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Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope

by Louise Adams
Thursday Aug 2, 2012
Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope

The geek-gasm documentary "Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope" is produced by sci-fi luminaries including Stan Lee and Joss Whedon, so it's a love letter to the annual San Diego hajj rather than director Morgan Spurlock's usual exposé.

Five fans are profiled in the 90-minute DVD, including a costume designer and her intricate Mass Effect 2 video game replications. Naturally, she's one of the few, only somewhat objectified, women in the whole convention and movie.

There's also a couple who met during the previous convention, and become engaged at this one, in 2010, during a Kevin Smith panel. Smith is one of many short celebrity interviews interspersed among event footage and comic stills, along with Seths Rogen and Green, bardoloter and "Thor" director Kenneth Branagh, "Hellboy" franchise director Guillermo del Toro, and Simpsons creator Matt Groening.

The decrease in actual comic book traffic is bemoaned by a Denver dealer. But two aspiring artists looking for drawing work are also featured at this Nerd-vana of over 140,000 attendees, which showcases the "popular arts" in all fantasy and sci-fi genres.

The specter of the recent Colorado shootings is conjured during a scene about the now tragically impotent "costume weapons check" table. Yet Whedon was originally drawn to Comic-Con because it was a safe place, where he "found his tribe." Others added, "you don't have to stop loving what you loved as a kid," defending that fan-dom of any stripe "brings magic out in the real world." For my own part, I just made Tom Baker my Facebook photo.

"Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope"

Louise Adams is a Chicago freelance writer at www.treefalls.com (and a nom de guerre).


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