Internet, you filthy bastard, you've finally won. Despite my overall reservations with doing so, I finally broke down and set up a Twitter. That's right, now I have two means to shamelessly whore my work onto the unsuspecting of the web (...who am I kidding? Nowadays no one is unsuspecting on the web.)
So yeah, to anyone who's actually using it, look for me at https://twitter.com/guyinthe3rdrow if you feel so inclined.
If not...well, hey, chances are I'm plugging this to you by some other means anyway...
NOW THEN --
Part the Second - SATURDAY -Or
'Maybe Sartre Was Right'
OK. I'm gonna try and keep the bulk of my grievances until the third and final part...but given many of the problems started up today, well...things ARE gonna start getting touched on here.
That said, the start of the day was largely pretty good - rather than going onto the Show Floor, we spent much of the early part of the day checking out The Block - a smaller area set aside for companies with less prominent features. Actually, that really helped here, as there were considerably fewer people to have to wade through as a result of that. Also learned of a couple of pretty cool groups advertised there, including a table for IFC and an NY-based group that specializes in hunting down old vintage or out-of-print novels for resale (and in some cases, trying to reacquire the copyrights to reprint them for modern readers.) In terms of areas of the con, this was probably one of the most pleasant, and even the vendors here were a lot more talkative and friendly (not to say the guys on the show floor weren't, but they were also a lot busier thanks to the crowds.)
From there, we headed to the first panel of the day - a promotion for the website Viki. They're a video streaming service that largely focuses on Asian film and television with translations that seems to be recently working on making steps into the American market (their primary demographic is still SouthEast Asia.)
It was this or we try to get a pic during the episode itself...this is less likely to irritate con security.
Now here's where the grievances begin. At this point, we had hoped to try and check out the IGN theater, where they were offering a look at the upcoming updates of Carrie and The Evil Dead. I know, normally I'm iffy on remakes, but I am curious to hear where these go, especially given the latter is still being overseen by Sam Raimi. Of course, the catch was being able to get into the theater...that was...somehow, calling it folly seems like the nice way to put it. You see, for those who haven't been there before, the IGN theater is where THE major events of NYCC are held. In particular on this day was the promotion for the third season of The Walking Dead. What did this amount to? People had been waiting since roughly midnight the night before to get in... ...and stay in... ...and stay in.
Rather than show you the proverbial huddled masses, please enjoy this more open air/access promotion they'd set up outside for the third season.
(I'll be coming back to the IGN shenanigans in part 3 more.)
So, instead of the Carrie-Evil Dead panel, we went to the announcement of comic writer Garth Ennis's latest project. Now, in light of his work on such various and rather shocking comics as Preacher, The Boys, and Crossed, people wondered what this announcement would be.
There wasn't a lot for visual aids to this one. This was prettymuch just a cool q&a with Ennis. Then again, with the focus being on Crossed, would you guys have really wanted to see some of the images they could put together for it?
For those not familiar with the comic, I will say this - even for Ennis, this one's not for the faint of heart. The series concerns an epidemic a la the Rage Virus in 28 Days Later. However, rather than simply being turned into berserkers, the virus in Crossed turns people into ruthless sadists. They don't just kill, they torture, rape, and carry out actions with express intent of infecting others. It's a virus with a sense of malice. Which is why I was surprised that this was the work Ennis was going ahead with filming. The initial project will be a series of R-rated webisodes, with a subsequent unrated DVD release at the end of each season of 6 episodes. The end goal of this project will eventually be a feature film adaptation written and directed by Ennis himself. When that will be remains to be seen, as filming of the webisodes doesn't start until next spring. Additionally, despite trusting the title to others for some time now, Ennis has announced he will be coming back for a subsequent run on the series in the near future, in helping write a backstory on the 'Patient Zero' that started the whole outbreak.
Appropriately, Dale's face here pretty well sums up my initial response to the announcement.
In the immortal words of Crow T. Robot: "SEE YOU IN YOUR NIGHTMARES!"
Overall, while it was no IGN theater, it was still a pretty fun panel to be at, and Ennis has gotten me interested in checking out more of his work through discussing it (so much so that I've been binging on The Boys lately.) So, despite my initial "OH GOD WHY?" on reading it, I might give his Crossed webisodes a go when the time comes.
From there, and because it was nearby, we decided to pay Mr. Mignola a second visit for his panel regarding the upcoming comic Hellboy in Hell. I was pleasantly surprised with the format here. As they set it up, they only intended to talk a small sales pitch, then let fans ask their questions to make up the bulk of the panel.
Again, they didn't give us a lot of visual aid to work with here...though they gave us some great discussion.
In closing, they did also address the question of talks about Mignola's Joe Golem novel being adapted into a movie (it has been optioned with Alex Proyas attached to write and direct...which I have to say, should prove interesting.) The last question of the panel being when someone asked if Hellboy had in fact been in Hell before - they pointed out the comic in question was actually done as a joke and didn't really hold much bearing over the main canon.
Honestly, next to the Legendary panel, I think this was one of my favorites of the weekend - even if it did remind me just how far behind in reading Hellboy I've been (working on that.) The team were all informative and offered some interesting takes on where the series is going as well as their creative insights that lead to things that have happened now. While Mike will always be known as the main force (though he was somewhat held back for a 7 year stretch there) it's good to know the Hellboy/BPRD series have been in some great hands alongside his as well. Just hearing them all talk about this world they've all added to, I look forward to getting caught up.
Plus, got to meet Mignola a second time. He really is a nice guy.
Keep an eye out tomorrow for the final chapter of Lines and Loathing At New York Comic Con
COMPLAINTS AND GRIEVANCES (or 'Where the Hell Are the Lines and Loathing? You Said There'd Be Lines and Loathing!')
In closing, I leave you with this image from outside the con that day.
Boba's life was never the same after that Sarlacc incident...
Boba's life was never the same after that Sarlacc incident...