MorrisonCon Con Report!

October 7, 2012 by  
Filed under Con Reports and Photos, L.A. Sequential, Nevada

Enter a world full of comics, chaos, wonder, and Grant Morrison.

The Hard Rock casino in Las Vegas was home to the inaugural MorrisonCon on September 29-30, 2012. Going in, I had no idea what to expect from this show. I knew that 10 of the biggest names were special guests, including Grant Morrison, frequent collaborators Frank Quitely, Darick Robertson, and Chris Burnham, along with comic superstars Robert Kirkman, Jim Lee, Jason Aaron, Jonathan Hickman, and Gerard Way. Also invited were Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, Chronicle writer Max Landis, and musical guests Jimmy Urine and Akira the Don.

The crowd waiting for the start of MorrisonCon.

James Sime greeting the crowd for the “Inaugural Awakening”.

The energy of the crowd was palpable the minute I set foot in the main room. James Sime, the founder of Isotope Comics, stirred up the crowd with frenetic energy, setting up an introduction to Grant Morrison, who immediately proceeded to introduce Chris Burnham and Frank Quitely, and went straight into talking about upcoming artwork with their respective projects. It was fascinating to see the thought processes of the artists, and how they each interpreted Grant’s scripts and how it translated on to a page. Shortly after, Darick Robertson also joined the trio, and gave his take on working with Grant.

Darick Robertson, Grant Morrison, Chris Burnham, and Frank Quitely discussing comics.

The next panel involved Jonathan Hickman (Fantastic Four), JH Williams (Batwoman), Jason Aaron (Wolverine and the X-Men, Avengers vs. X-Men), Robert Kirkman (Walking Dead, Invincible), and Grant Morrison talking about the comic book writing process. From talking about approach to plotting out storylines, to being aware of page turns for reader shock value, to working with different artists and how they might interact with different story tellers, it was a fantastic panel to gain insight from 5 of the biggest writers in comics today.

Jonathan Hickman, JH Williams III, Jason Aaron, Robert Kirkman and Grant Morrison talking about what they do best: writing.

And since you can’t have comics without art, the following panel featured Chris Burnham, Frank Quitely, JH Williams III, Darick Robertson, and Jim Lee. The artists talked about influences, how they go about laying out pages, to new artists in comics that they personally enjoy. And of course, you can’t have an artist panel without art. Each artist chose a random guest’s sketchbook to draw in, and it was awesome to see them sketch away.

Chris Burnham, JH Williams III, Darick Robertson, and Jim Lee enjoying Frank Quitely drawing Supersize Man.

After an hour lunch break, the show continued with a musical based panel, featuring Akira the Don, Gerard Way, Darick Robertson, Grant Morrison, JH Williams III, and Jimmy Urine. It was awesome to see the panelists talk about how music was so intertwined in to their comics, from Gerard Way talking about listening to Tarantula by the Smashing Pumpkins while scripting an entire issue of Umbrella Academy, to the first concerts they’ve all attended, to an improptu performance of I Wanna Hold Your Hand by Darick, Grant and Akira which brought the crowd to their feet.

Gerard Way: I think I got into music, because… the sex that I already wasn’t having, I wanted to intensify that… Did you guys take a look at me when the band started? I was trying to get as far away from sexual activity.

The last panel of the show for me was the movie panel, featuring Max Landis, James Gunn, Darick Robertson, and Grant Morrison. Although the panel did get sidetracked at times, it was awesome to see James Gunn and Max Landis debating whether Chronicle was a superhero film and what defines a super hero, as well as Landis arguing with Darick Robertson on what he felt was a huge flaw of The Boys.

Grant Morrison: Superheroes aren’t a genre, which is mistake people often make… They’re an ingredient, not a genre. That’s why they’ll last forever.

On top of these amazing panels, there was also creator signings, where you actually had a reserved spot for a specific writer or artist, and you actually got to talk with them for more than the 10 seconds you’re usually alotted at usual cons. That to me was one THE highlight of the show, and I felt it was completely awesome that the artists and writers would embrace the idea, and enjoyed interacting with fans in a more intimate setting.

Grant Morrison chatting with a fan, while the line awaits with anticipation.

This show was definitely a one of a kind experience, and I believe is something all comic fans should definitely try attending once in their lifetime. If you ever wanted an comics show that was purely comics based, this is it. With rumors that this show could come back in the future, I’d definitely keep my eye out when tickets go on sale.

Super Tour

 

Rainn Wilson, James Gunn, and more screen SUPER at several theaters this week!

Monday, March 28

SUPER Screening with James Gunn Intro and Q & A at 7:30 pm

Open to the Public: First-come-first-served (get there early!)

The Brattle Theater
40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA

Tuesday, March 29

SUPER Apple Store Event with James Gunn, hosted by USA Today’s Whitney Matheson

Discussion and Q&A at 6:00 pm

Open to everyone!

Apple Store
103 Prince St, New York, NY
Corner of Greene

Wednesday, March 30

NEW YORK CITY
8:00 pm

SUPER Screening hosted by Jason Reitman, with James Gunn, Kevin Bacon, Liv Tyler, Lloyd Kaufman, and perhaps some others in attendance.

