Review

Harry's completely compromised experiential attendance of COMIC CON EPISODE 4: A FAN'S HOPE world premiere at TIFF 2011!

Published at: Sept. 11, 2011, 3:18 a.m. CST by headgeek

Hey folks - Harry here in Toronto, but not for long.  I've only seen two movies here - and one I was all over the credits for.   The first was Bobcat Goldwait's latest film, GOD BLESS AMERICA - which I'll write up tomorrow if I have the chance.  However, as many of you that read this site know...  I covet experiences.  Emotions.   Passion.   And today has been a completely awesome film experience, wholly unique and incredibly bittersweet.  This day was filled with first time experiences that I'll cherish for a lifetime and motivational setbacks that will power me to never allowing anything to ever get in my way if I can help it again.

First activity of the day was traveling through the streets of Toronto to have the photos of the cast & crew of our film, COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN'S HOPE for the Wire services that bring us so many great images from festivals such as the great Toronto International Film Fest.

After a logistical nightmare to get an elevator to even show up on the ground floor, when George Clooney is talking in the same building is... well, kinda insane.   After 25 minutes - we finally got an elevator to arrive at the ground floor.   This is a major design flaw in the otherwise amazing building this was all taking place in.   But then, like most major film festivals in the world - there are problems.  The strength and heart of these festivals are found in their volunteer staffs which find ways to get around logistical problems - and just being patient and non-combative... well it makes life go so much smoother even when it hits you in the teeth a bit.

I eventually found where I was supposed to be, as usual, I was 30 minutes early.   So I was put in the green room, where I got to watch Clooney being the charming charismatic gracious funny badass that he is, all while discussing Alexander Payne's THE DESCENDANTS which premiered at the festival - and I hear is amazing.   The Green Room was filled with publicist and handlers that were just seemingly focused on their phones, looking up whenever Clooney did a zinger with a laugh.   But frankly, being in this room, with all the free stuff that talent can make off with...  well, it felt bizarre.   I'm never in these rooms at film festivals really.   It just was a bit of a caustic experience.  THEN...  I caught glimpse of our cast arriving in the photo room and rushed to join them.

Instantly, both Yoko and I were at ease, because the folks that are the subjects of our Doc...  I've kinda fallen in love with.   I've seen a few cuts of the film...  about 35 times this year - and the film is very intimate in terms of following these journeys through the magical experience that is COMIC CON.

I never actually met any of these folks, with the exception of Chuck Rozanski, who I've known since before I was 1year old.  He's one of those personalities and indomitable spirits that you rarely run into - and later in the night, when I heard the audience just lose it laughing and cheering at a few of his statements in the film...   it just renewed my faith in my belief that bringing Chuck to the world is indeed an absolutely necessity.   

The first folks we caught sight of was James Darling and Se Young Kang.   I don't want to go into spoiler territory, because you really should just discover their tale as it lays out in the film.  BUT...  having repeatedly watched the film, as I have...  I feel like I've grown quite close to these people I've never met.   We get to be a fly on the wall of an incredibly intimate experience - one filled with nervous hopes, fears and prayers.   All Yoko wanted to do was just HUG them, because she loves them so much in the film.   The wonderful part of meeting them...  Well, they're folks that have continued to evolve since this film was shot over a year ago - and outside of the stressful situation that James was in, when he's relaxed - hot damn!  I wish they lived in Austin.   In fact I can say that about every single character we follow in this Doc.   They're just people that I would instantly love to be friends with, to introduce to my friends in Austin and to party with.

Then I saw Holly Conrad, ever since I saw her audition piece, I've been DYING to meet her.   She's just awesome.   She's our MASQUERADE entrant - what I loved about her - was how she comes across with her team of friends that work as a unit on a singular dream.   They wanted to make costumes so good - that they would possibly get them noticed.  Mission totally accomplished.  They RULE!  I didn't talk much with her upon first meeting, mainly because folks were being pulled away for the various photo opportunities - and that's just a fascinating process all on its own.

Then I met Anthony Calderon, our collector.   He does love his toys - and as a result, I call this man brother.  As soon as I started talking to him about my collection of toys - we just diverted into a sub-dialect of geek that only Figural Collectors can really venture into.   I was so jazzed to just see him absolutely relax as he found someone that speaks his language.   You have to understand - a huge Film Festival like TORONTO isn't necessarily an experience anything like Comic Con.   And being put in rooms with the press, flashes going off...  it is disorientating.   

So after the photos - I head out into the hallway and as Yoko and I are going, I see Holly and Se Young staring at my feet and talking with big smiles, so I go up and say, "Yup - they're DISNEYLAND HAUNTED MANSION shoes!"  Holly fired back that she knew and was so jealous.   You see, Holly also does a Haunted House!   This girl so rules.   This wound up being one of my favorite moments of the day, because for about 15 minutes I was geeking out with our cast, talking with each - and settling some of their nerves by talking about my fave moments that each of them have in the film.

You see...  The cast was nervous.   They hadn't seen a frame of the film.   What if Morgan made fun of them?  What if they became jokes?  I mean, Morgan is known for being fun, but tough on his subjects.  I assured them that this is a film they are not ready for.  I wasn't.   

Then Morgan walked up and we all went on this balcony, that just screamed THE MONDRIAN off Sunset, and we all continued to talk.   I tried to be as accessible to each of our cast members - because apparently they all follow me on Twitter and read AICN.  GULP.   Little do they know that I am huge fans of all of them.

When people ask what it was like trying to find our subjects, I can't help but compare it with BUTT-NUMB-A-THON...  Going through the video submissions, picking out your faves, rewatching them and rewatching them.   Listening to their dreams and then imagining how their dreams stood in the face of the enormity of COMIC CON.   I often think along the same lines with BNAT - looking at applications and imagining how the personalities would all interact in that special theater.   These folks would all get into BNAT if they applied, not because they're in our film, but because they're the exact kind of geeks I love.   

