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I'm off to Dragon-Con

Hey folks, In about 12 hours I'm off for Five days of DRAGON CON in Atlanta. I'm a guest at the show and plan on digging up some cool news for all of us, but quite honestly I'm extremely nervous about it.


Well one of my panels is with Harlan Ellison, Ray Bradbury and Ray Harryhausen. I shouldn't even be anywhere near that stage. In the most humble Mike Myers "We're not worthy" tone, I can't believe I'm going to be in charge of the discussion and topic of this panel. How the hell did that happen? I've met them all in the past, I've had a great conversation with Harryhausen back about 6 years ago, and I bumped into Bradbury at Sundance... but Ellison.. well the last time I met him I was 4 years old and we were drawing elephants on a chalkboard at AggieCon in 1975.

The topic will be fantasy, and I hope to see what these three think the pitfalls of a Lord of the Rings film would be, and what's wrong with the modern fantasy film. Are audiences not open to them, or are the just being made badly. I'm excited, thrilled, and scared to death. I'm sure I'll make a fool out of myself, but I hope my ignorance won't show too brightly.

Right now, at 1:51am Quint and Tom Joad are driving at breakneck speeds across the countryside. Their goal is to meet me in Atlanta for Dragon-Con, you see they reeeeaaaaaaaaalllllllllyyyyy want to meet a buncha people there. Quint patched up some holes in the Orca and swabbed the decks. Meanwhile in about 10 hours Father Geek and I will launch ourselves into the antagonizing atmosphere that's playing havoc with the east coast. I'm taking my brand new CD of THE DISASTERS: MOVIE MUSIC ALBUM to keep me company during every bump, roll and nosedive our iron bird takes.

In all I'll be on three panels, the above on Saturday, then a panel on being a critic also on Saturday, and one on Star Trek websites. I have no idea why I'm going to be on that one, as I'm not too familiar with the world of Star Trek websites. That one is on Friday. Hopefully I'll be able to go off topic.

Other significantly cool people at the con will be Kevin Smith and the View Askew Crew, Tom Savini, Babylon 5 people, JOHN CARPENTER!!!!!!!!!!!, Forrest J Ackerman!!!!!!!!!!!! Anthony Daniels!!!!!!!!! and many many more.

Hopefully I'll be seeing you guys around the show. I'll be that fat redheaded dude that you think may look like that guy who runs AICN. The code phrase for the show is "Hey, it's me you fat fuck!" followed by crossing your eyes and hopping on one leg. Or ya can just say "Hi"

Here's the listing for the events I'll be at, and here's more info on DRAGON-CON!!!!


A discussion of Star Trek web sites and chat rooms on the internet. Harry Knowles, Donny Velji (Mod). Fri 10:00 AM, 1 Hour. Room G (M)

Masters Of Fantasy

Featured on the Sci-Fi Channel's Master's of Fantasy, you are invited to meet three of SF's true icons that have helped to form and shape this genre. Ray Bradbury, Harlan Ellison, Ray Harryhausen, Harry Knowles (Mod). Sat 11:30 AM, 1 Hour. Centennial III-IV (H)

Everyone's A Critic

What makes a film great, good, or bad? Do the best ones really always win the awards? Does a good or bad rewiew influence the public enough to make or break a film? These critic will discuss their role, and some of the best and worst films they've reviewed. Jeff Conner, Harlan Ellison, Dr. John L. Flynn (M), Harry Knowles, Brinke Stevens. Sat 4:00 PM, 1 Hour. Centennial II (H)

Any posting in TALK BACK labeled as Harry Knowles is not me. I will no longer be posting to Talk Back till the registration software is installed. So if you see someone acting like me, they are full of baloney. Have fun posting. Harry

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  • Sept. 1, 1998, 10:13 p.m. CST

    Geek question

    by Mulder

    just got in from Blade and I thought it was cool..... but there were all these weird people in attendance.... they wore trench coats, had really bad facial hair, talked about the relationship between the comic and the movie..... I think I have also seen these same people dressed as Klingons in the local malls and trading, playing magic cards or whatever the hell they are. I would like to know if that is what all the self-confessed geeks on this site are like? If you are like this...change something cool but still watch movies and collect crap....female genitalia tastes too good to pass up in hopes of getting the best magic cards....later I have some taste testing to do...Mulder

