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And here's Adrian's Kapow! Comic Con Day One overview!

Published at: April 9, 2011, 6:01 p.m. CST

 

 

The UK's in the middle of a mini-heatwave this weekend, the sun has been blazing down here in North London all day, so it's a tribute to the lineup at the inaugural Kapow comic-con in that thousands of people want to spend their days off not in pub beers gardens or haviong barbeques, but rather indoors, in a big convention hall in Islington.

The living legend that is Mark Millar has an impressive contacts book - and is partly responsible for getting Kapow! off the ground - he's officially listed as the con's 'ambassador' - but massive kudos to sisters Lucy and Sarah Unwin, who set the whole thing up and have been incredibly helpful today. The theory was to bring a taste of the San Diego con experience over here to good old Blightly, where people like me have for years been yearning for an event just like this.

 

 

If Day 1 is anything to go by, Kapow is a great success, and long may it reign for years to come ("we wanted to make it affordable in the first year," Mark joked to me earlier - "next year we'll massively ramp up the prices"). It's been a flurry of activity here - the day kicked off with a fun gameshow style event in the Gallery Hall, hosted by TV and radio personality (and emerging comic book brain) Jonathan Ross, which featured a panel of comic book pros taking on some fanboys picked from the audience (actually one boy and one girl), whose team was captained by Stewart Lee. The pros were Mark Millar, Dave Gibbons and John Romita jr, who faced a volley of some of the most hardcore comic book questions I've ever heard. For example, does anyone know what white Kryptonite does to Superman? I didn't either, but now I do.

 

 

Most of the morning was taken up by purely comic panels and presentations - including one on how to break into Marvel comics (they have a big presence here this weekend), a heartwarming '200AD Mega-Star Panel' and a DC Superstars creators panel featuring Dave Gibbons, Frank Quitely, Phil Cornell and Peter Milligan. But back in the main mezzanine there was a really good, eclectic mix of comic stalls, games demos, signings from the likes of Chris Weston, Jock, Steve Yeowell, David Lloyd, Bryan Hitch and Simon Furman. Really well organised, and was obvious everyone was having a great time.

But then it was on to the movie stuff, where my interests really lie. Several key summer comic book movie releases are represented here - with a few big exceptions (Cap? X-Men?). I've written seperate articles two of the biggest highlights of the day, the Green Lantern Panel, and the really brilliant Thor presentation (which featured the hammer-weilder himself, Chris Hemsworth, along with his pesky brother Loki).

There were one or two groans I heard from some attendees about the length of queues and some of the way that was managed - but I think that's pretty normal on the first day of a major event like this one. Here's what the inside of the main auditorium looked like just before one of the big panels started (they were pretty strict during presentations about no photos - and had their night vision goggles to catch any rule-breakers).

 

 

 

I'll be back with more from Kapow! tomorrow - another sunny day is planned if you're in London and planned on heading on down. Mr Millar has to be up bright and early for a panel he's on at 10:30am - last I saw of him, he was wandering down upper street in search of a curry...

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  • April 9, 2011, 6:05 p.m. CST

    kapow

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    Looks cool

  • April 9, 2011, 6:07 p.m. CST

    huntress has thick thighs

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    Not a bad thing at all

  • April 9, 2011, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Comix R 4 Loozers

    by Yarlan Zey

    Silly idiots, grow up and read a real book. Comix R 4 moronz.

  • April 9, 2011, 6:17 p.m. CST

    If I were on upper st and looking for a curry...

    by Reelheed

    I'd probably head to Emni. Bit of a walk from the tube but worth it. However the brazilian Rodizio Rico beats it hands down...

  • April 9, 2011, 6:18 p.m. CST

    emerging comic book brain?

    by john

    ross did a special a few years back about steve ditko the guy has been a comic book geek for years glad that britain finally gets a legit con (too bad it took the whore, millar to create it)

  • April 9, 2011, 6:31 p.m. CST

    So what was the must see film on your list?

    by alan_poon

    The list of Adrian Hieatt.

  • April 9, 2011, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Adrian Hieatt.

    by alan_poon

    Are you any relation to Admiral Piett?

  • April 9, 2011, 6:49 p.m. CST

    "Comix R 4 Loozers"

    by GINGE_MUPPET

    Yo' bitch face ... I'm still waiting for the "Wrath" .... Don't disappoint me fucker ...

  • April 9, 2011, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Sidney Lumet died today...

    by BubbaDestructo

    ...FYI.

  • April 9, 2011, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Yo' Bitch Face

    by Yarlan Zey

    Hahah...if only you could make me angry. But no, you are like a wayward child, angry about your own ignorance in a world seemingly to complex for your tiny brain. Fear not! I shall teach you, my son. Come to me and be spanked.

