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Harry's coming to Toronto & COMIC CON is coming too!

Published at: Sept. 8, 2011, 9:07 p.m. CST

Hey folks, Harry here...   I have never spent any real time in Toronto.  Kinda odd given that the town is home to so much film production, plus multiple killer film events throughout the year, every year...  but with the work that Anton Sirius & Copernicus & Cartuna have done, it just hasn't been a real pressing issue.  SO - a few months ago, I got word that this magnificent documentary, that I am thrilled to be a part of, could possibly be debuting at the TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - I had my fingers crossed hoping it would all come to be.   Then we got word that we were in, and my next thought was...  will it be ready?

I've seen a few cuts of the documentary, gave my notes, discussed my feelings about the documentary with Morgan - and the results are something I can genuinely be ecstatic to be a part of.

For me, I've always known Comic Con, attending the first year I could in 1972, not yet a year old, my father was a professional pop culture dealer, long before that was common place.   Apparently Jack Kirby held me, nicknamed me "FUZZY" because he didn't feel I had yet earned my name, HARRY.   I grew up with the convention, serving as a dealer, a fanboy attendee, a guest, a presenter and I've even sponsored a few treats at the convention.  But when Thomas Tull called to have me be a part of the documentary, I'd be lying if I didn't say I was nervous.   

I've been raised thoroughly in Convention Culture.   When I attend still today, dealers constantly ask me how FatherGeek is doing, but referring to him by some strange nick of "JAY".   I looked through the audition reels that folks submitted hoping to be covered, and frankly, the process reminded me exactly of BUTT-NUMB-A-THON audience selection...  but far more exacting.   I was adamant about capturing the spirit of the geek community, the dreams and aspirations of attendees that go with a sense of purpose...  a dream, or as the title puts it, A FAN'S HOPE.

While Comic Con serves as a tourism destination for many, a party for others - there's so much going on beneath the logos...  Attendees hoping to break into the industry, hoping to be noticed and much more.

Well - this Saturday, September 10th at 7:15pm - I'll get to see how an audience reacts to the film.   I've seen the film with a few select friends.  Folks that love Comic Con & those that have never been.  Watching my Dad watch this film was incredibly fulfilling, because he's raised me to covet this culture that we're all a small part of - and like many geeks, I'm continually frustrated at how we're portrayed in little documentaries.   They tend to find the most awkward, the most weird, the least social of folks, and then they take a superior tone to their subject.   This KILLS me.   I hate it.   In this doc, for the very first time, I see the people - that make up the great portion of Comic Con and Geek culture.  A dealer, aspiring artists, hopeful lovers, collectors & one helluva costumer!  

Well, Morgan Spurlock's COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN'S HOPE made me overjoyed to be one of those people that go to Comic Con.   But more than that - that I try to bring a bit of what I've seen at Comic Con to my own community here in Austin - and here on AICN.   The stories of the folks we follow in this film have captured all that I've shown the film to.   I'm genuinely curious to see how it plays at a festival.  But I'm very competent in folks just loving it.   Morgan decided along the way to tell the story of COMIC CON through the folks we were following, and the sorts of people that make Comic Con so amazing.   Guests & Fans - you'll see them throughout the doc.   

SO - this is a long way of saying - I'm coming to TORONTO very early tomorrow - and I'll be joined by fellow producers STAN LEE, Gil Champion & Jeremy Chilnick.   Morgan Spurlock will be there.   And then there's the real stars, Chuck Rodanzki, Holly Conrad, Anthony Calderon, James Darling and Se Young Kang.  They're some of the amazing folks we follow in the film.   I've known Chuck since Kirby called me "Fuzzy Knowles".   Love that he'll be there.

SO - Toronto Folks - Follow me on Twitter - I'll tweet where I'll be hooking up with AICNers while I'm there.   Hopefully we can have some fun times!   Wish I was going to be there for all the screenings, but I was only willing to sacrifice 1 day of REHAB for this.   I'm pretty damn focused on my goals.

NOW - here's the poster for our little epic of a geeky documentary - illustrated by Texan born Comic Artist: Matt Haley - who is notably "BADASS" these days!

 

Hopefully if you're attending the fest, I'll see you at the first screening:

Saturday, September 10th, 2011 at Scotiabank Theatre 1 at 7:15pm...   I'm hearing rumors of a post-film party - so I'm hoping to chew some folks ears during that.  Just look for my Little LuLu tie I got from Denis Kitchen!  But even if you can't make that screening, the film plays 2 additional times:

Monday, September 12th at the AMC 6 at 5:30pm

and

Saturday, September 17th at the AMC 9 at 3:30pm

Alright Toronto - I'm on my way!

