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Harry's San Diego Wrap Up... James Cameron, IRON MAN 2, Park Chan Wook, Peter Jackson, KISS, Radical, Steranko & more!

Hey folks, Harry here, back safely in Austin, Tx. After THURSDAY - Comic Con just sort of became non-stop for me. On Friday, I forgot my Fez in the Hotel Room - and though I had hours to kill - I found myself meeting throngs of folks wanting to take pictures with me, shake my hand and share a few stories. This was quite a bit of fun for the first couple of hours, but after 5 hours, I realized that I hadn't been able to move more than 50-100 ft into the big floor area - and I desperately wanted to shop. I hadn't been to Comic Con in years, part of the reason was the fact that I had an incredibly difficult time just shopping. I grew up at Conventions. My first San Diego Comic Con was in 1972. My father, Jay Knowles, and my mother, Helen - were regulars on the nationwide convention circuit throughout the seventies and I lived a very gypsy life at conventions. Usually living in the film rooms, being adopted by comic artists or celebrities like Johnny Weismuller and Spanky MacFarland. Folks like Russ Cochron, Bud Plant and Chuck of Mile High Comics were very familiar faces... and remain so. Running around the dealers room, finding stuff is literally my favorite thing in the world. I absolutely love it. 9 years ago at Comic Con, I wanted to buy a MONSTRO THE WHALE animation drawing, left my table - and it took me 8 hours to return with it to my table. Because, well, I'll never deny someone a photograph, an autograph or a conversation. I can't imagine overtly being rude. It is a privilege to be known or liked in this existence we call life, but there is a trade off. Luckily for me, Saturday allowed me to meet my buying goals. I found a very nice FANTASTIC FOUR #1 to purchase - and a gorgeous window card for the Atom Age classic THEM! Kill one, two take their place! My first real interaction of the day was on my RADICAL PANEL. There were something like 14 writers/artists on that panel. The good folks at Radical wanted me, inexplicably, to moderate the panel. So in preparation for that, I had them send me everything they'd published in their brief 14 months of existence. It resulted in about a foot of reading to do in the 4 days prior to coming to the con. The big debut of the con for them was Nick Simmons' INCARNATE - which sold out its complete run at Comic Con. But the man I was dying to meet wasn't a new contributor to the world of comics. It was Jim Steranko. JIM STERANKO. The man that made Nick Fury the coolest fucker on the planet. Jim had no way of knowing this, but his cover of Nick in that spacesuit - my parents reproduced as the ceiling of my playhouse - in exacting detail. I used to lay on the floor and dream of a space bound Nick Fury in that lovely bubble helmet! Meeting Steranko did not at all go as planned. First off, he came up behind me, grabbed my shoulder and turned me around. I was met with a man, shorter than I expected, but that looked like the sort of man that Nick Fury would tell his stories to. He had a flair of mystery and swinging sixties to him. He instantly made me smile! And he apparently knew me and was excited to be meeting me. Which completely blew my mind. The panel was fun, a little more info-mercial than I would have liked it to have been, but when you have the talent they had up on the panel and a one hour running time - there's not a lot that can be done about the brevity of answers and the time needed to spread it around. I was especially glad to meet Steve Pugh, whose HOTWIRE quickly became my favorite RADICAL title. Based upon Warren Ellis' story, Pugh adapted the material, painted the comic - and the results are stunning. I'd love to see Kristen Bell as the lead. This is so perfect for her. ANYWAYS - after that - I again attempted the floor - with no success. But with no real success. Yoko and I decided to try our luck getting into HALL H for the JAMES CAMERON / PETER JACKSON panel. We got there a little early and we were let into the big STAR WARS panel, which showed glimpses of the second season of CLONE WARS - where the series director told us he'd be attempting to make everything a bit more "intense" and adult. Wanting to chase the dragon of the original trilogy. The scariest part of the preview was a single sketch of a young Han Solo. I'm terrified of that character. It has the potential to further alienate original series lovers' love for STAR WARS as it is today. But I'm hoping for the best. The highlight of the panel to me was the table read of a script for the show - and watching Anthony Daniels perform C3P0 live. That really is the gayest robot ever. And I love him. When the panel ended, I was kind of amazed just how many people left HALL H, apparently having no desire to see James Cameron and Peter Jackson discuss the future of cinema. It was moderated by a guy at ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY - that kept everything very dry. It was interesting to watch the dynamic between Jim and Peter. Both were fairly depressed about the state of the film industry. From the dropping DVD sales to the dire state of the quality of films hitting screens. The dangers of piracy. The promise of 3D. The love of digital. But when Cameron stated that we are very near to the point in which the epics, like what Peter and him make, could be dying. That B and even C-grade cinema may be all that we get - if the audience begins to turn away from cinema towards Video Games or free downloadable content. Jim did say that if you put AVATAR on your iPod... and you hold it two inches from your face and you're completely stoned... "there's really no difference" - which got the hall laughing really loud. During the talk, I was suddenly informed that Mr Cameron would like to see me after the discussion. I didn't ask for an audience, instead giving the interview opportunities to Capone & Quint & Beaks - so I wasn't expecting this. I wondered. Should I wear the Fez or not. Back stage at Hall H, I discovered that Quint & Kraken were back there. So was Elijah Wood and Dominic Monaghan. Both of whom wanted to tell me what a drag it was that I had to miss the end of DISTRICT 9, which they loved. Then, suddenly - there was James Cameron. I wasn't real sure what sort of impression I would have from meeting Cameron, on stage - he comes across like a general. But back stage he was wholly warm and engaging. He was struck by the personal slant I had on his AVATAR presentation - and he discussed how the film requires a bit more than the standard TRAILER. That there's a lot to take in. If you check out most of the coverage of AVATAR - you'll find it focusing on one aspect or another. Most chose to discuss the visual effects angle - as it is the most obvious. Me, I was focusing on the characters and what they were doing in the scenes. The "DANCES WITH WOLVES" reaction made me giggle, because there's more JOHN CARTER OF MARS & SHE - than DANCES WITH WOLVES going on here. At least in my opinion. I also asked Cameron how he expected to overcome the monkey brain ability to just look at Pandora and know "THAT ISN'T REAL!" just because based on our existence and experience, that 10ft tall blue tiger striped Aliens aren't real. His answer was that there really was no way to combat that, he just hopes that once you're in the theater, you'll care about the characters, the story and what is going on enough, to no longer consider the reality of it. We chatted about effects innovation and how for a period of time, they