UPDATE: The tour has been cancelled.
While details are somewhat scarce, a “live pop-culture movie and tour” is being launched in support of “Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope,” the documentary about the San Diego Comic Con directed by Morgan Spurlock and produced by the likes of Joss Whedon, Stan Lee, and Harry Knowles. Whether any of them will actually be in attendance at these events remains to be seen, but the promotional material promises “live superstar panels, exclusive footage from upcoming blockbusters, previews of the coolest new toys and collectibles” and “the incredible goodie bag.”
Ten tour dates have been announced so far with more to come:
Thu Apr 5 - Atlanta, GA – Cobb Energy PAC Fri Apr 6 - Orlando, FL – UCF Arena Sat Apr 7 - Miami Beach, FL – Fillmore Miami Thu Apr 12 – Rochester, NY – Dome Arena Fri Apr 13 – Albany, NY – Palace Theatre Sat Apr 14 – Philadelphia, PA – Girard College Sun Apr 15 – Wallingford, CT – Oakdale Thu Apr 19 – Cincinnati, OH – Taft Theatre Fri Apr 20 – Rosemont, IL – Akoo Theatre Sun Apr 22 – Detroit, MI – Fillmore Detroit
And here is the just released trailer for the film:
WREKIN HILL AND NECA ACQUIRE ALL NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO MORGAN SPURLOCK’S COMIC-CON DOCUMENTARY
Los Angeles, CA (December 6, 2011) — Chris Ball, President and CEO of LA-based film production and distribution company Wrekin Hill Entertainment, and Joel Weinshanker, President and CEO of the National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA), a movie merchandising powerhouse that has become an essential tastemaker for the all-important Fanboy culture, announced today that they have jointly acquired Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Morgan Spurlock’s fanboy documentary COMIC-CON EPISODE IV – A FAN’S HOPE. The film will be released theatrically in Spring 2012 in conjunction with a multi-city tour of the film with major events for film and merchandising fans across the nation. Additionally, as a supplement to Wrekin Hill and NECA’s plans, the film will screen at various fan gatherings and have an online presence via one of the film’s producers, Thomas Tull, and his Legendary Entertainment.
“As a young kid growing up in West Virginia, I was obsessed with comic books and horror films so the first time I ever attended Comic-Con in the summer of 2009 was a dream come true for me. I was blown away by the passion and the creativity there — the panels, parades, costumes, crowds and camaraderie that makes Comic-Con one of the largest cultural events in America,” said Spurlock. “As a filmmaker, I felt compelled to show audiences what Comic-Con is all about and I am now excited to have the film in the hands of Wrekin Hill and NECA to help do that.”
Presented by Stan Lee and Joss Whedon, COMIC-CON EPISODE IV – A FAN’S HOPE takes a behind-the-scenes look at this amazing cultural phenomenon where fans gather by the tens of thousands annually to attend the ultimate geek mecca in San Diego — a fringe comic book convention that has grown into the pop culture event of the year. The film was produced by Spurlock, Jeremy Chilnick, Matthew Galkin, Harry Knowles and Thomas Tull; and written by Spurlock and Chilnick.
“I have been a Morgan Spurlock fan ever since SUPER SIZE ME, and this film – which wowed audiences at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival – should win over additional fans for Spurlock’s fascinating look at what has become the Superbowl of fanboy events,” says Ball.
“In the spirit of the film, we plan to go out on the road with the filmmakers to cities across the country so that fans and audiences can see the film in large theaters and small arenas, with Q&As, contests, give-aways and all sorts of special cultural presentations,” says Weinshanker.
The Spurlock acquisition marks the latest joint acquisition by Wrekin Hill and NECA as part of a strategic partnership whereby the two companies will join to distribute four to five titles theatrically each year. Previous titles this year have included Spencer Susser’s HESHER, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Natalie Portman, and Rainn Wilson; Alexandre O. Phillipe’s documentary comedy THE PEOPLE VS GEORGE LUCAS and writer/director J.B. Ghuman Jr’s colorful and foul-mouthed musical comedy SPORK.
