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FreeScreeningWhore on Day 1 of Comic Con - Wolverine, Red Sonja, Max Payne, Watchmen & More!!!

Hey folks, Harry here - on the way to the gym, but got our first reader report from Day One of Comic Con - keep these up folks, you help us to spread the cool around the world - your words give others a sensation of experience, jealousy and community. Here's FreeScreeningWhore...

Hey there, I'm the guy that sent in the "The Year One" review a coupla weeks back. I've been attending Comic-Con for the last nine years or so, and I know that with the sheer amount of programming and exhibitions, it's possible to have a shitty convention-going day. This is why a day such as I just had is rare, incredible, and aint-it-cool publish-worthy. (It culminated in one of the geeky-coolest encounters ever.) Today has been (likely out of sheer luck) one of the greatest Comic-Con days I've ever encountered. After my lady and I picked up our badges, the day started off well, by successfully obtaining her ticket to the Tori Amos signing on Saturday (despite the books needing to be purchased not arriving due to a huge highway meat truck accident.) We then got in line for the first big panel in Hall H, from 20th Century Fox. We made it in (a miracle in itself) just in time to see Keanu and the Director talk about "The Day the Earth Stood Still." The footage they showed looked really great, the best of which being an extra shot of Gort (the Director finally admitting he's in the movie) standing in front a bunch of humans, zappin' his laser eye. Gort was HUGE, easily two or three times taller than the humans standing around him. (Shot was very reminiscent of that new poster.) Director guy said that the technology would be more biological than mechanical, and that WETA was doing the effects. Cool. (Also, they gave us a shirt that said "Klaatu Barada Nikto." Nice) Then they start talking about Max Payne, and this Director was a lot more laid back, probably because he is fat and happy. The Max Payne footage was great, very much like the games. (definitely saw some graffiti of that drug logo. Can't remember the name, starts with a "v") Mila Kunis seemed uncomfortable. The panel ended with some sweet super-duper-digital-something slow motion footage, and everyone's heart was a-twitter. Fun. Then they bring out a surprise guest, goddamn Wolverine. He shows us some sweet footage of his new movie, which he claims he just finished shooting but somehow he has a beard. Maybe Wolverine gets more manly in this one by doing the full beard. I don't know, but everyone in the audience goes apeshit when they show GAMBIT, throwing cards and bein' a badass. Even Wolverine notices, because when the footage stops, he's like "Bet you all were glad to see Gambit there!" So that rocked; then we decide to sit in on the Red Sonja panel a bit later. No footage cause they haven't filmed. Rodriguez did this hilarious impression of Danny Trejo leaving him phone messages five times a day "Robert, when we makin' Machete???" I hope someone recorded that, 'cause I can't remember it all. Rose McGowan was dressed like Poison Ivy and talked all smart-ass, even when some REALLY stereotypically nerdy guys started asking her questions. These panels were all fine and good, but then the day shifted into high gear. We got ALL of our Star Trek swag in one swoop. With some cheating and trading, we got all four of the posters. (Kirk, Nero, Spock, and Uhura.) Paramount was also handing out scratcher cards that had an "Enterprise Construction Crew Position" on it. There were 8 total, and you had to get 8 people, one with each, to get a nice Trek laptop bag with the insignia embroidered on it. I was standing by as some guy had all 8 tickets, but not 8 people for them. The employees bitched, so seven of us random guys stepped up saying things like "Hey man, I made it!" Feigning familiarity to get in on it. We all ended up with bags, everyone was happy. Then came the kicker. The moment I knew couldn't be topped, so I just left the con after. I came out from the Paramount booth, and directly across is a booth that has an elevated, second-story platform for autograph signings. I look up, and there's that guy who's playing Rorschach in Watchmen. He's having his picture taken on the balcony, away from the signing. I tell my lady to snap some shots, she does. Then I pause, and realize, the fates have aligned me and Rorschach perfectly. He's up there, I'm down here. I couldn't resist. I yell "Rorschach! Save us!" He looks down at me, smiles, and whispers, "No." Best Comic-con day ever. -FreeScreeningWhore
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  • July 24, 2008, 10:23 p.m. CST


    by Unlabled

    Sorry, had to.

