Voltron is hitting C2E2 this year with a series of awesome events for fans of the series. Fans get a taste of Voltron: Form Blazing Comics, a Kid’s Day demo on how to create a real cartoon and lots of product giveaways and a subscription to the Voltron Classics line from Matty Collector. Also they’re packing in sneak peek events for the newest episode of the series on Nick. We have the full list of guests and events below so you can plan out your schedule ahead of time!
Voltron: Form Blazing Comics! panel
Jeremy Corray – World Events Productions Creative Director
Artists, writers producers and designers from original and iconic Voltron Universe
Nick Barrucci – President Dynamite Entertainment
Joe Rybandt – Editor Dynamite Entertainment
Brandon Thomas – Writer Dynamite Comics
Traci Todd – Senior Editor VIZ Media
Bob Koplar Vice President World Events Productions
Tiffany Ilardi Managing Director World Events Productions
Voltron Force: How to make a Giant Robot Cartoon! demo
Bob Koplar Vice President World Events Productions
Jeremy Corray – World Events Productions Supervising Producer
Voltron Force Secret C2E2 event
Date: Saturday April 14, 2012 @ 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Voltron Panel / Demonstration
Date: Sunday April 15, 2012 @ 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Room: Variant stage main show floor
Voltron Force Sneak Peek! Screener
Date: Sunday April 15, 2012 @ 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Free swag and meetings are at World Events Booth #430
Comic fans living or visiting the LA Region on April 21st might want to take note that Jim Lee, Dan DiDio and Geoff Boucher will be at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books to talk about the new mini-series Before Watchmen coming out this summer from DC. It will be an opportunity to catch up on the story and information going into the new series long before it hits retail. The panel will kick off at 1:oo pm though and Geoff Boucher will act as moderator for the event.
Location: USC School for Cinematic Arts
Date: Saturday April 21st, 2012
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Panel kicks off at 1:00 pm
Watchmen Director’s Cut shows after at 2:00pm
Space is limited so if you want to get tickets check out the reserve page to order your panel pass and get some cool perks in the process including a poster.
At Sunday’s WonderCon panel Once Upon A Time fans were in for a real treat, a screening of the newest episode, “Heart Of Darkness”, and a Q&A with show creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis. The episode was very Snow and Charming centered, getting very large reactions from the crowd. The episode was all about love, both having and lacking it and the repercussions of both scenarios.
After the screening Horowitz and Kitsis came on stage and took questions from the audience, being very open and revealing in their answers. They talked about their wish list for show characters, an eclectic list including Peter Pan, Ariel, Rapunzel and Mulan. They did say to not expect to see Winnie The Pooh or Pluto but they don’t want to close any doors and cheekily said that those characters “may show up in season 9.” When asked about the Lost Easter eggs (both Horowitz and Kitsis worked on the epic Lost) they pointed out the many they have already hidden, a clock set to 8:15, Geronimo Jackson shout-outs, Regina’s 108 address, an Apollo bar and they revealed a hint to a future surprise cryptically stating “look up in the air.” They also revealed that they would love to work with all of the Lost actors again but specifically mentioned Jorge Garcia.
Near the end of the panel Horowitz and Kitsis made some big reveals, The Huntsman (Jamie Dornan) will be back in the finale (which they were flying to Canada to film immediately after the panel ended), by the end of the season everything we want to know about August and “two things we don’t” will be revealed, Barbara Hershey will be appearing as the Queen’s mother and finally. who Dr. Whale’s fairytale land counterpart is (this won’t be revealed in this season but when they finally do, it will be met with an “aha”).
Fringe also made an appearance at WonderCon, after using a special video intro of Walter being amazing in famous quotes they jumped into the panel. It was a concentrated panel on everything the show has going on, from alternate realities and variations of characters to wish lists and thoughts on the future.
The next 7 episodes are ahead of us and the Fringe team has no intent on slowing down as the season wraps up. The first huge punch came from news that Jones is coming back, the right story was the critical component to make this happen otherwise it would have felt forced or out-of-place. No news came about Jones clashing with Walter, it seems that we’ll have to wait and see how things play out before anything more spurs up. The idea was passed on that you’re never actually dead in Fringe just “away” until something comes around to change that.
Peter and Olivia were next, while nothing was mentioned about why Peter didn’t remember they did specify that Olivia had an abusive environment growing up and much of all that has been repressed. Speaking on Olivia there was the crowd concern that Olivia would not return to normal or would get worse, unfortunately the only note was the crew hopes she’ll make it which was a bit worrying. Finally character expansion wrapped up with the note of the Lincolns getting their own back story explained in the coming episodes which should help fans a bit as well on the universe of Fringe given their presence in seasons 3 and 4.
The team reflected on actors and dream matches, Charlie popped up in the mix, this season he was part of another show actually but there are no current plans to integrate him into the story at this point. William Bell was the other topic but unfortunately Leonard Nimoy is now in retirement, they’d love to integrate him back in the story in a heartbeat but their efforts so far haven’t been met with any word from his camp.