After all this, Yoko and I rushed back to the hotel to transform into our Premiere attire.   I had to arrange for tickets to our screening for a couple of members of the press like Elvis Mitchell and some bloke named Copernicus, who had to attend our doc.   That Andy was there...  I won't lie.   I was so delighted, because he's someone that absolutely sees through bullshit, as well as he sees into the Universe.  I couldn't wait to hear his take on the film.

Then, right before leaving to stroll to the theater, a potential distributor of our Doc wanted to walk with us and talk about the film.   SO...  I did.   The fun part of taking the pedestrian route instead of a cab - is you run into folks along the way.   Like SXSW FIlm head Janet Pierson and the awesome of Matt Dentler.   Dear friends.  

Then as  we began to get close to the theater, I saw RAMONA from Scott Pilgrim walking in the distance after Yoko excitedly alerted me.   Seeing RAMONA FLOWERS walking the streets of Toronto was perhaps one of those geek moments that just totally sated me.   I hoped she was coming to our film.   Then we turn the corner to get to the theater - and there was a group of seriously awesome Cos-players.   Nightcrawler, Cyclops, Wolverine, Captain America and others all gathered to hang and chat.

I began smiling even bigger.   We go into the Scotiabank Theater...  You'd know it from the Movie Theater scene in KICK ASS.   But in the lobby, hanging above the entrance to the 3rd tallest/longest escalator in the world was an ENORMOUS Klingon Bird of Prey.   Which happens to be one of my all time favorite spaceships.   Trek 3 & 4 guaranteed that.   Turns out it has been hanging there since then, because this theater used to be THE PARAMOUNT theater - and back in the day, PARAMOUNT had several of these amazing ships made for a select group of theaters around the time of Trek IV.   Oh so appropriate.  Walking up the stairs between Escalators was a battalion of STORMTROOPERS.

We took the elevator up.   When we got out, I talked with a couple of fans that arrived early, then went to the green room to see if any of the cast or crew were there.   Typical...  I was about 30 minutes early... again.   Instead of finding my fellow filmmakers - I enter the green room to find it stuffed with the local contingent of Vader's Fist - the 501st Legion.   Stormtroopers, a Biker scout, a Jango Fett, a Boba Fett, at this one point I turn a corner and I see a white clothed female form bending over.   I'd bet anything that was Princess Leia... and I hoped she was expressing her only hopes to R2.   Alas, there was no R2.   We went around to where she was - and discovered a Vader getting set up, then there was SNAKEEYES and SCARLET in their Marvel Comics forms.   Then as I was leaving the Green Room to greet folks as they arrived for our film, I saw a man coming in with a Raydeen from SHOGUN WARRIORS costume in pieces come in.   I shouted out RAYDEEN!!!  At the exact same moment he had caught a glimpse and was basically like, "Holy Shit!  Harry Knowles!"   I was still more impressed with him.   I mean.  THAT IS SO COOL.   He was my favorite Shogun Warrior - and I've never seen someone do a 9 ft tall SHOGUN WARRIOR costume...  especially with awesome oversized fists!  I was really hoping they fired off.   

We were hanging out over by our poster in the lobby - and when Raydeen came out of the Green Room - I just stared at him walking with a goofy shit-eating grin upon my face.   But then, he was having some costume malfunctions, and Raydeen's girlfriend, who was a pink Transformer girl with red hair that was cute as a button.   Anyway, she was bent over and from our angle...  it looked like she was double-fist-fucking Raydeen...   in reality, she was helping to pull up his pants, through his crotch plate area...  but it just looked so awesomely wrong...  Yoko and I just howled laughing.  When I communicated this with them when they wanted to have a photo with me, she and he just died laughing too.  AH - the fun wardrobe malfunctions of Cosplay lives!

As Yoko and I hung in the lobby, she points out that Roger Ebert was checking out our poster.   I haven't seen Roger in person since the Floating Film Festival all those years ago.  He was walking with his lovely wife Chaz, and I had to shout out, "Hey Chaz Hey Rog!" - and when Chaz saw me her face lit up we hugged, and Roger smiled and shot me this BIG THUMBS UP.  I longed to talk to my friend Rog, but seeing him stand there...  after the time he spent in that Wheelchair after all those surgeries...   I won't lie.   It was a goddamn inspiration.   Seeing Roger walking with Chaz is about my favorite thing I've seen.   He's had one helluva rougher journey in these past years than me, but he never fails to inspire me, be it as a kid watching AT THE MOVIES, or when he plucked me from the obscurity of the internet to place on his shows all those years ago - where I learned so much from him.   And here still, he shows me it can be done.   I love that man.  

Introducing my wife to Rog & Chaz was just...  a dream come true.   Chaz is one of those towering women that when you meet her, you realize just how lucky Roger is.   Most everyone feels the same way about Yoko for me.   I'm so blessed.   As are all men with great women in their lives.

As soon as Stan Lee showed up, it became photograph time.  Again.   So cool to snap shots with my Generalissimo.   I can't tell you how surreal it is to be on a first name basis with STAN LEE.   This man is one of my internal monologues.   Still today, when I read the non-dialogue writing in Marvel Comics...  I read it in his voice in my head.   I've known Stan for years.   About a decade ago, we came close to doing a project together.   Tonight we finally finished one.  

When Morgan Spurlock joined us - again, it was just cool to have a fellow ginger there, but also - Morgan is so gracious and humble and friendly...   genuinely respectful and my number one impression of him through this project is...  HE LISTENS & TAKES THE HEART & SOUL TO HEART.   

Once we entered the theater - for a bit, I was worried if we'd fill the theater.   There was still a lot of seats needing to be filled...  but again, I was about 30 minutes early, even in this room.   By the time all the Cosplayers marched Morgan into the theater, it was getting tight, and by the time Morgan took his seat, not only was every seat full, but there were people sitting on the floor, lining the stairs on either side, sitting and watching the movie.