  • July 24, 2008, 10:23 p.m. CST

    Nice report.

    by Biggie Kaiju

    "Mila Kunis seemed uncomfortable." The Trejo story was hilarious as well (They need to make "Machete" immediately). The "no" is classic; sounds like a cool guy.

  • July 24, 2008, 10:28 p.m. CST

    Really enjoyed this report.

    by bravogolfhotel

    Would love to see as many as you can fit in.

  • July 24, 2008, 10:32 p.m. CST

    What a badass encounter.

    by iamnicksaicnsn


  • July 24, 2008, 10:32 p.m. CST

    That "Win a STAR TREK bag!" scratch game sounds horrendous

    by bravogolfhotel

    I know they don't have anything really sexy to show people yet, but yeesh. When that trailer, shows up, it had better be a m*****f****r.

  • July 24, 2008, 10:35 p.m. CST

    "that guy who's playing Rorshach"

    by Loosejerk


  • July 24, 2008, 10:43 p.m. CST


    by Zarles


  • July 24, 2008, 10:43 p.m. CST


    by fofo

    I had that same experience, best 1st comic con 1st day ever! Though I didn't see "the guy playing Rorshach" I did see Cory Feldman. I Can't wait for tomorrow!

  • July 24, 2008, 10:54 p.m. CST

    what's with all these asterisks?

    by OptimusCrime

    Did AICN install a fucking language filter?

  • July 24, 2008, 10:54 p.m. CST

    I see that they did not.

    by OptimusCrime

  • July 24, 2008, 10:56 p.m. CST

    Dear Reviewer Guy,

    by lost.rules.

    You are awesome. Nice job saying the absolute best possible thing to Rorschack. That makes a great story.

  • July 24, 2008, 10:58 p.m. CST

    McGowan is clearly fucking Rodriguez for the starring roles

    by Bobo_Vision

  • July 24, 2008, 11:04 p.m. CST

    Ludacris is Jim Bravura!?!

    by Raymar

    WTF! Burn in hell, Hollywood!

  • July 24, 2008, 11:14 p.m. CST

    Dude Gambit throwin cars live action CGI makes me want to....

    by The Eskimo

    blow my load. No shit! I hope Bishop and Cable get cameos too!

  • July 24, 2008, 11:16 p.m. CST

    Oh wait....

    by The Eskimo

    ...and Rhane too! Sexiest dog/wolf//woman thing ever. Only time I'd ever wish to see hairy tits!

  • July 24, 2008, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Next to yours of course Harry :)

    by The Eskimo

  • July 24, 2008, 11:18 p.m. CST


    by Bob of the Shire

    That Rorshach story is awesome.

  • July 24, 2008, 11:45 p.m. CST

    I hate Gambit

    by Mockingbuddha

    Ben Afflach should play him.

  • July 25, 2008, 12:08 a.m. CST

    Best quote ever

    by MrJohnson

    I can't believe it occurred to you to do the "Save us" line! My only goal now is to live long enough to think that quick on my feet. Way to go man! PS: You are correct to have left immediately after - things could only degrade from there...

  • July 25, 2008, 12:31 a.m. CST

    i dont need a con review from a guy who doesnt know

    by bacci40

    the names of either jackie earle haley or hugh jackman...or who gets off by attending the movie related stuff....9 years going to the con and this is what gets him off???? fuck that

  • July 25, 2008, 12:34 a.m. CST

    so i just left....

    by bacci40

    forgot to note that stupid ass quote...ya, lets forget that there are other panels with comic professionals in them...we arent there to see them...despite the fact that hollywood wouldnt be able to rape the industry without their work

  • July 25, 2008, 12:35 a.m. CST

    Holy shit, if you think THAT was a great Comic Con day..

    by Speed Fricassee

    Then you've obviously been attending the WRONG panels for the past nine years. This is, by far, the most boring year for Comic-Con in quite some time. 'Spose I'm glad you think you can fun, FreeScreeningWhore, but next time you "report," give us something COOL. I'll be looking for it next year, cuz it ain't happening at the 'Con THIS year.

