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Conan O’Brien Lego Superhero
Adult Swim Party
Venture Brothers. Shortly after this photo was taken I rubbed shoulders with the creator of the show.
From a bar in downtown SD that was transformed into Fangtasia.
A museum dedicated to the superhero awesomeness of Conan O’Brien.
Went to a party hosted by Robert Rodriguez. Hung out with Grant Morrison and Paul Shearer, and met some industry peeps. When we walked in, I could not stop freaking out. The place was garnished with original Frank Frazetta paintings. Unreal. Open bar. Fantastic catering. Best. Night. Ever.
Downtown SD
Making friends at Robert Rodriguez’s party.

Isotope Comics in San Francisco is one of the coolest comic shops I’ve ever visited. Actually, it’s called a comics lounge, and for good reason. Rather than having a neurotic owner breathing down your neck, making sure you’re not handling the merchandise too much, at Isotope Comics you’re encouraged to pull up a comfy chair, browse comics for hours, and talk shop with customers and staff.
When you walk in, you notice a few things: custom-made bright red couches that look like they would fit the décor of any hip LA club, a huge inventory of graphic novels that you can’t just find anywhere, the most impressive variety of independent comics you’ve ever seen, and lots of toilet seats mounted on the walls. Now, these aren’t ordinary toilet seats; these are toilet seats transformed into artwork and signed by various comic writers and artists: Mike Carey, Mark Millar, Rick Remember, Warren Ellis, James Callahan, and the list goes on and on. The best part is that the owner of the place, James, has a genuine love of comics that spills over, and he’s happy to give you an enthusiastic tour of his treasured toilet seats and to share a few funny stories about the writers/artists.
Not only does James give one fun, personable tour, but he knows his stuff. I’ve never talked to someone who knows so much about comics: new, old, independent, mainstream, manga, classics, horror… he seriously knows it all. He’s even served as a judge for the Eisner Award in comics.
If you’re in San Francisco, this place is a must-see. It was definitely one of the highlights of my trip. And if it’s your first time checking in there on Foursquare, you get 15% off your purchase. Beautiful interiors, huge selection, great staff, and tech savvy. What more could you want?
Visit their website and check out some of the awesome pics they have posted: http://isotopecomics.com.
PS- Be sure to see the gorgeous original Frank Quitely panels that hang above the register.
I’m a little late to this conversation, but I just want to say that I really like Wonder Woman’s new outfit. People have been complaining about her new threads and arguing about whether a demi-god needs a jacket.
You can check out DC’s blog to see the original reveal and commentary from fans. http://bit.ly/b4VLEV
Ever since the reveal, geeks have made harsh comments on the DC blog. One wrote, “I’m just going to pour a double vodka and go to bed and check into Arkham in the morning. This is the worst thing I’ve ever seen!” Another fan wrote, “This has to be a joke. I am literally sick to my stomach right now.” Others simply wrote, “I hate it,” and “Epic fail.”
Sure, the cropped jacked circa 1990 is a little weird, but I like to think that she can take it off. Jacket aside, I really like the modern twist on her crown and wrist bands. And all I can say is it’s about freaking time the woman has some pants. The poor girl has been wearing an overly patriotic swimsuit for the past 60 years.

I think everyone has been overreacting. Maybe the costume isn’t the best it can be, but it’s lightyears ahead of her old costume.

While waiting in never-ending lines at Comic-Con I had some time to catch up on actual comic reading. Locke & Key quickly became my new favorite comic, and I devoured the first two graphic novels, only to become frustrated and unsatisfied when I went to order the third one on Amazon and saw that it’s not out yet. I’ve been thinking about the story and wondering about what’s happening to my beloved characters.
I’ll be the first to acknowledge that the name of the comic is pretty lame– it doesn’t convey the striking images and gripping story that await in its pages.
Here are some illustrations that blew my mind, especially in the context of the story.

The story is gripping, sophisticated, and unlike anything I’ve ever read before. The plot is complicated enough to keep me wondering, but straightforward enough to keep me reading. There’s a perfect balance of suspense, dramatic irony, and nonlinear storytelling.
It’s about a family that moves to a house and they keep finding keys that do unusual things. As the family falls prey to some pretty twisted people, they try to figure some stuff out– like ghosts, echoes, and the human mind itself. It sounds innocent enough, but it’s a dark story. There’s death, murder, manipulation, sinister characters, disturbing images, and a whole lot of “WTF?” moments… but in a good way.