thought they were going to have to use claymation to have Robert Patrick walk through the bars in TERMINATOR 2. And a very complicated practical trick they thought they'd have to do for the Russian Water Tentacle. We discussed the punishment he puts his characters through traditionally - and how it is no different with AVATAR. And then we discussed a bunch of stuff that will be revealed later this year. While I was chatting with Jim, Yoko was hanging out briefly with Peter Jackson. This was a HUGE deal for her. The LORD OF THE RINGS films laid the groundwork for her becoming my wife, as it really intensified her geekiness. AND those 3 films are what she watches every single time she has gotten sick in my time with her. That and Broccoli Cheese soup. It makes her feel better. She also wanted to thank Peter for our Wedding Invite Video that he directed and shot. Peter and I spoke briefly, where I asked about LOVELY BONES. He's quite anxious for it to be seen by the world. But he had a plane he had to run catch so we didn't have much time. Jim and I continued talking about a project I'm working on, that I can't share details on at the moment, but its with a filmmaker that Jim is interested in, so that was nice, but in the midst of this... suddenly a very loud sound occurred from the empty HALL H. We went over to the big backstage Plasma screen showing the material. It was 2012. Cameron was quite excited, told me he had to see this, it was Roland's new film. Watching James Cameron geek out over a Roland Emmerich film that all of us have deemed, "TOTAL FUCKING DESTRUCTION," well... this is the side of James Cameron that folks don't really see. That he is human & a geek. I know this about him, because he's good friends with Guillermo Del Toro - and Guillermo always told me that Jim was just like the rest of us. I'll never forget the time I found a site about real FLYING CARS - got excited and sent it to Guillermo and Rodriguez. We're all BLADE RUNNER geeks. They sent it to Jim - and a couple weeks later Jim was going over blue-prints and had decided there were some rather serious structural problems that needed to be tweaked before he'd get one. After Jim left, Yoko and I decided to head back over to the hotel to get ready for the WRATH OF CON party - also at our hotel, the HARD ROCK. As we walked through the darkened, empty HALL H - the 2012 reel that would play Saturday began playing again. This time completely. 2012. I absolutely can not fucking wait for 2012. Seriously. 2012 will be one of the great spectaculars of the year. At least I hope so. The images are just stunning. Jim and I had discussed how funny it was that the MGM GRAND was still lit up, even as the whole town of Vegas was being broken apart at a crust level. Jim said, "Yeah - and you can bet there's still people pulling on slot machines in those buildings!" God. I hope Emmerich has a shot of that. The commentary that'd have would be great. After 2012, it was time for WRATH OF CON. This was really a great party. Met a lot of the fellow website people that I've never met before. The girls prancing about in panties were genius. Free alcohol and cute girls in panties. Also genius. Personally, I didn't get the wrestling or the band that played, but I'm notably uncool in that way. To me, it was all about hot girls. But I kept running into folks at the party I knew. The always wonderful Doug Jones nabbed me, I told him he needs to land a Fred Astaire Bio-pic soon! Ray Parks came up all excited - wanting to do some sort of hand bumping ritual that again... I wasn't quite hip enough for. But seeing the long lost Tom DeSanto, whom I haven't seen in ages was great. He apparently did not hold a grudge over my TRANSFORMERS opinions. For that matter, neither did Bob Orci - who confirmed to me directly that YES, that is him in our Talk Backs. We discussed STAR TREK a bit. He asked me if I had any story ideas for them. Mr Beaks nearly screamed out GORN! Which got Bob smiling. But then I stated, "well, to me there's only one story I want to see next. I would do THE CAGE / MENAGERIE story line. With Pike no longer Captain of the Enterprise, this mission would fall to Kirk. That the mission went so terribly wrong, that the planet was marked forbidden. I wanted to see how Kirk would handle the first contact situation. The story has a lot of play in it and it would underline that this existence was different. That things would happen in this version of the STAR TREK universe that never happened before." And Bob said, "I never expected a real answer, that's a great lead." I don't know if it is a great lead, I just know that I personally don't want to see Khan till later in the series. Save him, for when you need him. He's not needed just yet in my opinion. I also talked with Zack Snyder for quite a bit - where I did suck his cock over how much I loved WATCHMEN. Mainly because... I FUCKING LOVE WATCHMEN! It is still one of my favorite movies of the year. Sadly I never did run into Stan Lee at the party - as he was always on the other side of the party from where I was. I don't think on purpose. Party ended and I got to sleep around 4am. SATURDAY at Comic Con was in many ways, my favorite day of the convention. I just had the IRON MAN 2 panel to hit in HALL H - but my greatest concern was that this was my last day to find something awesome at the convention. I was wearing my Fez this time, so maybe that'd help me through the crowd. We got to the Convention around 10am. And I was determined to shop and search for what I had to have, whatever that was. From that point - till 4pm I was able to shop, pretty much freely, and had a blast. Running into old time dealers that I used to set up with, that asked about Dad - chatted about the "Old Days" before the studios discovered the convention. About the Comic Con that the fire marshall shut down - and all the dealers led a procession of tables in reverse order for 3 blocks to another hotel with larger facilities. The time as a child, I ran from the hotel naked, only to be found hours later being taken care of in an Asian Massage Parlor on the same block. Yes, the old days. They were great. This day cost me around two grand, but made me so happy! Before I knew it, it was time for IRON MAN 2. This was - very obviously - the big ticket. People were clawing trying to get their way in. I had two seats that were apparently being held for me, but with about 400 press folks, all with studio purple tickets waiting to be let in - and the security folks telling everyone that HALL H was at capacity and nobody else would be being admitted. Tempers were getting raised. Luckily the Grand Poobah of HALL H saw me and waved us in. WHEW! Being recognizable does have its benefits. This was one of them. We found our seats and all was good in the world. The IRON MAN 2 presentation was by far the most successful in my opinion. Don't get me wrong, I don't think it was as great as seeing 25 minutes of AVATAR. Or the wonder of DISNEY's 3D presentation. And I didn't see Warner's big panel, which everyone was raving about to me at the Wrath of Con party - but the showmanship that Favreau and his team demonstrated was the best. They get geeks. They get how to tease, disappoint, then BLOW AWAY. It was a lot like my BLADE 2 review that way. But then, this is MARVEL. Kevin Feige and Jon Favreau hit the stage and the audience is amping up. Sitting on the otherside of Yoko was Moriarty - but more on that soon. They begin with a VERY CORPORATE SYNERGISTIC PRESENTATION that used mostly IRON MAN footage to brag about how awesome it was that IRON MAN kicked