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Dee Animated moving…

October 14, 2008

So I thought I had all this time to do two blogs at the same time. Delusions of grandeur. 😉 Anyways, the posts here won’t be dying by any means, just moving over to Visual Crack. So there won’t be any new entries following this one and all the posts you liked finding here will just be moving over to the Visual Crack site.

But not to worry, Dee Animated will not be decommissioned until all the posts have been moved appropriately. I’m hoping comments might transfer over too, but if not, sorry if yours got deleted and feel free to repost of course. See you on Visual Crack.

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*Ajikan! One Reason to Love J-Rock

September 2, 2008

For most of us in the English-speaking world, our first introduction to J-Rock/Pop is via anime opening and closing songs. Occasionally you might stumble across a few artists other ways (found Shiina Ringo and Gackt via youtube, and Ellegarden and Bump of Chicken thanks to a Pillows tribute album), but I’m not ashamed, nor should we be, to say we found an artist because of anime. (I think FLCL is enough said).

I plan to review my other favorite J-Rock/Pop artists in the future–some being mentioned above–but lately I’ve had nothing short of a rabbid infatuation with Asian Kung-Fu Generation (Ajikan or AFKG for short, depending on which language you speak). My first introduction to Ajikan was with Naruto and Haruka Kanata, the second opening song. I had it in my anime list on my iPod and liked the song, but thought nothing much more of the band. At the time I was more obsessed with the Pillows and Bump of Chicken (well, still am).

After hearing the full version of Haruka Kanata some time later, I fell in love with the style and vocals and needed more Ajikan. (I was also looking for more Orange Range at the time, Ajikan won out–not that I don’t still love Orange Range). Ajikan is a bit well-known in the anime world, currently for After Dark, the seventh opening for Bleach. Ajikan’s music can also be found on other anime, such as Fullmetal Alchemist, the fourth opening Rewrite, the theme song for Tekkon Kinkreet Aru Machi no Gunjou, and of course as mentioned Naruto.

But don’t think anime is all they’re good for.

The albums I’ve been listening to currently (as I like to take a few at a time) are:
Feedback File
Kimi Tsunagi Five M
Sol-Fa

Feedback File (2006) is probably my favorite of the list. It’s a mix of studio and live–the live portions being what really sold me on this album–though a great album overall. My favorite song on this album and current Ajikan favorite overall has to be Re:Re: I’ve heard it live and studio, and I have to say, get it live, it’s loads better. Sometimes you’ll get artists who sound good studio, but terrible live, this is definitely not the case with Ajikan. Often you’ll find they’re better live.

From Kimi Tsunagi Five M (2003) and Sol-Fa (2004) I’m loving the songs No Name and Yoru no Mukou. But it’s not like those are the only good ones. Ajikan just makes your listening time fun (and the commute by car or train less annoying).

Something else I admire about Ajikan is the fabulous album art. They recently did the Nano-Mugen festival album compilation art (and you can easily tell it was their art). And by the way, if you’re in Japan, you may want to check out the Nano-Mugen festivals in the future if you haven’t been going. This year (July) they had Third Eye Blind, Stereophonics, our boys Ajikan, Ellegarden, Phantom Planet and Art-School to name a few. This year it was held at Yokohama Arena.

So Ajikan comes highly, highly recommended. If I were going to name American bands to compare, I’d have to say Weezer meets Jimmy Eat World meets Stone Temple Pilots with a little bit of A Perfect Circle thrown in. I’d probably put it one or two notches above the Pillows in a “hard rock” scale, so not head banging, but not super light either.

And if anyone knows where you can get some sweet Ajikan shirts, bags, etc., please post a comment and leave a trail. I’m frequenting ebay, but none too successful as of late.

HOW TO LISTEN:
Pandora has one album. iTunes has got none. Amazon and ebay are probably your best bets album-wise, and there are a few of the songs around the net available to preview streaming. Friends from/in Japan are helpful as well, but however you do it, give this band a go. It will be worth it.

