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BillyHitchcock shares the fun of Jonathan Ross' fans vs. pros trivia and games panel at Kapow!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with yet more Kapow! Con stuff. It seems to be have some real geek drawing power as our UK readers and regulars seem to be all over it. BillyHitchcock has come forward with a little coverage of Jonathan Ross' playful panel pitting comic book professionals against comic fans in trivia and other shenanigans. I particularly like the What's My Line type game, which I've always wanted to see come back in primetime. Anyway, the Kapow! coverage continues with BillyHitchcock's below report (with some quite amusing photos). Enjoy!

Hey Harry,

have just read Adrian's great Kapow write ups and thought I would offer some extra bits on my favourite part of the day, the Pros Vs Fans Quiz hosted by Jonathan Ross.

I'm sure you guys are aware of him by now, over here in the UK he is a total comic book/film nerd disguised as a mainstream chat show host/tv presenter. His finest moment of subversion for me was mentioning the works of one Mario Bava (who he is a huge fan of) during his presentation of the BAFTA's one year. He also had 4 copies of Amazing Fantasy #15 before donating one to charity. His Turf book is also awesome by the way.

Solid bloke all round then and the perfect choice to open the Inaugural Kapow Comic Con with some comic related comedy.



So the teams are introduced, Mark Millar, John Romita Jr and Dave Gibbons on the Pro's team and to begin with British Comedian Stewart Lee on the fans team.




Jonathan then asks the audience who wants to participate for the fans and asks them to stand up. What follows is a series of nerd qualifying questions where they're asked things like, did you go see Sucker Punch? Sit down. Everyone is whittled down until Joe and Rachel take to the stage to represent us. They did a really awesome job and although Jonathan kindly lent the scoring in their favour to win they totally deserved it. Oh yeah, White Kryptonite kills all plant life within 25 yards!

The best round was a collection of questions based on some classic comic covers from Jonathan's own collection. It was no coincidence that all the answers were drenched in innuendo :-) He admitted that he actually forgot to bring any of the questions with him so he had to wing it with the powerpoint presentation and the following pictures will give you some idea of the humour involved. Needless to say we, the audience, were in stitches.







Next up was the mystery guest round where the contestants were blindfolded (with socks) and through a series of yes no questions had to identify the comic book character they were interviewing. Here's a clip. Apologies for the sound, it was on my phone.



Dave Gibbons was the winner of the point by correctly identifying Bat Mite! I'm now gonna have to read some Bat Mite stories as I'd never heard of him before (Marvel Fan) but it sounds hilarious.

It finished off with some audience participation where we in the front few rows had a red sheet or a blue sheet to decide once and for all who would be the victor in some theoretical superhero battles. I voted for Cap Vs Batman but was overruled by the majority and Jonathan himself with the decision that if Batman can beat Supes then Cap would be no problem. There were 2 others which I've forgotten, maybe some talkbackers can fill in my memory.

Anyway the fans were victorious and it was a very enjoyable, banter-filled, way to start Britain's answer to SDCC. The whole event was really well organised and there was enough going to hold even the most attention deficient fanboys interest. I'm just gutted I'm not gonna be there today!


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  • April 10, 2011, 6:53 a.m. CST

    Why's that fat kid raping Little Lulu?

    by Bobo_Vision

  • April 10, 2011, 7 a.m. CST


    by angry_spacboy

    Ross is a dick hole, and not 'a total comic book/film nerd disguised as a mainstream chat show host/tv presenter'. He (like his retarded pal Russell Brand) is another of those unfunny, untalented types, who having spent the last few years growing rich from the fucking huge salary the bbc paid him, is now trying to re brand himself as some comic/film nerd hero that we can all relate to(i can remember this moron saying he thought batman forever was one of the best films of all time, when he used to write for the Sun). Fuck you Ross, you dick, and fuck your fucking wife too.

  • April 10, 2011, 7:20 a.m. CST

    jonathan ross is a prick

    by emeraldboy

    who brought censorship to the bbc. the man's a disgrace.

  • April 10, 2011, 7:37 a.m. CST

    ross has fans???

    by JAMF

    his wife seems like a cunt too, nice big tits though.

  • April 10, 2011, 7:39 a.m. CST


    by JAMF

    apparently that batman thing was a bet but he's still a knob. he's too on the nose with the whole 'japanophile comicbook reading action figure collecting' persona, its just really irritating. like harry.

  • April 10, 2011, 7:49 a.m. CST

    I wonder what the bet was?...

    by angry_spacboy

    Was it 'i bet i can ruin my credibility forever with just one review'? If so, congrats Jonathan.

