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Comic-Con 2010 Shwag, Part Three!

That grinning guy in the corner is a mask from the new studio of Brian Pulido, of Lady Death fame!

A huge fake tattoo from The Expendables.

AGENT and Animation magazines!

A Spirit of Halloween shwag bag, I think it’s from a costume shop here in San Diego.

A Balrog hologram card!

A TV Guide Superfan Fan – get it? And a TV Guide lightup pendant that flashes!

Yes, those are light-up Bam Bams still in the package, those things drive me nuts!

A palette of pins from the SyFy Channel!

Piranha beach ball? Oh, the irony!

Red Suckerpunch wristband.

A book of LOST artifacts. Does that make them found?

FX Channel sample DVD!

A fake tat from Fringe!

Gears of War 3 ad sticker.

Darth Vader keychain, and a Drive Angry keychain, from the upcoming Nicholas Cage movie!

Hunted by Alicia Glass


Comic-Con 2010 Shwag, Part Two

Piranha bag, sun visor, and fake tattoos.

A leather bracelet from Spartacus.

A music card from Scott Pilgrim vs. Comic-Con!

I didn’t take it out of the package, but that white square with the dragon is a blow-up sword from DragonAge II.

It’s hard to see, but the Mirrors 2 card is a hologram.

The famed deodorant stick from Mattel.

Blood Factory calendar!

Those two circles with Cobra and Transformers on them are flashlights!

Creepy masks from The Legend of Neil.

An autograph from Peter Chung. *drool*

The Vampire Diaries mints in a cute little tin.

Dexter blood-slash fake tattoos!

A fearnet.com magnet, and yes that really is fearnet.com microwave popcorn. Like srsly.

Book excerpt from The Skinvestigator. Looks interesting.

Yellow Frisbee from Big City Comic Studio.

Metal drink bottle from ABC’s Castle!

The black guy in the green superhero costume is a stress doll from AT&T, no joke.

A magnet from the latest upcoming version of The Three Musketeers. Starring Orlando Bloom, as I heard it.

After Dark Films sticker.

AMC’s The Walking Dead poster strip!

And two cups advertising the movies Splice and the newer A Nightmare on Elm Street!

Oh, and a fake million dollar bill with Grover Cleveland, that turned out to be a religious pamphlet. Whee!

Hunted by Alicia Glass

CCI 2010 Thursday — Burn Notice

Check the Burn Notice website

Written by Alicia Glass

As always, the Burn Notice panel was packed to the gills and then some. Star Jeffrey Donovan and newcomer Coby Bell gave out Burn Notice – style tips for Comic-Con via video, much to the delight of the audience. There was even one, with a disclaimer, about how to break into CCI without getting caught, which seemed like a bad idea, but the fans ate it up.

It seems as though a great deal of the rabid fans attend this panel not necessarily for the show itself, but for the fact that it does indeed star the amazing Bruce Campbell. He’s famous for being very personable, and when getting genuine compliments or things that amuse him at the Burn Notice panel, Campbell is known for actually giving out money from his own pockets, as seen here.

There wasn’t a whole lot in the way of new stuff to announce at the panel, we fans just had more of a good time hanging out at the panel. There was however, from the network executive of Burn Notice that had a rather good sense of humor, a big surprise announcement, as seen here!


And Another Thing…

There is a phenomenon occurring here at Comic-Con every single night thus far that I’ve noticed. Around 7 pm or so, several panels get out simultaneously, and a legion of humanity clogs the front walkways of the convention center. Several things may occur if you find yourself there for the first time, literally stuck in traffic without a car!

Elbows and booted feet, wings on costumes and recording equipment carried by major Press are now officially weapons, and you may expect to have any one of these implements used violently upon you at any time inside the traffic clog.

‘Excuse me’, ‘Pardon me’, and any and all other manners of apology, even including ‘My bad, dude’ are immediately deleted from your and everyone else’s vocabulary the moment you enter the herd.