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  • Sept. 8, 2011, 9:12 p.m. CST

    woot! cant wait to check this one out harry!

    by threetoesoffury

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Harry, you should meet up with CreepyThinMan

    by Bobo_Vision

    You could meet at a cafe for some coffee...and record your conversation and transcribe it here in an article...and if things go well, you guys could go for drinks afterwards and do a pee pee touch in the men's room.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Toronto Is Like A Women

    by Toronto_Mark

    Its best to be inside her.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 9:18 p.m. CST

    toronto_mark

    by Bobo_Vision

    What you just posted, is the most insanely idiotic things I have ever read. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having read it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Toronto rules!

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    Finally got a chance to spend a day up there this spring... even hung out with a fellow BNATer who showed me some Scott Pilgrim filming locations. Definitely need to go back. Best of luck, Harry. I hope the doc kills!

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 9:38 p.m. CST

    Toronto is like...a woman? Been to Queen Street West?

    by mister death

    Hahaha...it's rolling in a slick layer of jizz. When not having it's biannual garbage strike, T.O. has a kick ass movie festival that puts Sundance to shame.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 9:55 p.m. CST

    TO is great, lived there, but come to Vancouver

    by Stormwatcher

    Its way chiller, great vibe....they're shooting Superman and Wolverine here....

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 9:59 p.m. CST

    And everyone says the weed in Vancouver is the best in the country

    by Bobo_Vision

    stormwatcher...where should I go to buy weed in Vancouver...I'm comin' next month.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 10:04 p.m. CST

    Note To Harry (little Fuzzy balls) Knowles

    by mister death

    Sounds like a interesting doc, thanks. Post a link of the trailer when it's available. Please note Toronto - pronounced <Tah-ranna> has universal health care and poutine <french fries covered in gravy with cheese curds melted in> ...so you can skip the diet Captain Rehab Man! Now for old time sake, report some fucking film news while you at the festival that we might give a shit about. Pleasant journey.

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 10:23 p.m. CST

    mister death

    by HEADGEEK

    working on visiting a film set whilst there

  • They won't sell you any but there's tons of nice people there that share/can definitely steer you right, buy them a beer...works well. I'm lucky enough to be about to light the bong once the kids are in bed. Up here when you move you roll blunts for your buds instead of buy beer...moving next week so just stocked up. Its decriminalized so you might have a few misses when asking around but no one will pounce and toss you in jail like I assume they do in the States..... but yeah, its the best there is...no going back...

  • Sept. 8, 2011, 10:34 p.m. CST

    stormwatch....thanks, bud

    by Bobo_Vision

  • It's great you're getting to visit the hometown of William Shatner, Michael J Fox and Chris Makepeace! I've never been to Canada either, but I've met lots of cool people from there online. The film fans there seem to be hardcore. You should feel right at home. By the way, Jovanka never approved my Facebook friend request, so stalking her has been really tough lately. If you see her, tell her I said hello, just to keep the creepy stalking going.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 12:39 a.m. CST

    Fuck Toronto

    by BERSERKR

    Vancouver is better, sorry for that folks, I'm not normally like that :p but hey BC is far more beautiful than Ontario :p

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 12:43 a.m. CST

    Vancouver

    by BERSERKR

    Is where most movies are filmed, were just behind New York and Toronto is behind us. And ya, we got the best weed and the moat chillin people and great scenery, Such a beautiful place, don't listen to that dick Ashton Kutcher :p

  • Toronto this they are the centre of Canada, and everything revolves around them. And then you have Vancouver, who is always in the shadow of Toronto, trying to show everyone their crime ridden city is just as important as Toronto.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Harry, are you going to Wizard World in Austin?

    by bat725

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Welcome Harry

    by torontoxic

    If you had come to the festival 10 tears ago you may have actually seen something great. The current affirmative action hired head of it has turned it (like most things that made Toronto at all good) into a parody of itself. If you pay a little extra you can get a ticket to an after party or walk down a fake red carpet just like a real Hollywood type millionaire! If I could pay to watch the movies at home I would. So FFS have an AICN online film fest already. <P> See what I did there?

