Director Morgan Spurlock appears to take part in a Q&A following the screening on Sunday, April 15 at 3:00pm.
About Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope
Have you ever imagined a place where Vulcans and vampires get along? Where wizards and wookies can be themselves? Welcome to Comic-Con San Diego. What started as a fringe comic book convention for 500 fans has grown into the pop culture event of the year that influences every form of entertainment, now attended by over 140,000 strong.
Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope – a film by Morgan Spurlock (Super-Size Me) explores this amazing cultural phenomenon by following the lives of five attendees as they descend upon the ultimate geek mecca at San Diego Comic-Con 2010:
Eric, an aspiring illustrator, is hoping to impress publishers and land a job;
Holly, costume and creature designer, hopes her creations will win the big prize;
Chuck, a long-time comic book dealer, is looking for a big sale to pay off his debts;
Skip, longtime amateur illustrator wants to be discovered at this year’s event;
James, a young fan, hopes his girlfriend will accept a dramatic proposal.
One on one interviews with Comic-Con veterans who have turned their passions into professions include Stan Lee, Joss Whedon, Frank Miller, Kevin Smith, Matt Groening, Seth Rogen, Eli Roth and others are shared throughout the film along with up close and up front coverage of all the panels, parades, photos, costumes, crowds and camaraderie that make up one of the largest fan gatherings in the U.S.
Presented by Stan Lee and Joss Whedon, Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope is directed by Morgan Spurlock; produced by Spurlock, Jeremy Chilnick, Matthew Galkin, Harry Knowles and Thomas Tull; and written by Spurlock and Chilnick.
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In this new featurette, Morgan Spurlock explains the origin of his new documentary about the San Diego Comic-Con, “Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope.” (SPOILER: It was actually Stan Lee’s idea!)
Well, that didn’t take long. Just days after announcing 10 tour dates (and little details) about a series of mini-cons in support of the release “Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope,” the documentary about the San Diego Comic Con directed by Morgan Spurlock, word comes via The Beat that the whole tour has been cancelled due to the typical “circumstances” beyond their control. They also say that Director Morgan Spurlock will be making in-person appearances at many of the theaters.
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:
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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.
Frank Miller, David Lloyd, Jerry Robinson and more sign at the Dark Horse Booth #2023 at this weekend’s New York Comic Con, see you there!
Friday, October 8th:
•Jerry Robinson (Jet Scott)
•Omar Francia, Mac Walters, Joe Quinones (Mass Effect: Redemption)
•Frank Miller (Sin City, 300)
•John Schnepp (Dethklok)
Saturday, October 9th:
•Jim Shooter, Nate Piekos (Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom, Magnus, Robot Fighter)
•Evan Dorkin (Beasts of Burden)
•John Arcudi, Peter Snejbjerg (BPRD, Abe Sapien)
•Carla Speed McNeil (Finder)
•Morgan Spurlock (Supersized)
•Cast TBD, Andrew Dalhouse, Paul Tobin (Falling Skies)
•Georges Jeanty (Buffy Season 8)
•Jan Duursema, Dave Ross, Mark McKenna, Joe Quinones (Star Wars: Legacy, Star Wars: The Old Republic)
Sunday, October 10th:
•Jason Little (Motel Art Improvement Service)
•Mike Hawthorne (Conan)
•Steve Morris (Serenity, The Occultist)
•Larry Marder (Bean World)
•Rick Leonardi (Aliens Vs. Predator)
•Andy MacDonald (Terminator 1984)
•Chris Hastings (Dr. McNinja)
•David Lloyd (Kickback)
July 15, 2010 by Colin Solan
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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
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.
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Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Morgan Spurlock (Super-Size Me) are looking for a few good geeks for an upcoming documentary about Comic-Con International. Marc Malkin reports more for E! Online…