So I’ve been a bad girl, and I didn’t update my blog yesterday, which means I’m bursting to get tons of cool stuff off my chest. The last two days have been insane. Let’s start with what blew my mind the most.

THE ENTIRE AVENGERS CAST WAS REVEALED! Not only was the cast revealed, but everyone showed up, along with the film’s writer/director Joss Whedon. I kid you not, I had geek chills. I lost my voice screaming. So the big reveal everyone’s been waiting for: The Hulk will be played by Mark Ruffalo. And surprise! Jeremy Renner will play Hawkeye.
I have the highest hopes for The Avengers movie. It would be difficult for most writers and directors to juggle so many strong characters and actors at one time, but Whedon has experience doing exactly that with Firefly and Serenity. And I can’t wait for him to write some snarky lines for Tony Stark (snarky wit is another of Whedon’s specialties). I think he’s going to blow people away.
                                         
The highlight of the Green Lantern panel, believe it or not, was not the film footage (which was short and didn’t show much– it didn’t even show the suit). In fact, the highlight was when a young fan asked Reynolds to recite the Green Lantern oath, which he had refused to do on many other  occasions. You could see the kid brighten up and renew his love for comic book heroes as Reynolds said the lines in his best heroic voice.
                                                
Unlike the Green Lantern panel, the Thor panel showed a lot of polished footage. Visually, it looks great. The color palette, set design, and other-world feel was done well. Plus, I’m a sucker for Natalie Portman. What geek isn’t?
                                      
The Captain America footage was more like a teaser. It’s definitely going to be his origin story, set during WW II. What we saw, clearly showed what Marvel has already hinted at– that they’re carefully interweaving all their different characters into one universe, which isn’t an easy thing to do. The stories overlap slightly, and all the characters exist on the same plane, culminating in the big movie everyone’s waiting for– the Avengers. Pretty effing cool.
As a side note, there was a stabbing in Hall H today while I was there. It was pretty crazy. I guess a fan got into a scuffle and stabbed someone in the eye over a seat. The whole thing was so unexpected. Nothing like that has ever happened at Comic-Con. Geeks are such a peaceful people.
In case you haven’t heard, I’m at Comic-Con. The geek fest leaves me tired at the end of the day, but I’m going to try to leave little blog posts everyday, and I’ll fill in the blanks later. So here’s the coolest stuff from today.
                                    
Light cycle from Tron.
Set piece: throne room from Thor.
True Blood is coming out with a comic.
Tron Wii remote.
Prop from the Green Lantern movie: Abin Sur (the alien who gives Green Lantern his powers).
Got trapped in an action figure package.
Predator head.
Played with zombie movie props. Yes, that’s two chainsaws ducktaped onto a paddle.
While I’m at the Con, I’m constantly tweeting, and I upload photos to my Twitter first, so follow AshleyGeekGirl on Twitter if you want all the juicy details.

Kick-Ass is not your mom’s superhero movie. It’s better.
Based on the comic book by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr., this film is about a kid who decides to dress up like a superhero, fight evils of the world, and get his ass kicked. From the beginning it teems with dialogue to make you chuckle. By the end, you can’t suppress long-winded laughter.
 
Our main hero, affectionately called Kick-Ass, is played by Aaron Johnson— an actor made tabloid-famous for knocking up the director of his to-be-released follow-up film. But he owns Kick-Ass. Playing the geeky awkward kid, it would’ve been easy for him to slip into faux Michael Cera mode, but he doesn’t. He makes the character his own, and he’s relatable and likable.
 
As much as I love the title hero, the show-stealer is Hit Girl, played by my official favorite little actress: Chloë Moretz. Previously, she stole scenes in 500 Days of Summer. In Kick-Ass, this girl delivers her lines with such dry wit, you can’t help but adore her. Plus she’s the character who really does kick ass. As she swore like a sailor and brutally killed villains, my friend sitting next to me said, “Awww. She’s so cute.” Now that’s talent.
 

Putting aside the awesome actors, there’s only one word to describe the plot: fun.

 
At one point, the plot takes a turn that’s a little too over-the-top for my taste, but it’s a detail near the end that doesn’t hurt the film much.
 
Catch Kick-Ass in theaters with friends. It’s a blast.