so much ass, and that this new one had new asses to kick and was prepping to kick every cheek as hard as they could. That's not a direct quote, more of a tonal summation created by me. FYI. But even as lame as it was, the audience was still cheering. Let's face it. We love IRON MAN. It opened up the Marvel Universe and the dream of a great AVENGERS movie. Something that we geeks really really want. Jon begins telling us how they had just finished shooting that week and how there wasn't really anything to show - when Robert Downey Jr comes out from the side of the stage that nobody was coming out of. Great misdirection. He begins laying into Kevin and Jon about how painfully lame that shit was. The audience instantly takes Downey's side. It was very important that the powers that be know that we were fully behind Robert Downey Jr in his desire to kick our asses much better than the lame thing they had shown already. Favs hems and haws for a bit, then gives in. You've had a breakdown of the footage by Quint and others - but my experience was a bit different. You see. Drew McWeeny was on the other side of my wife - and he was possessed by the spirit of some insane person that was capable of only screaming out Al Pacino grunting exclamations from SCENT OF A WOMAN. Drew's uncontrollable "Hooooooo YAAAAH!!!!" belted with the sound and fury of a Rancor Monster... well... frankly... it scared poor YOKO to death. And it stomped all over Sam Jackson NICK FURY dialogue. And when Mickey Rourke's lightning whips started crashing the pavement - Drew went into HOOOOO YAAAAAH heaven. Saying the phrase 3 times before adding, "NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!" also delivered in scary loud crazy man voice. This caused Yoko to clutch my hand, as if to protect her from the madness of McWeeny. I was trying to ignore all of this, because the footage was great. It wasn't just FX, more than anything - the clips shown were meant to underline that the wit and charm of the first film was intact and different from the first film. And btw... all the new characters fucking own. And they do. Don Cheadle was just so cool. And the WAR MACHINE bit with crazy fire power going off in all directions... well it ruled. Seriously. Downey versus Gary Shandling's Senator = greatness. Mickey Rourke forging the equipment he needed, with his Russkie accent and hatred for everything that Stark represents... well, it made me very happy. He's going to be amazing here. Didn't really get a lot from Scarlett in the clips as Black Widow, but given how the rest of it looked, you can bet she'll be great in the film. After the real reel played, they brought out the rest of the cast, save Rourke and Paltrow - both of whom had conflicts and couldn't make it. But the audience didn't notice. They just got a taste of WAR MACHINE, which broke McWeeny's HOOOO YAAAAAAAAH powers - as it never appeared again after this initial showing. The Q&A taught us that everything was wonderful, everyone was great and this was a lot of fun. The guy moderating was continually insulted by the members of the panel for stupid questions, and it was turned over to the audience. My personal favorite was this 12 year old kid, who used the phrase ORGASMIC properly in his question. Which made everyone in HALL H smile and everyone on stage laugh. Many people blamed me for this 12 year old's word usage. If that is true, that makes me ORGASMIC! But the best interaction came when a really big Bob Layton fan got the mike and began lecturing everyone, filmmaker and fan alike, that we all need to bow down and worship Bob Layton for creating the world that these films are playing in. To which, Kevin Feige and Jon Favreau pointed to the front row - and had Bob Layton come up on the stage to tell him what he thought. It was so perfect that the cynic in me refuses to let me believe it was the brilliant back and forth it was - and not just an elaborate mole thing. No matter, it worked perfectly. Bob got up on stage and raved about the filmmakers and the footage he had just seen. Told us about his set visit - and how he was treated by all involved... as a God. Although that said, it seems he almost didn't make it into Hall H. When Cheadle said he wanted to see the footage, because he had missed it, the entire audience backed him up - and we watched it again. This time we heard dialogue, and the HOOOOOO YAAAAAH monster had died. Afterwards somebody have me about 50 tickets to redeem for special IRON MAN 2 merch - It seemed like 10,000 people were headed to go get this stuff - so I decided to give my tickets to people that didn't have any. And I headed back onto the floor to wrap up my shopping . COMIC CON ended for me at the RADICAL party that had KISS playing at it. The first band to play was IKE TURNER's old band - and they fucking owned. Loved it. For some strange reason - Paul Stanley didn't show up, but we did have Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss kicking ass on stage and Gene's son Nick did a very powerful job as lead singer. I have to say. Beings that I was literally stage front - watching Ace Frehley shredding it from 3 ft away... I was in KISS-geek heaven. I'd seen these guys in full make-up performing at the DETROIT ROCK CITY world premiere, but there was something more intimate about this small hall in the Hard Rock with only 700 other KISS geeks lapping it up. I had had a lot of folks reach out to me for tickets for the party, but I was only given 5 additional passes. I gave two of them to my groomsmen Paul Dini and his lovely wife Misty Lee. And then the remaining 3 tickets - I gave to some new friends I had met at a Bar in Comic Con, that had come from Detroit - for their first Comic Con. They worshipped KISS, but had never seen them. Given they're from the city of one of KISS' greatest... How could I not help them? Besides, I wanted to attend with people that really would love and respect the experience. Not talk business. Around 2am - the party began to break up. I was about 9 Crown & Cokes down. Incredibly drunk. I have a vague recollection that includes Eli Roth, James Purefoy, Samuel Hadida, Michael Bassett, Roger Avary that is very hazy. It's a mix of hugs, drunken babblings and screaming about Sitges rocking! All swearing oaths to Fantastic Fest and that is good. The next morning Yoko and I began a 12 hour plane extravaganza back home. Storms in Houston delayed our flight by hours. But overall I have to say, COMIC CON was great this year. To the friends I made, thank you. Mark Miller aka Ambush Bug - he fucking rules. He's been writing here for 8 years and we'd never met. What a great guy! OH - I forgot Chan Wook Park! Saturday kicked off with a phone call from Capone saying that Chan Wook Park wanted to meet me and was hanging out by the swimming pool in my hotel. So I loaded up my Korean expert, YOKO, and we set out to meet Park. He was in a meeting with Wes Craven at the time, but came out to chat. Shortly into our conversation - which was essentially a very gracious talk about how we hadn't met yet. Park thanked me for the OLDBOY commentary I did for him. I thanked him for the 14 minute longer cut of OLDBOY that I have. He then invited me to the Puchon Film Festival as a possible juror. Which my wife accepted immediately in my behalf. So it seems at some point in the future, I'll be going to South Korea. That'll be one hell of an experience. It probably won't be another 9 years till my next Comic Con. But then, I didn't think it'd be this long before I'd return last time. The key is to commit to doing these types of things.

