A behind-the-scenes look at San Diego Comic-Con, the world's largest comic book convention, and the fans who attend every year.
|Release Date||:||September 10, 2011|
|Production Company||:||Mutant Enemy Productions|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Writers||:||Jeremy Chilnick, Morgan Spurlock, Joss Whedon|
|Casts||:||Seth Rogen, Kevin Smith, Corey Feldman, Kenneth Branagh, Thomas Jane, Guillermo del Toro, Seth Green, Eli Roth, Joss Whedon, Edgar Wright, Stan Lee, Frank Miller, Paul Dini, Matt Groening, Grant Morrison|
|Plot Keywords||:||pop culture, comic book, fan culture, science fiction, cosplay, fan convention, fandom|
I thought this film was well-made, using an interview format to tell the real story about Comicon. I actually went to the 2010 show that Spurlock used to document SDCC and I was surprised to see myself in the photo pit with others shooting the Mass Effect cosplayers. Maybe I should get a residual.
The film follows some fans and their stories, what their goals are for the con and a nice wrap-up with what they actually achieved. I especially liked James and his girlfriend as he prepared to propose marriage to her at the Kevin Smith panel. Very funny, especially when she makes the remark "I hope James doesn't ask any stupid questions." Indeed.
The clips from fans and actors was cool as well. The Kevin Smith F-bombs at the end though, I could have done without.
I've been following Mile High Comics outspoken owner Chuck Rozanski for some time, since he used to write for the now defunct Comic Buyers' Guide. His insight into the comics business and getting in a free plug for Mile High was a smart business move getting it all on film. Chuck is not totally correct that San Diego is not focused on comics.
They are right though that comics have fallen to a secondary status with the A-List stars and Hollywood's impact on the show.
To have to show dial down a bit to two shows has been proposed, aka Anaheim and San Diego. Another alternative was for the Hollywood end to go to Los Angeles.
Film is recommended and very cheap on Amazon Instant Video, only 99 cents to rent!