And finally, Adrian's Kapow Day 2 overview, including some comic book rumblings!
Starting a new convention, or any big event, is an incredibly hard thing to do. I've never done it, but I'm pretty sure I'm right about that. But I've just spoken to Mark Millar and he's a very happy man tonight. Kapow 1.0 has gone incredibly well, possibly much better than some expected, and everyone I've been speaking to has really only had positive things to say.
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April 10, 2011, 5:15 p.m. CST
by Stifler's Mom
Post-modern comic book heroes have been done to death already.
April 10, 2011, 5:35 p.m. CST
Really good vibe and something for everyone, young or old, mildly geek or extremely nerdy. Loved it. Like Millar said, it's great for us Brits to have a geek focal point.
April 10, 2011, 6:02 p.m. CST
both days were brilliant. my friends and i travelled from the other side of the country for it and everyone we met were so friendly. Chris Hemsworth was a nice guy and Super was fucking funny and violent as fuck. that is all
April 10, 2011, 6:46 p.m. CST
He does seem to think pretty highly of himself and his abilities, but regardless, I like the guy's work and admire what he did with Kapow.
April 10, 2011, 10:30 p.m. CST
Then they should really think about switiching the screening hall to the 750 seat room. Alternatively they could extend the show's runtime and try and run a few repeat screenings. It would be much fairer on those who qued and missed out.
April 10, 2011, 10:38 p.m. CST
just kinda sad that it took millar to make it simple reason is...you guys will never get either ellis or moore to make an appearance next year, the organizers should get the casts of being human and misfits to make an appearance that will drive attendance up
April 11, 2011, 5:58 a.m. CST
by Mr England
I am not here to troll or hater but I had standard weekend ticket for this event. It appeared to me that unless you had VIP/guest tickets there was not much chance of getting into the panels. There were 5000 attendes and only 750/500 spaces for the 2 panel rooms (with anyone with VIP ticket being able to queue jump). I hope they take onboard these kind of problems people had in future years as I wish them every success. But unless it was likely to change next year I wont be going as I essentially paid for 2 days at a convention to walk around a small comic mart and get a couple of autographs.
April 11, 2011, 7:05 a.m. CST
I paid for a standard weekend ticket myself. I managed to get into every event I wanted except Super and that I blame on Kapow not enforcing it's own rules. Queuing was not supposed to begin until 45 minutes before an event. For every other event, I showed up about 20-30 minutes before-hand and got in (For Falling Skies, I showed up 30-35). I went to see when they would begin queuing for the mystery film about 55 minutes before it began and was informed the queue was half-way around the upper floor. I complained that this was in violation of the Con's own rules, but was politely if firmly rebuffed by the Sharon Osbourne looking lady at the door. I agree, they definitely need a bigger venue or bigger rooms for the panels. Probably a greater variety of room sizes, so they can have smaller interest panels as well as larger interest panels.
April 11, 2011, 8:29 a.m. CST
I can only assume that Adrian is mates with Mark Millar, because that has to be one of the most bafflingly oblivious reviews I've ever read. This was not a good event and was a million miles from bring the San Diego Comic Con experience to the UK (as had been boasted). The venue was small and crap, the queues were massive and badly organised, no one botheres to put a stage in one of the main talk rooms, meaning you couldn't see ANYTHING, the guest list was poor (which isn't to say that the guests weren't interesting and lovely people) and the wild promises simply weren't kept. According to the review, Millar said that the event worked well because 'they kept the whole focus on mainstream super hero comic stuff'... really? Merlin/Being Human/Sherlock aren't super heroes and Skins isn't even vaguely genre! There are so many BETTER events in the UK, that have better guests and don't make wild promises about what people can expect.
Alan Moore HAS made appearances in the UK, so he is not unobtainable. The cast of Misfits were at the SFX event last year and the stars of Being Human have done about a dozen events in teh last 12 months! These are not guests who are difficult to get (except I suspect they do not fit in with the Kapow financial model, which I think is fundamentally flawed!)
April 11, 2011, 12:15 p.m. CST
With my prints and and book Jimmy Ricochet (Which Harry graciously makes a cameo in) and had an AWESOME time. Complaints: 1) though the tickets and booklet said it was on until 5:00, they abruptly closed it at 4:00, and I saw a few instances of folks being condescended and rudely ushered out. 2) It was apparently sold out weeks ahead of time, but the 2nd day could've easilly admitted people. That said, great crowd, great time. (And the reaction to Super was extremely positive.)
April 11, 2011, 12:50 p.m. CST
I can't believe I live IN THE UK and didn't hear about this at all until yesterday!
April 11, 2011, 1:57 p.m. CST
I personally thought for a first attempt, they did an amazing job. Only purchased a standard Saturday ticket but had a great time Didn't get into the Green Lantern showing but learnt our lesson for the Thor showing and got in early. The 45 minute thing was never going to happen and anybody who thought it was is just plain crazy. You could see people were queing about an hour before hand. They even had a separate queue for Thor whilst people were still queing for the showing before that. Do agree that they should definitely look for a bigger venue next year and the Sharon Osbourne look alike deserves to be shot for her complete lack of customer care. The way they let everybody into the auditorium for Thor at the same time, compeltely disregarding where you were in the queue was quite frankly insane and her excuse of "Its been a long day" didn't really cut it. Not sure why they didn't tell people they were not going to get in as they blantantly counted people in the queue about 30 mins before it opened and at that point it was down by the canteen (probably about 1500 people). Its a minor gripe though and thoroughly enjoyed the show. We're definitely going back next year for both days and the Thor footage was quality, if slightly less serious in tone than I thought it was going to be. Anybody who didn't go, would definitely recommend it - would be great if they get a bigger venue, larger IGN games area and a few more theatres.
April 11, 2011, 3:39 p.m. CST
You don't have to bother then, but its cool to see this happening in the U.K , I'm gonna go next year.
April 11, 2011, 4:02 p.m. CST
The queuing for panels was complete bollocks. I will I be going next year? will I fuck. Mark Miller talks complete shit. And that Sharon Osbourne looking cunt can go fuck herself. It was a complete scam. I queued for a total of 3 hours over the course of yesterday and only got into 1 screening. Other than 20 minutes of Thor, a green lantern cartoon and falling skies everything else had been shown else where previously. I can't beleive I've been looking forward to this shit for so long. I left a yesterday after 2 days of disappointments completely utterly fucked off. Their all cunts, and you mark miller, if you happen to read this are the biggest shit talking cunt of all. Give me back my fucking 25 quid.
April 11, 2011, 4:52 p.m. CST
that sheehan would not be returning to misfits?
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