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Click through for a Comic-Con update after the jump...
Comic-Con: That's all She (and She) Wrote...
Sunday was a sluggish day at Comic-Con. Although the exhibition hall was as crowded as ever, the electricity seemed to have been sucked out of the place as Hollywood -- done with their photo ops and splashy panels -- decamped. Gone was the anything-can-happen zest that carried one around the convention center, knowing that turning the next corner could bring you face-to-face with Katee Sackhoff or Erik Estrada or Seth Rogen. Still, we managed to have a couple of final meaningful experiences:
As I wandered the exhibition hall for one last time looking for ironic gifts for my unsuspecting co-workers I happened upon a booth selling official Simpsons animation cels and sketches. Being surpassed only by Mr. Liz in my freakish devotion to the show, I started flipping through a bin full of original sketches from last year's big screen release. I had just decided on an image of Itchy impaling Scratchy on a flag pole and Homer holding up his pig (Spiderpig!) when a guy walked up behind me and said, "Oh, I'd snap those up if I were you." I pulled the sketches nearer to me to prevent him from snatching them and was preparing to check out when the cashier leaned over and whispered "That's David Silverman." (As in, long-time "Simpsons animator David Silverman who directed not only the "Simpsons" movie, but also "Monsters Inc.") About 10 minutes later I walked away, giddily dialing Mr. Liz to tell him about how Silverman had signed and doodled on the sketches and even traded favorite show lines with me. It was only at that moment that I realized I, too, belong at Comic-Con. -- Liz
On Sunday, I talked to Mr. "24 Hour Party People," Steve Coogan, about his role in the upcoming "Hamlet 2." Keep an eye out for video on washingtonpost.com, closer to the time of that movie's release in late August. -- Jen
As the last Batmans and Capt. Jack Sparrows exited the floor of the San Diego Convention Center, we bid Comic-Con 2008 adieu. As a Con newbie, I found the experience joyful, from the enthusiasm that the fans -- and often, the creators -- brought to the panel discussions of various movies, TV shows and comics, to the kids in costumes running around the joint offering to give people free hugs for no apparent reason. At the same time, it's hard to forget that the whole endeavor is one massive marketing scheme that forces pop culture lovers to buy, buy, buy. Like so many things in the entertainment industry, the Con can be both distasteful and sublime, all at the same time. I do know this much: Like the Terminator, I'll be back. -- Jen
Tomorrow we return to our regularly scheduled programming in this space, but thanks for following along as Jen and I navigated one of pop culture's biggest phenomenons, where fans and the entertainment industry meet on equal-ish terms. In the end, Comic-Con, more than any other event, is a microcosm of the life cycle of celebrity (or at least that's how I saw it, not being particularly attuned to the anime/fantasy side of things): At Comic-Con you see stars at every point along the continuum of fame: The up-and-comers attend to build a buzzy launching pad for their new projects. Established big-deals show up to cement their status as the pop culture vanguard. And, finally, the stars of yesteryear come to regain, for four short days, a hint of the luster of years past. -- Liz
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