My favorite moment while attending Wonder-Con, Comic-Con's San Francisco spin-off, this past weekend, was found while browsing past some of the promotional booths set up in the main room. I spotted a sharp-looking poster with the Star Trek badge on it, with the tag "2008". My curiosity piqued, I asked the poor young 'uns who were manning that table what this was for. "New Star Trek film?" I asked. "Yep."
"Well, which Star Trek is it? Next Generation? Enterprise? A new cast?"
They shrugged. "I'm not sure."
"Who's in it?"
"Dunno. It's got a director, but no script."
Well, of course I already knew that JJ Abrams was producing Star Trek XI, and apparently co-writing the script, which means it could be cool. I just wanted more information.
But welcome to film production in the oughts - no script? No problem! As long as it's a known franchise and someone's attached to something, a lack of a script at the onset doesn't matter.
My other favorite moment at Wonder-Con was getting a Simpsons pencil animatic for only $10. Of course, there's probably millions of those out there, but still, an original drawing of Bart! Hard to pass up.
I also saw Patton Oswalt and Brad Bird chat about Ratatouille - which at least looks a lot more charming than Cars, the last Pixar effort - and show some clips. They were both as entertaining to listen to as I'd expected and the movie looks like it'll be a winner, no surprise given Bird's previous films The Iron Giant and The Incredibles.
I also spent too much on other junk, including an old issue of Fat Freddy's Cat, a spin-off comic by Gilbert Shelton, from his Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers - a favorite of mine from childhood. My dad exposed me to hippie culture before I understood what a hippie was. I just dug Shelton's drawing style and the humor, a mix of crude and goofy. Was tempted, too, by an issue of Captain America from the sixties which had him quelling some campus unrest (I swear it looked like Captain America subbing for the National Guard at Kent State on the cover; very scary), but decided against it. Got a Scarlet Pumpernickel "action figure" from that classic WB cartoon - Sylvester in full swashbuckling gear - and a Gonzo action figure, replete with cannon, for my g/f. Silliness reigns at Wonder-Con. It felt good to be a kid again.