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  • July 29, 2009, 5:36 a.m. CST


    by JudasPriestly

    Was it the real Ace and Peter playing? If so, that would be awesome!

  • July 29, 2009, 5:40 a.m. CST

    You Harry running naked to a Asian massage parlour

    by savagedave

    A compelling image, we can all agree.

  • July 29, 2009, 5:41 a.m. CST

    'Young Harry' that should say

    by savagedave

    My typing is about as good as Michael Bay's film making at the minute.

  • July 29, 2009, 5:45 a.m. CST

    Dirty talking 12 year olds make you cum?

    by DerLanghaarige

    Just kidding. :)

  • July 29, 2009, 6:19 a.m. CST

    I don't think the real Ace and Peter played...

    by Righteous Brother

    didn't they join up for the Psycho Circus album and tour - then quit again? They've had replacements ever since. If Ace and Peter have re-re joined then that's awesome.

  • July 29, 2009, 6:19 a.m. CST

    And you met Garth right

    by Darth Kong

    For the first time, in person? He introduced me to my wife...crazy industry aint it?

  • July 29, 2009, 6:28 a.m. CST

    just looked it up....

    by Righteous Brother

    It was Eric Singer as Peter, and Tom Thayer as Ace. So it was Gene Simmons doing Kiss karaoke. On a different note....I don't go much on Garth Franklins reviews.

  • July 29, 2009, 6:36 a.m. CST

    NOT Ace and Pete

    by JackNF

    It's all on Wikipedia, NOT the real Ace and Peter: I just saw Kiss live myself back on the 18th. Full stage show, WITH Paul. Front row. It rocked!

  • July 29, 2009, 6:51 a.m. CST

    Drunk Moriarty pulls a bilbo and raretown at IRON MAN

    by BillboeFett

    Good work Drew!

  • July 29, 2009, 6:59 a.m. CST

    Oh Harry.......

    by PiggyBank

    Honestly Harry....did you really see KISS at SDCC? How can you not tell the difference between Tommy Thayer and Ace Frehley and Eric Singer and Peter Criss? Is your eye sight suffering now, or does making stuff up seem easier than checking facts? It's difficult to hang one's hat one what you post in this site when you write stuff that like this that is blatant BS!

  • July 29, 2009, 7:01 a.m. CST

    Great write up

    by richardphilip

    Good read big lad.

  • July 29, 2009, 7:02 a.m. CST


    by ron2112

    It's been covered but I have to repeat it... you did not see either Ace Frehley or Peter Criss, and the fact that you think you did is really sad. Not sad as in "you dumbass" but sad as in "oh you poor thing."

  • July 29, 2009, 7:02 a.m. CST

    Jim Cameron looking at the blueprints...

    by kwisatzhaderach

    what a legend.

  • July 29, 2009, 7:06 a.m. CST

    awesome post Harry

    by one_guy_from_andromeda_

    very entertaining read. I wish i could have been there too

  • July 29, 2009, 7:10 a.m. CST


    by Trazadone

    Harry do your homework. Ace and Peter haven't been with the band for years. You saw Gene, Thommy Thayer, and Eric Singer. Ace has a new album coming out this fall called "Anomaly" and KISS has a new album coming out around the same time. Without Paul you only watched 25% of KISS perform.

  • July 29, 2009, 7:14 a.m. CST

    spanky macfarland

    by puto tenax

    Harry, how did you meet up with Spanky? I had the pleasure of meeting the man many years ago when he was working with a boot company and on tour here in austin. We sat and talked about his career. Child stars were like slaves back then. Great article-enjoyed the bit about Steranko and glad you're home safe and sound.

  • July 29, 2009, 7:15 a.m. CST

    watch what you say around orci

    by animas

    that guy is a black hole of creativity. I bet he will use harry's idea now, only it will be polluted with some cringe inducing slaptick and clichéd dialogue.

  • July 29, 2009, 7:27 a.m. CST

    Of Course Comi-Con Was Great This Year


    IT had a real, live Flynn's Arcade. I can imagine spending the sort of night there that, after which, I could die happy. Of all the times to be married, have two young children, and be in debt with a shaky hold on my current job . . . well, this wasn't the year for all that crap. Damn you, Fates!

  • July 29, 2009, 7:28 a.m. CST

    Self importance

    by Darth Fart

    All bow down to Harry. Talking to industry folks, the studios are shit scared of AICN. Harry still has a lot of clout.

  • July 29, 2009, 7:30 a.m. CST

    BTW, Totally Awesome, Typically Harry Coverage


    For TalkBackers acting like Harry should have said something else or written it better or known who was in the current Kiss Experience, this is a Harry article. Harry articles have always been kind of like this. This is what you should expect. Always. If you don't like it, there's always other sites that cover the news. Just not in the strange, profane, sticky-icky way Harry does. Yay, Harry!<br><br>And if you had been at Comi-Con, you would have been wasting his time asking for a photo-op and an autograph and to talk about Wrath of Kahn. You know you would.

  • July 29, 2009, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Studio's Should Be Afraid of Harry


    Not that I ever pay attention to his reviews, but I see how buzz--and anti-buzz--builds on AICN. AICN is probably going to be worth millions to AVATAR. It probably cost the crappy Clone Wars movie a few mil, too. <br><br> Probably helped Watchmen. I wasn't that excited about Watchmen, but went to see it after all the buzz-buzz-buzz on AICN.<br><Br>Harry rocks. That is all.

  • July 29, 2009, 7:34 a.m. CST

    "I'll never deny someone a photograph"

    by smackfu

    It's easy to say that, but really you have no idea what it's actually like to be famous in that way. I'm sure it seems great but around the 10 thousandth time someone freaks out and fawns all over you and tells you how much they love you and calls the attention of every person in earshot to you when all you want to do is buy a fucking loaf of bread, it gets old fast, then it becomes annoying, then disturbing, then you're drinking 24/7, shaving your head and cultivating serious psychological problems.

  • July 29, 2009, 7:43 a.m. CST

    with the exception of the truly narcistic

    by smackfu

    which is what, maybe 5% of the population, most people, regardless of chosen occupation do not like to be in the spotlight, stared at, examined, etc. It's inherent. Yeah, that person *chose* a craft that puts them infront of people, but most of those people need to either psyche themselves up to do that, or intoxicate themselves to do that. You know that moment in school where you're up infront of the class giving your oral report, imagine that moment being every moment of every day of your life. Imo the retarded amount of money these people make is fair payment for what it does to their lives, and their sense of attachement to the human race in general.