So - how'd the premiere go?

Friends...  I won't lie.   I'm an emotional creampuff - throughout this film - I was tearing up, not just at the film - but the affirmation that came from the audience reacting to the movie.   When you watch a film incomplete as long as I've watched this film...   to see all the score FINALLY in place.  To see all the Animation Finally done and looking so damn great.   Matt Haley, who did our poster, did the artwork for these transitional scenes - and man...  Had these folks seen the early placecard versions that were just APPLE COMIC FILTER versions...   whew.   I'd seen a version that had about 40% of these finished, but it has just been in the past two weeks that the shots we needed came in, that the score came about and this was my first time seeing this cut of the film.

I've really been in love with the film from the beginning, but Morgan and his team just really did a great job.   The extra footage that got dropped in since the last cut, just really made the film fly.  Hearing the audience react was the best part of the experience.   Hearing them get caught up in the stories - and then hearing the booming applause as we brought the cast out afterwards...  what an experience.  I knew these fellow geeks would melt people's hearts.  Everyone of our subjects came up to me afterwards with tears in their eyes expressing their bewildered amazement at what they'd just seen.   THAT WAS THE MOST REWARDING PART OF THIS.   

Too often GEEK DOCUMENTARY subjects get handled in a manner that deflates their personal worth.   Here, we really wanted to just show how beautiful this community that we love so dearly...  how great our geeky dreams are.   How much the disappointments hurt, but how we can never be defeated.   

That lesson came back to me tonight.   Above, I talked about the bittersweet experience of the night.   First, as soon as I entered the actual screening room, I realized I wouldn't get to share the stage with my fellow filmmakers because...  well there were stairs that my chair just wouldn't friendly navigate.   Then when we made it over to the after party for our film...   their elevator wasn't functioning and I was basically left to personally celebrate elsewhere.  Yoko was upset for me, because... well, while profoundly disappointed...  I mean, I really really really really wanted to be a part of this party...  this was just a constant reminder that my belief that I had to get back to Austin tomorrow, so I could go right back to work in Rehab...  well it is what is important in my life.   More than anything else.  Not getting to do this party, reenforced every bit of pain and effort that I have to endure to rise out of this chair for a final time.   I've spent the past month and a half working 5 days a week, 2-3 hours a day, doing stuff that I can't imagine I actually do.   I will not be in this chair forever, and disappointments are fuel for the fire of my rebirth.  

Rather than be dejected, I teamed up with Yoko and Copernicus and had drinks and fellowship, where we didn't bitch and moan a bit.   Instead, we talked about everything going on in Andy and mine's lives.   A 3 hour conversation that well...  Living in different cities...  it doesn't allow us the luxury of having much of these days.  

As for missing the party - just wait till people experience the Closing Night COMIC CON party we'll be throwing at FANTASTIC FEST this year.   I for one will party mightily that night...  and I'll have Rehab the next day to sweat it all out of me.

I'd like to thank everyone that made this experience today such a fulfilling one.  I have to thank Stan Lee for not only inspiring this whole project to come about...  Not only for always being the most amazing guy to chat and hang with.  But for making me dream such amazing dreams...  for being the voice on that Marvel Record Comics I had.   For being the voice in all those late 60s and 70s Marvel cartoons I watched.  And for being STAN LEE.

I have to thank Morgan Spurlock & his team at WARRIOR POET for bringing me here, for putting up with my concerns, obsessions and beliefs throughout this filmmaking process.   To Joss Whedon for adding the much needed steam he brought to the project.   But most of all - I have to thank Thomas Tull for inviting and basically insisting that I come aboard to ground the project and to bring my particular perspective to this world I so love.   This is a singular experience that I'll never forget being a part of.

After the film - I met several fans that were moved to tears by just how beautiful our world of fandom is.  After an eternity of denigrating geek humor & sad sack stories - we have our film.   I know my name is on the film, but if I didn't love it, I would have pulled my name off the project.  And I would have been nasty about it.   

I love this obsessive compulsive world of the "Popular Arts" as Kevin Smith puts it.   I love how much the audience turned on Kevin over the film.   When he initially showed up, there was some derision.   By the end of the film they were cheering him.   

I also have to thank my wife Patricia for enduring my obsession with this project for the past year.  And I, of course, have to thank my dad, Father Geek, Jay Knowles.  Everything I am, I owe to him.  He raised me in Geek Culture before it was known to be that.  That I can say I was at Comic Con in 1972, that he introduced me to Chuck, whilst I was in diapers.   That I grew up in the warm friendly world in fandom - it gave me a sense of purpose and a sense of belonging, that I find so many people lacking.   I have a peace in my life and an ability to celebrate the awesomery of this culture of ours because I was never shown the ugly side.   He came to my school to indoctrinate my classmates, we held giant movie marathon sleepovers with like 12 - 14 friends geeking out to 16mm film, the action figures, the video games, the comic book shop that I was raised in, the Renn faire years and for being the rock that I held onto as my family experienced divorce.   He'd send me care packages of movie make-up, print outs of computer programs to write, he told me that while I lived on the Ranch with my mother, that I should devour the material I was locked away with.   Over 100,000 comics, 1000s of paperback books and about 4500 VHS tapes recorded at 6 hr speed with 3 movies to a tape.   I don't know what he thought I'd do with that knowledge, but he not only provided it for me, but showed me how to use my love and access to the awesome history of all these things we love, to make friends and to geek out with the best of em.  So thanks Dad!

Lastly - and most of all - I want to thank everyone that appears in the film, that allowed us to shoot them, that trusted us with their lives, names and images.  It is a scary thing to let yourself be as exposed and real as these people did.   So THANK YOU!  I hope as all of you see this film, you'll have a bit of Comic Con to call your own.   Not everyday can be COMIC CON, but now - you'll all experience the laughter, the suspense, the surprise and the tears that come from just a silly wonderful documentary about the geekiest place on Earth!