  • Sept. 1, 1998, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Not much in this post...

    by POSparkplug

    Just wanted to with Harry good luck at the CON

  • Sept. 1, 1998, 10:22 p.m. CST


    by POSparkplug

    Or Wish Harry good luck. Should be fun over there. Well now that I've made a total full of myself I'm goin back to work. later

  • Sept. 1, 1998, 11:37 p.m. CST

    Harlan Ellison

    by Margaret Basta

    Dear Harry, Good luck on the panel. I once moderated a panel with Harlan and the topic was CITY ON THE EDGE OF FOREVER. Needless to say, I'll remember that panel and that con for the rest of my life. Not only did I survive, but I got in the last word. (Long story)... Harlan respects courage of one's convictions. Don't appear weak or you're doomed. Don't try to out talk him either - fat chance that anybody ever will. But he'll respect you if you stick to your guns and if you're not a complete idiot. And don't cite facts that you can't prove... he loves to impale such people on their own pretensions. Live long and prosper.

  • Sept. 2, 1998, 5:53 a.m. CST

    Good Luck , Harry

    by Germany

    Harry, look for me in the Trek chatroom. Don't worry about the trekkies they are usually pretty nice. U may find a few dorks who flaunt their "knowlege" about trek, never knowing how silly it is. If it gets to much for U , just tell'em to "get a life" Untill then, have fun at the con. Wish I was there. Dagmar

  • Yo Harry, No doubt we'll all be very interested in hearing what Ellison et al. are going to have to say about the problems with that Genre in film. Try to remember some of it and give us the skinny. As to Harlan, Hey! He's just a little guy, I think ya can take him down if necessary. Have fun dude.

  • Sept. 2, 1998, 7:20 a.m. CST


    by Derksen

    Hey Harry - Good luck with Ellison. He can be a real hardass, and has an inflated opinion of himself - but he can be survived. Just keep your cool and be yourself. If he can't deal with that - its his problem, not yours. Being a jerk is just his way of showing he cares. If you can survive his scathing tongue - you can prosper...

  • Sept. 2, 1998, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Boy, can I sympathize...

    by Daniel Taylor

    Hey, Harry, I know just how you feel. I'm in a similar situation. I too am a guest at Dragon*Con, and I too will be sharing the stage with Mr Ellison, Mr Harryhausen and Mr Bradbury. And Anthony Daniels. And Jonathan Harris. (And Brinke Stevens and Dian Bachar, not exactly household names but probably familiar to anyone reading this.) In fact, we will be performing together on Saturday night. If I'm not careful, this will turn into self-promotion, which really isn't my intent. (Anyone who's interested can scan Dragon*Con's program real fast and figure out what I'm talking about, anyway.) I just wanted to say that I know (or will know) how it feels to be surrounded by talented people who have had a considerable amount of influence on the person I have become. (I look at the entry in the program book with all these Big Names and little me, and I remember the little song, "One of these things is not like the others...") I've worked with Harlan Ellison before, though, so about him I can confidently say this: Everybody likes to have an "Ellison the Jerk" story to tell, and I think he encourages them: they make good theater. In my experience, if you respect his expertise and are confident about your own, you'll get along just fine. But that works for almost everybody, doesn't it? He's not an ogre, and I'm looking forward to meeting him again. Say hi if you see me (I'm the guy who looks like either Jerry Garcia or Santa Claus, depending on time of day and time since last haircut), and I'll do the same.

  • Sept. 2, 1998, 8:06 a.m. CST

    See you there

    by AQ

    I can not wait until the CON! Hope to see you there Harry! AQ

  • Sept. 2, 1998, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Wow Harry!

    by Film Freak

    Man I am going to the Con in hopes of meeting Kev and Askew, Master Carpenter, Sex Machine, and the big gold one! However, I didn't realize that the Icon himself, Harry J Knowles was gonna be in attendance. Seriously though, I hope I will run into you. I have sent you some stuff before and how better to convince you to let me be an Atlanta Spy next time anything should happen! I hope we both have a great time and that a meeting is immanent! Take Care and See you there! -Russ "The Film Freak"

  • Sept. 2, 1998, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Ellison novella

    by k.-

    Harry, if you're going to be speaking with Ellison anyway, see if you can ask him what's going on with Mefisto in Onyx. I've heard it's supposed to be a Samuel L. Jackson project, but haven't heard a thing since. If things aren't going well with the project, that might get him nice and riled up.

