Tagged: New York Comic Con

ItsJustSomeRandomGuy and ‘Hi, I’m a Marvel… and I’m a DC’ at NYCC

ItsJustSomeRandomGuy and ‘Hi, I’m a Marvel… and I’m a DC’ at NYCC

It started out so innocently. Michael Agrusso made a silly video for his girlfriend. He thought it was too funny not to share, so he created a YouTube account with the username ItsJustSomeRandomGuy — just in case someone decided to sue. So began the Internet sensation "Hi, I’m a Marvel… And I’m a DC."

Fast-forward a bit and not only has he not been sued, but some of the companies he’s lampooned have featured him on their official sites. Next thing you know, he’s got his own panel at the New York Comic Con.

Agrusso began the Saturday panel with a confession: He forgot to buy his girlfriend and co-producer of the videos, ItsJustSomeRandomGal, an airline ticket. His girlfriend was kind enough to send her regards via YouTube, however.

The video side of Agrusso’s presentation continued with a DC-centric promotional film the New York Comic Con had commissioned that was created but not released on the Internet at the request of DC. Let’s just say Wonder Woman got hit on at the convention a lot.

The filmmaker then he announced that the series that grew out of his initial efforts, Marvel/DC Happy Hour, wll be launching its second season — with actual sets, special effects and bigger storylines. Same silly jokes, though. The first two-part episode of Season Two is posted after the jump:

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Podcast Feud: iFanboy Vs CAGcast?

Podcast Feud: iFanboy Vs CAGcast?

It’s happened to all of us at some point. As a comic book fan you attend a convention with hopes of making a personal connection with a creator or personality you admire. Then reality shatters your expectations when you find that he or she’s, well… sort of a jerk.

Wombat, the co-host of the popular Cheap Ass Gamer podcast (aka CAGcast), is a well-known comic book fan and has gone off-topic on his show many times to talk about comics. It’s no surprise that the New York CIty native was planning to attend the New York Comic Con. In past episodes of the show, he’s mentioned that he enjoyed the iFanboy video podcast. So what happens when he spotted them on the convention floor?

According to Wombat, after introducing himself to the iFanboy crew, they promptly gave him the cold shoulder. CheapyD, the other CAGcast co-host, made the segment into a wickedly funny Internet video.

 

 

At the end, Wombat reports that Josh from iFanboy apologized and no hard feelings are held on either side.

Wombat, ComicMix Radio promises to never slight you — because now we’ve seen what happens!

 

 

ComicMix TV at NYCC: ‘Hellboy II: The Golden Army’ Interviews

ComicMix TV at NYCC: ‘Hellboy II: The Golden Army’ Interviews

Big Red and the whole Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense crew are back this summer, and the cast and crew of Hellboy II: The Golden Army made a trip to the Big Apple for this year’s New York Comic Con. We chatted up actors Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Doug Jones (Abe Sapien) and Selma Blair (Liz Sherman), as well as Hellboy II director Guillermo del Toro about the loves, lessons and lives of monsters in this special ComicMix TV report from the show.

Hellboy II: The Golden Army hits theaters on July 11, 2008.

 

 

 

 

New York Comic Con: The Brain-Dump Roundup

New York Comic Con: The Brain-Dump Roundup

Here we are, two days after the beast that is New York Comic Con settled back into hibernation, and all that’s left of the big show are piles of discarded promo cards, comics with dinosaurs fighting tanks, and a bunch of skrull masks missing their rubber-band straps. Welcome to my post-NYCC highlight reel, folks.

All things considered, the convention was a fine time. Sure, the bar was set pretty low when you consider the debacle of the first NYCC show, but even when one adds all of the other recent conventions to the frame of reference, this year’s NYCC fared pretty well. With a few exceptions, it felt like just the right level of crowd — not packed to an uncomfortable San Diego Comic-Con level, but not the empty, depressing little ghost towns of Wizard World Texas and Philadelphia. The creators I spoke with seemed happy about the show, too. They weren’t hustling to cover the cost of their attendance or feeling frazzled by crowds, contradicting policies or inevitable scheduling issues that pop up at these types of events.