Open to IFC Film Center members and friends and family (sold out).

IFC Film Center
323 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY

Thursday, March 31

UCLA On-Campus Screening of SUPER with a Q & A by James Gunn at 8:00 pm

Open to UCLA Students Only

Ackerman Grand Ballroom
308 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA

Friday, April 1

Q & A after 7:40pm screening of SUPER with James Gunn and Doug Benson

Introduction of the 10:15pm show with James Gunn

Laemmle Sunset 5
8000 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA

Tickets now on sale

SAN FRANCISCO
Landmark Embarcadero Theatre, One Embarcadero Center, Promenade Level

Rainn Wilson appearance at SUPER screenings

Q&A after 7:30pm show

Introduction for 10:00pm show

Tickets now on sale

Sarturday, April 2

SAN FRANCISCO
12:30 pm

WONDERCON Panel with Rainn Wilson and James Gunn

Room 103

SAN FRANCISCO
Landmark Embarcadero Theatre, One Embarcadero Center, Promenade Level

James Gunn appearance at SUPER screenings

Q&A after 7:30pm show

Introduction for 10:00pm show

Tickets now on sale

Sunday, April 3

LOS ANGELES
Nerdist Podcast at Meltdown Comics with James Gunn and Chris Hardwicke at 8pm

7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

You must have a ticket stub from a specific TBD Sunday SUPER screening to gain entry – more information will be released soon on this grand event.

Friday, April 15

James Gunn in attendance for the opening night of SUPER followed by a Q & A.

The Tivoli Theater
6350 Delmar Boulevard, Saint Louis, MO 63130

MA – Super Screening

Director James Gunn hosts an advance screening on Monday March 28 at 7:30pm.

Co-Presented with Independent Film Festival Boston
Free Preview Screening!
Free! First come, first seated so get here early!
(2010) dir James Gunn w/Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Kevin Bacon, Liv Tyler [96 min]

This hilarious, amazingly twisted dark comedy features Rainn Wilson as Frank, a man shattered by his wife’s return to her drug-dealing ex. Donning a (very) homemade costume, Frank turns to a life of crime-fighting to win her back. Applying an absurd realism to masked vigilantes and their sidekicks, SUPER shows us just how messed up the idea of becoming a ‘real-life superhero’ truly is while simultaneously making us cheer for Frank’s alter ego, The Crimson Bolt, and his spunky sidekick Boltie (Page). Do not miss this!!

Visit IFFBoston.org for more great events, breaking news, and announcements about this year’s festival!

The Brattle
40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

CA – Bleed for Haiti Benefit

Sunday, Feb 28th at 1 to 5 pm: Bleed for Haiti

Scream Queens Devanny Pinn and Tara Cardinal will be hosting: “BLEED FOR HAITI!” Benefit.

Women in Horror’s Los Angeles Blood Drive

We’re Women in Horror, of course we’ll bleed for a cause. And this time you can bleed too. Join celebrities and fans from all genres as they come together to support the Haitian people. Victims of the earthquakes need our continued support in rebuilding their lives, please donate blood, funds, clothing or canned goods. No contribution is too big or too small.

Confirmed Reps from:
The Weinstein Co, Nu Image, New Films International, Fangoria, Troma, Horror News, Paradigm Talent Agency, Fatally Yours, American Horrors, Flick Direct, The Joe Flin Show and many more!

Confirmed Appearances by:
James Gunn (Writer. Dawn of the Dead/ Scooby Doo), Kelly Stables (The Ring), Dai Green (Horror News), Adam Weisman (Halloween), Rolfe Kanefsky (Dir. Nightmare Man), Patrick Durham (Prod. Cabin Fever 2), Christian Boeving (Muscle and Fitness), Lloyd Kaufman (Troma), Samantha Ryan (Hustler’s March 2010), Frank Garrity (Millionaire Matchmaker), Megan Franich (30 Days of Night), Melissa Bacelar (Pink Eye), James Quattrochi (Prod. The Prince and the Pauper) Bianca Barnett (Albino Farm), Elina Madison (Barracuda), Elissa Dowling (Black Dahlia), Kenn Scott (Teenage Mutant Nina Turtles), Morgan Benoit (Forbidden Kingdom) Corey Soria (Dir. Grub Girl/ Danzig), DeeDee Bigalow (The Perfect Serial Killer), Adriel Dandridge (MTV’s Party Monsters Cabo), Hart Fisher (American Horrors), Steven Deknight (Writer. Spartacus/Buffy/ Angel)

Dark Delicacies, 4213 W. Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA  91505

818-556-6660 / 888-darkdel

www.darkdel.com

UPDATE:

Red carpet services are being provided by event sponsors Comic Book Divas and Troma Entertainment. Troma also has DVDs autographed by Lloyd Kaufman to be given to the first few people who donate.

Everyone who gives blood will get a free pint of Baskin Robbins Ice Cream courtesy of the Baskin Robbins Pint for a Pint program.

If you cannot donate blood, please still come out! We are also accepting cash, canned food and clothing donations.