  • April 9, 2011, 7:03 p.m. CST

    "if only you could make me angry."

    by GINGE_MUPPET

    Seems I already have, if I prompted you to type that shite .... Too easy fucker .... too easy. Time for the "Wrath"??

  • April 9, 2011, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Seems I already have...

    by Yarlan Zey

    Hope ya'll be ready for a deep dickin', boy. Now, bend over, boy.

  • April 9, 2011, 7:38 p.m. CST

    statue1 Anger building nicely ...

    by GINGE_MUPPET

    Fuck, you make this so easy ...... So far you want to "Spank me" and "deep dick" me .... something you want to share with everyone??

  • April 9, 2011, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Your make this so easy

    by Yarlan Zey

    The fact that you continued our feud in another thread makes me afraid. Are you really that angry and upset that I pointed out that you are a complete moron? Calm down, boy. By the way, yes, I would like to share the video we have made of me loving you in your butt.

  • April 9, 2011, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Midget Cap'n America should get at the very least his own web series

    by Tigger Tales

    Someone get on that, STAT.

  • April 9, 2011, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.

    by ROBRAM89

    We will continue to update you as the situation develops.

  • April 9, 2011, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Sounds like a smasing success

    by MooseMalloy

  • April 9, 2011, 9:55 p.m. CST

    "Smashing" that is

    by MooseMalloy

  • April 9, 2011, 10:06 p.m. CST

    ginge_muppet and statue1

    by seign

    Why don't you both just get to it already and rent yourselves out a room. sheesh.

  • April 9, 2011, 10:06 p.m. CST

    J.Ross was there? More importantly.

    by hallmitchell

    Was his wife there? The ultimate fanboy girlfriend in the world.

  • April 9, 2011, 10:27 p.m. CST

    Seign - Wanna cosplay?

    by Yarlan Zey

    I wanna get a room with you baby. You like cosplay?

  • April 9, 2011, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Dynamite, Black

    by grandwiz

    My comic is blacker than your comic. http://www.impulsegamer.com/comicblackdynamiteslaveisland01.html

  • April 10, 2011, 3:01 a.m. CST

    I want Mini-Iron Man and Mini-Captain America to fight it out

    by CHRISTIAN_BALE_TRASHED_MY_LIGHTS

    Civil War: The Kid Years

  • April 10, 2011, 3:17 a.m. CST

    statue1 Now slamming the keyboard ...

    by GINGE_MUPPET

    You give yourself too much credit ... I'll continue this "feud" in this thread and a thousand like it ... making cunts like you jump though hoops never gets dull, you are a predictable forum troll and every post I make just seems to anger you further .... face red yet??

  • April 10, 2011, 3:26 a.m. CST

    HallMitchell...

    by billyhitchcock1

    ...Alas Jane was not there unfortunately. I saw Mr Ross arrive and leave on his own. Just coincidence, not stalking :-) I was 3 rows back for the the first Quiz panel that Jonathan did and I was actually sat behind a bit of a Jane lookalike with the bright red hair and everything. Twas a great day. Long live Kapow!

  • April 10, 2011, 4:39 a.m. CST

    Jonathan Ross's wife is absolutely filthy.

    by BiggusDickus

    That is all.

  • April 10, 2011, 7:19 a.m. CST

    Observation

    by Majereuk

    Great though those cosplayers mostly are- and I'd like to take a moment to say how especially impressive Bane was in case there's any possibility that he might be able to track me down- one slightly depressing thought occurs: That's the only cosplay pic I think I've ever seen where people are still clutching their carrier bags. Seems in modern day Britain, even our superheroes are paranoid about getting their stuff nicked :P

  • April 10, 2011, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Living Legend Mark Millar???? WTF?

    by MrMajestic

    I repeat WTF? That term should be only used, in comics, for guys like Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Heck Alan Moore and Frank Miller(once upon a time) are ground breakers but I'd still feel uncomfortable deeming them Living Fucking Legends. Geez while you're at it why don't you call Geoff Johns, Brubaker and Bendis Living Legends too while you're at it. The hyperbole is unbelievable.

  • April 10, 2011, 12:30 p.m. CST

    mrmajestic

    by GINGE_MUPPET

    Agree mate ... Millar is the Michael Bay of comic writers ... Big, noisy, often entertaining ... but a legend? .... thats fucking pushing it.

  • April 10, 2011, 1:06 p.m. CST

    agreed MrMajestic

    by ComSamVimes

    Millar doesn't rub me the wrong way the way he does a lot of comic fans...but living legend is a little much. Maybe he is in his own head. Fun report otherwise tho! Love the Cosplay pic!

  • April 11, 2011, 6:29 a.m. CST

    Really, fuck Mark Miller and his stupid hat.

    by Arafel

    After that ass-fuck of a movie he directed, THE SPIRIT, I have no respect for him as an artist or a human being. Living Legend my fat, white ass!!!