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Comic-Con 2011: Day Four Wrap-Up & Aftermath

Day Four of Comic-Con is a hangover. A hangover from the previous nights finale parties and a hangover for the Fans who have over-indulged in the popular arts. Like the pigs in Angry Birds, it’s a day when the hardcore attendees roll around in their sloth of animation, graphics and merchandise, taking in each breath before they have to pack-up, ship out and wait for their October gathering in New York.

[pullquote quote=”Alright; I guess it’s time to walk the floor and get as much free crap as I can…” credit=”Overheard, Anonymous Comic-Con Attendee”]As the low rumbling from the San Diego Convention Center entered it’s final day before the Academy of General Dentistry takes over for their annual meeting next week (with less than 0.42% of the attendance) we took the opportunity to take in a few last press conferences, a final round of interviews and a victory lap of the Convention Center floor.

While the casts of Glee and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia commenced their usual Sunday panels and press junkets, the press conference that intrigued us the most was based entirely on it’s title: “The Lost Legacy of Muppets Creator Jim Henson Revealed.” Thanks to a collaboration between Henson archivist Karen Falk and Henson’s eldest daughter (and Henson Company CEO), Lisa, a lost script from the Muppets Creator has been brought to the light of day and “A Tale Of Sand” will be available in the fall through Archaia Entertainment. Graphic Artist Ramon Perez was also on hand to discuss the pressure of the process and the pleasure he can now take in his finished work. Another big reveal is that this group have two other Henson projects in the works; a prequel to The Dark Crystal and a prequel to Labrynth.

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[pullquote quote=”I really didn’t know how this was going to turn out, but I’m really happy with the result.” credit=”Ken Lashley”]Once we’d finished getting the low-down on the world of the Jim Henson Company, we embarked on our victory lap of the Convention Center floor. We checked-in with Ken Lashley, who you may remember as the Star Wars artist who was free-hand drawing a 2012 VW Passat for a collaboration between Lucas Entertainment and VW. We found Lashley, having completed his work, surveying the project for any final touch-ups he could make. Having spent three-full days on the project, he says, in hindsight, he wasn’t really that sure how it was going to turn out, but that he’s very happy with the result. If nothing else, we were impressed.

Another cool last-minute find was the world of “Tofu The Vegan Zombie” from the nice folks over at Applehead Factory Design Studio. You can learn more about Tofu and their Teddy Scares line at http://www.appleheadfactory.com.

As we passed the crushing hordes who circled the FOX booth as Hellboy’s Ron Perlman was on-hand to sign autographs, we weaved our way through the incredible imaginations of the periphery artisan vendors who religiously share their craft year after year with equally rabid Fans and fellow Artists.

As we stepped out from the Convention Center into San Diego’s hazy Sunday, we made a quick pass at the South Park Ultimate Fan Experience, which we can absolutely validate as “ultimate.”

Worn, bruised and bedraggled, we made our final foray through the swamp of fans toward the vehicle that would transport us to sweet, sweet freedom from four full days of overwhelming madness, happy to count under our belts another valiant tour of San Diego’s Comic-Con International.

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Comic-Con 2011: The Aftermath

[pullquote quote=”Just a taste of everything will never leave you satiated, so you know inside that you’ll come back for more.”]As I circled the maze of one way streets that cluster at the base of San Diego’s Gaslamp District looking for my window out up Eleventh Avenue, I thought of a simple analogy to summarize the Comic-Con experience for anyone whose never been and wonders what all the fuss is about: a multi-day music festival.

You spend months winding yourself up into feverish excitement over the growing line-up of bands, get disappointed when some drop out, then rally around the replacements. Then when you finally get there you realise that everything is scheduled so close together that you have to spread your love accordingly, even if that means you only get a taste of each act. But that’s why it works: just a taste of everything will never leave you satiated, so you know inside that you’ll come back for more.

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