Renewal came up quickly into the mix as well, unfortunately they have no word but they’ve been holding tight and pushing forward. The goal of Fringe is and always has been to make the best show for the fans and provide an interesting journey along the way while not focusing on if they will or will not be on the air. Season 4 will bring some closure to current stories but they’ll also open the window to new possibilities.
Fringe is back this week, the biggest push anyone can make to help sway Fox is to continue tuning in or turning friends or family to check out as well. Getting the numbers up and the word out has always helped the show in the past. With so much in the balance right now it would be a shame to see this story fail to see the proper closure it deserves.
WonderCon panels on Sunday were heavy hitters, Alcatraz was one of those mentioned shows, the team came out in full force to help talk about the show, their lives on set and where we can expect it to go this season and possibly beyond.
Quickly the mythology on Alcatraz came into play, where do we go from here, how do you cope with it. Jorge spoke quickly on how he works with shows of this nature, simple go with the flow and aim of the story and roll with it as it was something he learned quickly from Lost. Sarah Jones was next, mentioning her past in other genres made her feel like the least likely candidate for a J.J. Abrams show, she loves the atmosphere and falling into the pace.
We got some teasers though, Dr. Lucy Banerjee will get a large role in these last 3 episodes although under a lot of tubes still, also a bit of background will come into play talking about her greater past leading into the finale. We’ll also learn who rests behind the Wardens door before the season is out, also speaking about him, we get a key mention that in episode 12 we’ll see a critical wink to take note of during a discussion. Finally we’ll see a huge event take over San Francisco… a recreation of the Bullitt chase through the streets as the hunt is on for Tommy with full speed.
Questions did rise though about the 63’s and they were addressed, we will start to see them returning to the story again and even though their healing ability is incredible, we’ll also see them resume regular aging and functions once again. The writers noted we’ll essentially see the most amazing elderly people ever. More spilled on Tommy and the blood and learn the origins of it, the meaning and of course “who” the source is, although the writers quickly backtracked about the use of who. The final note mentioned the problem of the 63 is the longer they’re back the harder it will be to find and stop all of them once again so timing is crucial to their clock. Also even if the 63 die in the present day we have decades between to touch upon before they’re really gone.
The panel covered a lot of personal feelings to the show while sprinkling details in about the show, we only had a few other key items like the downstairs getting greater attention and the door opening in the finale. Also, we’re told the finale will be a huge cliffhanger that answers many questions but also leaves the story going for the future. We can only hope Fox takes note of this part given the rumors about the show being a toss-up for renewal right now. Maybe then we’ll find how the team fast travels to Alcatraz in a moments notice and see if the writer and cast speculations on the rumors of the dolphins and jet ski’s are true.
Community is back, if you missed out on the return from hiatus be sure to try to catch up asap. We had Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown and Ken Jeong as cast members with Dan Harmon in the commander seat. We see some twists for this second half slate of the show going so far as to even work with product integration, while some shows use it in a corny way that pokes fun, Community is taking this an entirely new way by having full control of the IP in question. In the case of Season 3 we see Subway step into a mysterious episode to screw with Shirley and her ambitions for a sandwich shop.
The panel moved on to talking about character relationships and developments. We find out that Shirley and Pierce aren’t destined for a long relationship, also finding that Chang is about to go nuclear in his storyline as pathetic Chang, power monger Chang and security guard Chang all merge into a single beast. The story itself promises to turn Greendale on its head with what he unleashes on the students and the study group.
Other character mash-ups include a return to talking about Jeff and Shirley at a greater length, with their pasts settled they can resume gossip rants and a unique friendship that only they really had from Season 1. Dan also described how Brita came into action, noting that feedback painted the perfect character description as the woman who women hate to be around. She keeps going and never learns from the mistakes that come into her path along the way.
Dan Harmon notes the results from the debut last week sang well with the entire crew and they were pleased to see so much love and support for the show. There was a minor apology though, noting that there will be an episode out-of-order coming into play as it opens up and comments about a good winter break. The team wanted to give returning and new viewers a solid punch with what Community is about. On the topic of things to expect we were also teased with costumes and celebs or famous people they feel that resemble them.
Finally one of the most important parts, Dan Harmon pitched Community at 70/30 for chance of renewal, the big opening numbers last week seem to help cement that Community has the power draw the fans in for the live airings. Keep watching and lets keep the Greendale cast going strong.
DC is on a hot streak after relaunching their brands with a fresh start in the world, the New 52 have taken the world by storm and this year we’ll see the introduction of 6 more titles. Here’s a quick breakdown for the returning franchises.
Batman Inc. returns with Grant Morrison at the helm
Earth 2 starts up with James Robinson
Worlds Finest kicks off thanks to Kevin Maguire
Dial H (for Hero) returns as well with China Miéville leading the way
GI Combat The war that time forgot runs with J.T. Krul
Ravagers steps it up with Ian Churchill after leading up fans with mentions in other comics
With that said we got a small dose of major releases coming up for 2012 from the New 52.
Batman – Bruce is set to turn the tables in a battle for Gotham against the court in a heated story shift. (Issue 9)
Swamp Thing – Anton Arcane returns, we start to develop background on the characters that we were not given before. The showdowns that occur from here out set up the Animal Man crossover coming soon.