  • Sept. 2, 1998, 9:27 a.m. CST


    by Jules

    Jennifer is totally correct in her list of cool things to do in the city - Little Five Points and Virginia Highlands are great neighborhoods with lots of cool shops and pubs. But I've gotta disagree with her about Buckhead. Sure, it's full of college kids, but there are some fun places there - my faves are the World Bar (strange industrial techno basement where all drinks and beer are only 2 bucks, the Rib Ranch, Cafe Tu Tu Tango and the Atlanta Biergarten. Just stay away from the place known simply as Bar (they may want to rename it Barf after a long Saturday night). For a yummy dinner, check out Nava - southwestern cuisine at its best. (Just ignore all the yuppies). See ya' at the Con, Harry!

  • Sept. 2, 1998, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Harlan Ellison

    by Neil

    Harlan does indeed think STAR WARS is crummy. He also, for the record, doesn't like "Lord of the Rings." I wouldn't credit any of it to professional jealousy, though, he is a very honest guy, nearly to a fault. I suggest that it's merely his opinion, which he has every right to have.

  • Sept. 2, 1998, 9:51 a.m. CST


    by The Hunter

    Harry: Good luck on your trip over here. I want to say I really enjoy checking out your site daily (though I disagree with your opinions on occasionally). Look forward to getting to maybe talking with you about all sorts of kewl geeky stuff. Oh, BTW, to Mulder, not all of us geeks who play RPG & collect comics have problems finding dates.

  • Sept. 2, 1998, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Good Luck and Eat some hot wings for me!

    by Ahab

    Harry, Good luck in Atlanta. Spent 5 years of my life there and enjoyed every minute. If you happen to venture in to Buckhead make sure you stop at 3 Dollar Cafe and get the HOT wings! YUM!!!! Best in the country. Or should I say better than Colorado. Have Fun!!

  • Sept. 2, 1998, 10:57 a.m. CST


    by Shad

    Who cares what Harlan thinks about Harry? Aside from the fact that he is definitely a talented writer, Ellison has zero crediblity and never researches anything he rants about. I remember way back when the Comics Journal ran an article that listed about fifty major factual errors in an Ellison "essay". While people rip you for sometimes posting inaccurate info, at least you always post disclaimers and warn people that the rumors you put up are exactly that, RUMORS. People seem to skip past your discalaimers and think you are selling gospel. Have fun at the Con.

  • Sept. 2, 1998, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Go, Harry, Go!

    by Dreadeye Dick

    Definitely ask Ellison about I, Robot or Mephisto. And Bradbury about the Ice Cream Suit movie (unless someone knows it's status). I'd love to hear about their views on LOTR and Peter Jackson (great Peter Jackson LOTR scoop)! BTW, awesome job, Harry! I don't think success could go to a more deserving and passionate guy.

  • Sept. 2, 1998, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Geek travel

    by Dreadeye Dick

    Another comment. Ever think a bout Ain't it cool travel? I mean most cool geeky things aren't listed in Frommer's. I mean, when I go to Austin, I'm going to that movie/bar place where Harry hangs out. But what do I order? Dunno. I'm not talking but where are the comic stores, cool movie houses, coffee shops, chicken wing shops and restaurants in your town? When I travel I usually look for a geek haven like a personality filled movie theater like Denver's Mayan or Seattle's Neptune. Just an unrelated comment.

  • Sept. 2, 1998, 3:39 p.m. CST

    PREQUELS (unrelated to Dragon Con, but what the hey!)

    by YellerDog

    Check out Dey gots prototype prequel toy pics there!

  • Sept. 2, 1998, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Why Harry Is On The Trek Panel

    by Ranger One

    It was my wise idea to get Harry put on the D*C Trek panel. It is a panel about rumors that get started in cyberspace concerning Trek as well as Star Wars, Babylon 5, etc. Since Harry has one of the leading movie/television rumor pages on the web, I couldn't think of a better person to serve on the panel with me. Harry, I look forward to seeing you this weekend. I know the panel will be fun. I also look forward to meeting other AICN readers this weekend. Take Care, Donny

  • Sept. 2, 1998, 5:28 p.m. CST


    by DwDunphy

    Have a good trip at the convention, don't cross Ellison (and for crimeny sake, don't bring up his interview with sean Connery, circa Outland), and if anyone runs into you bragging about how they jammed up Talk Back with bogus comments addressed as you, give 'em a couple belts in the snotlocker for me too.

