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Comic-Con '09

Rob Zombie & Chris Hardwick Talk Halloween 2 »


Though he never seemed to be part of the nerd crowd, Rob Zombie still stopped by the San Diego Comic-Con '09 this past weekend to talk to Chris Hardwick about writing, directing and producing Halloween II. So why is our Web Soup host so excited to see Rob Zombie? 

Chris Hardwick actually appears in Halloween II alongside Weird Al Yankovic so watch as Mr. Zombie talks about putting the film together, his favorite style of shooting and his upcoming tour.

For the past couple of months, the gaming world has been fascinated with Scribblenauts, the game that takes objects from your head and turns them into animated, playable objects. At Comic-Con 09, Sterling McGarvey got his hands on the game, and tried out some of the stranger ideas he'd heard, just to see if the game would recognize them.

Guess what? They did. Check it out below.

 

Scribblenauts Hands-On Preview »


By now you're all used to hearing that the game you can't wait to play has been delayed, and the release date is now 3-6 months after when your pre-order says it will be in your grubby little hands. Well last week's Comic Con saw a short list of big video games get the delay treatment, and that's not necessarily a bad thing!

Take the time to listen to Adam explain the many reasons why delays can be good on this week's Soapbox. From the level of polish a game may have, to the timing along side other major releases, to the contents of your wallet; there are multiple reasons why a delayed release date shouldn't make you angry. Check it out.

Sessler's Soapbox: Delays are a Good Thing! »



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You never know who you're going to run into at Comic-Con. Take, for example, this interview with Naughty Dog Community Manager Arne Meyer, who G4tv.com's Dana Vinson ran into at the Planet Illogica party in San Diego. Arne graciously gave us some information on the game, as well as the cinematic devices that make it look like a seamless experience from start to finish.

Please, do watch.

 

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Preview Interview »


'Torchwood' Star Wants To Play 'Captain America?'

It seems that the mad rush to get cast as the iconic Captain America has officially begin. At Comic-Con's panel for the BBC's popular Dr. Who spinoff, Torchwood, star, John Barrowman let it be known that he wants a crack at the shield and blue tights of the First Avenger himself. That's right, "Captain Jack" is looking to trade-up for Captain America. (Although, according to Billy Joel, he wants to "get you high tonight" and "take you to your special island.")

Was he joking? Was he hiding truth amidst what may have been perceived as sarcasm? As the openly gay, dual US/UK citizen declared to the audacious crowd that was filled with Dr. Who/Torchwood fans: "You know what I want to play? Captain America" before adding that it "so won't happen."

While it may have been perceived as such, it's not that much of a joke. Spun-off from and tethered to the Doctor Who banner, the edgier and more explicit Torchwood continues to gain popularity here in the States, and sooner, rather than later, the studios are going to have to take notice. (Especially if Dr. Who's David Tennant lands the role of Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit.)

The bottom line, as MTV accurately points out, is that he has the look, the build, and adding to that sentiment, he's about the right age (42). Captain America, while having that "blonde, all-american" look, is also imagined as someone who has seen his share of battles over the course of years. While he may be young in the origin story, by the time we get to the crossover in The Avengers, he cannot be played by someone who looks like a college student. He'll be free from his frozen slumber, probably a lot more grizzled, in a world that he will no longer understand.

Sure, John Barrowman may star in a show whose main character is a time-traveling crime-fighter that has sex with anything with a pulse, while featuring plot lines that seem at times like a big-budget "skinemax" film. However, seeing him become Captain America wouldn't be as much of a stretch as one might think. While thus far, no names have even so much as graced the rumor mills, I have nightmares (horrible ones that defy description) of news depicting Ben Affleck getting the role. (If you've seen Daredevil, then you may understand.) All things considered, John Barrowman = Okay by me.

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One the hottest selling items of Comic-Con '09 was "The Dark Defender" Dexter action figure from figure designer Bif Bang Pow! Did you grab a look and/or actual figure or bobblehead of the upcoming new season yet?