Friday was manageable, Saturday was tolerable and Sunday was actually somewhat relaxing. The temperature allowed attendees to dress comfortably — no winter jackets to increase the sweat level once you enter the building, and no oppressive heat outside to raise the humidity levels before you even reach the front door. The big programming dust-up on Saturday, in which a perfect storm of late-running panels and big-name guests prompted the convention staff to close the panel area for a short time, was the only major problem I had with the show — and only because it made me slightly late to the panel I planned to attend.

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NYCC: A Post-Game Analysis

NYCC: A Post-Game Analysis

Fifty-nine weeks ago I slammed the first two New York Comic-Cons pretty hard, so it’s only appropriate that I comment on this year’s jamboree. The previous shows were held in February, so the mere fact that people waiting in line this year didn’t have to suffer in below-freezing wind chills is, in and of itself, a vast improvement.

The show was better organized, crowd flow on Friday and Sunday was almost manageable, and the convention staff from Reed Communications (not the volunteers, who were great) drifted more towards being hospitable and informed. In fact, they were neither hospitable nor informed but you could tell that this year somebody suggested being so might be a good idea.

Saturday was pretty much the same premise as last year: “What if you tried to squeeze the entire population of Manhattan into a phone booth?” They claim attendance records were broken and that would be nice to believe, but it would be even nicer if they were at a venue where they could actually obtain enough space so that people could walk down the aisles without getting bashed in the face by an endless number of backpacks and tripped by an equal number of light sabers.

I can’t help but wonder what the show would have been like if god hadn’t helped out. Passover started Saturday and the New York metropolitan area contains a lot of religious Jews. And the pope was in for the weekend, so a lot of Catholics were attending one or another event. In fact, it looked like he was on Frank Miller’s Dark Knight panel.

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ComicMix Radio at NYCC: Familiar Faces and Plans for ’09

ComicMix Radio at NYCC: Familiar Faces and Plans for ’09

It was the homestretch here in New York City yesterday when we rounded up some of the biggest news items from New York Comic Con, including a new Farscape series, more Dark Tower from Marvel and Mark Waid on Spider-Man. We also spent a family-friendly minute with comics legend Joe Kubert.

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NYCC Photo Gallery: Writers, Directors, Producers and Stars

NYCC Photo Gallery: Writers, Directors, Producers and Stars

At the New York Comic Con this weekend there were plenty of fans roaming the halls and the show floor dressed as their favorite comics character, purchasing issues of their favorite comics and manga and attending informative panels about upcoming comics and movies.

There were also quite a few celebrities in attendance — and we have photos!

Check ’em out:

 Milo Ventimiglia of Heroes, producer of Devil’s Due Publishing Rest

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NYCC Photo Gallery: Costumes, Costumes and More Costumes…

NYCC Photo Gallery: Costumes, Costumes and More Costumes…

After a mediocre Friday, the costumed crowd made their presence known Saturday at New York Comic Con. All of the standards were there, including Supermen, Slave Leias and Stormtroopers, but the convention soup was spiced up a bit by the addition of a few great, original takes on the standards, like the "Mr. Freeze" seen in the gallery below.

A special bit of comic cred goes out to "Superwoman" (also pictured in the gallery below) from Grant Morrison’s All Star Superman. It’s unfortunate that we couldn’t get an image of one of our favorite "costumed" guests — the guy wandering around the show with a music player ambushing attendees and rickrolling them with "Never Gonna Give You Up." Brilliant.

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NYCC News: ‘Call of Duty’ Trading Card Game?

NYCC News: ‘Call of Duty’ Trading Card Game?

Activision’s Call of Duty videogame series is, right now, the most popular game series on the market with Call of Duty 4: Modern Combat. What’s made the military shooter the #1 played online game for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Windows PC is the frantic, multiplayer action.

At the New York Comic Con, Upper Deck is introducing a trading card game based on it. But in a unique twist, they’re trying to capture the adrenaline pumping action of the game by adding a real time mechanic. In most card games, you make a move and wait for your opponent to take his turn. No more. You don’t wait. You keep laying strategic cards. If you snooze, you lose. That actually sounds pretty cool. We’d like to see that in action. We’d also like to pity the poor tournament judges.

Check out the official site at CODcardgame.com. Dismissed!