  • Sept. 2, 1998, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Harry Tidies Up

    by Mr Ks Nagging Conscience

    Sorry, Harry-- you're editing all the "talk back" stuff now, sanitizing what views you're going to allow your geeks to see? You are a CHEAP SELL-OUT Mr. K. Congratulations on the Eddie Murphy Level of becoming that which you used to despise. Enjoy Atlanta, you 20th Century Salieri...

  • Sept. 2, 1998, 9:53 p.m. CST


    by Ned Reid

    Don't forget to ask Ray about the progress of Fahrenheit 451 from Mel G.'s Icon.

  • Sept. 3, 1998, 12:06 a.m. CST


    by Ender

    Harry remember Elison is an a**,a jealous one at that.Don't bring up Godzilla he will just laugh at ya,he doesn't understand popularity of stuff like that.To bad someone with talent like him has to have such an ego,unless it's just false, covering for lack of confidence??

  • Sept. 3, 1998, 6:40 a.m. CST

    Harry, you're the greatest....

    by Stone Cold King Baxter

    But, the top of your head (in the caricature) looks like a swirly dog turd. The background of your Web site is diarrhea brown - when it loading into my browser it looks like a toilet bowl filled with poo. Awesome!

  • Sept. 3, 1998, 7:31 a.m. CST

    While in Atlanta...

    by michael

    If you haven't been, I recommend taken a tour of the Fox Theater at Ponce de Leon and Peachtree. The Fox is a fully restored 4678 seat 1929 Movie Palace with supercool Arabian/Egyptian theming. The best thing about summer in Atlanta is catching one of the Fox Film Festival flicks. Imagine your arrivial at 6:30- not at a mall, but a magical world where even the popcorn stands and bathrooms are from that fanasy world where Douglas Fairbanks is still flying around on his carpet. By 7:00, you have your sweet & buttery provisions (that you have happily spent lots of money on, since the profits go to the restoration of the theater)and you have the perfect seat under the twinkling stars of the lush blue plaster sky above. Soon the Mighty Moe organ rises from the floor to perform a concert of classic movie themes, and lead the crowd in a old-fashioned sing-a-long. The Mighty Moe goes away, radio DJ's thank sponsers, and then the CARTOON! (This year we got a wonderful series of B&W Max Fleischer). By the time the previews are over, you are perfectly primed for the film to roll on to several stories of screen. This years' top movie experience for me was seeing the restored "Gone with the Wind" in a standing room only house (over 2000 people turned away). You could feel the shear electricity of the crowd- this was what seeing "GWTW" in 1939 would have been like! Unfortunately last week the festival ended with "Mask of Zorro", but you can still take the cool walking tour of the Fox with the Atlanta Preservation Center (404-876-2040) on Mon, Wed, and Thur at 10, Sat at 10 & 11. I think its $5. Also check out GSU's (the campus is downtown)Cinefest theatre(404-651-CINE). Showing Sept 4-10: Lars von Trier's "The Kingdom". At DragonCon, don't miss the preview of the world premiere of "Cannibal: The Stage Musical". Yes, Trey Parker's film is now on stage. It is produced by Dad's Garage theatre (

  • Sept. 3, 1998, 9:53 a.m. CST

    response to the jackass.

    by merseyside

    I am told, contrary to popular belief, that penis size is proportional to brain size. so, in answer to your query, your penis must reflect your intelligence. As for a comment, I was wondering what people thought of RETURN TO PARADISE. I think it is an accurate portrayal of life abroad in many countries around the world. Not everyone is as lenient as those who follow common law. Innocent until proven guilty is not a concept for many legal systems. As such, the american kids getting screwed in Malaysia is a very possible scenario. the actors are great, and a heterosexual male like me could only dream Anne Heche were straight. She is so sexy.

  • Sept. 3, 1998, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Good luck with Ellison with LOTR

    by Marauder95

    I must say that I am envious of you, being that Ellison and Bradbury are two of my faves. I imagine that Ellison will be pretty rough. If your going to talk about Lord of the Rings your in for some trouble. Ellison has already admited how much he loaths the books. I think he refers to them as stories about "cute, fuzzy people." I think he has always been a bigger fan of the pulps, like Moorcock and Leiber (I am, I admit).