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Looking forward to it!

    by UtopiaComplex

    I hope you enjoy your time in Toronto! I'll be seeing the doc on Monday and reviewing it for Exclaim! Should be another great TIFF this year.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 9:09 a.m. CST

    I actually just bought the book this past weekend...

    by Superponte

    its a beautiful portrait book. Harry, your introduction was great. I cannot wait to see the film.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 9:13 a.m. CST

    FLEE, FLEE FOR YOUR LIVES TORONTOITES!!

    by Arkhaminmate001

    What has Canada done to deserve such a fate, Toronto will be overrun by neeeeeerrrrrds, geeks & ghost buster style eating machines!! The Horror...THE HORROR!!

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Montreal has the poutine you twits

    by torontoxic

    Toronto has flied lice and cheecken baw in swee sawa sawce. Oh and Harry do NOT stay at The Grand. Get a room in Yorkville and if you want you can pay 150$ to walk around on the outside of the CN Tower now.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 9:26 a.m. CST

    cool

    by Lawrence Sagar

    If you have any time check out these spots around the city- Silver Snail (just fun stuff to look at or even buy)- Magic Pony ( prints to cool stuff)- Kensington Market ( just go) .. .. oh and skip the tim ho's around town unless you like your drinks/food made by a 14 year old. Have fun!

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 9:27 a.m. CST

    My first convention was also in 1972--

    by Sw0rdfish

    AND was in Toronto, at York University, which we called the Carmine Infantino Science Center. I've still got (but no longer fit into) the Steranko-designed convention t-shirt. And I still remember the first item I picked up at the first table I went to. I was interested enough to consider it, but didn't want to blow that much money right away; decided to survey the room, and then maybe come back for it. When I came back, it was gone--so I wasn't able to buy the original Kirby cover for Captain America 102. Because I didn't want to spend the $25. So Harry, I hope your Toronto convention doesn't leave you with similar regrets.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 9:35 a.m. CST

    You should visit this place when you're there...

    by The Funketeer

    http://www.littleislandcomics.com/ Little Island Comics. Just opened up and I'm curious to know what it's like. A comic book store aimed at kids rather than adults.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Best bars for you to hit up, Harry....

    by DougMcKenzie

    Are around Church and Wellesly! Oh, and don't talk to the girls on Jarvis St.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 10:33 a.m. CST

    creepythinmancoward

    by CharlesThomasMathewsMom

    I ask you again- how may I contact you so we can talk? Why are you afraid of me? You talk a big game but you are a wittle girl.

  • Yeah, pretty much. Markerman, I heard the Queen Street Silver Snail is closing down. Haven't been by there in a while so not sure if it's still open. But that's ok, if Harry can't go see that maybe he'd like to check out Sam the Record Man. Oh, wait, nevermind.

  • right where Sam's used to be, just down the street from the Zanzibar. What great advertising that scene was for the city of Toronto. Come to Toronto, see where they filmed the climactic battle in "The Incredible Hulk", get a lapdance.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 11:51 a.m. CST

    the reluctant austinite

    by Bouncy X

    actually, Shatner is from Montreal and Fox is from Vancouver or least that area of BC. have no clue who the third guy is. but yeah, toronto is indeed a joke to many canadians. i like to think of it as our version of NYC in the 80s. :P

  • Sept. 9, 2011, noon CST

    Harry and Tonto?

    by JethroBodine

    Quick scan of the headline and my brain thought "Harry and Tonto". Silly brain.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 12:13 p.m. CST

    yes anywhere on Church St...

    by MamboMan

    you'll feel right at home.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 12:14 p.m. CST

    also Brass Rails....

    by MamboMan

    more of TO

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 12:16 p.m. CST

    and dont leave the city without having a Tims coffee

    by MamboMan

    thats our drug of choice

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Moore12 said it.

    by Pvt. Duke

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Can't

    by Roger Moon

    Would you mind if I rubbed up against you? I need to feel that delightful friction in my Wranglers.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Spurlock is a hack

    by Spanish Eddie

    McDonalds is bad for you???? Holy shit that is so insightful!!!! Also what is the need for this doc? Why don't you nerds just beat off in the mirror. There is entirely too much "geek" culture out there these days. It isn't "geek" anymore, it is mainstream.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Does Harry take up 1 plane seat or 2?

    by TitusPullo

    inquiring minds want to know... sincerely Kevin Smith

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 2:47 p.m. CST

    finally some Toronto love!

    by Jubba

    you'll enjoy it here. it's been home to several recent and upcoming movies such as Scott Pilgrim, Repo Men, some of the Resident Evil movies, the upcoming The Samaritan, the new Total Recall and countless others....T.Dot is the place to be.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Sorry I won't be able to make it to your show Harry.

