Today was kids’ day at the Comicon, and with it came many fantastic costumes and events. I saw an 8’ Chewbacca that, except for the slightly pug nose, you would have sworn was the real thing. He even communicated only using the classic Chewie purr.
There continued to be many celebrity signings, as well. Robert Culp and William Katt (both from the 1970s show “Greatest American Hero”) sat at their table signing autographs, taking pictures and charging for them for three days straight, from what I can tell. (Cost for a photo with Mr. Culp: $15.) And just to get a picture with Mr. Culp cost $15. Jin from “Lost” was also in the house for an hour, as was Lou Ferrigno (big line), and film, TV and comic book creator Joss Whedon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “Angel”, “Firefly”, “Toy Story”) who filled an entire theater to talk about his newest project, the new TV show “Dollhouse”. And a Marvel panel featured surprise guests Seth Meyers and Bill Hader from Saturday Night Live, who are writing a Halloween issue of Spiderman called “The Short Halloween.”
The line of the day came from one Frank Tieri, a Marvel comic book writer who specializes in pretty violent storylines. In a packed session – and again, on kids’ day -- he had this to say of his new project about the Punisher (a Marvel vigilante who kills people for breaking the law) -- “After all the murders and the maimings and the decapitations and the exploding body parts, it’s really a story about a father and a son.”
Jim McDermott, SJ