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Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope

As a die-hard fan of Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Serenity, Dollhouse, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, The Avengers, Cabin in the Woods etc.) I was thrilled to read at EW.com that the man whose works have accompanied the past two decades of my life will have his own action figure!

This miniature Whedon that you see depicted here, will be packaged along with the special edition DVD release of “Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope“, which will also include Morgan Spurlock, while another version of the DVD will be released with figures of Stan Lee and Harry Knowles. Toys “R” Us stores will exclusively feature the Whedon packages, which will be released on 10 July. Since this will be the sole venue of getting a Whedon action figure, it is my belief that the DVD sales for this documentary will skyrocket!

Having seen the documentary, i do not have much use of the dvd per se but i do want Mr. Whedon’s statue! Too bad that i will probably not be in a position to acquire this little gimmick. I predict that it will sold out instantenously and will become a collector’s item. Similarly, as shown in the movie, where there were people with vast collections of figures, standing in line for hours so they can get in fist, and running the hallways of Comic Con International in San Diego (the largest comic-con taking place each summer) so as to be able to buy the figurine missing from their collection.

The film focuses around 5 people (Skip, Eric, James, Holly, Chuck) and their Comic-Con experience. Skip is characterized as the Geek who wishes to create comics, Eric is the soldier that goes in hope of getting a job in the comic penciling business due to his talent. While Holly designs costumes and creatures with her friends for the cosplay competition. James met Se Young in Comic Con last year and they have been together ever since. He wants to propose during Kevin Smith’s panel. Chuck is the veteran comic book dealer, with vast comic collections, and some prized possessions that he might have to sell in order to break even. One of the theme’s analyzed in the film is that this started out as a comic convention and now has been taken over by the pop culture resulting to many people being unaware that there are actual comics there at the convention.

The documentary is also filled by comments from the producers: Joss Whedon, Stan Lee, Gill Champion and Harry Knowles, as well as stars like Seth Green, Frank Miller, Matt Groening, Seth Rogen, Eli Roth and Kevin Smith, who narrate their own memories from Comic-Con, and what it means for them. The main issue reiterated throughout the film has been that this event celebrates the fact that Geeks are no longer ostracized, but accepted as an increasing pop-culture audience that the companies are interested in carrying for them. It is underlined how much fun it is, how smelly and tiresome it is, as well as getting a sense of being part of something great (even if you are a Trekkie or a novice).

While i do want to visit Comic-Con International (San Diego), i am deterred by the fact that there are like 130.000 people visiting the convention each year. That and the fact that it is an expensive trip. But i do not despair, i am definite that some day i ll step through the San Diego Convention Center.


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