Once you enter the herd, you are propelled forth not under your own momentum but on those behind you, so expect to be trampled, have long waits where not a thing moves, and expletives all around. Just like in real traffic!

Strollers are now weapons as well, being loaded down with shwag instead of children. Small children are generally propelled through traffic ahead of the parental unit, to clear the way. I kid you not – noone wants to be the dick who stepped on a five-year.

Watch out for the smokers! Even being a smoker myself, I know better than to light one up and then join the mob, but there are plenty who don’t observe that nicety. Some folk actually lift their cigarettes up over the heads of others when traffic pauses, so be on the watch for, yes, ash in your hair.

Traffic goes both ways, there are absolutely no traffic signals of any kind, and every line, group, and troupe thinks they of course have the right of way, and first too. And don’t forget the buses, who have people line up for them at the, you guessed it, front convention hall walkway!

Ranted by Alicia Glass

The Yellow Shirt Darkside of Comic-Con 2010

Let me paint a picture for you Con-goers out there –

It’s about 12:25 in the afternoon or so and I am trying to figure out if there is a Press line at ALL for the Burn Notice panel. I’m prominently wearing my Con badge that says in big letters, PRESS. I approach one of the Yellow Shirts, as they are becoming known, the new security force apparently hired for this Con, who is currently surrounded by less than amused Con-goers trying to find a certain room. I wait until the group has dispersed, give it another minute or so out of respect for the Yellow Shirt’s temper, and then approached him myself to ask about the particulars of getting into Ballroom 20. And…

I actually got yelled at by this guy, who even included a few expletives. I won’t repeat what he said in the interest of propriety here, sufficit to say, we were completely unamused. I managed to calmly reply to him, “Excuse me?” and continued to calmly tell him that all I asked was for further information on entrance to Ballroom 20, and that perhaps he needed a lunch break, and then hurried away from him.

I have made a point of telling at least a few of the actual Comic-Con Staff of this experience, but the point is, it should have never happened. We Press work very hard at Comic-Con, yes there IS work involved thank you, and these new Security guys should at the very least be polite to the Con-goers, or I think they may find themselves without a hiring for next year.

Ranted by Alicia Glass

IRON MAN Armor and Stan Winston Tribute


Fans Will Be Treated To A Once-In-A-Lifetime Display of Iconic Creations, A
Multimedia Display, Exclusive Footage and Free Photo Opportunities in Honor of The
Legendary, Multiple Academy Award-Winning Visual Effects Genius

Calabasas, CA, July 17, 2010-The Mark I, Mark II and Mark III armor suits-Iron Man
armor from Iron Man and Iron Man 2, worn by Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark, and
the 14 foot Iron Monger armor suit worn by Jeff Bridges as Obadiah Stane in Iron Man
and the 14 foot AMP (Amplified Mobility Platform) Suit worn by Stephen Lang in
Avatar will be on display in Booth #1605 as Profiles in History, the world's largest
auctioneer of Hollywood memorabilia and Stan Winston Studio pays tribute to the late
visual effects legend Stan Winston at San Diego Comic-Con. Fans will be free to take
pictures with these enormous iconic creations, meet Matt Winston, actor and son of
Stan Winston and be treated to a special multimedia display.

"We are thrilled about hosting this tribute to the genius of Stan Winston, allowing
the fans a once in a lifetime opportunity to see some of his awe-inspiring creations
up close.  This celebration of Stan's visionary spirit will continue through the
creation of the Stan Winston School of Character Arts, which, in conjunction with
the Gnomon School of Visual Effects, will provide specialized training on techniques
learned by the legendary creature effects pioneer," said Joe Maddalena, President of
Profiles in History.