Ball and Rene Cogan negotiated the deal for Wrekin Hill with Weinshanker at NECA, with attorney Gary Hirsch representing both Wrekin Hill and NECA, and CAA handling the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.
Marvel has announced several Avengers-related signings for Comic-Con International:
SDCC 2011: Marvel’s The Avengers Signing Schedule
Meet the stars of 2012′s blockbuster movie
All ready for the fun and excitement that Marvel is bringing to Comic Con International in San Diego this week? Well we’re ready to turn it up a notch by announcing the signing schedule for “Marvel’s The Avengers!” Here’s your chance to meet some of the superstars involved in the highly anticipated major motion picture – only at the Marvel Booth (#2329) during the convention! Each signing is a ticketed event and requires a specific ticket for that individual signing. Fans should come to the Marvel Booth (#2329) as soon the convention opens to the public on each morning for a chance (no purchase necessary) to receive one of the limited number of signing tickets.
THURSDAY, JULY 21
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
CHRIS EVANS – CAPTAIN AMERICA
SATURDAY, JULY 23
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
CLARK GREGG – AGENT COULSON
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
JOSS WHEDON – WRITER/DIRECTOR
Don’t miss your chance to experience a once-in-a-lifetime event at Comic-Con International in San Diego, courtesy of Marvel on all weekend long!
“Marvel’s The Avengers” will be released on May 4, 2012.
Can’t make it to the convention? Follow along on the Marvel Events App & events.marvel.com, the best way to get exclusive videos, real-time announcements from the convention floor and up-to-the-minute panel, in-booth, and signing schedules of all your favorite Marvel creators!
Please Note That All Times & Guests Are Subject To Change.
SIGNINGS, PANELS, AND GREEN SCREENS, OH MY!
Wednesday, July 20
3 p.m.–5 p.m.: Hellboy
EW.COM EXCLUSIVE: Joss Whedon’s Wonder Woman fantasy: Angelina Jolie
(NEW YORK) – There are no shortages of actresses who want to play Wonder Woman. Even Beyoncé Knowles has expressed interest. But when Hollywood finally does get around to making a film about the 69-year-old female superhero in the star-spangled short-shorts — sometime this millennium, one hopes — there’s really only one actress Joss Whedon sees in the role. When the Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator was writing his never-produced WW script for Warner Bros. five years ago, he modeled the character on the closest thing he could find to a real Amazon goddess. “For me, Wonder Woman was basically Angelina Jolie,” he says. “She spends a lot of time flying around. She works in a lot of different countries. She’s very global. And she’s appalled by the way people treat each other.”
For more on why Wonder Woman still doesn’t have a film of her own — and what Whedon and other filmmakers have tried to do with the character — check out this week’s issue, on stands Thursday.
For the full story on EW.com: http://insidemovies.ew.com/2010/11/17/joss-whedon-wonder-woman-angelina-jolie/
UPDATED: We’ve now added clips below of them all taking the stage one at a time.
Ladies and gentlemen, the Avengers are assembled for their 2012 movie, gathered together at Comic-Con International.
The Avengers, from left: Robert Downey Jr., Clark Gregg, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, director Joss Whedon and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige.
Entertainment Weekly Comic-Con Panel (and Video): J.J. Abrams and Joss Whedon Greet the Faithful
J.J. Abrams and Joss Whedon are responsible for some of the most obsessed-over and geeked-out-about pop culture creations of the past two decades, so it’s natural they would find an ideal audience at Comic-Con, the home away from home for the obsessive and geeky. When the two took the stage at Comic-Con for EW’s Visionaries panel, hosted by EW’s Jeff “Doc” Jensen, the crowd welcomed them with raucous and adoring applause. For the hour that followed, these two master storytellers gave the audience some insight into their upcoming projects, their creative processes, their influences, and their perspectives on the seismic shifts that are rocking the entertainment landscape. Some highlights:
Following months of speculation, Whedon confirmed that he is, indeed, directing Marvel’s superhero-team-up movie, The Avengers. (See video of the announcement below.) But he said it’s still too early to get into details about the film, which will unite such beloved Marvel heroes as Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and the Hulk. “I’m still writing an outline,” Whedon said. “But the thing that made me excited to do it was just how completely counterintuitive it is. It makes no sense. These people shouldn’t be in the same room, let alone on the same team.” He paused. “And that, to me, is the very definition of family,” he added wryly.
