panel about “Robot Chicken” and the creators and talent from Chowder and Flapjack.
And I got a sneak peek at the brilliant second episode of Glee with stars Cory Monteith, Matthew Morrison, Lea Michele, and Dianna Agron.
Every week I review movies on the Jeff and Jer Show and one of the best parts of visiting San Diego is the chance to visit them in the studio. Many thanks to Jeff (and hope Jer is feeling better!), Laura, Delana, and of course my special pal Tommy for a wonderful visit and a sensational dinner at Trattoria Fantastica.
Two more posts coming — with some of my favorite costumes and my interviews with Eric McCormick of the delightful “Alien Trespass” and Clifton Collins, Jr. and Julie Benz of the upcoming vengeance action drama “Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day.”