Now... I have to sleep, I have to geek out with a friend in the morning!

Readers Talkback

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  • Sept. 11, 2011, 3:48 a.m. CST

    Very cool, Harry!

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    Sounds like Toronto has been a success for you! Congrats!

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 3:48 a.m. CST

    hanyoyo

    by HEADGEEK

    I'm passing out, so tired, I'll try to write it soon - if Quint or Nordling or Beaks don't get to it.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 4:01 a.m. CST

    can't wait to see it!

    by billyhitchcock1

    Though living in the UK that will probably be in about 2 or 3 years :-)

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 5:24 a.m. CST

    Gee whiz Harry. Could u bring it down to a sentence?

    by tbdeinc

    ....

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 7:08 a.m. CST

    Can't wait, get well soon Harry

    by stupidmop

    Sounds like a great doc Harry and I hope you get well soon. You have been a source of my geek news/love for years and this truly sounds like a labor of love and despite what the(and I hate the term) trolls say you have created something special in this website and it sounds like in this film. Keep on truckin' man. I can't wait until Benjamin Linus shows up and tells you "Harry, you don't have to be in that chair anymore."

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 7:42 a.m. CST

    I'm not sure I understand your use of the word 'caustic'

    by kevinwillis.net

    Looking forward to seeing the movie, tho.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Wish I could have been there

    by batphantom

    Hey Harry, sorry to hear about your ambulatory issues, it's a real problem and something we all take for granted. Glad the film turned out well. I was hoping to see you, but I guess I'll just have to make the pilgrimage to Austin for that honour. Hope you still enjoyed Toronto, and that you'll come back soon.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Well done Harry!

    by John Ary

    Looking forward to seeing it.

  • Many times I've been envious of your amazing life and all the things you've gotten to do and see, and all the talented and magical people you've gotten to call your friends. While my own journey seems to be one of loss, pain and struggle punctuated with periods of fun and joy, your own journey seems to be a mostly postive path of love, joy and creative & financial success that is occasionally marred by health and physical challenges. I can't help but feel love for you. You've been so good to me and my Austin friends and we've all seen the same stretch of the yellow brick road. We're all on your side, and I know that with work and determination you'll never have to miss a party like that again or have to worry about elevators and stages and stairs (or long descents into cave rave parties!). One day soon, we'll burn that chair in effigy in a Wicker Man celebration of Spring and rebirth with naked girls that look like Britt Ekland dancing all around. Or maybe we'll just walk our dogs at the park. Hard to tell. The point is that I love reading pieces like these and I wish you the best in releasing both the movie and the chair.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Harry

    by byronical

    You are an inspiration sir, truly. God bless man.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Wish the film didn't seem to be so focused on cosplayers

    by gruntybear

    Cosplayers are great as background ambiance; but when they start clogging the center aisles of the convention center, striking poses for tourists, they become an immediate nuisance. Wasn't it Chuck Rozanski who used to complain that he never sold ANY merchandise to the people in costumes? Plus, I fear that not one of the "characters" that we follow to Comic-Con with this documentary will actually buy an honest-to-god comic book. Somehow, having purchased the portrait book, I fear the film is only going to focus on the behind-the-scenes of the panels, and the costume people. I really hope I'm wrong. But I sincerely doubt it.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Gruntybear

    by HEADGEEK

    Film is not FOCUSED upon Cosplayers. There's only one costume building person that we FOCUS on. The other folks we follow are not in costumes. BUT - when watching the doc, your eye is naturally drawn to the outstanding fun costumes of the Cosplayers, but in all those shots you'll see a SEA of people dressed in T-shirts and normal clothing. But Cosplayers add so much entertainment value at COMIC CON - they're the Mardi Gras of it all.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Can't wait to see if I made the cut!

    by John Johnson

    If so...I'm in it too! I was in line @ Comic-Con for the Star Wars trivia and was stopped by a small film crew who said they were filming for this. I hope I made it in!

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 2:23 p.m. CST

    This movie will suck

    by SPACEHUNTER3-D

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Spacehunter3-d

    by lochkray

    Great input. Thankfully, you didn't write the word "Fact" in the comment section. (sigh)

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 3:06 p.m. CST

    It's just a fluffy doc on the Comic-Con subculture, right?

    by justmyluck

    The way this is written up, you'd think it was a rundown on the finding of a cure to Cancer.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Proud of you Harry

    by bluebottle

    It's about fucking time you got your name on a film.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Keep up the good work, Harry!

    by puto tenax

    Thanks for the article, Mr. K. It was informative. I would have been an "emotional creampuff" as well. By the way, you're looking better, slimmer, and ready to take on the world, so stay with the therapy. I bet you'll be walking within a year!

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Cosplayers are creepy as furries

    by JackieJokeman

    You just know there are hardons inside of most of those felt robot costumes.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 7:18 p.m. CST

    Dig the new hair-do, Harry

    by Kammich

    The pompadour is underrated. I'm glad to see the positive nature of this talkback. There is a lot of vitriol and negativity on this site, sometimes, but at the end of the day its still a great community of films fans and people appreciative of geek culture. And at the epicenter of it, has and always will be Harry. So, hats off pal, and good luck with your rehabilitation.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 9:17 p.m. CST

    PLANT!!!

    by DrMorbius

    Hey, somebody had to say it!

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 9:27 p.m. CST

    so wait, harry_the_pedo

    by Kammich

    i can't tell... do you like Harry, or not?

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 9:38 p.m. CST

    TO:harry_the_pedo

    by aabiohazard1972

    You know what dude, I wan to challenge you to a fucking duel you rat fucking bastard; having met Harry numerous Times he has been the nicest and approachable people In the fandom community I have ever witnessed and since he probably has to much class to beat the fuck out of you, I have no qualms about destroying you SO, I will gladly kick your fucking teeth down your Motherfucking throat, where do you live you piece of shit???? I find you I will fucking end you! FYI I'm in Austin you cowardly fucking clown shoe! what say you cowardly piece of shit?