  • April 10, 2011, 7:54 a.m. CST

    Is that talkbacker BillyHitchcock?

    by D.Vader

  • April 10, 2011, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Another Ross-Hater here

    by The Penultimate Gunslinger

    jamf hit in on the nose there. Ross may like make a lot of the same nerdy stuff as me, but I still think he's an arrogant prick. Watching him and Ricky Gervais bumming each other on his talk show turned my stomach. And now he's trying transform himself into some kind of geek god comic book writer with the help of his famous friends.

  • He was doing shows about this shit for years. He introduced Akira before it's first TV transmission, and his Japanorama show's were great, and he also produced all the Adam And Joe in Tokyo stuff. Yea the man can be annoying and a bit of an overpaid tit, but I'd rather watch the shit he make's than, Kerry fucking Catona, Jordan, This is Essex shit, or one of the many shitty talent show's that's now alway's on. I don't even read comic's but I am a Asian Cinema fan and I thank Wossy for some great show's about the genre that we wouldn't have got to see otherwise. Calm down guy's you sound like Daily Mail writers.

  • April 10, 2011, 8:18 a.m. CST

    He's a fan

    by Dr Sidney Schaefer

    I'm no huge Jonathon Ross supporter, but i remember reading an interview with him - a good 15 to 20 years ago where he talked at length of his love of comics and 'geek' films. You may love him or hate him, but fair play, you can't deny his knowledge in this area, when he's probably been into it for longer than half the visitors to this site have been alive. Plus, I don't think you buy 4x Amazing Fantasy 15s just 'for show'. I say good on him for hosting this panel and probably being the key to making it entertaining.

  • They have never been able to say and/or show anything you liked and especially not on radio, where it is even more strict under Ofcom rules. Wise up, kid. You should be blaming the BBC for overreeacting and rewriting the guidelines.They wern't told to do anything. All Ross did was make a silly phone call and people like you and the media overreacted to degrees of insanity without even hearing the show in question. I BLAME PEOPLE LIKE YOU!

  • April 10, 2011, 8:27 a.m. CST

    yep, it's me.

    by billyhitchcock1

    Ugg and dr sidney are both spot on.

  • April 10, 2011, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Jonathan Ross's Turf Comic Book is brilliant

    by pw

  • April 10, 2011, 8:50 a.m. CST

    It's twats like some of these posters . . .

    by Thall_Joben

    That have put me completely off this site. I've met Jonathan and Jane on a number of occasions and they're really nice, friendly, down to earth people. They don't deserve the public stoning they're getting here. Some of you idiots must just stare at the fucking box in the corner of your room, listen to the noises coming out of it for five minutes and think you've got someone's entire character all figured out. You bitter little fucktards need to get busy achieving something for yourself instead of throwing shit at folks because you find them irritating on a TV show. Evolve for fuck sake. Dickheads.

  • April 10, 2011, 9:18 a.m. CST

    2 x Jonathan Ross

    by Shoegeezer

    There have always been two distinct Jonathan Rosses, the chat show buffoon who can't interview to save his life and the geekier version. He's hardly a bandwagon jumper, he's always done projects that his heart was clearly in such as The Incredibly Strange Film Show (ask Edgar Wright how inspiring this show was) where he looked at filmmakers such as Romero, Tsui Hark, Sam Raimi, etc (even showing loads of clips of Raimi's Super-8 movies). He's done shows on Asian cinema and even a rather excellent documentary on Steve Ditko, none of these shows would have been made without him using his celeb status to get backing. While I cannot stand him generally, there's no doubting his geek credentials and British genre TV coverage is a lot richer for his efforts.

  • April 10, 2011, 9:48 a.m. CST

    searching for steve ditko

    by RealDoubleJ

    Excellent documentary and showed the line between the 2 different Jonathans, public and private. Famous for being invasive in his interview style, he made it a point to respect Ditko's wishes and not interview over his old work but only on his current non-comic work. I've seen him do many a book signing/QAs for cult authors and I've always got the impression he doesnt need to be there, he doesnt get paid, but he honestly loves the work and wants whatever "fame" he has in spreading the word to as many people as possible.

  • April 10, 2011, 10:24 a.m. CST

    I saw the steve ditko doc

    by emeraldboy

    and it was one of the best things that I have seen. as for the poster who said the bbc has always been censorious. that is very true. they sacked frankie boyle over comments he made about rebecca adlington. the problem with that ross and russell saga is that beeb should have edited that controversial bit out. as the show was pre recorded. ireland is no different by the way last week two gards were caught on tape. one saying that he would like to rape one of the two women he and his colleague arrested at the on going shell to sea protest in county mayo and then laughed. point is we do now seem to live in a world where we all have to watch what we say and that anything can be picked up. now what I mean brian cowen?

