San Diego Comic-Con 2001

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Postby KhamulTheEasterling » Thu Jul 12, 2001 9:20 am

Anyone else going? I'll be there for the 10th year in a row (maybe more).<BR><BR>There is a 2 hour LOTR presentation scheduled on the 21st.<BR><BR>Last year, Ian McKellen (McKellem? um? em? I totally drew a blank on his last name) made a surprise visit. Now that was amazing. Fanboys went crazy (okay, maybe I did a little as well).<BR><BR>If no one else is going, I'll try and make a report on anything cool that might happen.
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Postby KhamulTheEasterling » Fri Jul 27, 2001 1:33 pm

Greetings all, <BR><BR>I thought I'd give a little report on my impressions of the San Diego Comic-Con 2001. I'm a few days late, so forgive me if someone else has beat me to this.<BR><BR>The most impressive portion happened well before the presentation. I met Elija Wood on the showroom floor (in front of the Red Star comics booth) and had a few brief words. Not wanting to appear to be a 35 year old fanboy, I kept it short and simple, wished him luck on the movies, and shook his hand. (I did manage to get a picture). Then a Julie Strain walked by in a Wonder Woman outfit and caught both of our attentions. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>I knew there would be problems at the presentation upon arriving upstairs. It was in a room one-third the size of the 2000 Con. There was a Harry Potter pannel in the room (at 11:00, LOTR started at 12:00) and there was a lot of confusion by the staff as to how they were going to clear the room. By 11:45, there were approxomately 1500 people waiting in a rather jumbled line to get into the LOTR event. Word came down that the staff was not going to force people who had gone to the Harry Potter showing to leave. A staff memeber made the announcement that only about the first 200 people in line were going to be let in. Ouch. There was nearly a riot. Having arrived early (and kicking myself for not going to the Harry Potter event and staying over for LOTR) I did manage to get in.<BR><BR>Sadly, the presentation was not nearly what it was hyped up to be last year. It was put on by New Line and they used the half-hour time slot to show trailers from a number of upcoming New Line features. They did finally show the current FOTR trailer and some behind the scenes footage (nothing spectacular), and some video taped messages from members of the cast specifically for the Comic-Con. I fully expected (as Ian had the previous year) for Elija to come out and talk to us once the clips were finished, but the lights came up and it was over. Darn it!<BR><BR>It was good to see the clips they had put together and the video taped messages. It really puts an emphasis on how much the actors respect and want to do justice to the works. Bravo!<BR><BR><BR>
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