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 9:44 p.m. CST

    to Head geek

    by aabiohazard1972

    Harry, give me pedo's info (cleomitzy@netzero.com), I'll fix that fucker permanently! give me that fuckers real email and I will track this shit stain down, I loath bastards like this harry_the_pedo character and he pulled this shit on 911?? OK mother fucker! Pedo! gives me a good excuse to get rid of some misplaced anger that I still have towards radical islam, you'll do you little bastard! you insulted Harry, and his wife, had this been my site, I sure as shit would come after you fucking leave the site if you hate it so much you little ass-hat

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 9:47 p.m. CST

    That photo with Stan Lee is priceless!

    by MooseMalloy

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 9:50 p.m. CST

    That's Arcee btw

    by MooseMalloy

    And everyone knows that "harry the pedo" is actually either Robert Rodriguez, GDT or Harry himself.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 9:57 p.m. CST

    HarrythePedo

    by mondocane

    I get the vibe HTP is a chick for some reason. Either way a broken jaw is much deserved.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 10:14 p.m. CST

    hey pedo...

    by p0llk4t

    ...choke to death on a fat cock will you. What did Harry fuck your mom? Trolls like you are a waste of sperm and oxygen. Please play in traffic.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 10:46 p.m. CST

    ALERT! ALERT!

    by gonkdroid

    Anonymous angry internet geek poster. Who the fuck has that much misplaced time and energy to make a hate filled post like that? Jesus, what a waste.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 11:06 p.m. CST

    HTP

    by Tom Thatcher

    I've got my own vote for who Harry the Pedo is, but I'd rather not say as it's a real hollywood person who could be injured if I am wrong. Sometimes, posts need to be moderated, and to disappear down the memory hole, even on as wild and wooly a site as this one.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 11:07 p.m. CST

    Harry made a movie that he loves

    by Tom Thatcher

    and even if everyone else hates it, that's something most people will never get to do. Enjoy your moment.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 11:30 p.m. CST

    SLP is terrible quality for VHS recordings.

    by Quake II

    I hated watching movies recorded in SLP. The sound was washed out and the resolution sucked. I was such a VHS snob in the 80's that I would only record in SP. And I just saw Kevin Smith's Red State tonight. I liked it. I think Kevin needs to move in that direction and make smaller thrillers and horror type films. Probably the most technically impressive film of Smith's career. I thought Red State was as good as anything Eli Roth's done so far and better than 75% of Robert Rodriguez's films.

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Looking good Harry! The jacket and tie look nice, so do the fashionable glasses.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • Sept. 11, 2011, 11:44 p.m. CST

    harry_the_pedo is actually Brian Williams from NBC news.

    by Quake II

    And I think someone has toy collection envy.

  • cui bono?

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 12:45 a.m. CST

    Where's the Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star review?

    by F-18

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 3:41 a.m. CST

    Yes, that is a Little LuLu tie I have on

    by HEADGEEK

    Denis Kitchen gave it to me at Dragon Con ages ago.

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 4:11 a.m. CST

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfDcbXP-Bqo

    by justmyluck

  • you look as fat as ever...I don't mean to be rude, but you simply CANNOT at all be taking care of your diet and health when you're that big and wheelchair bound... Stop telling yourself that heart and creativity is enough..its NOT and even Ebert GETS THAT

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 7:23 a.m. CST

    ...because it DOESN'T HAVE to be bittersweet

    by quantize

    and if you have something to really offer then get on with it, you've had all the wake up calls you need...you'll be just a big a geek thinner. Quit it with the fucking outrageously fat, salt and sugar and start being honest... fuck that texan lard diet and actually apply all that on yourself ....and congrats on the movie, you deserve it, but you need to be able to step up onto that stage yourself...nothing less

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Comic-Con doc, TIFF review & a new fan

    by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

    Love your geeknerdy enthusiasm, Harry, and your positive focus. I was in the audience for the premiere, and was also an emotional creampuff. LOVED it. You can read my review here: http://debbieohi.com/blatherings/2011/9/11/comic-con-episode-iv-a-fans-hope-tiff-review.html

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Boring geek porn

    by Spanish Eddie

    Spurlock sucks, and geek culture is mainstream culture. Stop acting like you are special, you just have Peter Pan syndrome.

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 12:07 p.m. CST

    who's a bigger attention whore, Stan Lee or Harry?

    by moorE12

    Just joking, but seriously, who? I walked past the scotiatheatre after the PJ20 screening and I thought about you Harry. And despite any of my personal feelings, I do wish I could experience half the things you have.

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Can't Wait To See This

    by Grimjack99

    When is it out on DVD? WHEN??? WWWHHHEEENNN?????

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 1:26 p.m. CST

    spanisheddie

    by Grimjack99

    Geek culture wasn't always mainstream. The fact that my son can talk about anime with all his friends and not have to worry about it is something I kinda envy.

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 2:32 p.m. CST

    HARRY HAS ANCIENT ALIENS HAIR NOW!

    by JethroBodine

    AWESOME!

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Harry_the_pedo can't be Robert Rodriguez

    by Kammich

    He never said "dude," so he can't be Rodriguez. There were more than enough "fucks," though, so maybe he IS guillermo del toro. lol

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 3:12 p.m. CST

    Cosplay people are fun but there are too many duplicates.

    by Quake II

    I remember the first time I saw a movie quality Boba Fett costume at a con. Then I saw another one. And six more painted different colors. Same with Stormtroopers, Sandtroopers, Wolverines, Batmans and Harley Quinns. Can we throw in a couple Greedos or maybe a Green Lantern in there sometime? WIth X-Men FC I'm hoping we get some new 1960's style Emma Frosts or maybe the Zoe Kravitz chick with wings thrown in the mix.