Profiles in History will host this tribute in #Booth 1605 during regular Comic-Con
hours as follows:

Wednesday, July 21: 6:00PM - 9:00PM (Preview Night)
Thursday, July 22 through Saturday, July 24: 9:30AM - 7:00PM
Sunday, July 25: 9:30AM - 5:00PM

Comic-Con attendees are also invited to attend a special panel, The Winston Effect,
on Saturday, July 24, from 5:30-6:30 in Room 7AB, followed by a Q&A. Creature and
VFX luminaries will discuss Stan Winston's impact on the art of Character Creation -
past, present and future. The panel will include messages from Jim Cameron and Tim
Burton about a thrilling new Stan Winston endeavor. Panelists include John
Rosengrant (Stan Winston Lifer and co-owner of Legacy Effects), Shane Mahan (Stan
Winston Lifer and co-owner of Legacy Effects), J. Alan Scott (Animatronic Effects
Supervisor and co-owner of Legacy Effects), Alec Gillis (Academy Award nominated
co-founder of Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.),Tom Woodruff, Jr. (Academy Award winning
co-founder of Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc.), Howard Berger (Academy Award winning
co-owner of KNB EFX), Van Ling (VFX Supervisor, problem-solver and
troublemaker), Alex Alvarez (Founder and president, the Gnomon School of Visual
Effects), and Matt Winston (Actor and co-founder of SWSCA).

Profiles in History's next auction will be LOST: The Official Show Auction, taking
place August 21 and 22, live from Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, CA. For details,
please visit: http://www.profilesinhistory.com/lost-the-auction.html.

About Profiles in History:

Founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena, Profiles in History is the nation's leading
dealer in guaranteed-authentic original historical autographs, letters, documents,
vintage signed photographs and manuscripts.  Profiles in History has held some of
the most prestigious and successful auctions of Hollywood memorabilia. Their
auctions include costumes, props and set pieces from both vintage and contemporary
film, television, and rock 'n roll. Profiles in History's location in Calabasas
Hills, CA- virtually a stone's throw away from every major Hollywood studio -
ensures a constant flow of fantastic and rare collectibles. With an extensive
network of dealers, collectors, and institutions, they are proud to play an
important role in the preservation of motion picture history.

Prior Profiles in History Hollywood auctions highlights include the "Cowardly Lion"
costume from The Wizard of Oz ($805,000); a full-scale model T-800 Endoskeleton from
Terminator 2: Judgment Day ($488,750); Marilyn Monroe's "Diamonds" dress from
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes ($356,500); a King Kong six-sheet movie poster ($345,000);
the Command Chair from the "U.S.S. Enterprise" ($304,750); the original "Robot" from
Lost in Space ($264,500); Luke Skywalker's lightsaber ($240,000); Margaret
Hamilton's "Wicked Witch" hat from The Wizard of Oz ($230,000); the Black Beauty car
from The Green Hornet ($192,000); George Reeves' Superman costume from The
Adventures of Superman ($126,500); the H.R. Giger designed Alien creature suit from
Alien ($126,500); a full-scale T-Rex head from Jurassic Park ($126,500), the Leaping
Alien Warrior figure from Aliens ($126,500), Christopher Reeve's 'Superman' costume
from Superman: The Movie ($115,000), C-3PO's helmet ($120,000),  The Wizard of Oz
'Winkie' Guard Costume ($115,000); a "Ming the Merciless" cape from Flash Gordon
($115,000) and the Hydraulic screen-used Velociraptor from The Lost World: Jurassic
Park II ($115,000).

Showtime Launches “Dexter Game On” at Comic-Con 2010


In A Television Network First, SHOWTIME Teams Up With
SCVNGR To Design An Interactive Mobile Experience

NEW YORK, NY - (July 15, 2010) - As part of a multi-tiered programming, digital and
marketing campaign custom-designed for the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con, SHOWTIME
announced the launch of Dexter Game On
(DexterGameOn.com<http://www.dextergameon.com>), an interactive promotional game
that will take place simultaneously at San Diego Comic-Con and in five other major
cities across the U.S. from Wednesday, July 21 to Sunday, July 25. SHOWTIME has
worked with SCVNGR - an iPhone and Android-based application that is all about going
places, doing challenges and earning points - to build DEXTER(tm)-themed challenges
for the game. The collaboration marks the first time that a television network has
teamed up with SCVNGR.

