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SDCC Round Up!

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Photo by Pamela Schreckengost.

The International Comic Book Convention in San Diego was this weekend, for those of you who forgot. We put together what we thought was the most interesting news to come out of the con, for those of you who weren't there (like us.)

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Photo by Gregory Bull / Associated Press

Andrew Garfield showed up at the Amazing Spider-Man panel in a Spidey costume and delivered a very sweet speech that did much more to boost my enthusiasm for the film than the teaser trailer did. New York Magazine's Vulture blog has a video clip and transcript It's easy to understand why he got the part. He's a sweetie pie and I feel bad about making fun of the size and shape of his head now. I'm pretty sure nothing can convince me that the boots on the costume are a good idea though.

Image Comics announced Brian K. Vaughn's return to monthly comics in 2012, with co-creator and artist Fiona Staples. The comic, entitled "Saga," is an adult sci fi/fantasy series he describes as "an epic drama chronicling the life and times of one young family fighting to survive a never-ending war." CBR has an exclusive interview with him. The teaser picture is really pretty.

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Photo by Gregory Bull / Associated Press

Francis Ford Coppola's Twixt sounds bizarre, as does the panel he had for it at SDCC. I'm intrigued though, and I wish I had one of those programs.

DC had a panel on Sunday where Jim Lee talked about the character and costume designs for the "new 52" and showed off his sketches. Of most crucial importance was the state of Green Arrow's facial hair, which was revealed in an interview with io9 to be more controversial in the DC offices than Superman's marital status. Frankly, it wasn't looking good for the beard on the cover of September's Green Arrow #1, and even worst on #2 (I'd link to it, but I don't want to see it again). My fears seem to be confirmed. He now looks like a blond Tony Stark, his impressive beard traded in for that meager thing you see in the sketch.

Brenda: I am sad that no one volunteered to get me a Wayne Casino chip. I may not be reading Flashpoint, but I enjoy my Batman swag.

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Photo from Rivet Gallery.

Brenda: The other thing I thought was super cool was that Conan O'Brien opened a temporary museum of Conan fan art. I think he realized when he left the Tonight Show that there were phenomenal pop artists like Mike Mitchell (he of Brobocop and the "I'm With Coco" poster fame) out there, deserving their own genre show at a genre convention. I'm only sad that Stephen Colbert didn't have a similar idea sooner, because I still have this damned painting.

As for comic book news, I'm very excited about "Fairest", the newest Fables spinoff that will replace the hole in your heart Jack of Fables has left. I am a huge fan of Chris Roberson and Shawn McManus's "Cinderella" miniseries...es. They're fantastic, and it looks like Fairest is going to give them a chance to continue the Cinderella story arcs regularly.

Francene: Also announced, Scanners will be made in to a tv show. So stupid, no orginal ideas anymore.

Laura: I never saw Scanners, so I can't really comment on the TV thing, but I question anyone who wants to tread on Cronenberg's ground. He's a pretty unique filmmaker.

Francene: Marvel announced new projects, Villains For Hire by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, and Avengers Origins one shots.

Laura: I'm interested in the Avengers Origins, especially Thor and Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, because Immonen and McKeever are awesome writers. Also, the covers are pretty.

Brenda: So very pretty...

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Comments (1)

Candace:

The Andrew Garfield "reveal" made me look at him in the Peter Parker role differently. He really seemed like he loved the role and it was very endearing. He is an actual fan, which means a lot when playing a role like that.
Even with all of my qualms with him as the next Spider Man, I'm looking for the new film(s).
Can't be worse than Tobey McGuire right?

Saga sounds interesting, I'll have to remember to mention that to my comic book shop.

Now I haven't seen Scanners in years, but I recall that it was a terrible movie...it SHOULD NOT become a show. It won't last unless they change everything.