The always-busy Abrams, who is launching a new spy series called Undercover and finishing the romantic comedy Morning Glory, talked about his thrill at collaborating with Steven Spielberg–who’s long been a kind of creative father figure to him–on a still-mysterious film due next summer called Super 8. “It’s imposible to work with him and not constantly reference the work he’s done,” Abrams said. Though he revealed few specifics about the project, he said, “The movie is very much in the spirit of some of the Amblin films [Spielberg] made years ago.”
The two diverged in their opinions of the current boom in 3-D movies. Whedon was high on it (“Honestly, I totally love it”), while Abrams expressed reservations: “The thing that drives me crazy about 3-D is that when you put on the glasses, everything seems dim,” he says. “I’m not totally on board yet.”
But in more general terms, they both expressed the same kind of unabashed fanboy enthusiasm for the pop culture they love that also drives the Comic-Con crowd. Abrams talked of his admiration for the work of comic-book artist Chris Ware and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World director Edgar Wright (“I just saw Scott Pilgrim–it’s awesome”). And Whedon, for his part, geeked out big-time over some of Abrams’ work. “I’ve had actual moments of sheer f—ing panic because I loved Star Trek so much,” Whedon said. “I just keep watching it and going, â€˜This is the gold standard for a team movie, for a summer movie, for any movie that has come out in the last several years.’ And it makes me throw up with fear, so I have to stop watching it.”
July 15, 2010 by Colin Solan
Filed under Anime, Book Festivals, California, Collectibles, Comic Books, Comic-Con International, Convention News, Gaming, Horror, Movies, Other, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Television, Top Stories, Video Games, Webcomics
Dark Horse Comics announces their signing and panel schedule with appearances by Mike Mignola, Frank Miller, Dave McKean, Joss Whedon, Dave Gibbons, Gerard Way, Stan Sakai, and many, many more. Find them at Booth #2615:
Media Release — Please Note that All Dates/Times are subject to change.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 21 (Preview Night):
Domo raffle! Come to our booth to win one of our San Diego Exclusive Domo Figures!
6:00 – 7:00 Rick Remender: Fear Agent, End League, Gigantic
THURSDAY, JULY 22:
11:00 – 12:00 De:Tales, PIXU: Gabriel Ba, Fabio Moon
11:00 – 12:00 Matt Kindt: 3 Story
12:00 – 1:00 Eric Powell: The Goon, Buzzard
12:00 – 1:00 Arvid Nelson: Zerokiller
1:00 – 2:00 Citizen Rex: Mario & Gilbert Hernandez
1:00 – 2:00 Ethan Nicolle: Axe Cop
2:00 – 3:00 Legendary Artist Milo Manara
3:00 – 4:00 Denis Kitchen: The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen
3:00 – 4:00 Carla Speed McNeil: Finder
3:00 – 4:00 Brian Ewing: Don’t Hold Your Breath – The Art of Brian Ewing
4:00 – 5:00 Alien Legion: Carl Potts, Chris Warner, Randy Emberlin
4:00 – 5:00 Creepy: TBA
5:00 – 6:00 Supersized: Morgan Spurlock, Ron English
5:00 – 6:00 Rick Remender: Fear Agent, End League, Gigantic
6:00 – 7:00 Robert E Howard: Tomas Giorello, Jim & Ruth Keegan, Darick Robertson , Scott Allie, Jose Villarubia