  • July 25, 2008, 12:51 a.m. CST

    My Day One Report WITH PICS

    by aceattorney

  • July 25, 2008, 1:13 a.m. CST

    Total weight loss to date


    is 77lbs, but given the month and a half of travel, which took me away from my gym and regular routine, it has been slacking. But beginning this week - I'm back on hitting the gym 5-6 days a week for an hour to an hour and a half. Today was Day 5 at the gym and the first day where it felt great to work out again. Also today I got my first "fill" on the lapband to restrict diet and put me on the path. It went fine. My goal is to lose another 80 lbs by my birthday and to be walking and no longer in the wheelchair. We'll see.

  • July 25, 2008, 1:38 a.m. CST

    Keep it up Harry

    by IndustryKiller!

    We may have our differences on the site, but personally I wish you well. Once you get dug into the rhythm of it it will start to truly become a way of life, far more satisfying and much less of a hassle. After high school I took off 70 lbs. to get into shape, and even know you have a slightly higher mountain to climb, I would guess the experience isn't too dissimilar. Trust me, to use an old cliche, nothing tastes as good as thin feels.

  • July 25, 2008, 1:53 a.m. CST


    by Rev. Slappy

    I have tremendous respect for what you are doing. Keep up the work and best of luck.

  • July 25, 2008, 2:21 a.m. CST


    by rookie116

    Harry, 70lbs is impressive. Wish I could see your transformation. Hearing about your hitting the gym 5-6 times a week just gave me that much more motivation to exercise more every week.

  • July 25, 2008, 3:04 a.m. CST

    "save us!" Damn, that's geeky. (I'm jealous)

    by V'Shael

  • July 25, 2008, 3:16 a.m. CST

    That is the best climax to a fan story

    by Jawa 007

    EVER. Good job. I'm with you on that being a great day.

  • July 25, 2008, 6:16 a.m. CST

    Where can I get a truck of Highway Meat?

    by Internet Thug

    I've got a big BBQ coming up this weekend.

  • July 25, 2008, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Any movies based on original ideas or scripts...?


    Or nothing but pandering to fanboys and tripe again at comic con? Even Kevin Smith deserves credit for not trotting out the same old shit this year. Im taking a new position. In the world of the Dark KNight, if were gona do 'found' stories, do them right. Make them medium specific, ie, stories that could only be told on film. Guess what, fanboys, watchmen will suck. Why, panel for panel is cool, but the art of Gibbons will always be supreme. Than comic cartoon thing linked last week is far better than the movie will ever be....I hope im wrong. This site depresses me. Every headline should read OLD SHIT ABOUT TO BECOME NEW SHIT.

  • July 25, 2008, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Damn, Harry, my wife weighs 102 pounds

    by Speed Fricassee

    You are losing whole human equivalents. That creeps me out.

  • July 25, 2008, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Great review

    by dr sauch

    Don't worry about not knowing the names. Those guys prob. just had to take out the trash for their mothers before they responded.

  • July 25, 2008, 9:14 a.m. CST

    The ending made me smile.

    by kungfuhustler84

    Sounds like a pretty kick ass day. I personally never felt like Gambit represented the X-men very well. He always just felt to me like a character borrowing things from everybody else (unknown past, southern accent, smart-ass remarks) but it still must have been cool to see him in action.

  • July 25, 2008, 10:09 a.m. CST

    very cool

    by ByTor

    Ultra geek points for doing the "save us" line, and bonus points for getting the correct response. <P> Rest of the story wasn't so exciting, but the "save us" bit makes it all worthwhile.

  • July 25, 2008, 11:04 a.m. CST


    by UnCoolNews

    I wasn't sure about Jackie Earl Haley for Rorschach but between that great response to "save us" and hearing the story about how he recruited a bunch of his friends to make an unsolicited audition tape for the role, he is really sounding like great casting.

  • July 25, 2008, 12:36 p.m. CST

    stories like that make me proud to be a nerd.

    by fireclown

    Glad to read such a good post. I really, really hope they don't screw up watchmen.

  • "He always just felt to me like a character borrowing things from everybody else..."<p>Exactly how I've always felt about him. Same for Cable and Bishop, but to a lesser degree.

  • July 25, 2008, 5:36 p.m. CST

    well, the Rorschach part was cool

    by finky089

    but it's hard for me to get excited for the Whore when I'm still bummed I couldn't get a ticket to go this year.