  • Sept. 3, 1998, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Atlanta by night

    by Local rowdy

    While you are in town you will need to spend some time at the Leopard Lounge. The attitude is a little thick, but the women (young and not so) are fantastic. As you describe yourself as a fat fu-k, don't worry, a lot of them just want to be near cold, hard cash. And if they don't treat you right, there is a gauntlet of, how shall I put this, "extremely nice" women outside the Lounge as you make your way back to your limo. Have fun.

  • Sept. 3, 1998, 5:06 p.m. CST

    by Numbers Beyond

    Basically, if thought thoroughly and if, when it doesn't, you wouldn't want to, this isn't it. It's obvious often and not always too much that a lot of us sometimes and why not? Why not indeed? This is after all, or is it? And there really lies the question - is George Lucas going to enslave midgets and make them dance? If all was all (and believe me, it aint quite the way it seems or used to seem )then all wouldn't be smelly like a dead tramp. It's something to think about, at least. Or is it? I think basically it's a legitimate point, and one that on the whole there is a little ant, and that ant is crying. Help the ant. That ant may well one day be your grandfather. Amen.

  • Sept. 3, 1998, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Harlan Ellison's Crankiness Proved!

    by Clarence Beaks

    A friend of mine once ran into Mr. Ellison at a photo-mat in East St. Louis, a city that generally appeals to your basic surly individual. Anyway, he said that, upon asking Mr. Ellison if he'd been so extravagant as to splurge for double prints, the famed author mumbled menacingly, and repaired to his beat-up Cadillac El Dorado. Trust me, people..... this man is M-E-A-N!

  • Sept. 3, 1998, 8:03 p.m. CST

    Why We Have Dictionaries

    by Clarence Beaks

    My dear, Bodo. Look it up, and re-discover the joy of learning. Excelsior!

  • Sept. 4, 1998, 6:22 a.m. CST

    Atlanta go eat at the Flying Biscuit if it is still there

    by silona

    near little five points I believe and the food is awesome. have fun and good luck Silona

  • Sept. 4, 1998, 8:54 a.m. CST

    To Bobo: Learning can be painful...

    by Blake

    Actually Clarence isn't the dope, my friend. He used the word "repair" in a prefectly acceptable, if somewhat archaic manner. Witness the follow passage taken from Webster's Online Dictionary: REPAIR Function: intransitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French repairier to go back to one's country, from Late Latin repatriare, from Latin re- + patria native country -- more at EXPATRIATE Date: 14th century 1 a : to betake oneself : GO <repaired to the judge's chambers> b : to come together : RALLY 2 obsolete : RETURN

  • Sept. 4, 1998, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Ain't It Cool Chat??

    by vwjr

    Dear Harry, I hope you don't mind, but I added a link to your site in my Entertainment News Chat room along with others. You really have(in my opinion) the best E-News on the web if not in the media as a whole. The page requires frames and JAVA capable browsers. Visitors can view your site and others while at the very same time discuss the info in a "real time" live chat room. I think it's pretty cool myself. Please check it out: It's also accessible from and Thanks again Harry! Vwjr

  • Sept. 6, 1998, 3:10 p.m. CST


    by Darth James

    uh woah bradbury? lucky

  • Sept. 7, 1998, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Please stop berating Harry!


    Greetings geeks! Father Geek here. I would just like everyone to know that these Readers Forums are for serious use only. Please stop abusing the privelege. When Harry gets his new authentification software next week, you're all fucked (pardon my French). Thanks and enjoy! Father Geek

  • Sept. 7, 1998, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Did Harri die ? Like Di and Dodi died ?

    by chipnut the onionbreather

    Hi yai... why is this Harry-geek no more updating his site ? It like 1 week wit no real news ? Only this Father crook character spewing some nonsense bs from time to time..but that it ! I guess Harry bursted his bubble at Dargon-Cron or waht. Maybe he even got unvirginized ? Finally found a sweetheart ? Someone to share ? Na not wit me at all you horons ! I really wanna know why he let's his site act like that ! Wit no more updates and shit.. I wish all geeks would die so the world would be a better, friendlier place (this does include Michael Jackson Harry Knowles and...wait a sec...the guy from the twinkie commercial) ok you bitches