Comic-Con 2001: Day One

Burbling crowds. Flashes popping. Portfolios dragging. The steady whirr of Wizard’s Wheel o’ Stuff. And videoscreens set too loudly, trying to lure passers-by into paying attention to their anime. The Comic-Con is officially open.

The actual events remained pretty sparse today, being traditionally the least attended. DC offered up a tribute to Stan Lee, while Marvel gave the focus to editor Tom Brevoort. Lee dropped more information on his Just Imagine series (among other things), while Brevoort announced a few new series under his watch, including a nifty looking Thor mini-series with art by Steve Rude. If Odin smiles, maybe Rude will get to finish this one.

As has become tradition, the Con hosted a variety of preview screenings of upcoming movies. Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, hosted a screening of her new film, Elvira’s Haunted Hills. Ghost World, which opens Friday in Los Angeles and New York, screened off-site, followed by Warner Brothers’ Osmosis Jones. Fanboy Planet will have reviews up of all these films next week.

Thanks to our embarrassment of last night, we did remember to bring our equipment with us, and can now deliver on the pictures we promised. George Barris’ original Batmobile appears courtesy of 20th Century Fox (not AOL-Time-Warner) to promote the August release of the 1966 Batman on DVD.

Next to it sits The Time Machine, in all its gleaming glory. Directed by H.G. Wells’ great-grandson, The Time Machine currently has a holiday release.

We may focus a bit on action figures in the months ahead. Let us reverse ourselves about Toybiz’ display; though it is thin, what they have looks really good. DC Direct has a lot of surprises in store in the months ahead, but our favorite for most ridiculous figure has to be the Alfred E. Neuman Green Arrow. Does Kevin Smith know about this? And N2 showed quite a few prototypes for some licenses that will definitely find an audience, though right now the best of what we can publish is The 5th Element. More are coming, and more from the films of Luc Besson, too.

Two creators took our words to heart. Let us prove that Mark Waid and Brian Michael Bendis know how to maintain their Wizard faces. We’re practicing ours now.

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In addition to running Fanboy Planet, Derek has written for ActionAce, Daily Radar, Once Upon A Dime, and The Wave. He has contributed stories to Arcana Comics (The Greatest American Hero) and Monsterverse Comics (Bela Lugosi's Tales from the Grave). He performs with ComedySportz San Jose and ShakesBEERience, in addition to occasional screenwriting and acting jobs. If you ever played Eric's Ultimate Solitaire on the Macintosh, it was Derek's voice as The Weasel that urged you to play longer. You can buy his book "I Was Flesh Gordon" on the Amazon link at the right. Email him at editor@fanboyplanet.com.