If not, here's Bif Bang Pow!'s CEO Jason Lenzi with what you missed from Showtime's hit show Dexter at the Con.

Bif Bang Pow! CEO Jason Lenzi's Dexter CC09 Interview »


Comic-Con 09 Live Blog: Kevin Smith

One of the highlights of the last few Comic-Con is the appearance of Kevin Smith. The director of Clerks and Zach and Miri Make a Porno hosts a standing-room-only panel every year where he offers a refreshingly honest and profanity-laden antidote to the Con's usual parade of barely-disguised marketing material.

We had planned to live-blog the event, but sadly had some tech problems. So, instead of as it happened action, please enjoy my article about the event.

What do you think of Smith? Are you a fan? I'm a huge fan -- even when the guy makes bad movies (Mallrats), he's fully committed to them, and, in this age of constantly compromised and safe entertainment, it's brave of him just to take the risks needed to fail. Know what I mean?

G4 Comic-ConIf you were able to look around the G4 offices today, at the faces of our dedicated and unrelenting co-workers who have since returned from reporting onsite from Comic-Con 2009, you would instantly realize just how outrageous and comprehensive G4 and G4tv.com’s coverage of this year’s convention truly was.

The sheer amount of quality content that we generated was second to none, and one of the most entertaining and enjoyable aspects of said coverage had to be our live blogs. (In fact, our coverage was so all encompassing, that I’m pretty sure we were live blogging our own live blogs at one point. I'll get back to you on that.)

But just in case you missed out on any of our minute-by-minute coverage of all of this year’s hottest panels (or you just want to relive the magic all over again), we've compiled a handy, dandy list to help you find your way. Simply click through the break to behold all the wonders of Comic-Con 2009's most talked about panels!

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This winter, the time-bending mind warp that is Lost will premiere its final season on ABC, and some of the cast were at Comic-Con 2009 to talk about it. G4tv.com reporter Dana Vinson was on hand to speak with Jorge Garcia (Hurley), Michael Emerson (Ben Linus), and Nestor Carbonell (Richart Alpert), about the show, their impressions of Comic-Con, and what they're up to when it's all over.

Check it out.

 

Comic-Con 09: Lost Cast Interviews »


New Gears Of War DLC Leaks Early, Gets Pulled, Epic Responds

Peter Jackson’s film adaptation of Bungie’s Halo might be dead in the water (for now), but Len Wiseman’s big-screen take on Epic Games’ gore-tastic Gears of War is moving along as planned. Wiseman and screenwriter Chris Morgan joined Epic heads Cliff Bleszinski and Rod Ferguson for Epic’s Comic-Con 2009 "Gearsiverse" panel to talk about the movie, as well as reveal some of the new Gears content fans can expect to see over the coming months. I’m sorry Gears-heads, but there was zero talk about Gear of War 3. Just thought you should know that before we went any further.

Based on some of the vagueness of most of the answers provided by the panelists, it's pretty safe to say that development on the Gears film is progressing, albeit it rather slowly. Wiseman, who became interested in Epic's massively popular series after choosing the first game to appear in the background of a scene in Live Free or Die Hard, revealed that no serious casting decisions have been made at this point, but that development is coming along. When asked what fans could expect to see in the new film, Morgan confirmed that Emergence Day will certainly be depicted, but that the movie’s tone will be determined more by “the characters and how they are interacting with each other.”

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Ratchet & Clank Future

I realize he's a fictional character from a video game, but Clank, of Ratchet and Clank fame, must be tired of always getting second billing. Luckily,  Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time, the next game in the series, will give Clank a bigger role. Speaking at a Comic-Con 2009, the game's creators promise there will be more Clank gameplay in A Crack In Time than any other Ratchet & Clank game ever.

Among the new weapons/gadgets for Clank to play with are a weapon that allows him to create a time bubble and slow everything down within that bubble. Clank can also record himself doing various actions and play back that action so that multiple things can happen at once. (Crazy puzzles imminent.)