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Dee-lightfully yours…

August 27, 2008

In lieu of pondering doing a Bleach review like my Naruto one, or wondering which new anime series to watch (currently I’m re-watching Samurai Champloo), I didn’t want to leave the blog entry-less until I figured out what to do review-wise.

So… I decided to personalize, just a bit.

Yes, this will probably get the least read statistics when I’m looking over the blog, but no matter. We’ve always got to start somewhere.

Anyways, I’m currently reading the Maha Go Go Go manga [Japanese comics, and BTW, pronounced MAN (with the A like in mama) – GA (same thing as before with the A). If I hear one more person call it meingaa (like kanga)…..], which has done nothing to help with the wait for the Speed Racer DVD release. I suppose I could watch the old series again. (Well, the manga and the soundtrack. Good soundtrack, by the way.)

I’ve also tried to take up knitting. Yeah, I know, sounds totally dorky, but after I saw this Wonder Woman sweater, well, I imagined the possibilities. This is obviously something incredibly advanced, so I’m working on a beanie. Knitting is fun and it does look cool rather quickly, however the biggest problem I have with it is the time it takes. It makes me wonder how we as the world survived before textile factories…

I’m also in the midst of finishing off Doctor Who: Series 2. It took me a lot longer than I had thought to warm up to David Tennant. It’s not that I don’t like him as an actor, it’s that I found myself wishing for the Eccleston days. There may be a part of me that always misses that Doctor, but Tennant has solidified himself as far as I’m concerned. I’m hooked.

And believe it or not, yours truly is stressing over an upcoming kung fu test. My master is from Taiwan, so he doesn’t subscribe to any kind of belt system. We have three levels: teacher, disciple, and master. (I often explain it as starting off as a padawan, then jedi, jedi knight, and jedi master.) So I’m looking to leave my padawan status and become a jedi–teacher. The toughest thing right now isn’t necessarily the forms but the other parts, like holding the horse stance for two minutes and other proof of flexibility and strength requirements. *sigh* It makes me wish I’d done this as a kid, it’d be easier now. 😉

Lastly I want to recommend a website, I mean, since this is a blog about animation stuffs. This is my manga avatar I designed at Faceyourmanga.com. Contrary to what it says on the front, you don’t have to pay anything to get at least an avatar appropriate sized copy of your avatar. (And if you’ve got skills with Illustrator, getting a hi-rez version should be no problem). Head on over and see what you come up with.

So, that’s what’s happening currently in Dee world. (And only a few weeks to go for Speed Racer DVD, Avatar Book 3 DVD, and Pushing Daisies Season One DVD).

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*Fox sues WB over Watchmen?

August 21, 2008

This is super lame, Fox. Seriously, are you really that pathetic now that you have to resort to this?

Twentieth Century Fox is trying to stop Warner Bros. from releasing the Watchmen. In a lawsuit, Fox says it acquired the motion pictures rights to the graphic novel in the ’80s, and when it gave up some of those rights in 1991, it held onto the right to distribute the movie.

Monday, a federal judge in Los Angeles agreed with Fox’s claim and said there is enough evidence to keep the lawsuit moving forward. As a result the film’s March 16 release is on hold until the two sides or a judge settles the dispute. Fox has announced that instead of seeking a share of the sure-fire hit, it is intent on stopping the movie from being released.

The complaint states that when Fox teamed up with producer Larry Gordon in 1991 to develop a Watchmen movie, the rights were transferred to them and so was due payment if the film was ever made. Things didn’t work out in developing the movie so Fox and Gordon went their separate ways. In 2006, Gordon made a deal with Warner Bros. to make Watchmen and Fox is saying they never got paid.

Zack Snyder, director of 300 and Watchmen, has finished shooting the movie with stars Patrick Wilson, Carla Gugino and Billy Crudup, and is continuing post production. Watchmen is based on the groundbreaking graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.

Well, at least they didn’t try and bring it to suit in January 2009, but STILL. I’m sure some of you are thinking, boycott Fox, but what’s that honestly going to do? What might get the right kind of attention would be sending smiley faces to Fox executives. (Because, yeah, you can quit watching 24 and the Sarah Conner Chronicles, but you’re not hurting Fox you’re hurting the producers, actors, and writers of those shows).