Dark Knight – Greater challenges ahead for Batman, Greg Purwitz and Finch are going to raise the bar to super heights in details and complexity for the story. Few details other than a strong working bond between the writers.
Flash – Weather villain conflicts continue, we’ll see Heatwave strike soon and a new spin arrive in the next few issues leading to a bigger battle.
I Vampire – Justice League Dark crossover coming, Adam Bennet is dead at this point (whoops), as a result we’ll see stronger lead enemies coming forward in the story. Apocalypse level events start coming down on the world as things start brewing more, vampire hunters strike and then Zombies arrive. Yeah. Zombies. It’s a minefield of new story to read through and the final teaser of Stomwatch really set off the crowd.
Nightwing – The Night of Owls is coming, Gates of Gotham and Tomorrow People are all huge events about to hit Nightwing hard in the coming issues.
Superboy – Wonder Girl drama comes to a head, her long loooong lost flame still holds her heart in all of this. Those who think they know who it is are likely to be mistaken, even RR isn’t in the picture for candidates.
Teen Titans – Wonder Girl origins takes off, road trip to reveal so much about everyone involved. Those left at the HQ get hit with people questioning their ability to have powers at such an age and actively participate in crime fighting with their lives on the line.
Red Hood – Flight attendant meeting turns into a larger encounter in issue 2, Blackfire appears into the mix.
Suicide Squad – Hunt for Harley Quinn comes to an end, just as that wraps up they take on an immortal as one of their biggest challenges so far and take a step back to develop the stories on the whole group. New characters will join the mix and drama in the loyalties of the squad come into play.
DCU Presents – Vandal Savage line picks up by introducing his daughter into the story, a clash comes in trying to figure out what side he rests on and the history of his ways and kills over such a massive span of history. Father daughter tensions rise up in this chapter.
Captain Atom – power is on the rise in his head, the issue of the messiah complex comes into play and his alternate selves start coming into the picture.
The panel touched on a little bit of everything and the panelists tried their hardest to deliver a solid impression of what’s coming up with the new series items and the changes in store with the relaunched books.
It first needs to be said that Damon Lindelof needs to be involved in everything. He just makes everything better. If you want your project to succeed (or have someone to blame if it doesn’t as he stated) have him play some part in it! The Prometheus panel featured Lindelof moderating (he is also a writer on the film) with very special guests Sir Ridley Scott, Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender. When asked what Prometheus’ relationship to Alien is Scott described it as “…having the DNA of Alien” and that a sequel is a possibility. After being given 3D glasses we were treated to what was supposed to be the very first viewing of the official 2 ½ minute Prometheus trailer, however the trailer had been leaked 12 hours earlier. It didn’t matter though, the trailer is intense and in 3D it’s beyond insane. After viewing the trailer Charlize Theron and Michael Fassbender came on stage. Fassbender, whose character David is a robot, described him as “…a butler type…” and based his movements on “Greg Louganus”, I really don’t know what to make of this but he does sound interesting to say the least! Damon asked him “do robots piss?” to which Fassbender replied “only to make humans feel more comfortable.” As an added bonus those in attendance were given an awesome Prometheus poster (see below). Scott’s return to sci-fi and the next installment of the Alien saga looks to go beyond expectations and with a release date of 6-8-2012 the wait is almost over.
Today, WonderCon attendees had the opportunity to meet with Eisner winning author and all-around good guy, Eric Powell and Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters collaborator Tracy Marsh. Powell began his panel today at WonderCon by eating pie (which I am sad to report was apparently not very good), swapping personal stories and playing a game of Eric Powell trivia with the crowd. He didn’t really have any news on the upcoming (hopefully) Goon movie aside from the fact that it’s still a go with David Fincher and Blur however financing is still a problem. Eric did seem optimistic about this though so that’s something us Goon fans can cling to. He also reported that a Goon mask ($59.99) will be coming out soon and he was able to show us a picture. Eric did talk about an upcoming project but was unable to tell us anything about it other than that he promises it will be “awesome.” (and thus better than pie!). Despite his inability to share Goon related details with the crowd, Eric did discuss his thoughts on the trajectory of the comic industry and his life with a roller derby girl. Throughout the panel, Eric commented on how technological glitches and health and safety concerns over sharing pie with the audience “ruined” the panel, but Eric’s accessibility during the panel and at his booth (where I was super excited about him signing some comics from my Powell collection!) allowed us to learn a little more about the kind of motivated, grounded, fireworks (he spent $600 on em’) loving person he is!
The panels of Comic-Con keep getting better. SUPER will have a panel in Hall H this year, join the cast and crew for an hour of production topics, story info and peeks at the film.
The panelist line-up:
James Gunn (Slither)
Rainn Wilson (The Office)
Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Castle)
Michael Rooker (Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer)
Ted Hope (Adventureland)
Miranda Bailey (The Squid and The Whale)
Info about SUPER:
SUPER is a hyper-real and shockingly funny look at the extremely violent antics of a down-on-his-luck man’s attempt to win his wife back from a glamorous drug dealer by teaming up with a psychopathic teen and becoming costumed crime fighters.