SALT LAKE CITY UT 3/29 to 4/1/12
WORLD HORROR CONVENTION
SCOTTSDALE AZ 4/2-4/7/12
HORROR SCI FI FILM FEST
Harkins Scottsdale/101 Theater 7000 East Mayo Blvd.
APRIL 13-15th 2012 Mariott @2500 Hollywood Way Burbank CA 91505 818-843-6000 rubberroom101.com
PARSIPPANY NJ 4/27-4/29/12
CHILLER THEATER Hilton Parsippany
One Hilton Court,
Parsippany, New Jersey 07054
DALLAS TX 5/4-5/6/12
FRIGHTMARE WEEKEND Texas Frightmare Weekend 2012 will take place at the outstanding Hyatt Regency Hotel located inside the DFW Airport. http://www.texasfrightmareweekend.com/weirdpress/
SEATTLE'S CRYPTICON May 27-29, 2011
Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center
17620 International Blvd, Seattle, WA 98188 http://www.crypticonseattle.com/
SDCC 7/11 -7/15/12
CANADA AUG 2012 RUE MORGUE FESTIVAL The Metro Toronto Convention Center, 222 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. South Building. Just East of Skydome and the CN Tower. St.Andrews is the closest Subway stop, and Parking is available at and around the facility.
What a terrific crew and assortment of celebrity guests you gathered for an energetic
weekend! Bravo folks! Looking forward to next year's show! Also: thank you to Gino Carpinelli! The apples didn't fall far from the tree!
This day seemed a lot busier; I never saw the attendance numbers.
Definitely more people dressed as their favorite characters compared to Saturday. A boisterous crowd rumbled into the halls early Sunday and I was pitching the premise of the comic and movie all day at my booth.
BLACKSTAR CANYON artist Josh Alves got to meet Joe Weems and the staff of Aspen Comics after signing and discussing the BLACKSTAR comic for several hours.
At 1 pm: Kyle, Dan, Dusty, and Emilio of Stellar Corpses from Santa Carla,
I mean Santa Cruz, arrived. Well rested after the previous nights
concert at the Grove with Tiger Army, the band was welcomed by the
onslaught of fans after the showrunners announced their guest appearance.
Several interviews later, the Corpses and I took pictures with Scream Queen Brenna aka "Cherrybomb". (Thanks to KC and Hart Fisher, and Phil Lawrence,
Mike Scigliano, and Martha Donato and the tireless staff and crew for longbeachcomiccon.com!)
Overall, very exhausting- but a terrific time spent for the Halloween Weekend promoting the movie and comic book prequel for BLACKSTAR CANYON!
NOV. 5TH AND 6TH-SEE YOU AT THE LA CONVENTION CENTER!
The 2011 Long Beach and Horror Con was a great success for BLACKSTAR CANYON.Saturday was the mellow day-mostly networking and discussing the premise of BLACKSTAR CANYON to dozens of new fans.
On Saturday, I got to talk to one of my favorite film directors, John Carpenter.
He was premiering his new prequel comic called "ASYLUM".Thomas Ian Griffith, the lead villain from Carpenter's VAMPIRES film, and Sandy King created the characters with a script by Bruce Jones and art by Jason Craig.I am interested to see what the connection to the Gulf War is in the storyline.Definitely intrigued!
The Robot Chicken panel was hilarious.Matt Senreich and Seth Green were in top form.Shortly after that wrapped up, Shane Black took the stage.
Shane wrote and directed KISS KISS BANG BANG, and wrote LETHAL WEAPON,LONG KISS GOOD NIGHT, and LAST BOY SCOUT.Shane Black is also the new writer and director for IRON MAN 3 now that Jon Favreau stepped down to do COWBOYS AND ALIENS.
Though informative about the perils of Hollywood, Shane Black shared little info about the upcoming IRON MAN 3.He presaged the panel with, "Do you want to know the exact time and nature of your future demise?Exactly so let's be surprised when the IRON MAN film gets released!"Black did solemnly pronounce the new villain as the old Don Heck character standby "The Melter"; and with Black's expert timing told the audience after several agonizing moments of uncomfortable silence that he was kidding to thunderous laughter.
What followed was an irreverent and sardonic recollection of anecdotes, and tips,
to aspiring screenwriters.After furious note taking, I realized the panel was like
a couple semesters of film school in an hour and 45 minute discussion.
Shane Black is also developing the American version of the Japanese DEATHNOTE story.Black claims the studio told him to lose the notebook in the story (an essential plot point), and to make the lead character "more likable-someone the teens can relate to and look up to".Anyone who is familiar with the manga or original films will laugh at those studio notes.Be assured though-
Shane Black is going to shepherd this compelling story adaption in the correct
way.DEATHNOTE might turn out better than the upcoming
American film version of AKIRA!
One of the last panels of Saturday was a discussion on fundraising
by the writers of TRIGGER MEN.Kyle and Matt formed a comics company based on a fundraising effort from Kickstarter.com.Check out their comic’s page @triptychbooks.com
Short list of who I talked to on Saturday: Derek Easley director of the fan film STREET FIGHTER HIGH, Tim Bradstreet, Amanda Conner, Darwyn Cooke,
Kevin Eastman (Ninja Turtles creator), Hart Fisher of Americanhorrors.com,
Vince Hernandez of Aspen Comics, Thomas Jane, Steve Niles, Mark Waid,
and Bernie Wrightson.
I also got interviewed by several different reporters and will be posting those interview links as soon as they are available on either this blog or the tumbler.