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 3:16 p.m. CST

    HOLY FUCKING SHIT, THAT REIDEEN COSTUME IS FUCKING AMAZING

    by the Green Gargantua

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 4:50 p.m. CST

    by mrpoizun

    Fuck you, Asshole.

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 4:52 p.m. CST

    by mrpoizun

    The site fucked up my post.

  • ... then he went full tilt right into the corporate media marketing circuit with Comic-Con.

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Harry looks like an insane freak

    by Victor

    Yeesh quite a fatso isn't he? I heard Harry eats two whole honey dipped chickens just for breakfast. Insanity.

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 6:05 p.m. CST

    yawn, just got back from DragonCon

    by the_frog

    Totally superior con. Actual, fans .. you know .. not just corporate.

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Quantize

    by HEADGEEK

    I know you have zero idea about me. You look at a photo and shock, yes, I still am in the FAT area. But let me explain some stuff for you. 1st. You see that Wheelchair... it's 3 sizes smaller than my old chair. The chair I'm in now has a 300lb limit, my old chair was for 450lbs & up. Right now I am at 292. I was wearing 7xl clothes exclusively. The purple shirt is a 3xl. For the past 4 months the actual weightloss is in a holding pattern, because the most important part of my workout is built on strengthening & conditioning, right now - my arms are essentially solid muscle. Same across my shoulders. I'm putting on a lot of muscle. What I had wrong with my spine was Stenosis, where calcium builds up & starts to choke your spinal chord. This has apparently been going on since I fell out of a tree and landed on my L9-L10 region of my back as a 10 year old. The fall was about 20 ft. Nothing seemed wrong after I regained consciousness so my father never took me to a hospital. When the injury occurred 15 years ago that paralyzed my legs for 6 months - that was swelling from an impact. It apparently compounded the Calcium deposits that form Stenosis in my spine. According to my NEUROSURGEON & my supervising Rehab Physician... I should have been a full paraplegic due to this Stenosis for the past 8 years, but for some miraculous reason, I wasn't. They still can't explain it, but given everything they know about the growth rate of this sort of thing, that's what they've told me. What is certain was the Stenosis shut down key core muscle groups and sections of my quads, my body reacted by spasms through my calves, which allowed me to stand & do limited crutch walking, all of which should have been IMPOSSIBLE given the MRI of my spine. After surgery - I have had to drop weight and work out pretty much 3 days a week, why not 5 or 7? The facilities are only open 5 days a week... but the various muscles we were trying to coax back into existence had to have a day of rest inbetween. That is no longer the case, and the therapist and I have decided to go strong on 5 days a week. Don't believe me - feel free to drop by Health South on Red River, come up to the gym and see if I'm not working my fucking ass off for 2-3 hours a day, until I can't use the muscles because they're so fatigued. Everyone that knows me, sees the differences. I am no longer the heaviest man on AICN - and I am continuing to thin, while gaining muscle mass. Right now - as of 3 weeks ago, the final group of muscles that were not responding, thus limiting what kinds of things I could PHYSICALLY DO - due to my BRAIN's inability to ACTIVATE them, due to the trauma of Spinal Surgery... Now - every muscle in my body is being worked out 5 days a week, through a series of absolutely insane workouts. The coat I'm wearing in those photos is bunched up by the chair, everytime I move the wheels it works up my back. The pants waist size are 54. I was wearing 68s. I know - the reality of my situation is lost on a few of you. It's easier to believe I'm stuffing my face with ice cream, pies, cakes and such... But I am diabetic. So yeah, that's not happening. Instead, what is happening is fairly radical body transformation. 5 days a week I am working with people that spent years training to bring people with BRAIN & SPINE injuries back from hopelessness. I am one of those people. Not long ago, there wasn't even hope for us, until Christopher Reeve's situation came about. My supervisor worked with Reeve. The reason the BRAIN & SPINE center exists is because of SUPERMAN. And yeah, I think that's pretty damn cool. Ultimately, I don't really care what the naysayers say - but from time to time, I feel I should RE-Educate as to what is I am going through. To give you a sample - this was one set of exercises that I did today... With a 14lb Medicine Ball held fully extended in front of me, while squeezing a ball with my legs, I had to twist side to side using my lower core for 30 reps to each side, then the second I finished I had to squeeze the ball between my legs 10 times, on the 10th one the Physical Trainer, Andrew tells me he's going to hit it to knock it out and I can't let him. He did it softly at first, then harder, and harder until he's pounding it with both fists, then he tells me to lay back, with a 14lb Medicine ball above my head I have to sit up, while keeping this ball OVER my head, I do 30 of these. At the end, I repeat - and I did this cycle 5 times. That's the sort of stuff I'm doing. We're putting weights on ankles and suspension. We're doing heavy duty hamstring pulls, have to do Planks, which suck. Then there's the medicine ball throws to each side. The 45 minutes in a stair climbing machine that I go 2.5 miles a day on. Ya know... pussy shit. But I'm still early in this process. I've just gotten all the muscles back to where they ALL respond. OH... and there's no quit in me. So make fun, razz... it's nothing but EYE OF THE TIGER shit to me buddy.

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Harry doesn't recognize Transformer's Arcee?

    by AlexDK

    Geez man, what kind of geek are you?

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 8:49 p.m. CST

    alexdk

    by HEADGEEK

    I've always referred to Arcee as "The Pink Transformer" because when the character came out - I hated it. Stupid pink transformer. I know many love the character, but I'm more about Optimus, Megatron, Starscream, the Constructicons, the Dinobots, Bumblebee, etc. But yeah, I will never extend respect to the pink Transformer - I still call bullshit on the character, but damn Red looked great in the costume.

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Harry, I wish you all the best with your re-hab

    by Bobo_Vision

    You can do it. Watch the training scene from Rocky IV if you ever need motivation.

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 9:41 p.m. CST

    Ooooooh I see...

    by AlexDK

    Never been a fan of Arcee myself, there are much better female characters in the franchise. Hell, there are better versions of Arcee in the franchise.