Anyways, thought I’d share the lame story.

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*Comic-Con 2008: Swag, Costumes, etc.

August 1, 2008
Bags were a popular handout this year.

Bags were a popular handout this year.

This will probably be my last entry for Comic-Con 2008, but there’s always the 2009 event upcoming. There are lots of forums to attend and lines to stand in, but that’s not all of the Comic-Con experience. There’s also the exhibit floor, the wacky costumes and of course, the free stuff.

As I mentioned earlier, I never was able to get me a “Big Frakkin Bag” and I’m sad I didn’t get the Pushing Daisies Warner Bros. bag either, but I still came away with loads of stuff, most of which is posters, sample books, and flyers (so many flyers), and a lot of which is not pictured here. I just wanted to give the curious an idea of what you’re in for. I think we may expect an increase in entry fee to the Con as well. Last year I believe it was $55 for a 4-day pass, this year it was $75 (which still sold out), I’m wondering if they’ll keep bumping it to see how far they can take it. I wouldn’t be surprised.

The Caped Crusaders--lego-ized!

The Caped Crusaders--lego-ized!

Lego Indy

Lego Indy

Something else to look forward to is what Lego will present. If it seems odd to you that Lego would be at a “comic” convention, well, it shouldn’t. Not with Lego Star Wars, Lego Batman, and Lego Indiana Jones all making it to consoles. I’d really like to take one of these statues home. I think they’ve had contests in the past. Anyone ever built something to these scales out of Legos? I’m always impressed.

The Dynamic Duo?

The Dynamic Duo?

Hyrulians invade!

Hyrulians invade!

Costumes. Lots of people dressed up. I think July could be the second most likely month to find grown ups wearing costumes in a perfectly acceptable environment (the first being Halloween).

And you are guaranteed to find someone dressed as a storm trooper, simply guaranteed. Take a moment to absorb.

more troops

storm troops

Storm trooper

another

People love to dress up. I’m kind of sad I didn’t have some kind of sweet costume I’d been working on all year (except for the all year part). Dunno, I’ve got friends who want to dress up next year, and well, it wouldn’t be Comic-Con without cosplay. If I do, I’ll post it here. 😉

A few more costumes to enjoy:
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mad?

mad?

aliens!

aliens!

the firelord!

the firelord!

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He's got the power...

He's got the power...

Quantum of Solace?

Quantum of Solace?

The exhibit hall is basically a quarter mile of booths, some with swag, some not. You can still buy comics (*wink*) but you can also pick up art from upcoming artists, get advance copies of books, or partial advance copies, or just look at awesome He-Man and Grayskull decor. And just because comics have a nerdy stigma, don’t think James Bond won’t be stopping buy.

yeah, that's a star trek guy takin' the photo

yeah, that's a star trek guy takin' the photo

If you’re tired of the forums on the inside, you can head just outside of the convention center, where there may be events going on. I particularly liked seeing all the statues promoting Mummy 3, but they also had people holding Fringe balloons and it’s also where I got my History Channel Dinosaur bag (kind of odd to be at Comic-Con, I thought, but whatever, it’s free).

Will Riker

Will Riker

And last but not least, a typical sight at a Comic-Con is the has-been actors. Oh, come on! Yes, he was in Star Trek: TNG, and yeah, he’ll probably always (at least to the Star Trek crowd) be remembered for it, but what has he done lately besides conventions and docs about Star Trek. Honestly? Well, either way, it was fun to see him and snap a photo anyways.

You can always count on a new Star Trek movie to bring the old stars back out of the attic. Which, btw, I’m a little excited for, simply because I love Zachary Quinto. Hey, is it wrong to love villains, namely Sylar. Sure, he’s evil, but he does such a good job at it.

Well, it’s been fun and interesting and crowded, but still a worthwhile go. The weather was great, and next time I really should try to see the San Diego sites instead of just hanging out with 25,000 + people all day. 2009, here we come!

