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RIP Ralph Baer (1922-2014) I really, really hate writing obits. I really do. But I take it as a personal honor to be able to say good things about the men and women I respect, whether in this industry or just in my life, and Ralph Baer is the reason all of this exists in the first...

Wondercon 2009

Posted on Friday, March 6 @ 15:24:14 Eastern by Blake_Morse

Kirby Crakle

Name of a punk-popish duo from Seattle who sing songs about comic book super girls and video games. They had a booth to pimp their nerd-core rock and sell some CDs. Very friendly dudes who know their pop culture well. One of the members owns a comic shop. If you like music and you're a nerd, check them out.


Telltale Games

I spent some time with the good folks from Telltale, checking out their upcoming Wallace and Gromit Grand Adventure and trying to get an on-camera interview. But every attempt was met with some sort of technical difficulty. I did get to see enough to write a preview though. On Saturday I stopped by again to meet Steve Purcell, creator of Sam & Max, and get his autograph on my at least decade-old first print copy of the comic that started it all, Surfin' the Highway. He even drew me a quick sketch of the fellas on the inner page. The guy's hands are like lightning - I swear he did the whole thing in under a minute. Flawless Victory.


I held the hoverboard

I met the actor who played George McFly in the last two Back to the Future films, Jeffery Weissman. And while his presence alone was not that monumental, he did have something with him that was, at least to me, worth noting. The hoverboard prop from Back to the Future II, which he'd let you take pictures with for a donation to Michael J. Fox foundation for Parkinsons research.

To me, the hoverboard is a symbol of my childhood innocence being lost. As a young lad watching Back to the Future II in theaters, I remember leaving the theater and being excited as I thought of all the marvelous things that awaited me in the future. I couldn't wait to get there. Now, as an adult who is closer to his thirties than his teens, I can't help but wonder... where the hell is my goddamn hoverboard?!?!?


Cyborg Mice Arena

In the future, mankind will be gone and only half-robot half-rodents will remain as kings of the world.

This was the only Xbox Live self-published community game available for demo at WonderCon. While still in its early stages (they're looking for an artist if anyone needs a job), it looks to be a lot of fun. Based around classic Smash TV-style gameplay, you move your cyber-mouse around the game's arena, blowing up robots and collecting power-ups to get to the next level. I had to hand it to the game's creator, Martin Robaszewski, for coming up with a unique idea. And while you can't pick up the game yet, patches and T-Shirts of the armed futuristic Cyborg Mice were on sale and should be available soon (hopefully) at his site.


Marvel Ultimate Comics Panel

Marvel's Ultimate line of comics could probably be summed up as a modern retelling of the Marvel Universe's history. Though that's not entirely accurate, it's good enough for a brief summary of the panel, which consisted of Mark Paniccia, the guy in charge of the Ultimate line, and a special guest by the name of Arthur Adams, who they announced would be working on a secret upcoming project.

The big announcement was that all the Ultimate comics would now be under their own line simply called “Ultimate” as opposed to being under the classic red-band, white-block letters “Marvel” logo. Oh yeah, big announcement.

Right now, there's a big crossover event going on called “Ultimatum” (don't know how they came up with that title... so... clever...), where they're killing off just about anyone wearing a cape or spandex they can find. So they took a moment to hint that they are probably going to kill off their Spider-Man and replace him with someone else.

They also showed some pretty cool art of Wolverine fighting a panda bear. [Great... now I'm picturing Hugh Jackman butchering one of my people's national treasures. ~Ed. Nick Tan]

Once the mic was opened to audience questions, things went from bad to worse. Most folks just wanted to bitch about how they shouldn't let this artist draw this comic or let this guy write that comic. Not a single inquiry was thought out beyond their fanboy lust to complain about the things they supposedly love. The last guy asked when they were going to make a Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

Really, dude? You're gonna waste my time asking the most retarded question possible? Do you think the guy in charge of a struggling line of comics is going to have anything to do with that?

In summary: Read the Ultimates but never go to a panel on Marvel comics, EVER!

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