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Ha-Ha

    by MooseMalloy

    Way to cover your tracks Knowles! I'll see you out on the trail...

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 11:01 p.m. CST

    Good shit Harry!

    by celebritydave

    Hope you're hitting the protein hard!

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 11:39 p.m. CST

    Kicking ass and taking names

    by Roger Moon

    Sooner or later at one of these conventions Harry is gonna pop right out of that chair and deck one of you dong lickers.

  • Sept. 12, 2011, 11:58 p.m. CST

    bacon_aesthetic

    by HEADGEEK

    Dude, I'd rather be cool.

  • Sept. 13, 2011, 2:49 a.m. CST

    Harry

    by TheJudger

    Dude I lost 15 pound this month. My diet is strange and sometime hard to keep going. I work out everyday. Here's my diet. 1 serving of tuna fish mixed with one teaspoon of reduced fat olive oil mayo. 3 times a day. Each can has 56 percent of your daily protein needs. That's what the bod needs for muscels. And unlike shakes and bars that protein get digested longer. I drink a cup of black tea after consuming the tuna to combat mercury absorbtion. My workout routine is pretty simple and done with free weights, since I am too poor to get the real stuff. I start with chest presses 3 sets 25 count 35 pounds. In fact every group is done with 35. Since its theheavist weight I own since I can't buy more right now. At ay rate chest ups 3 sets. Then inner chest ups 3 sets 25c. The clang chestups 3 sets 25c. Then tris 4 sets 25c. Then superman liftups 3 sets 25c. Then 1 set shoulder shrugs 65c. Then arnold deltoids 3 sets 25c. Then braxton shoulder presses 3 set 25c. Then front arm raises 3set 25c. Then W should raises 3 set 25c. Then bicep curls 3 sets 10c. Quickly to my 15's to do 50 standing bicep curls to fatigue the muscle. Then I take my wrist straps and I wind them over the ball part of damn I forget the weights name it's like a cow bell weight. Anyways 10 pounder of that I wrap mywrist straps over it push my hand throug and theni do upper wrist raises to build my top forearm 5 sets 70 count. Then I do 3 sets of 10 regular forearm arm curls while sitting on the bottom stair hunched forward resting my elbows inside my inner thighs. Then I do 200 situps. Sometimes I use the ab rocker since it has sidearms that help to make the sitsup more like half situps. I do this evryday sometimes on good days I do it once in the morning and again before bed. I ride my lifegear bike for 30 minutes everyday. I've been told I am not supposed to work out every day. My answer to that is this. 3 months into this everyday change and I feel awesome. Those people who say it's not healthy or possible are full of it. I've only been on this tuna kick for a month. Sometimes I'll eat plain rice cakes or fat free saltines with mustard. Sometimes I'll eat those flavor pops the clearbag red green purple and blue frozen things you cut open. Sorry this is so long. I see the change in you keep at it. You'll kick that chair soon. Keep keeping on man

  • Sept. 13, 2011, 3:07 a.m. CST

    cool stuff

    by KilliK

  • Sept. 13, 2011, 3:32 a.m. CST

    Experiential....really...really? God knows where he went studied English.

    by Arkhaminmate001

    Making words up isn't a by product of high intellect. I salute any and all that actually read all of Harry's posts, I thrice salute anyone that can pick out a thread of logic from the tangle of Harry's wordificational epicocity geekgasmic sentencifications. Word up.

  • Sept. 13, 2011, 5:37 a.m. CST

    Should've asked Arcee to sit on your lap.

    by Dennis_Moore

    Raydeen cosplayer did an amazing job.

  • Sept. 13, 2011, 7:21 a.m. CST

    Congrats Harry

    by SpiderDan

    Good on you man! I'm actually attending Comic Con for the first time next year, I've always wanted to go but time and money have always been major factors. But not in 2012! I already bought my airfare and hotel, just need my 4 day badge and I'll be there! Let me know if your in there and I'll buy ya a beer or something!

  • Sept. 13, 2011, 7:54 a.m. CST

    Whoah wonderyears...

    by scrote

    ...someone shit in your cereal-bowl this morning? Wow, dude. Do you have get that personal? Ouch...didn't think I'd ever end up defending Harry on this site, but that's a little over the top doncha think?...

  • Sept. 13, 2011, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Wow Harry, sorry I knocked you

    by Victor

    Good luck on yr troubles.

  • Sept. 13, 2011, 8:54 a.m. CST

    To Head Geek

    by aabiohazard1972

    Fucking A Harry, Never Quit, Never surrender; I still want to punch Pedo's teeth down his throat...but your cool live and let live is more class than I posses; that being said, when you get out that chair, go on a ruck march with me at townlake in the mornings, fucking rock on man plus as incentive, soon as you are healed up enough and are able, I will take you with me to the shooting range, because all your fans of this site deserve to see a video of you rocking and rolling firing an AK-47! blazing rounds down range! God speed fellow geek

  • If you really think this place sucks so bad and that Harry is... I don't know, whatever you think he is, then why not just stop browsing AICN?

  • Sept. 13, 2011, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Roger Ebert: a man kept alive by his woman.

    by UltraTron

    Without that wonderful person there is no way poor Roger would still be with us. Perhaps it's his adopted children that keep him going as well. Frankly these people should just leave him alone to die. It's over. It's not the life that was intended for him or anybody. Sorry. It's not. You should have the option to cremate on the premises in such a case. Please let Roger Ebert die peacefully today. He doesn't want to live. It's his support system that is torturing him with the delusion that he should keep going

  • I'm alergic to tuna, so can't eat that for protein. I've been trying to find other good sources of protein. I lost 20 pounds this summer, and Have been eating brown rice with grilled chicken and eggplant for dinner. repetive, but sometimes repetion is good for weight loss. Protein is essential, and I'm trying to think of an easy fix for lunch when I'm at work.