  • July 29, 2009, 7:46 a.m. CST

    That couldn't have been Ace & Peter, Harry.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    I'm sure that was Tommy Thayer in Ace's make-up and Eric Singer in Peter's make-up. Ace Frehley has his own new solo record called "Anomoly" coming out in September. I hope Paul Stanley is okay; in 35 years he has only missed one show, which was just a few months ago when Gene fronted the band as a trio. It's no surprise that Gene brought his son onto the stage, as he has been in overdrive promoting his career recently as a singer and comicbook artist and writer. KISS has a new retro-70s sounding record coming out this Fall, produced by Paul Stanley. The CD cover will be by the same artist who did the classic "Rock n Roll Over" cover. It's their first record since "Psycho Circus" and the first studio record with Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer (who also drums for Alice Cooper when not banging on the bongos for KISS). Word has it that the new record will be a WalMart exclusive with a huge in-store promtion (ala AC/DC's "Black Ice"). In Tommy Thayer's defense, if you couldn't tell the difference between his guitar playing and Ace Frehley's, then he must be doing a good job.

  • July 29, 2009, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Damn i envy you Harry

    by ominus

    but anyway,i think this years comicon must be one of the best of the last past years.

  • July 29, 2009, 7:51 a.m. CST

    People think AICN can be worth millions to movies coming out?

    by Atticus Finch

    Funny stuff.

  • July 29, 2009, 7:51 a.m. CST

    I want to go to comic con with Harry

    by Just_Some_Guy

    Man, Harry gets all the cook hook-ups! I want to geek out with Cameron, talk Trek with Orci, and chill with comic legends. Harry, what do you say? BTW: Cameron has a degree in physics, same as me. Thanks what makes him supercool.

  • July 29, 2009, 7:55 a.m. CST

    Harry, you idiot. That wasn't a young Han Solo

    by D.Vader

    At the Clone Wars panel. It was a young Boba Fett. Sheesh, his helmet was right next to him in the concept art. Your mistakes are extremely dangerous.

  • July 29, 2009, 7:56 a.m. CST

    Jim Steranko is a stand up guy.

    by RenoNevada2000

    A friend of mine from college worked for Steranko on his old Previews magazine back in the 80s. When I met him at a con a few years back I dropped my friend's name and we wound up chatting for about 20 minutes about movies and his work painting the covers for the Shadow reprint series.

  • July 29, 2009, 8 a.m. CST


    by Volstaff

    Screw those old timers. Gene and Paul shafted Peter and Ace totally, then to add insult to injury they trotted out a couple guys dressed as wringers. I was a Kiss nut as a child though ( I still remember the horrified reaction from my parents when they caught my stash of Cream and some other rock mags I'd shoplifted that had photos of Gene spitting blood and breathing fire on stage), and was totally into the whole glam rock thing. Jesus, doesn't Gene Simmons have enough fucking money at this point?

  • July 29, 2009, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Very nice piece

    by zapano

    Now where's the IB review? Embargo is it? makes no sense, reviews have been around sice Cannes and there was one in last month's Empire

  • Unless you've actually been talking about the topic at hand, and there was some confusion earlier as to whether you had been talking about it or not, such that you felt the need to point it out in a loud voice, should the people involved be hard of hearing, then exclaiming that that is what you have been talking about should be punishable by death.

  • July 29, 2009, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Next year I'll be at SDCC too.

    by DerLanghaarige

    If I finally win in the lottery. Wish me luck! I have a good feeling about this Saturday!<br> Gah, who am I kidding? Living on the other side of the Planet just sucks.

  • July 29, 2009, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Anyone else think Gene Simmons son...

    by StatelyWayneManor

    ...looks more like Paul Stanley than Gene? I saw "Weird Al" Yankovic in Artist Alley a couple of years ago. Good times.

  • July 29, 2009, 8:38 a.m. CST

    Uwe Boll has a new movie called "Rampage" coming out???

    by D.Vader

    And its not even based on the classic big-monsters-bashing-a-city video game?!? There's something wrong with that!

  • July 29, 2009, 9:20 a.m. CST

    No, Harry wheelchair adventures in this post

    by Stabby

    How disappointing. Harry, did you ask Peter Jackson how he lost all that weight? Slimfast?

  • July 29, 2009, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Man, I'm going next year...

    by amsterdam77

    ...If I can. I'm tired of just reading about this shit. I want to be there! When do the tickets usually go on sale?

  • July 29, 2009, 9:38 a.m. CST

    apparently Tickets are already on sale

    by Stabby

    but I just watched a ireport on CNN and people were saying that there is no discount this year for ordering early

  • July 29, 2009, 9:57 a.m. CST

    great write up harold...

    by billyhitchcock

    ...great pics on facebook too. you are one lucky sumbitch!

  • July 29, 2009, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Uh oh!

    by Series7

    Roger Avary and drinking!

  • July 29, 2009, 10:08 a.m. CST

    What a rambling mess

    by rfid

    Harry, seriously--get an editor.

  • July 29, 2009, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Yeah sure reading about Harry's experience is awesome

    by Series7

    But I doubt reading about some random ass person's experience is a lot different. It would probably be more like this. <P> I was only able to get into the Freestyle Releasing Panel because all the other panels were full and I didn't get there 4 hours in advance to get a seat. From what I heard about Avatar is that its cool. I saw Robert Downy Jr getting interviewed on the Attack of the Show stage by Olivia Munn. I got knocked over by some fat fuck who couldn't see out of his Rorschach mask. I had to steal the final free Green Lantern give a way figure from a 5 year old and was chased by his mom through 3 auditoriums. I wanted to buy a limited edition/signed reprint of an old Fantastic Four but I had spent my last $10 on a bottle of water. I was allowed to stand at the door for the Kick Ass panel and it was AWESOME! Some ugly girl dressed as Wonder Women was really drunk and kept hitting at me at the McDonlds I went to after the convention, I ended up sleeping with her (hopefully she was clean). So bad ass I'm going again next year.

  • July 29, 2009, 10:15 a.m. CST




  • July 29, 2009, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Yeah, I went to Comic Con and was in line

    by Stabby

    to see Iron Man 2. It was almost filled to capacity, but the person at the door said there was room for a few more and then this morbidly obese Leprechaun so overweight they had to put him in a wheelchair rolled up and apparently he was someone special so they waived him through. Then when I tried to get in they said that they were sorry but it was at capacity and closed the door on me so I went to Quark's bar and hit on a fat chick squeezed into a Silk Spectre costume.