    by Juggernaut125

    <p>Gotta work. Too late to get a replacement. But welcome to Taranna (as you will hear it called over and over again.)</p> <p>If you have any pull with the Alamo Drafthouse franchise owners, you should check out the now closed Paradise Cinema on Bloor just west of Dovercourt. It has a bar/eatery next to it that also just closed down and I think it would be perfect for remodelling.</p> <p>And I never realized there were so many Torontoites on the site. We should organized a BNAT North or something.</p>

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 3:33 p.m. CST

    I always laugh at small town Canada's butthurt over being ignored

    by torontoxic

    Sorry we're all too busy here working like maniacs to pat you hicks on the head every time you go potty all by yourselves. We'd probably pay attention more if you guys did anything other than whine. <P> And Toronto:Vancouver isn't like NYC:LA because people in NYC care about LA. Toronto:Vancouver is more like NYC:Seattle. <P> Oh and Harry feel free to hit anyone you see riding their bike down a busy street with your rental car. Its illegal technically but morally its encouraged.

  • Then you wont have to listen to all this crap.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 3:38 p.m. CST

    ha! I said plane plane. That was stupid!

    by Knobules

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Spurlock is a hack, I agree

    by GulDucati

    His last film about product placement was so irrelevant. Being about the same age as Spurlock, I kinda get where he's coming from, but I could just imagine a 19 year old watching his film. It must be like when we were 19 and Tipper Gore was telling us Heavy Metal was evil. Spurlock kept picking on "Iron Man" as the prime example of product placement gone wild, but he never stops to consider whether Iron Man was a good film or not. It's a great film, unanimously agreed by critics and fans, and I bet Spurlock himself likes it. So who cares if there's 14 product deals in it?

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Toronto is a 4th rate city

    by GulDucati

    Toronto thinks it is the "New York" of Canada. The difference between NY and TO is the same difference between their mayors: Bloomberg is a self-made billionaire while TO's mayor Ford is a redneck homophobic fatass from Etobicoke (that's a shithole suburb of Toronto).

  • Stop running around like a maniac for a moment and read: you're a haughty cunt.

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Wow, some real assholes in this thread!

    by RZA

    Have fun in Toronto Harry, and welcome. You should check out the Midnight Madness screening while you're here also... YOU'RE NEXT

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 6:45 p.m. CST

    The Maritimes are where it's at!!

    by I am not a number

    Donairs for everyone!!!

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 7:49 p.m. CST

    People in Vancouver are so jealous of Toronto.

    by BigTuna

    They always have to get their digs in and whine about why nobody is giving them attention. Cleaned up after the riots yet?

  • Sept. 9, 2011, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Regina is where it's at

    by Bobo_Vision

    We've got fat bucktoothed white women and Native Indians with alcohol problems. <p> Jealous?

  • ....like a chronic masturbater....and a serial killer.

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 6:53 a.m. CST

    Del Toro is shooting Pacific Rim in Toronto.

    by flax

    Coincidence? I think not.

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Fortget this regionalism

    by Flippadippa

    The one thing we can all agree on is, Harper's a dick. Right?

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 1:52 p.m. CST

    flippadippa

    by cowsaysmoo

    I agree. I'm from Edmonton btw.

  • Sept. 10, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Hey hoser!

    by John Johnson

    Nice Icon Harry! Get lost now hoser!

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 2:11 p.m. CST

    flippadippa

    by torontoxic

    Ya what a dick. Our economy is one of the few to survive a global recession thanks to him cutting spending (oh you only caught the CBC's campaign against him? Guess who has their funding on the chopping block and rightly so since they bleed cash like a stuck pig) and enforcing bank regulations. Damn that dick and his preventing us from being sucked into the vacuum "developing" nations have created. <P> You'd rather vote for someone who siphons off tax money to their friends in the form of fake sponsorship campaigns? Fuck the whole PC party with their fiscally responsible ways. They forgot this is supposed to be socialist democracy and its all supposed to fail like every other socialist nation. Why can't we all wake up and realize the merits of replacing freedom and capitalism with an uncaring proletariat and slavery like China has? I mean aside from their economy balancing on the edge of two of the largest financial bubbles in history and their entire economy depending on them being allowed to continue undervaluing their currency they're a motherfucking shining example of how to do everything right! Right? Oh wait...VERY wrong. <P> Anyway...Harry check out Burrito Boys while you're here. Best Mexican you'll find in Toronto.

  • Sept. 17, 2011, 12:55 p.m. CST

    NICE.

    by Evil Chicken

    If you get the chance check out Casa Loma ~ it's the X-mansion.