Sunday, June 19, 2005

The Shrew visits Crabapple Comicon

The Shrew and her faithful sidekick saw Batman Begins on Friday night, opting for IMAX. Sadly, Our Heroes did not arrive early enough to avoid sitting in the fourth row, which meant a neck crick and the action sequences getting blurred with the poor angle of perspective. Nonetheless, a splendid movie. Bale, Neeson, Oldman, Murphy, and Caine were superb and even the Thetan-in-Training Holmes acquitted herself, although I don't see why they didn't just bite the bullet and make her Harvey Dent instead of Harvey-as-Silver (St. Cloud).

Silver was a topic of discussion Saturday afternoon at the Big Apple Comicon, which was dedicated to the Bat as a whole and featured a panel with Steve Englehart, Marshall Rogers, Terry Austin, and John Workman. Considering the participants, the panel could have been quite entertaining, but in fact it bored to tears. A shame, really, as those four men have enough stories in them to provide an hour of solid raconteur-ship and were all pretty enthusiastic. There were moments of interest, but "interviewers" Allan Rosenberg and Ken Gale sabotaged the panel, treating the onetime Detective Comics creative team as though it was a Beatles reunion and focusing on the "magic" that lead to the collaboration (which, as Englehart explained, really wasn't) instead of its legacy -- the supposed premise of the panel -- or Batman in general. It was so dull, an audience member tried to chat up the Shrew, which would have been less ridiculous except for the fact that the Shrew was sitting in the third row and the panel members were probably close enough to hear the comics-themed pick-up lines. Especially as there was no microphone for the panel.

Brian K. Vaughan and Tony Harris were next up and, once they survived Rosenberg's harrowing introduction, were quite entertaining. Or maybe they were moderately entertaining and it was just a relief after the previous panel. They answered questions as best they could and tried not to make it too obvious that they were more excited about what they could do during the free trip to New York than about the convention. Even if they hadn't, it would have been forgivable. Big Apple Comicon, as the Shrew's sidekick explained to Vaughan when he asked later on in the afternoon, is a bit... underwhelming. Actually, it's a lot underwhelming and the experience could be boiled down to promised entertainment Aerosith: a couple of guys dressed up as Star Wars characters unimaginatively lipsynching to badly recorded mixes of movie audio and rock music.

3 Comments:

Blogger Guy LeCharles Gonzalez said...

the experience could be boiled down to promised entertainment Aerosith...

Oh, my! I suddenly don't feel bad that I missed the "show" after all.

Sun Jun 19, 08:46:00 PM EDT  
Blogger The Comics Shrew said...

Oy! They had such an elaborate set-up going -- they had roadies setting up mic stands and the drum kit and all of the tools of the trade... and then they ended up as barely mobile costumed folk singing to a staticky tape from a boombox in the corner. A perfect metaphor for the convention -- all of the trappings, none of the substance.

Sun Jun 19, 09:00:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Dan Coyle said...

Well, Shrew, you have no idea how it USED to be...in that church basement...(shudder)

I hate Ken Gale. He always comes off as so skeevy.

Tue Jun 21, 02:57:00 PM EDT  

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