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*Comic-Con 2008: Day Three (July 26)

July 31, 2008

10:30-11:45 Heroes: Exclusive First Look at “Villains” and Q&A with the Entire Cast, Tim Kring, and Tim Sale

Although I showed up an hour and a half before the forum started, and it was in Hall H, the biggest room they’ve got–basically it didn’t matter. The line wrapped around the basically the entire building. People likely camped out the night before and blah, blah, blah, I went and had breakfast instead. You can find and watch the panel on youtube, and hopefully this fall will bring a far better season than last year.

11:15-12:30 Quick Draw!

From the Comic-Con guidebook:

It’s the battle of the cartoonists, featuring the one artist who may be the match for the reigning champs! Join Sergio Aragonés (the world’s fastest cartoonist), the quick-witted and quicker-penned Scott Shaw, and the new kid, editorial and syndicated cartoonist Mike Peters (Mother Goose and Grimm), as they place their pens to paper to do their fastest, most clever work, while you watch them draw on the big screen. Host Mark Evanier puts them through their paces in one of Comic-Con’s most popular annual events.

sample of Quickdraw art

sample of Quickdraw art projected onto screens

If for some reason (like hordes of people) you can’t get into your desired forums, or if you just don’t see anything you want to go to, this is the forum for you. Sergio is always there (or has been since I’ve been going), and it’s a lot of fun to watch these artists at work. I was a little sad in thinking I wouldn’t see it because of other forums, but since Heroes was out of the question, as was Futurama and Simpsons (since if you couldn’t get into Heroes, that was the next best long line), it made my Saturday morning worthwhile.

11:30-12:30 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Screening and Q&A

I tried to get into this. Yeah… Saturday was busier than ever and kind of made me consider heavily attending Wonder Con instead.

12:30-2:00 Cartoon Voices

This is also a traditional panel at the Con. A bunch of famous voice actors get together and do an old radio show together–though in their own way. This too is another great forum to just relax and be entertained (if you can’t get into your forum/nothing good is going on). I recommend you do it at least once if you visit the Con. And since attending the Con is becoming more and more popular, you may want to keep it in mind.

In attendance this year was: Jason Marsden* (Fairly OddParents, Loonatics Unleashed), Wally Wingert (The Garfield Show, Family Guy), Phil LaMarr (Justice League, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends), Alicyn Packard (The Mr. Men Show, World of Warcraft), TV legend Chuck McCann, and Tom Kenny* (SpongeBob SquarePants)

12:45-1:45 Exclusive Q&A with the writers of The Office

I kept checking the line for this one, it was still wrapped around the hall and then some. But by a fluke I happened to get in just as it ended. I didn’t see Dwight (Rainn Wilson) (he was surrounded by rabbid fans), but I saw Ryan the temp (B.J. Novak). It did make me very sad to miss this one, but the room would be holding the Pushing Daisies panel later, so feeling lucky that I would make it to at least one panel I had really wanted to go to (no Dollhouse, no BSG, no Chuck, no Fringe… *sob*). If I haven’t stressed it enough, Saturday is a tough day.

Creator created Freaks & Geeks

Paul Feig created Freaks & Geeks

2:00-3:00 Comics: Across Every Medium

A filler panel, truly, and for the most part I didn’t care and doodled while waiting for Pushing Daisies. I was, however, interested when both Paul Feig (creator of Freaks & Geeks) and David Goyer (Batman Begins) spoke. Paul Fieg said he wanted Freaks & Geeks (a fabulous short-lived TV series if you haven’t see it) to be timeless, which is a part of the reason he had it take place in the late ’70s early ’80s area. He added that it’s harder to do it contemporary, simply for the fact that a song that’s super popular when they’re filming could be super overplayed/unpopular by the time it hit syndication.

He also mentioned how it’s interesting that it’s not as taboo as it was to admit you read comics, especially with all the comic book movies that have been hitting recently–and especially this year. David Goyer added that WB wants an executive who knows comics–after all, they’re turning into a moneymaking area.

Goyer said Chris Nolan has NOT said anything about doing a Batman 3, and is really just wanting to enjoy the success of Dark Knight and go on vacation for a while and then they’ll see. So if there is going to be a Batman 3, we shouldn’t be expecting news of it for at least another month.

