Over the past week, a lot of people have asked me ‘How did comic con go?’
That’s a hard question to answer because, well, it’s still going….
We went to Comic Con primarily to introduce people to ‘Shockwave, Darkside’. Not just the film and the comic, but the entire universe. The heartening thing that we discovered is that people are really supportive of all kinds of filmed science fiction. Not just the big budget sci-fi that invades the multiplexes every summer, but all sorts of off-the-beaten-trek kinda stuff. Comedy sci-fi, horror sci-fi, steampunk, etc… In fact, there’s a hunger for it. I always thought that was the case, but Comic Con really confirmed it for me…
Over and over we kept hearing ‘good for you!’, ‘It’s about time for indie sci-fi’, and ‘you’re taking on the studios…’
Well, yes and no.
I do have to admit that it was pretty daunting being under the same, massive roof as Tron: Legacy, Harry Potter, Star Wars & Sucker Punch. So there I sat, in our Keenspot booth, handing out post cards and dog tags amongst comic writers selling their books and artists signing their sketches, with our trailer playing at full bore, talking to a multitude of Elves, Superheroes and Starfleet Admirals. But the thing is, most people understood that there was no way that we could ever compete with the big-time studio-presence, so that made us a bit of a curio. And it brought people in.
The vibe was very grass-roots and informal – where everybody had a chance to sit down, hang out and talk about the film. It was a great opportunity for those interested in ‘Shockwave’ to talk to myself, the producers and Benny Powell, our eponymous comic book editor, in a way that larger productions could never support.
The result was a really interesting conversation between filmmakers and audience, comic book creators and readers, and fan-to-fan. It was really energizing and affirming. One guy I was talking to remembers the Comic Con of not too long ago, before people would scratch their heads and think ‘Gee, what’s Glee doing here?’, and summed it up by declaring ‘You just saved Comic Con from itself!’ That’s high praise indeed.
In the end, we received a very nice write up in the LA Times, unveiled our 3D trailer at the Keenspot panel and generally had a great time. But, as I said - it really doesn’t seem like the end of the Comic Com experience, it feels like the start of something else.
I mean, I have a movie to edit for cryin’ out loud… But more on THAT later!