  • April 10, 2011, 10:28 a.m. CST

    oh and ross reign as host of the comedy awards on itv

    by emeraldboy

    will never be bettered or equalled. he is one the best after dinner speakers in the uk. or was. he would by all accounts wittily carve up celebrity friends of his and to their faces.

  • April 10, 2011, 10:30 a.m. CST

    You call him MISTER Woss...

    by FloristGump

    While he's sometimes veered over the line with his comedy, both on the weekend BBC 2 radio show and the innuendo-laden night time stuff (apparently his favourite trick is to flash his guests under the table) his geek creds are without doubt. Met him once myself, briefly, at UKCAC '92, where he had a browse through one of the dealer roms at 5.30pm after we'd all been kicked out. Nice guy, had a very brief chat with me and my mate and then headed right over to radio 1 legend Paul Gambaccini (also there,wearing a white Mickey Mouse t-shirt and matching red shorts) for a chat. (and please Correct me if I'm wrong but - like George Lucas back in the day - Ross and Gambo used to own Top 10 Comics in Soho, if I'm not mistaken)

  • April 10, 2011, 10:32 a.m. CST

    by thall_joben

    by emeraldboy

    this site has been doing this for years. espicially in the area of movies.

  • Stewart Lee is probably my favourite comedian around right now. He's a massive Marvel comics fan from what I remember of his DVD extras (specifically the X-Men I think? I might be wrong). What's really wierd is that I grew up watching him on TV with Fist Of Fun with Richard Herring so he means more to me than the vast majority of acts currently going. The man should be a household fucking name by now. And Ross does not deserve the shit he gets, he never has. He's just a comedian who does comedian things. Most people who were offended by that bullshit phone call never heard the fucking thing, and probably haven't to this very day. Haters gonna hate.

  • April 10, 2011, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Ugg is right

    by david starling

    "Yea the man can be annoying and a bit of an overpaid tit, but I'd rather watch the shit he make's than, Kerry fucking Catona, Jordan, This is Essex shit, or one of the many shitty talent show's that's now alway's on." -right on the money!! Ross can be arrogant, and somewhat abrasive, but I'd rather put up with him, than some shite from Wayne Rooney's stupid cow of a missus - she wants to make the UK look better, but her husband looks like fucking Shrek!!

  • April 10, 2011, 12:16 p.m. CST

    We need a Prometheus thread. I have more hypotheses.

    by Darth_Kong

  • And anyone who says that Ross is trying to reinvent himself as a film and comic book geek obviously never knew who he was before that godawful chat show on BBC1. I admit that he can come across as a bit of a arse sometimes but he introduced me to such films as Mr Vampire and A Chinese Ghost Story so for that he gets my respect.

  • April 10, 2011, 1:26 p.m. CST

    He's ok away from his crapy talk show.

    by Grace_Panda

    Jonathan Ross's geek credentials are sound. I remember he introduced AKIRA on it's very first showing on British TV way back in the very early 90's; long before it had any kind of wide recognition outside of Japan and super nerd circles.

  • April 10, 2011, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Re: I wonder what the bet was?...

    by Muki

    The bet was with his brother Paul and it was to see which one of them could get their name on the Batman Forever poster.

  • April 10, 2011, 2:40 p.m. CST


    by Grace_Panda

    ha! yeah I remember on the back of the Batman Forever VHS it said "the greatest film ever made":Jonathan Ross

  • April 10, 2011, 3:47 p.m. CST

    I'll take Jeff Ross.

    by Mel

  • April 10, 2011, 3:54 p.m. CST

    General zod has been cast!

    by tommyleespenis

    Michael Shannon

  • April 10, 2011, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Ross will always be redeemed by IN SEARCH OF STEVE DITKO --

    by MooseMalloy

    -- which is like an amazing mystery movie that anyone into comics should see. But I agree that he can come across as "a bit of a wanker".

  • April 10, 2011, 4:35 p.m. CST

    The young 'un

    by penhapus

    Is Jon Ronson's son, fact fans!