3:15-4:15 Pushing Daisies Screening and Q&A

The Piemaker (Lee Pace) and Chuck (other girl)

The Piemaker (Lee Pace) and Chuck (Anna Friel)

Yay! I made it! And here we have finally, the Pushing Daisies panel, with everyone in attendance (And I have to say ‘boo’ to the San Diego Convention guys who thought cramming this panel into such a small room was a great idea. They easily could have filled a larger sized room–and maybe taken care of the line problem as well). In attendance: Lee Pace (The Fall), Anna Friel (Land of the Lost), Chi McBride (Boston Public), Ellen Greene (Little Shop of Horrors), Swoosie Kurtz (Superman Doomsday), Kristin Chenoweth (The West Wing, Wicked), and executive producer/creator Bryan Fuller (Heroes).

Last season definitely left us hanging, but the trailer they showed didn’t do much to resolve, only to excite. If you haven’t jumped on the Pushing Daisies bandwagon, now might be a good time to start. You can watch 4 episodes on the ABC site, but if you don’t mind Chinese subs and you can’t wait for the DVD to hit shelves (September 16), then you can use SurftheChannel.com to get the rest (only 9 episodes thx to the writer’s strike).

Cast of Pushing Daisies (minus Lee, who is hidden)

Cast of Pushing Daisies (minus Lee, who is hidden)

The chat wasn’t much different than what Bryan Fuller had already said in previous forums. The cast did say, however, that they love making this show because it leaves them feeling happy. Lee said there’s a difference in the kind of show or performance you’re doing and how it leaves you feeling (he briefly mentioned Heath Ledger) and how it affects you. He loves being the piemaker because he feels happy afterward.

I know some critics (both professional and non) might say the show is too happy or too light for television. Have we really reached an age where something that makes you smile in an innocent way is no longer appropriate for TV? Really? I think the strong fanbase of the show would suggest otherwise.

My favorite moment during the panel was when a young girl (like 8) said hello to Kristin and asked her if she would sing a song. Kristin obliged. (Once again, video quality not spectacular, but you can hear Kristin just fine.)

END OF DAY AND CONVENTION (FOR ME)

Since I couldn’t get into Fringe that was it for me. The evening on a Saturday consists of the Masquerade ball, where a lot of the best (and sometimes the worst) costumes are judged. True Blood sponsored it this year. Wonder if they served red punch. 😉 I didn’t stick around for Sunday, so no, no Supernatural or Smallville panels for me.

That’s not the end of the Comic-Con posts for 2008, however. I’ve got pics from the exhibit floor and fun costumes I saw and the wacky obsession with storm troopers Con goers seem to have. So look for that, hopefully tomorrow.

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*Comic-Con: Day Two (July 25)

July 30, 2008

11:00-12:00 Print The Legend: Mike Grell and Mark Ryan

I went to this forum to make sure I was in for Samurai Girl later, and although they had some interesting stories to tell, I wish I’d gone to Powerpuff Girls 10th Anniversary and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. Anyways, they’ve got a website of free daily comics and are currently working on their new graphic novel, The Pilgrim. Anyways, there wasn’t much of anything for concept art or anything at the forum, but his art is interesting, so I’ll probably check it out.

?? (??), ?? (?? aka Samura Girl), and ?? (??)

Cast members: Brendan Fehr (Jake Stanton), Jamie Chung (Heaven aka Samurai Girl), and Stacy Keibler (Karen)

12:00-1:00 ABC Family: Samurai Girl

This is just going to be a miniseries for now, three days of 2 hour programs on ABC Family. The preview looked sort of interesting, but having studied a little martial arts myself, at least from the preview her sword handling looked weak. Granted, a lot of it was from the training stages, but I guess it also bugs that instead of an Asian guy teaching her the sword (like in the books) it’s some random white dude who’s supposed to be an ex-Yakuza. *sigh*

To be quite honest it was a little disappointing, and I’ll probably check it out when it comes to Netflix or watch it online.

