Twilight: Breaking Dawn cast at Comic-Con

Rather than write a useful post about Comic-Con, or anything else for that matter, you get this.

See if you can name the cast members in a short video we shot at the Summit Entertainment booth at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con.

Want to know how we know this? Well since we know as much about the Twilight phenomena as we know about the reason for the popularity of anime, we had to do some research. We couldn’t place him, but we finally figured out that the blonde-headed kid played a disturbed teenager on the short-lived TV show “Terriers.” As for fedora boy, we also couldn’t place him until we scoured through the cast list on IMDB. Checking his credits we discovered that w knew him from an episode of “Burn Notice.”  As for the others, we have never seen any of their work (except maybe the one in the forefront since she was an uncredited casino girl in The World Is Not Enough).

So, go take a stab at it on Youtube. See if you can catch any others in the grainy video. Some should be obvious if you know who the cast members are, but we got tired of researching (and we’re wondering why the hell we did it anyway, especially considering we will probably never take the time to watch the movies). We count 11 people in the booth itself. Some of booth support staff, but who are the rest?


******UPDATE: Oh, crap! We just discovered that one of us already did a post on this stupid little video snip from the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con. And the other post was even more useless than this one. Whatever. At least in this one we’re giving you a chance to flex your pop culture muscles. So, bleh.

Guri Weinberg
Mia Maestro
Noel Fisher
Judith Shekoni
Casey LaBow

Comic-Con Infographic, sort of

We haven’t done of these before so we decided to give it a go. We’ve seen sites that use infographics — images that pack a lot of text and graphical information into a single picture. Since we’re part of the comic book crowd,  pretty pictures accompanying our reading literature is always welcome. Anyway, our thought was to create a big ol’ stream of pictures with commentary showing what we’d seen at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con. After more than an hour of flipping through images and trying to pack them into the picture, we decided to drop the commentary and let the mess speak for itself.

Here is an example of a good infographic.

Jim Lee, comic book artist

This is an example of an infographic from Haley Barbour’s website. It lacks punch.


If you been on this blog before you know how we like to kvetch about the fact that we only got Thursday and Sunday badges to the Con. Damn your eyes, comic book gods! So, anyway, these pictures are from those days. Please do not point out what we missed the other days. It will make us sullen. Maybe worse.

San Diego Comic-ConOh, yeah. Speaking about badges — wanna know what happens when you lose a badge? First, you feel sick. Then, you feel angry. Then, you feel all panicky-like. Once reason has been restored, you go to the convention center and tell Security that you need to replace a lost badge. They will smirk and direct you up the escalator and along a cordoned off path against the wall to the registration area. Once you are there, you will stand in line with a handful of other poor sods. Your turn will eventually come up and you will quickly surge to the counter where your pleading and desperate eyes will be met by cold and WGAF eyes. Only the DMV will suck more juice out of your soul (OK, the staff is actually direct but not unkind; we just need to deflect our pain to someone else. And we all know that pop culture pain is the worst kind there is. Oh, the humanity and stuff).


Hey, how are you? Say, is that your badge? ‘Cuz that’s my name too. Kind of weird, huh? Same name and … oh, will you look at that … same city! Wow, what are the odds. Well, anyway, I was wondering if you would mind very much if I pull the bottom end of your intestine out your back door and stuff it back down to connect at the top end . You know, for a poop loop-dee-loop. Give back the damn badge!

You will fill out a lost badge document explaining in as much detail as possible what happened to your badge. Then, if everything is in order, you will be issued a new badge and pay a minimum of $12 (that’s just to get a new Sunday badge; if you lose a four day badge – get out your wallet and sit down). You will be told that the first time you lose a badge, this is the process you will go through. Your information will be entered into a database. If you lose your badge again, you will be blacklisted. Meaning, no soup for you, dear boy/girl.


How should I know where it is? I can’t even remember where I put Mommy’s keys and boy is she sure sore about that. Go away! I gotta  concentrate on finding them before she sells me to the gypsies like she’s always threatening.

