Next month, the geek world will converge on San Diego, California, it it’s yearly celebration of the popular arts, in the form of Comic Con International. This will be my 18th year attending the festival, although my first as a member of the “press.” I use that term lightly as I consider us here at the Criterion Cast, more like passionate amateurs (a term recently popularized by Michael Chabon), than actual film journalists. We certainly take everything we do here seriously, as evidenced by our commitment over the past year to producing multiple weekly podcasts, attending film screenings, and over the past six months, we’ve covered various film festivals (Sundance, SXSW, and Tribeca) to bring our unique cineaste perspectives towards the upcoming crop of films and filmmakers.
While the finalized, official Comic Con Panel Schedule has not been released at this point, Shout! Factory, one of our favorite DVD/Blu-ray distributors, has sent out a press release with some what they will be offering this year. 2010 has seen the release of several remastered Roger Corman films from Shout Factory, including Death Race 2000 (read Joshua’s review here), as well as some really exciting upcoming Sci-fi / Horror titles: Galaxy of Terror and Forbidden World (reviews coming soon). Roger Corman is clearly one of the leaders in the genre film community, and will be featured in his own panel: Roger Corman: B-Movie King on Friday, July 23 at 5:30 PM (Room 25ABC). Schedule permitting, I will definitely try to cover this panel for the site.
Shout Factory has proven itself, week after week, whether it’s GI Joe, Transformers, Gamera (read James’ review of the recent DVD release) or Mystery Science Theater 3000, to be one of the geek-friendliest distributors around these days, and they are showing no signs of slowing down.
Will you be attending this year’s Comic Con? We will most likely be trying to organize a meet-up of sorts, possibly in conjunction with our other blogger / podcasting allies. Be sure to follow us on Twitter, to stay up to date as to where we’ll be, and when we’ll be celebrating with our readers and listeners.
If you won’t be able to attend, be sure to let us know what you’d like us to cover, as far as panels / events go.
From the Shout! Factory Press Release:
SHOUT! FACTORY CHARGES INTO COMIC-CON 2010
WITH LEGENDARY FILMMAKERS, LEADING POP CULTURE BRANDS AND EXCITING NEW HOME ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTS
ROGER CORMAN TAKES CENTER STAGE
ROGER CORMAN’S CULT CLASSICS LEAD STAR-STUDDED LINEUP
Shout! Factory returns to Comic-Con International San Diego 2010 with a stellar lineup featuring upcoming and current home entertainment juggernauts that will be showcased in a special panel discussion, media appearances, special signings, interactive fan activities and Comic-Con exclusives at the Shout! Factory booth (#3749, main show floor) throughout the convention. Fan favorite filmmakers, creators and select stars from Shout! Factory’s branded properties scheduled to attend include: Roger Corman, Julie Corman, Joe Dante (Piranha, Trailers from Hell, Gremlins), Allan Holzman (Galaxy of Terror, Forbidden World), Sid Haig (Galaxy of Terror, The Devil’s Rejects), Mary Woronov (Death Race 2000, Rock’n’Roll High School), Stephen Collins (Tales of the Gold Monkey, Star Trek: The Motion Picture), Gregg Berger (voice of ‘Spirit’ in the G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero and ‘Grimlock’ in THE TRANSFORMERS original animated series), Larry Blamire (The Lost Skeleton Returns Again), among other notables.
Action, sci-fi and horror fantasy in full-throttle! If your idea of fun is watching outrageous cult films, loyal fans of Roger Corman and Comic-Con will not want to miss the highly anticipated Comic-Con panel Shout! Factory Presents Roger Corman: B-Movie King on Friday, July 23 at 5:30 PM (Room 25ABC). Recipient of an honorary Academy Award ® for his contribution to the cinematic arts and film industry, world renowned filmmaker/producer Roger Corman headlines this panel ‘“ joined by award-winning veteran producer Julie Corman, filmmakers Joe Dante and Allan Holzman, and actors Sig Haig and Mary Woronov ‘“ to share insights on Corman’s incredible filmmaking career. Notable Corman alumni in attendance to reflect on their involvement throughout during his New World Pictures-era during the 70’s and 80s, at a time when grindhouse theaters and drive-ins were the place to see over-the-top action, violence and suspense thrillers. Attendees will have the opportunity to sneak peek at upcoming lineup from Roger Corman’s Cult Classics home entertainment series and to participate in the Q&A with panelists during this session. The panel is moderated by documentary filmmaker Alex Stapleton, director of the upcoming film King of the B’s: The Independent Life of Roger Corman.
Shout! Factory will once again have a must-see and can’t-miss booth, stylized with a dramatic backdrop, on the main convention floor. Poised to whet the appetites of Comic-Con attendees and pop culture enthusiasts of all ages, the Shout! Factory booth will showcase the latest offerings from fan-driven product lines, along with a host of exclusive VIP guest appearances, signing events, fan interactive activities, giveaways and more!
SHOUT! FACTORY BOOTH (#3749) HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
BE M-m-m-MAX HEADROOM ! SHOUT! FACTORY MAX PHOTO BOOTH
Join the fun and come celebrate the upcoming home entertainment debut of Max Headroom: The Complete Series. A limited number of attendees will get their very own Max Headroom sunglasses to become Max Headroom and savor the moment with a photograph of their own! Photo booth open: Preview night and Thursday through Sunday.
SPECIAL SIGNINGS & VIP GUEST APPEARANCES
Thursday, July 22
THE LOST SKELETON RETURNS and DARK AND STORMY NIGHT (2:00 PM)
Cult filmmaker Larry Blamire of Dark and Stormy Night and The Lost Skeleton Returns Again, will be signing along with members of the cast Andrew Parks, Susan McConnell and Trish Geiger.
Friday, July 23
ROGER CORMAN’S CULT CLASSICS (11:00 AM)
Meet legendary filmmakers Roger Corman, Julie Corman and Joe Dante (Piranha , Gremlins, Trailers from Hell) for signings of the latest releases from Roger Corman’s Cult Classics home entertainment series: Piranha, Death Race 2000, DeathSport/ BattleTruck, Forbidden World, Galaxy of Terror, Humanoids from the Deep and Rock’n’Roll High School.
STEPHEN COLLINS and TALES OF THE GOLD MONKEY (3:00 PM)
Special appearance and signing event with acclaimed actor Stephen Collins to celebrate the 80s action adventure TV favorite Tales of the Gold Monkey: The Complete Series home entertainment release.
Saturday, July 24
G.I. JOE ‘“ THE MOVIE (3:00 PM)
Special appearance and signing event with Gregg Berger, the voiceover star of ‘Spirit’ in G.I. JOE, ‘Grimlock’ in THE TRANSFORMERS animated series and numerous fan favorite video games. A must for fans of G.I. JOE and THE TRANSFORMERS.
SPECIAL COMIC-CON EXCLUSIVES
Get ready for this year’s collectible exclusives from Shout! Factory. Details will be announced at this year’s Comic-Con and on ShoutFactory.com.
As excitement builds for this year’s Comic-Con, Shout! Factory will announce additional activities and events for Comic-Con fans in forthcoming weeks. Follow us on Twitter @ShoutFactory http://twitter.com/ShoutFactory and Facebook
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