Eepy Bird creators

Eepy Bird creators

What was a little entertaining was to find out the guys from Eepybird.com (the diet coke and mentos bellagio fountainesque show) are doing another video, this time with stickie notes. They showed a little preview of it, and I don’t know that I’d watch ABC Family that night just for that, but I’m sure it’ll be another fun internet video to pass around. (Said preview available on their website).

1:45-2:45 Ghostbusters: The Video Game

After Samurai Girl I headed over to check out this awesome upcoming game, but very sadly…. canceled. 😦

1:45-2:45 Entertainment Weekly’s The Visionaries: Showrunners

So with nothing better to do, and since I wanted to get in for forums later, I headed over to room 6CDEF. The time in my head must have been messed up, because for some reason I thought this was already the World of Warcraft panel. It was a pleasant surprise to realize what it truly was (and despite being wrapped around the other side of the room, I got in). The Comic-Con guide description:

Carlton Cuse (Lost), Damon Lindelof (Lost), Josh Schwartz (Chuck, Gossip Girl), Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies), and Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) are the television producers who are changing the face of television with deeply immersive entertainments marked by distinctive, cutting edge storytelling. They have also been at the forefront of bringing “genre programming” or “cult TV” to the mainstream. Prepare for a candid conversation about creative integrity in a commercial medium and the future of broadcast TV in an increasingly digital world. Spoiler Alert! Upcoming plot developments may be teased. Moderated by Entertainment Weekly senior writer Jeff Jensen.

It was a lot of fun to hear the creators talk about where they got their ideas, but most of them spouted plentiful amounts of thanks to fans. (Yay to us!) Of course, they wouldn’t disclose where the island was on Lost they were lost on–though they did ask fans where they thought a good place for the island to be would be. 😉

I’m also a Bryan Fuller fan, and one fan asked him why he went from basically the darkness and death of Dead Like Me to a surreal bubblegum happy world of Pushing Daisies. He said the idea for Pushing Daisies occurred to him while producing Dead Like Me. He thought a character who could bring people back to life might be interesting in kind of messing up George’s job. When asked if George might do a cross over on Pushing Daisies, he said he thought it would be interesting, but wanted to keep his piemaker the only one with special powers for now.

3:00-4:00 World of Warcraft

There wasn’t a lot of talk about online gaming–just a brief mention of the dark knights and upcoming expansion. Mostly this forum was about the other games (board games or something) and some sweet looking collector’s figures. They’ve decided to do a WOW monsters focus, and included were murlocs (sp?), hydras, the swamp elementals (can’t remember the name), and a few mini-bosses. So if you’re into that sort of stuff, look forward to that.

Other than that, just a pass the time forum.

4:15-5:15 Spotlight on Jim Butcher

I have to shamefully admit, I didn’t have any idea who Jim Butcher was prior to the forum, though the Dresden name did ring a bell. After hearing him talk, I’m definitely going to check out the Dresden Files series, which is about a wizard who investigates strange happenings in Chicago. I’m probably not doing this any sort of justice, but he kept me entertained for the hour of his forum and piqued my interest, so I’ll check them out.

On the TV show running currently on Sci-Fi he said he wasn’t really sure about the look of the guy they cast for Harry, but he thinks he plays Harry well. Anyone seen the show? That might be worth a look into as well.

Howard Gordon, Kiefer Sutherland, and Jon Cassar

Howard Gordon (producer), Kiefer Sutherland (Jack Bauer), and Jon Cassar (director)

5:30-6:30 24

This was really the one I was waiting for. It’s kind of strange when you get to see the actors in person, surrealistic. You know them so well, but they don’t know you. It’s weird…

Anyways, this may contain some spoiling info, so you may want to scroll down. There’s a prequel series coming in November 2008, starting off with Jack in Africa trying to save kids from being taken into basically rebel armies. It addresses the disturbing issues of kids being used in war and given weapons and told to fight (I mean KIDS, not like 18 yr olds, like 13 and under kids).

Carlos Bernard, Harold ???