  • April 10, 2011, 5:36 p.m. CST


    by blackflowerX

    Johnathan Ross has been a total geek for years , I used to love going in to the comic shop he had when I lived in London (Is it still there ?)<BR><BR> He does come over as a spoiled cunt , and I hate anything he does on T.V . He's just not my cup of tea...(He's a sexist twat too...)<BR><BR> I'm really supprised at the love for his IN SEARCH OF STEVE DITKO --doc . The whole thing seemed like an ego ride paid for by license fee payer so that Ross could get a free trip to New York and meet his hero. I almost put my foot through the T.V at the end when he basically said that anyone who had sat through the documentary and was pissed off that only he had met and talked with Diko , could basically fuck off. It was a total anti-climax....<BR><BR> He and his wife might/might not be really nice people in real life , I don't know them . But British people being British ,fuckin' hate seeing anyone being rich, or doing well for themselves. Thats why so many people love ripping the fuckers to shreds.....

  • April 10, 2011, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Ross' Batman Forever quote

    by Shoegeezer

    was actually "it's not the greatest film ever made", Warners just cut the "it's not" bit to suit themselves. Ross and others complained about it, this sort of practice was rife back then, so now permission generally has to be sought for using poster quotes to make sure they are used in context.

  • April 10, 2011, 6:37 p.m. CST

    I guess blackflowerx missed the parts of Ross' doc --

    by MooseMalloy

    -- featuring the almost endless list of comic book greats -- artists, writers and editors all being interviewed about DITKO. Ross' personal story is just the framework. Like I said before comic book fans should check it out.

  • April 10, 2011, 9:41 p.m. CST

    Jonathan Has Stripes.

    by proper

    He Earned Them.He Represented In The 80's When Such Talk Was Largley Scorned Upon & He Did Put His Money Where His Mouth Was & Opened Top10 Comics In The Heart Of Soho [Paul Gambaccini Was Co-Owner]. He Had 2 People I Worked With At Forbidden Planet In 1989 On School Work Experience [Which Looking Back Was Like Working In A Supermarket,Only With Comics,The Biggest Lessons I Learned In That Job Were Where To Put The Price Sticker As To Not Offend Collectors Trying To Prise Them Off Without Damaging The Comic & That Drug Dealers Would Sell Then Rebuy Thier Collections To Front Money & Get Pissed When They Were Sold :>] Running It For Him [Zoe & Karl,Thanks For The Discount ;>] But Seemed A Nice Enough Bloke Though They Did Tell Me When He First Met Me He Said I Looked Too Street & Was Intimidated By The Fact I Read Punisher Which Was Silly As He Should've Laughed As It Was The Punisher Having Plastic Surgery To Change His Ethnicity,He Didn't Clock Sandman & Doom Patrol,Cheers Mate Lol.Mr. Gambaccini Just Used To Go About His Business.I Think It Shut Down In 1993ish. Back Then Who Would've Thought You Could Obtain Every Comic Ever Digitally.The Future Is Here.I'm Not A Fan Of Smug,Rude,Crude Chatshow/Panel Show Mr. Ross But Credit Where It Is Due,In My Opinion As Far As Genre Matters Go He Is Legit.Good Luck To Him.

  • April 11, 2011, 1:56 a.m. CST

    Didn't he name his kid "Kirby"?

    by Dennis_Moore

  • April 11, 2011, 4:23 a.m. CST


    by alan_poon

    What's with all the capital letters? Almost gave me a headache reading that.

  • April 11, 2011, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Jonathan Ross, the same guy who

    by dvdmike

    Said Watchmen was too much like the comic book

  • April 11, 2011, 10:26 a.m. CST

    not long after he was neutured by the bbc

    by emeraldboy

    he was forced by tom cruise's people to say that he liked cruise's valkyrie even though he had stated otherwise in print. the best guest that ross had on his chat show was gordon ramsay. another bloke who had his ego pierced by the recession. that is what the ross debacle was really all about. the recession was used to cut the pay of stars like ross. and it happened in ireland too. many fat cat stars from rte were forced to take a pay cut. the only one who didnt and wont is irish broadcasting legend marian finucane. she gets 500,000 euro a year from and nobody messes with her. very bright and intelligent lady and fierce.

  • April 11, 2011, 5:01 p.m. CST

    emeraldboy , bullshit!

    by pw

    Prove that first statement!

  • April 11, 2011, 5:04 p.m. CST

    and shut up about ireland!

    by pw

    I love the place, but you are just embarrassing your people with your inane babbling, man.

  • April 11, 2011, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Mr. Poon

    by proper

    Yeah,Sorry about that no offence intended, It's a habit I picked up on Facebook.On there the font they use looks nice with capitals on each word.However, reading it back today I can see that isn't the case here :>. This came up last year on a Doctor Who TB but the person who complained there was a knob and not as polite as you so to you & others who had a bit of trouble I apologise.