  • July 29, 2009, 11:12 a.m. CST

    It was young Boba, not Han

    by Gateway5

    Just to second the correction above, the image Harry refers too was young Boba Fett, not Han Solo. Dave Faloni made it clear in the Clone Wars panel, they would not explore original trilogy characters in The Clone Wars. Careful with the facts Harry, this site already has enough Star Wars haters.

  • July 29, 2009, 11:28 a.m. CST

    "Peter and him"?!?! Really, Harry?

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    And tell us, what else did him say? Ah, AICN, where the ability to string enough words together to form a sentence is frowned upon in every possible venue!

  • July 29, 2009, 11:31 a.m. CST

    And what this really is

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    is a not-terribly-subtle reminder that now Harry's "friends" with "so many" people in the industry, this site will never publish another unbiased review or article again. Although, I have to agree on the greatness of both LOTR and cheese broccoli soup...haven't tried them together, though.

  • July 29, 2009, 11:43 a.m. CST

    She must have been sick for a long ass time

    by Series7

    In order to watch all three LOTR's.

  • July 29, 2009, 11:56 a.m. CST


    by uberman

    Seriously. I hate all these old bands that just 'replace' founding members with some wanna-be and call themselves the 'original' band. And as for Harry-as a geek you should have known better that it wasnt ACE, but a weak immitation. That was truly weak.

  • July 29, 2009, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Ray Park. No "S" at the end.

    by Dingbatty

    Also, was Steranko the only comic book related event at San Diego Movie Con?

  • July 29, 2009, 12:11 p.m. CST

    uberman and KISS

    by BackStJoe

    While it's a disgrace that Harry didn't know an Ace and a Peter from a Tommy and Eric, it's worse when an uberman doesn't understand Gene and Paul ARE KISS. Have been for a long, long time. Eric Carr was the drummer for KISS longer than Peter Criss! Vinnie, Mark and Bruce all contributed to the KISS legend.

  • July 29, 2009, 12:25 p.m. CST

    KISS: Gene Simmons, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer

    by KISSman24

    It's funny -- some people complain about how Tommy Thayer & Eric Singer wearing the spaceman and catman makeup, but in this case, the performace was without makeup and everyone could see clearly who was who and yet, Eric & Tommy still find themselves being misidentified. Luckily, people are finding out that KISS still very much rocks and they no longer need to deal with Ace & Peter's shenanigans to do so.

  • July 29, 2009, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Kiss sucks, sorry but they do

    by Stabby

    They have a few good songs, but if they were a real band to begin with they never would have had to resort to gimmicks and clown makeup. And this is coming from a #1 KISS fan at age 7. I grew up and realized they sucked and moved on to real bands.

  • July 29, 2009, 12:46 p.m. CST


    by performingmonkey

    Fucking hell.

  • July 29, 2009, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Kiss is the worst band ever.

    by mitortilla

  • July 29, 2009, 12:52 p.m. CST


    by gavdiggity

    No. Thee was also the Fables panel I went to. <P>

  • July 29, 2009, 12:53 p.m. CST

    THERE, not thee...

    by gavdiggity

    That's a typo, I'm not speaking like someone at a Ren Faire...

  • July 29, 2009, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Considering Your Health Issues - Maybe Ease Up On The Hooch...

    by YourKungFuIsWeak

    ...diabetic, overweight and powering down nine Jack and Cokes. Nice knowing you Harry!

  • July 29, 2009, 1:02 p.m. CST

    poor Harry

    by wash

    You guys are really mean by spoiling the illusion that he saw 3/4s of the orginal KISS lineup from 3 feet away.<br><br> Peter Chris may have been a no talent, but Ace Frehley always had the better solo albums out of all of them. IMO KISS will never be KISS without him.

  • July 29, 2009, 1:06 p.m. CST

    and Harry

    by wash

    YourKungFuIsWeak may have been a bit raw in his choice of words but that's real talk. I still remeber the big health scare column you wrote last year and yet it constantly amazes me to hear you talk about binge drinking and junk food still. I had to practically give up drinking and sweets completely just to get rid 50 pounds and maintain it.

  • July 29, 2009, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Harry, this part was pretty depressing:

    by fassbinder79

    "When the panel ended, I was kind of amazed just how many people left HALL H, apparently having no desire to see James Cameron and Peter Jackson discuss the future of cinema. It was moderated by a guy at ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY - that kept everything very dry. It was interesting to watch the dynamic between Jim and Peter. Both were fairly depressed about the state of the film industry. From the dropping DVD sales to the dire state of the quality of films hitting screens. The dangers of piracy. The promise of 3D. The love of digital. But when Cameron stated that we are very near to the point in which the epics, like what Peter and him make, could be dying. That B and even C-grade cinema may be all that we get - if the audience begins to turn away from cinema towards Video Games or free downloadable content."

  • July 29, 2009, 1:38 p.m. CST

    I think the band Harry actually saw was miniKISS

    by Stabby

    They looked life-sized performing next to those Stonehenge props.

  • July 29, 2009, 2:06 p.m. CST

    I don't think Epic cinema is dying

    by MattmanReturns

    But unlike Cameron and Jackson, I don't want EVERY film to be epic. Not every film SHOULD be epic. King Kong didn't need to be epic. Some films should be tight and under 2 hours, a some need 3 hours to tell their story. It just depends on the story. The market has never been oversaturated with epic films. They have always been few and far between, and that's what makes them stand out. If every film were epic, the term would have no meaning.

  • July 29, 2009, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Maybe EPIC cinema should die - get back to stories

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    Or if not completely die then be much more limited. I mean, look at some of our geek favorites, the original TERMINATOR, ALIEN, BLADE RUNNER, JAWS, fuck, even STAR WARS, even adjusted for inflation, NONE of these movies were 200 million dollar plus epics BUT they were great STORIES directed expertly. Now we get a 200 million shitstorm like TRANSFORMERS 2 and instead of great stories we get leg humping, pissing, farting, and 'Sambots." Sure it turns a profit but so did 'Pet Rocks' back in the 70's. <br> <br> And given Jackson and Cameron's fears of video games and their love of 3D maybe the future of cinema is a combination, where YOU, the viewer are directly placed into the world of the movie. YOU are the central character and the film is shot as such with no fourth wall. Maybe even with multiple endings depending on the choices that YOU make, like the old "choose your own adventure" books except more Matrix-y. Those new video games that require no joystick at all and are all activated by your own body's motion capture from sensors may come into play as well.