Carlos Bernard (Tony Almeda), Howard Gordon

Also present at the forum was Carlos Bernard, which excited me, because Tony is one of my favorite characters. But what does that mean? Yep, not really dead–again. 😉 I guess in season seven, Tony starts out “evil” but Jack supposedly straightens him out. Carlos was a great addition to the forum and every time they mentioned possibly killing off Tony again, he stood up and laid down bills in front of the writer (aka bribing to keep him on the show) 😉

Kiefer was great. He thanked the fans repeatedly, and is basically one of the nicest guys you could ever meet. He tried to stay as long as he could, even with event personal trying to move them out for the next panel, to give everyone an autograph that he could. He also had some cool things to say about fans. Now, look….. the video quality isn’t great, it was rushed to capture and is at cell phone size basically, but it’s what he says that matters. So check it out.

just another fun Kiefer shot

just another fun Kiefer shot

I’m definitely looking forward (as I’m sure we all were back early on this year) for season seven. A couple of my favorite Kiefer moments from the forum was when a fan asked about when Jack ate or went to the bathroom, etc. Kiefer and the writers laughed and Kiefer said they try to start up scenes in Washington with him coming out of the bathroom, etc., to try and address that.

Another fan said I’ve noticed that you say “da**it” a lot, why is that? Kiefer said since TV is a bit limiting, he came to the point where that was the best word for him to use to express his frustration. The fan asked him if he’d say “da**it Cameron” and of course, Kiefer obliged in full Jack Bauer glory. 🙂 Luv the Kief!

6:30-7:15 Prison Break

I haven’t seen much of this show yet (it’s on the list) so I used the bathroom, but when I came back I saw most of the preview for the upcoming season and I guess Sara’s alive. Hope that comes as happy news to the faithful followers. Wentworth wasn’t there, sadly, though Dominic was (and he spent most of his time texting…) Anyhow, I’m sure the new season will please those who follow the show.

Avatar creators Bryan and Michael, and some Nick exec

Avatar creators Bryan and Michael, and some Nick exec

7:30-9:15 Nickelodeon Avatar: Sozin’s Comet

Basically we watched the last 2 episodes/parts of the Sozin’s Comet bunch. They confirmed that Book 3 was the LAST SEASON so there will be NO Book 4:Air–unless you count the little fan art presentation they put together. 😉 It was called Book 4: Air – The Forbidden Love, and had Katara and Zuko make out for awhile until they break up and Aang and Katara get back together. 😉

Avatar fans in costume

Avatar fans in costume

The fans were practically rabbid, but they did have some great costumes. I think the Appa costume (if you can see it) won first place. They had a great cross-dressing Sokka (when he dressed like the Kyoshi warriors), but he got nothing. 😦 Then they showed some fan art, but they cycled through it quickly, I was able to snap a couple good ones. The winners should be posted at Nick.com.

Samurai Champloo

hint: Samurai Champloo

A fan did ask about an Avatar soundtrack, which the creators said they were working on, but no official release date or even unofficial. *sigh* Hopefully it will come out in the very near future. They also said they’re very excited about the upcoming live-action films. Even though I’m not excited about M. Night directing them, if the creators are excited, hopefully it will turn out well. Hooray for Avatar anyhow. Remember,Book 3 is out in September.

10:45-12:00 Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog

I wanted to go to this, but unfortunately San Diego public trans shuts down around midnight, and I didn’t want to pay taxi fare, so I didn’t make it. But I did watch the three episodes with a friend who had them, and I highly recommend them to anyone but especially those out there in the Joss Whedonverse.

Joss and his bros basically decided they weren’t going to let the studios tell them when they could and couldn’t make something, so they made a web series about a villain named Dr. Horrible–a musical series. Don’t let that put you off though, the music is great and adds to the episodes delightfully. A soundtrack and fourth episode is for a fact upcoming. Check them out via download from iTunes, or you can watch them for free for now here.

END OF DAY

Tired and looking forward to the Heroes panel in the morning, I headed to bed early to get in line for the panel (which started at 10:30 am in the largest room) by 9 o’clock. Did I make it? Only the next day will tell.

And no, I didn't.