FRIDAY, JULY 23:
10:00 – 11:00 Stan Sakai: Usagi Yojimbo
11:00 – 12:00 Dave McKean: Cages, Pictures That Tick
12:00 – 1:30 Hellboy & The BPRD: Mike Mignola, Duncan Fregredo, Gabriel Ba, Fabio Moon, Patric Reynolds
1:00 – 2:00 JP Kalonji: 365 Samurai
2:00 – 3:00 Dark Horse & TNT Present: Falling Skies – Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Mark Verheiden (*ticketed event: See Dark Horse employee for details)
3:00 – 4:00 Metalocalypse: Dethklok – Brendan Small, Jon Schnepp, Eric Powell, Jeremy Barlow, Lucas Marangon
4:00 – 5:15 Joss Whedon: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dollhouse, Serenity (*ticketed event: See Dark Horse employee for details)
4:00 – 5:00 Aliens VS Predator: Randy Stradley, Raymond Swanland
5:30 – 7:00 Bestselling Authors Janet Evanovich & Alex Evanovich: Troublemaker
ALSO, FRIDAY, JULY 23rd IS STAR WARS DAY! STAR WARS CREATOR SIGNINGS ALL DAY:
11:00 – 12:00 Alex Freed, Michael Atiyeh, & Michael Heisler: Star Wars – Old Republic
12:00 – 1:00 Colin Wilson & Tom Taylor: Star Wars – Invasion
1:00 – 2:00 Haden Blackman: Star Wars – Force Unleashed
3:00 – 4:00 Matt & Shawn Fillbach: Star Wars – Clone Wars Adventures
4:00 – 5:00 Henry Gilroy, Steven Melching: Star Wars – Clone Wars
SATURDAY, JULY 24:
11:00 – 12:00 Shinjuku: Yoshitaka Amano, Mink (*ticketed event: See Dark Horse employee for details)
11:00 – 12:00 Terminator: Zack Whedon, Andy McDonald
12:00 – 1:00 Art of Avatar The Last Airbender: Bryan Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino
12:00 – 1:00 Steve Niles: Criminal Macabre
1:00 – 2:30 Umbrella Academy: Gerard Way & Gabriel Ba (*ticketed event: See Dark Horse employee for details)
1:00 – 2:00 Lucas Marangon: Hellcyon
2:00 – 3:00 Ricardo Delgado: Age of Reptiles
3:00 – 4:00 Serenity: Float Out – Patton Oswalt, Patric Reynolds (* ticketed event: See Dark Horse employee for details)
3:00 – 4:00 Jill Thompson: Beasts of Burden
4:00 – 5:00 Let Me In Cast Signing: Richard Jenkins, Matt Reeves, Kodi Smit-McPhee & Chloe Moretz (* ticketed event: See Dark Horse employee for details)
4:00 – 5:00 Adam Warren: Empowered
5:00 – 6:00 Dark Horse & Bethesda Present – Fallout: New Vegas – Geof Darrow, Game Writer Chris Avellone
5:00 – 6:00 Tony Millionaire: The Art of Tony Millionaire, Sock Monkey
6:00 – 7:00 Dollhouse: Creator Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, Zack Ward, Felicia Day (* ticketed event: See Dark Horse employee for details)
6:00 – 7:00 David Lloyd: The Kickback
SUNDAY, JULY 25:
11:00 – 12:00 Denis Kitchen: The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen
11:00 – 12:00 It Ate Billy for Xmas: Steven Daily, Roman Dirge
12:00 – 1:00 Emily the Strange: Creator Rob Reger and Buzz Parker
12:00 – 1:00 Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Jo Chen and Andy Owens
1:00 – 2:00 Shinjuku: Yoshitaka Amano, Mink (*ticketed event: See Dark Horse employee for details)
1:00 – 2:00 Tara McPherson: Lost Constellations
2:00 – 3:00 Legendary Artist Milo Manara
2:00 – 3:00 Larry Marder: Beanworld
3:00 – 4:00 Martha Washington: Frank Miller & Dave Gibbons (*ticketed event: See Dark Horse employee for details)
4:00 – 5:00 Camilla D’Errico
And Check out these Dark Horse Related Panels and Events!