  • July 29, 2009, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Like the Idea of the Cage. "Wrong thinking is Punishable!"

    by picardsucks

    I love the Menagere. Via goes from super hot Blonde 60's chickie to lump of goo. Pulsating uberbrain aliens with douchy intentions. Actually I much prefer the Empath but either would make a great story Big pulsating penis head aliens

  • July 29, 2009, 3:10 p.m. CST

    'Yoko watching LOTR and Broccoli & Cheese soup...'

    by TedKordLives

    When she's sick. I can just picture her gaze, turing from LOTR to a bowl of soup. And back again.

  • July 29, 2009, 3:33 p.m. CST

    A Nightmare On Elm Street

    by skeletonjack

    There was a trailer shown yet there appears to be no mention of it ANYWHERE on this site? Does that strike anyone else as odd?

  • July 29, 2009, 3:39 p.m. CST


    by TedKordLives

    Did you see it? Anything to share with the rest of the class?

  • July 29, 2009, 4:13 p.m. CST

    RDJ will be fucking AVATARs in the HOO HA in 2010

    by Diagnostic

    Will they say thank you?

  • July 29, 2009, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Okay, I think I've cleared up this whole "KISS" issue.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    Harry didn't see KISS. At all. He saw Nicholas Simmons joined by his dad with Tommy & Eric. I noticed on the tour schedule that KISS was not scheduled to perform at the Hard Rock during Comic-Con so I checked Gene Simmons' website and found these details: Gene Simmons: "The Radical Hard Rock Party featured Nick and some of his "Friends" (myself, Eric Singer, Tommy Thayer and Teddy Zig Zag on keys) playing 4 toons together. Two of 'em were written by Nick. We also did a blues cover and Hound Dog by Leiber and Stoller (Elvis). Then Tommy, Eric and myself played a few toons as a trio. Carrot Top got up and told some jokes to the drunken, rowdy crowd. And then Nick and the band got up and jammed on a blues song made up on the spot." That's not KISS! Harry, God Bless ya big guy, you are the Geek Movie Prince of the Universe, but you ain't a member of the KISS Army!

  • July 29, 2009, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Um, that wasn't a young Han Solo

    by lockesbrokenleg

    That was the young Boba Fett from Attack of the Clones.

  • July 29, 2009, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Hey Bob...I have an idea for you..

    by conspiracy

    Start with this, and then we'll talk Trek.

  • July 29, 2009, 6:58 p.m. CST

    I nearly freaked when Harry said ACe was there.

    by hallmitchell

    Yet you guys are right. Harry must have gotten this wrong.

  • July 29, 2009, 7:14 p.m. CST

    I can see why James and Peter are worried.

    by hallmitchell

    I love going to the movies. Yet how much can a person come up with. I'm sick of mobiles, talkers and people telling me to F#$% off when they are sitting in my " numbered" seat. Do you want to know why piracy is taking off? Because a pirate delivers a better service than the cinema. I refuse to pirate. Yet it's taking off. No one was pirating in my office. Yet alot of people are now doing it. Wake Up INdustry!!!!

  • July 29, 2009, 7:23 p.m. CST

    What industry isn't in trouble?

    by hallmitchell

    I'm always reading. Music is in trouble, Movies are in trouble, Game companies are merging, Comics are in trouble. Look at the market place. There are stacks of comics, movies and music being put out every week. Doesn't look like a downturn to me.

  • July 29, 2009, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Hey Harry, just get better dude...

    by Nuking the Fridge

    I ran into you at the CON, and you were in a wheelchair and seemed ill, you were kind enough to pose for a pic for me. Take it easy bro, and I hope to one day talk film with you. Peace.

  • July 29, 2009, 8:42 p.m. CST

    Young Boba/Han

    by Simpsonian

    Will do battle in the new season of Clone Wars! You heard it on AICN first!

  • July 29, 2009, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Bob Orci is now so out of ideas, he asks Harry?

    by scriptgirl_nipples

    The guy is such a fucking hack it's unbelievable!

  • July 29, 2009, 9:09 p.m. CST

    Bob Orci must have AMAZING sexual prowess..

    by conspiracy

    because the fucker still gets work.</p><p> I liked Trek, it entertained, but fuck the writing was terrible; then I saw Transformers 2...and I honestly do believe that Trek was an Orci masterpiece, I honestly believe it is as good as Bob gets. Face it, compared to his other work Trek was fucking Shakespeare.</p><p>Still...Bob HAS shown us something new...the dirty truth to how Hollywood really works. Rarely has such an obvious mediocrity come along that even the casual film fan can point to his/her work and say.."Wow..that sucked a load of cock"...Bob is just such an entity. He has shown us, along with perhaps Megan Fox, once and for all that it is not What you know, or how good your acting, writing, directorial skills are...;it is simply who you know,who you befriend, whose coattails can you ride to the top, and how well you fluff their sack , take their shit and spread your legs to keep your place in town.</p><p>He may be a poor writer, as he has yet to prove he is a good one,...but you gotta admit the fucker knows how to milk his friendships to keep the gravy train rolling, and the bedroom filled with 17yr old Slavic starlets whose passports he's no doubt hidden. Hats off Bob...if you can make it there...anyone has a shot.

  • July 29, 2009, 9:48 p.m. CST

    2012 = SCORCHER. And Cameron = hypocrite

    by Logan_1973

    Cameron bitches about the low quality of cinema and then gets excited for 2012? Where's the balance here?

  • July 29, 2009, 10:02 p.m. CST

    LOL. He also like Aliens vs Predator.

    by hallmitchell

  • July 29, 2009, 10:27 p.m. CST

    by scriptgirl_nipples

  • July 29, 2009, 10:28 p.m. CST

    Cameron's also doing Titanic 3D.

    by scriptgirl_nipples

    Dear Lord man. Stop fucking milking the public, with that piece of shit.