Players of Dexter Game On are asked to step into Dexter's mind to unlock exclusive
content from the series' upcoming fifth season and for a chance to pick up
DEXTER-themed merchandise, including season four DVDs. Devoted fans of the series
know that all of Dexter's victims are marked with a small incision on their right
cheek, and at Comic-Con, those fans can show their love for the series by sporting a
DEXTER "cheek slash" tattoo. SHOWTIME will hand out over 100,000 lick-'n-stick
tattoos during all four days of Comic-Con. Tattoos will be available throughout the
convention floor, at the SHOWTIME booth (#4129), and will be distributed by street
teams outside the convention center.
Fans are encouraged to take pictures of themselves sporting their tattoos at various
locations around the convention and upload them to the Dexter Game On site
(DexterGameOn.com<http://www.dextergameon.com>). At Comic-Con, players will explore
San Diego through the check-in-based Dexter-themed Trek on SCVNGR
(scvngr.com<http://www.scvngr.com>) - venues will range from the SHOWTIME booth, to
an innocent coffee shop nearby, and will culminate in a "crime scene" location to be
revealed near the convention center. As gamers complete the trek, they will have the
opportunity to earn limited edition SCVNGR badges that can be redeemed for DEXTER
merchandise, including the early release of 250 copies of the DEXTER season four

Fans that are unable to join SHOWTIME at Comic-Con can actively play in New York,
Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle and Atlanta with SCVNGR treks custom designed locally
for their area.  SHOWTIME has also created a new "cheek-slash-yourself" Facebook
application, where fans can upload tattoos directly to their online profile photos
on Facebook. Fans playing DEXTER GAME ON across the country will work as a hive -
each challenge completed at Comic-Con, in the five participating cities, and via
Facebook gets tallied on the official counter on
DexterGameOn.com<http://DexterGameOn.com>. Once the Dexter community amasses 100,000
completed challenges, a never-before-seen sneak peek of the series' upcoming fifth
season will be unlocked and available for all fans to see.

"At SHOWTIME, we pride ourselves for being at the cutting edge of technology and are
excited to be the first television network to join forces with Scvngr," said Robert
Hayes, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Digital Media, Showtime Networks
Inc. "Comic-Con is the perfect venue to further engage our loyal fans with this
robust interactive social media game, while providing added value to our over three
million Dexter fans on Facebook."

"The DEXTER challenges on SCVNGR are truly killer," said Seth Priebatsch, Chief
Ninja of SCVNGR. "Fans should grab the SCVNGR app and play Dexter Game On at
Comic-Con, and all across the country to help unlock an exclusive sneak peek at the
upcoming fifth season of DEXTER."

As previously announced, SHOWTIME will headline the opening day of San Diego
Comic-Con hosting two panels on Thursday, July, 22 in Ballroom 20. THE ANTI-HEROES
OF SHOWTIME (4:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.) will feature series creators, showrunners and
actors who have helped define the network's programming line-up. Featured panelists
include Michael C. Hall and DEXTER showrunner Chip Johannessen, David Duchovny and
executive producer and creator Tom Kapinos of Californication, Mary-Louise Parker
and executive producer and creator Jenji Kohan of Weeds, along with Linda Wallem,
executive producer, writer and one of the creators of NURSE JACKIE and series star
Paul Schulze.

Then, from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Comic-Con will once again welcome America's
favorite serial killer with a revealing interview and Q&A session with the stars and
executive producers of Dexter that will include an exclusive first-look trailer of
the highly anticipated season five premiere.  Featured panelists include series
star/executive producer Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington, and
executive producers John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton, Chip Johannessen and Manny Coto.
The fifth season of DEXTER premieres September 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT only on SHOWTIME.

will launch a dedicated Comic-Con microsite that will bring the convention
experience to the fans that are not able to attend. The site will host the highly
anticipated season five Dexter trailer and content from the Anti-Hero panel, to be
showcased immediately after the Comic-Con panels.