  • Sept. 13, 2011, 12:03 p.m. CST

    headgeek - Harry

    by JethroBodine

    Congrats on working on yourself. Progress may be slow, but you're on the right track. Don't let these fuckwads steal your joy.

  • There's an excuse on a silver platter for you.

  • Sept. 13, 2011, 2:14 p.m. CST

    No - melonman

    by HEADGEEK

    The reason is... frankly I loved the film upon initial viewing, but decided to watch it again. I love everything with Caesar, but the Lab shit was insanely contrived and stupid. Frankly, unnecessary. I know they wanted to wrap up the end of man, with the rise of the apes... but I'm not entirely convinced that we even needed to sandwich that into this film. A completely unrelated Pandemic that began elsewhere, unrelated, that was just being introduced via TV broadcasts throughout the film would've worked better - with out research scientist doing things they would frankly never do. I mean, when that guy's mask came off whilst administering an aerosol viral experimental agent to a test subject - first - they all would have gone through detox procedures, HE would have been isolated until they found he was ok. BUT - the brilliant work with Caesar trumps all that. I just didn't feel like diving in and bringing in negativity on a film I really wanted to do well, because while I'm nit-picky as shit about the Lab stuff... I genuinely love most of the film.

  • Sept. 13, 2011, 3:58 p.m. CST

    25 mins waiting on an elevator

    by lostboytexas

    enough time to jerk it 7 times. 8 if you're Stan Lee.

  • Sept. 13, 2011, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Thanks Harry - my curiosity has finally been sated

    by melonman

    Personally I think you're being too picky - but the fact that you are being picky is actually a sign of a good movie when everything else works so well. Maybe give it a proper review when it hits DVD.

  • in a geek convention documentary?

  • Sept. 13, 2011, 6 p.m. CST

    More incredible insight from ultratron --

    by MooseMalloy

    -- what a desperate, talentless douche. Shouldn't you be too drunk at this point to type inane crap like that?

  • Sept. 13, 2011, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Harry...

    by quantize

    As a casual reader of this site, I can only know what you write..which is muddled and histrionic at the very best of times.. If you're making progress, then I'm happy for you...please stick with it. and lose that silly ass beard..it aint hiding shit

  • Sept. 13, 2011, 10:02 p.m. CST

    It is nice to know you guys listen though

    by UltraTron

  • This never happened. I need a new blog called Venting Mindless The Way I Used Too When I First Started Coming Here. Not that I'm aplogizing for Ebert. He needed to man up and take the long walk. It's now a created by frankensteinian science freakshow alternate life that everyone has to deal with.

  • Sept. 13, 2011, 11:27 p.m. CST

    Again let's just move on. Love the man.

    by UltraTron

    Hope he never reads this crap. Never intended to write it. Just a knee-jerk

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 12:40 a.m. CST

    You better keep losing the weight, Harry

    by antonphd

    It's great to see you in pictures and having a great time! I will be seriously pissed if I am not seeing a gray maned Harry smiling big in pictures in 50 years.

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 9:08 a.m. CST

    read this harry

    by animas

    tinyurl.com/65arnw4 'Exorcist' director slams trend for comic book stories Director William Friedkin on Tuesday decried a trend in cinema of infantilizing audiences .....

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 11:16 a.m. CST

    who's harry crumb?

    by DarthBlart

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 10:33 p.m. CST

    Harry - why not a doc on what you've gone through?

    by SK229

    I think that would be pretty inspiring, to see the weight loss and the insane training you're going through set to the story of how it happened, the time span, the slow but steady climb of rebuilding those muscles and getting them to function again. That seems like a no-brainer, where you have the results coming back about the stenosis, and the doctors telling you all this ultra dramatic shit about your ability to move. The obligatory photo montages of you when you were younger, the aged photo of the tree you fell out of with the sad music and voice over. I'm telling you, you HAVE to do something like that... I only pray there's enough footage of all this stuff to make something out of. Seriously, the comic con doc sounds awesome, but a doc about a near impossible recovery... even awesomer.

  • Sept. 14, 2011, 10:41 p.m. CST

    Re: ANIMAS

    by SK229

    Friedkin is full of shit, though, doncha think? I mean... 'adult' fare? What again, were his claims to fame? Oh yeah... a movie about A GIRL WHO GETS POSSESSED BY THE DEVIL AND HER HEAD SPINS AROUND WHILE SHE VOMITS PEA SOUP and a movie about A CRAZY COP WHO GETS INTO INSANE POLICE CHASES... NAMED 'POPEYE'. Now, don't get me wrong, I think those are two of the greatest films ever made. But the thing is, in the 70's, they took genre films and made them into something adults could also enjoy. You could take The Exorcist as seriously as you could take some 90's bullshit like 'The English Patient', which is more of what I think he means by an 'adult' film. He forgets, what made him successful were GENRE movies done in an incredibly realistic manner that punched you in the fucking gut. THIS is what's missing from movies today. Remakes aside, there's nothing wrong with the types of stories, what's wrong is the lack of vision and ambition on the part of most of the filmmakers. Whatever you think of Nolan, he took TDK and, I believe, really, really tried to imbue it with an adult/realistic sensibility while also retaining the pulpy, comic roots... no easy feat, but I think he largely succeeded in making something that might not have been out of place in the 70's. Unfortunately, horror has suffered IMMENSELY over the last 20-30 years in the department of stuff you can take as seriously as any by-the-numbers 'drama'. Sci-fi seems to be in a quasi-renaissance. Comedy always has it's winners and losers. And what the fuck is a drama anyway? Aren't all of the greatest films ever made horror, suspense, gangster, film noir, science fiction, comedy, etc.?

  • Sept. 15, 2011, 4:07 p.m. CST

    bacon_aesthetic

    by Tehrasha

    I think Harry is more the type to rise from his chair unexpectedly and shout "Mein Fuhrer, I can walk!!"

  • Sept. 24, 2011, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Congrats on meeting Stan Lee

    by blueant

    looks like the con was a lot of fun.

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