Another new wrinkle in the game: Constrocto weapons. These are personalized, upgradeable weapons for A Crack In Time. You will be able to change the appearance and function of gear. For example: There's a pistol where you can change the stock, barrel and type of upgrade.

As for when Clank will be trying out his new starring role and gear: Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time should be out by the end of 2009. It is a PlayStation 3 exclusive. Read the rest of the details at Patrick Klepek's excellent live-blog.

What do you think about Ratchet Vs. Clank? Is it high-time for Clank to get more air-time, or should he be content staying in the shadows?

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LittleBigPlanet

Among the many delightful aspects of PlayStation 3 platformer LittleBigPlanet is the ability to dress the main character, Sackboy, in a variety of different costumes. At Marvel Comic's panel at Comic-Con 2009 this weekend, the company revealed that Sackboy would soon have the option of dressing up as Marvel Comics heroes Iron Man, Wolverine and Captain America.

No word yet on when these costumes will be available, but I, for one, can't wait to see what Sackboy looks like sporting mutton chops and Adamantium claws! I promise I'll share the pictures of these new costumes as soon as I get 'em.

If you've been waiting for a released date for Marvel Universe and Marvel Superhero Squad MMOs, you'll be disappointed: Both remain unannounced/unknown.  

Check out the rest of our coverage of the Marvel video games panel by reading Patrick Klepek's blow-by-blow account right here.

DC Comics News with Blair Butler »


For an update on the DC Universe G4tv.com's Blair Butler met up with DC's senior story editor Ian Sattler. Among the topics discussed are the Blackest Night crossover event, Wednesday Comics (a newsprint-format limited-series with Brian Azzarello, Neil Gaiman, and more!), Dick Grayson (Nightwing) serving as Batman, and JSA All Stars. Blackest Night, a DC-wide event stemming from Green Lantern, brings back many deceased heroes as undead villains. Dead guys shown include Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Earth-2 Superman, Elongated Man, and more. Watch the entire interview for an extensive update on the DCU.

Killing off Martian Manhunter really bummed me out. While he was never a top-tier character like Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, J'onn J'onzz was the heart and soul of the Justice League. I hope one of the results of Blackest Night is that some heroes get to return. It's a cop out, but the Justice League with Martian Manhunter feels a bit empty.

You guys and dolls have any thoughts on these DC happenings?

Marvel Comics Captain America News from Comic-Con 09 »


 
G4tv.com's Blair Butler invades the Marvel booth at Comic-Con 09, where she goes one on one with Marvel editor-in-chief Joe Quesada. Among the topics discussed are Captain American Reborn (with the return of Steve Rogers!), World War Hulks (with a sexy Red She-Hulk), and the return of Magneto. Quesada also goes over the awesome Iron Man armor display at the booth. True believers do not want to miss this one!
 
After you've checked out the interview, let me know what you think of the various announcements and storylines. Personally, I'm a bit torn on Captain America Reborn. Stever Rogers is an iconic character and it was just a matter of time before Marvel brought him back, but the latest Captain America (Bucky) has been handled so well by Ed Brubaker. Bucky Cap is one of the most modern, wonderfully flawed, and interesting heroes in comics. While I expect Rogers to eventually reclaim the mantle of Captain America, I'd hate for Bucky to get hosed.



Army of Two: The 40th Day

Superhero games aren't the only ones that are influenced by comics. Action titles with mouthy protagonists also borrow from the comic-book world. Take Army of Two: The 40th Day, for example. You wouldn't think this action game would be influenced by comics, but its executive producer cites the medium as a big contributor. Here's the official description of this game's panel:

"Reid Schneider (executive producer, Army of Two) and Alex Hutchinson (creative director, Army of Two) discuss how they have been working with comic artists to show players the consequences of their moral choices throughout the game and how the in-depth involvement of these artists in the production of Army of Two changes the feel of the game."

TheFeed's Patrick Klepek -- a one-man army of two...if you include his hair -- will be writing twice as much during this panel. Click here for G4tv.com's live blog on the Comic-Con 09 Army of Two: The 40th Day: Bridging Video Games with Comics panel.
 

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