THURSDAY JULY 22
1:00-2:00 Video Game Comics – The Next Big Thing Room 5AB
3:00-4:00 Dark Horse Horror Room 9
FRIDAY JULY 23
11:30-12:30 Dark Horse Comics: Make Contact in 2010 Room 3
3:00-3:45 The Joss Whedon Experience Ballroom 20
4:45-5:45 Falling Skies Room 6A
6:00-7:00 The Goon Film Panel Room 24ABC
SATURDAY JULY 24
11:15-12:15 Focus on Gerard Way Room 6DE
2:00 – 3:00 Spotlight on Milo Manara Room 25ABC
5:00-6:00 Hellboy, The BPRD and Beyond Room 25ABC
SUNDAY JULY 25
10:00-11:00 Emily the Strange Room 3
11:30-12:30 Dark Horse Presents: Yoshitaka Amano Room 8
Dark Horse Comics will be reviewing the storytelling work of professional-level comics artists. We will be looking at consecutive story pages only, with an eye toward storytelling as well as drawing skills. A minimum of five consecutive pages are required. Please bring your most recent work. Artists with cover paintings, inking or coloring samples, pin ups, or sketches are invited to submit work by following instructions at http://www.darkhorse.com/company/submissions. It is suggested that this review be treated like a job interview.
LOCATION AND TIMES:
PR I Thursday 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
PR I Friday 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
PR I Saturday 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
How does this partial list of guests for the first day grab you?
Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill, J. Michael Straczynski, Danny Elfman, Rick Riordan, Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Michael Sheen, Bruce Boxleitner, Patton Oswalt, Dan DiDio, Jim Lee, The Miz, Brian Michael Bendis, Charlaine Harris, Bruce Campbell, Michelle Rodriguez, Aaron Eckhart, Todd McFarlane, Geoff Johns, Bruce Willis, Warren Ellis, Helen Mirren, Mike Mignola, J.J. Abrams, Joss Whedon, Robert Kirkman, Michael C. Hall, David Duchovny, Sylvester Stallone, Steve “Stone Cold” Austin, Michael Cera, Michael Elizabeth Winstead, and Penn & Teller.
Oh, and the panel announcement everyone’s been waiting for:
3:30-4:30 Entertainment Weekly: The Visionaries— A discussion with geek gods J. J. Abrams (Star Trek) and Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) on the future of pop culture. EW presents an in-depth conversation with these two creative geniuses about how technology, gaming, and global culture are reshaping how we tell and consume stories on television, film and the web. Plus: Is the superhero movie waning, or is it on the cusp of reinvention? And what do they think the pop culture universe will look like a decade from now? Moderated by Jeff “Doc” Jensen. Hall H
Via Morgan Spurlock:
Are you headed to 2010 Comic-Con® International in San Diego? Do you die for diehard fandom? Do you pine over Chris Pine, other Captain Kirks, or have firsthand knowledge of who is the ultimate Bruce Wayne? Is your Lost Ark a long lost collectible, an original edition comic book, a need to be the first in line at a sneak peak of Green Lantern, or to understand the ultimate and undeniable power of Akira?! Are you the original inspiration for comic book guy? Is your collection the biggest? Is your costume the best? Is your dream to propose to your girlfriend and give her the one ring to rule them all? Are you an artist who is showing off your work? A vendor showing off your amazing collection?
If you are any of these things, then we want to hear your story.
Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, producer Thomas Tull, comic book icon Stan Lee, writer/producer Joss Whedon, and film guru Harry Knowles have joined together to bring audiences the feature-length documentary COMIC-CON® EPISODE FOUR: A FANS HOPE – a documentary celebration of all things con-tastic!
We are looking to cast original, eccentric, funny, touching, and mildly obsessive people that will capture the excitement, enthusiasm, joy, and passion of comic book, anime, sci-fi, and fantasy lovers everywhere.
If Comic-Con® International will be the highlight of your year and you have a story to share about your passion, let us know. Join the fellowship, take part in this epic documentary, and write us at “ComicConDoc@gmail.com”. Include your name, phone number, a picture, and tell us your story.