  • July 29, 2009, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Best EPIC movie:

    by vincentkv

    Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner)

  • July 29, 2009, 10:42 p.m. CST

    Cameron a "geek" like us... rightey-O..

    by ChoclateWoman

    Cameron is a douchebag. To his actors, to the people he works with, to his family and former wives. Fuck him. The only reason he acted nice to harry is cuz he needs him on his side to get the minor geek contingent this site attracts to look at him favourably. FOX better start pimping the living shit out of AVATAR, cause the general public knows SHITOLA about this film. James, if you are reading this: Quit the dickhead king of the world routine. Everybody on your set secretly hates you because you are gigantic prick. Repent your sins, shove a 12 inche dildo up your ass and get back to making good films without being a gigantic asshole. Also, the beard does you no favours. YOU LOOK FUCKING UGLY, GRIZLY ADAMS.

  • July 29, 2009, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Industry issues - Why 3D mightn't be the answer.

    by hallmitchell

    well i dont know if 3d is the way. everyone seems to think it is. but if people are happy watching on 17 inch computer monitors, i dont know that it is. they should NOT do what comics and games have done and punish the legit audience to make up for pirates. but it seems they want audiences to pay premiums for imax and 3d. to be honest im not convinced that the situation is as bad as cameron says anyway. transformers made a lot of money. just because people pirate doesnt mean they would have spent a dime anyway.

  • July 30, 2009, 12:34 a.m. CST

    I theatre hopped into TRANSFORMERS 2...

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    ..while waiting in line to see HARRY POTTER and I caught a scene where the contructicons were forming and one of the humans turns to the other and says something like, "This is like the shootout at the OK Corral? Ever hear of that? A LOT of people died." Uhh, no they didn't Orci you fucking hack. Christ on bike! Are you even too fucking stoopid to wiki? Only THREE people died at the OK Corral. That's "A LOT"? Btw, then I walked out.

  • July 30, 2009, 1:51 a.m. CST

    "I found myself meeting throngs of folks wanting to

    by thegreatwhatzit

    take pictures with me, shake my hand and share a few stories." Translation: The regional fire department gauged Harry as a handicap to the lives of attendants (violating laws regarding "room capacity"). And, Harry, the "celebs" presumed you to be a fanboy--not a journalist. Your name-dropping is akin to a Trekkie who swarms autograph rooms at conventions ("Grace Lee Whitney gave me a scoop!").

  • July 30, 2009, 2:27 a.m. CST

    Wow, You are so damn smart about the OK Corral

    by lockesbrokenleg

    but you don't even know the actual gunfight didn't even happen there? Go back to Harry Potter school.

  • July 30, 2009, 3:18 a.m. CST


    by Harold-Sherbort

  • July 30, 2009, 5:02 a.m. CST

    lockes- you are the most USELESS poster on AICN

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    I've been avoiding you because you are just such a prolific DOUCHEBAG. You are setting a record here for just the sheer volume of utterly useless posts you post here every single day. You contribute nothing. STFU.

  • July 30, 2009, 7:10 a.m. CST


    by bitchesbastard

    Couldn't agree with ZombieHeathLedger more and I'm sure it's been said a millions times - but once more won't hurt: You are a complete dick.

  • July 30, 2009, 9:18 a.m. CST

    NEXT YEAR, how about taking a BUS LOAD of TALKBACKERS ???

    by JDanielP

    Now... THAT ...would be a trip to remember.

  • July 30, 2009, 3:32 p.m. CST


    by skeletonjack

    No, sadly. I'm just amazed that something like this has gone totally unmentioned on here, especially if, as the trailer reports suggest, you get a good glimpse at the look and sound of Freddy. No one seems to be commenting on what the trailer was actually like???

  • July 30, 2009, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Gene has been bad-mouthing Ace for years.

    by Uncle Stan

  • July 30, 2009, 5:05 p.m. CST

    He even insinuated that Ace was gay.

    by Uncle Stan

  • July 30, 2009, 5:06 p.m. CST

    He's been mocking Ace's alcoholism even before he quit.

    by Uncle Stan

  • July 30, 2009, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Ironic Man 2

    by Orionsangels

  • July 31, 2009, 8:53 a.m. CST

    KISS = old 70's glitter rock band

    by Crimson Dynamo

  • July 31, 2009, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Great read

    by Darth Thoth

    Wish I was there!

  • July 31, 2009, 2:21 p.m. CST


    by decfx

    will end up being another bloated, over produced turd from Emmerich.

  • July 31, 2009, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Radical Party

    by cdscores

    Yes... All said before is true... I was there and it was NOT Ace and Peter. And it was great to see you there Harry. And even see Stan Lee rockin out in the VIP section.

  • Aug. 2, 2009, 12:47 p.m. CST

    so you got a handjob from a thai ladyboy when you were 5?

    by ironic_name

  • Aug. 2, 2009, 5:33 p.m. CST

    no Paul Stanley

    by Loosejerk

    I'm typing this while looking at my "Starchild" I-dog next to me. I saw KISS twice with Ace and Peter on the Farewell and Reunion tours. I'd NEVER see them without Paul and it'd be a crapshoot if I'd see them with Tommy and Eric. Eric is a little better since he really is a KISS member anyway...wonder why Bruce Kulick didn't choose to dawn the Ace gear? Anyway,'re a stupid fuck to pretend to care to know about Ace and Peter when you couldn't tell it was dudes probably about 20 years younger WITHOUT their make-up on. I don't know a whole lot about Gene's son...does he have the vocal range of Paul? I do realize that Gene's can go high too (Unholy, etc.).

  • Aug. 2, 2009, 5:48 p.m. CST


    by Alice Cooper Stalker

    Dissapointing that Harry got all excited about seing somebody that wasn't there and spreading misinfo about who was there. Eric Singer is a GREAT drummer. He's Alice Cooper's drummer too and the guy rocks. Tommy is a great guitarist. For the record, Eric and Tommy are better musicians than Ace and Peter ever were. You have to embrace the fact that they have elevated KISS music. However, I understand that without Peter and Ace, the band that was built and the experiences and music that have built the KISS legacy/history wouldn't have been.

  • Aug. 3, 2009, 8:48 a.m. CST

    Kiss without Paul Stanley

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    is like Bruno without Bruno

  • Ace Frehley and Peter Criss got axed long ago. Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer took over in the exact makeup.

  • Aug. 3, 2009, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Tommy Thayer re-taught Ace his guitar parts.

    by riskebiz

    Tommy Thayer knows Ace guitar playing better than Ace does. Poor Ace.

  • Aug. 5, 2009, 2:54 a.m. CST

    Bob Layton

    by HoldyourfireAl

    Harry, as a proud owner of several Bob Layton Iron Man drawings, I was very proud to read your story. Bob is a GREAT guy! I'm glad that his contribution to Iron Man is not being ignored. Al @

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