Why all this brouhaha? Apparently, there is a propensity among attendees to “lose” their badges into the hands of another person and then go get a new one. The Comic-Con staff is becoming much more active in its enforcement of attendee registration violations. We can only hope that wherever our badge ended up that it was not in nefarious hands. We don’t want to be black-listed because some degenerate took advantage of our good standing and used the badge for some untoward activity. Dunno, maybe like trying to get into a panel and getting pulled aside for a random check. These things are happening now, so be forewarned.  One of us didn’t know how to use a lanyard very well. He has learned.

San Diego Comic-Con

San Diego Comic-Con

See? This attendees on top of things. Notice the careful placement of the badge in a tightly secure and clearly visible location. No worries about a fan boy diving in after that! They’ll think about it all day, but they won’t do it.

On to the infographic thingy!


Disappointment at Comic-Con! No Legend of Korra stuff at the Nickelodeon booth

San Diego Comic-Con 2012

NickelodeonWe suppose it’s because the show has just finished its first season or because Nick was promoting other stuff, but we were disappointed there was virtually nothing there showcasing Avatar: The Legend of Korra. Unless it happened on Friday and Saturday. When we weren’t there. (Are you getting tired of us whining about that yet? We’re not tired in the least. We will lament until August when we expect to get a 4-day pass to next year’s Con. What were we saying?)

There were some t-shirts that were OK so we picked up a couple for loved ones, but really that was pretty much it. Besides a skateboard. We don’t remember there being a skateboard in the show. Did we miss something?

This is a cool preview of Book One, but they lie. This wasn’t promoted at the Comic-Con. Bah.


DreamWorks Dragons: Riders of Berk

We only managed to get into one panel at the Comic-Con this year. You know, what with only two days of badges instead of a full four day pass with preview night. Yeah, that.

Anyway, we really liked How to Train Your Dragon so we were excited to attend a panel that introduced a new TV series based on the movie. Here are the highlights.


Cartoon Network

The panel was held Thursday and was produced by Cartoon Network and DreamWorks. The upcoming series picks up after the story ends in the movie. Our troupe of young trainers discovers that dragons are indeed trainable but they take a lot more work than the kids originally planned. Added to the drama is the introduction of a lot of new, unruly dragons. As the show progresses, there will be new characters besides the dragons, and there will be at least one bad guy.

A 15-minute preview was shown to audience. It was comprised of an extended version of the trailer below plus a ton of additional footage, some of which was in the preliminary stages of CGI development. Pretty neat stuff. The audience liked what we were seeing and from where we sit, we think it’s going to be a load of fun. One of the funniest snippets was of Chief Stoick the Vast getting his own dragon. The picture below shows what he looks like. Kind of horrifying, actually. Perfect for a Viking chieftain, we suppose

Cartoon Network

All the main characters are still there. The producers were also very happy to announce that they got voice actors Jay Baruchel and America Ferrera back as Hiccup and Astrid respectively. Some of the other actors are back as well.

Cartoon Network TV series

Here’s a screen shot of the gang from the panel. Before you say it: a) yes, we know we’re not supposed to take pictures during a panel presentation; we feel badly – but not enough to regret it; b) yes, our camera sucks; deal with it.

So, yeah. The show debuts this fall on Cartoon Network. There’s a CN preview on August 7th at 7:30pm. Be there. Or, not. Just catch the show when it comes out.

You’ve been waiting for Comic-Con details.

Sorry about that. We suck. Too much going on (or we’re just lazy), but we’ll get stuff going soon. What can you expect?  Well…

  • Stuff we saw on the exhibitor floor
  • Cosplay pictures (love those costumes!); a general group of pictures… and some sexy ones too
  • San Ysidro (why it’s a great place to stay … mostly)
  • The only panel we got into (A Cartoon Network How to Train Your Dragon TV show called “DreamWorks Dragons: Riders of Berk“)
  • What happens when you lose a badge
  • Why the San Diego Zoo is a great activity for pre- or post-show things to do
  • Why Comic-Con is both one of the funnest experience during the year and sheer hell all at the same time
  • What we picked up (mostly swag) and what you can buy if you’d like

And probably more stuff …

We’re not going to pretend that Comics A-Go-Go! is the definitive authority on the Con. There are plenty of news outlets and bloggers that will bury you in blow-by-blow accounts of the events in and around Comic-Con. But, you’ll get some anecdotes, videos, and pictures to add to your own experience (if you went) or your envy (if you didn’t)