Comic Con Update #2

July 23rd, 2010 by Max Allan Collins

The dealer’s hall floor still overwhelms me — I haven’t yet walked the whole thing. But I continue to find things to buy, like the latest ON STAGE collection and several half-price Jack Kirby hardcovers. Lunch today with Ken Levin, my comics agent and Hollywood guy, exploring possibilities for Mike Hammer on TV and various comic book projects. The vampire detective meeting went very well, and I spoke with several other editors, including Ed Schlessinger, my old CSI editor, about possible new projects.

Most fun moment was spending time with the Riff Trax boys, Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett. I’ve gotten to know them in recent years and I always look forward to seeing them again — they are nice, down-to-earth guys and as funny in person as on TV. Nate and I love the Riff Trax crew — both their commentaries on new movies but also their collections of “classic” shorts with their MSTK riffs.

RiffTrax & MAC @ Comic Con 2010

Nate is very envious of my spotting Simon Pegg and Nick Frost of HOT FUZZ and SHAUN OF THE DEAD fame. They were very nice, absolutely regular blokes, and we spoke for five or ten minutes, in part about Simon’s Scotty role in STAR TREK. I admitted never having driven into Riverside, Iowa (future birthplace of Captain Kirk) despite it being (a) about 25 miles from my house and (b) having played with Crusin’ at the Riverside casino several times.

Also did an IDW panel about adapting TV and movies into comics (my connection being the CSI graphic novels). A good panel with reps from Dr. Who, Star Trek and True Blood. Not well-attended, though. The big Hollywood panels really swamp the actual comics panels. That’s part of the changing face of comic con that I am not wild about.


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