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    UltimateFighter
    Fatality's Blacksmith

  • UltimateFighter
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    Originally posted by Darth_Primus View Post
    I found the audition video of "The Designer" Holly Conrad for the ComicCon documentary on YouTube.

    + YouTube Video
    ERROR: If you can see this, then YouTube is down or you don't have Flash installed.
    Fascinating! I'm just so impressed by the level of time and dedication some of these people have. She deserves Free Comic Con tixs for the next 10 years!

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  • Darth_Primus
    Guardian of the Universe

  • Darth_Primus
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    Originally posted by UltimateFighter View Post
    So I don't know why, but I came across an update on that Red Raven #1 Comic Book the "Survivor" ... owner of Mile High Comics ... was displaying and trying to sell for half a million dollars to help his business stay afloat. Actually I think I might have googled Red Raven #1 since I had never heard of that comic and wanted to get some info on it and why it was so rare and expensive.

    Anyways, it sold in like November 2011 via a Heritage Auction for .... wait for it ... a bit less than $75K. A far cry from $500K!

    So he did end up selling it, I guess they ended up needing the money. Sadly it didn't bring very much (relatively speaking) so I hope Mile High Comics is going to be OK.
    Wow! Only $75K? (in comparison to $500K). I wonder was the starting bid was.

    I found the audition video of "The Designer" Holly Conrad for the ComicCon documentary on YouTube.

    + YouTube Video
    ERROR: If you can see this, then YouTube is down or you don't have Flash installed.

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  • projectile
    Sidekick

  • projectile
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    Originally posted by W.West View Post

    Or standing in line eating nutrigrain bars and honeybuns because you don't have time for a decent breakfast. lol
    That's true!

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  • UltimateFighter
    Fatality's Blacksmith

  • UltimateFighter
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    Update on the Survivor!

    So I don't know why, but I came across an update on that Red Raven #1 Comic Book the "Survivor" ... owner of Mile High Comics ... was displaying and trying to sell for half a million dollars to help his business stay afloat. Actually I think I might have googled Red Raven #1 since I had never heard of that comic and wanted to get some info on it and why it was so rare and expensive.

    Anyways, it sold in like November 2011 via a Heritage Auction for .... wait for it ... a bit less than $75K. A far cry from $500K!

    So he did end up selling it, I guess they ended up needing the money. Sadly it didn't bring very much (relatively speaking) so I hope Mile High Comics is going to be OK.

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  • W.West
    Moderator

  • W.West
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    Originally posted by sylent_asassin View Post
    We should do that- Film one of the raffles to present to everyone the dark side of SDCC: Hanging around to find out where to line up, lining up at 3 different places and being misled by staff, the cutting in line, the rudeness of collectors... If you're on the outisde looking in and no nothing about what it takes to get exclusives, it probably looks like fun and games when it's the exact opposite. I wish I had filmed 09's GL Blackest Night raffle when that witch declared herself "The Line Goddess" and started screaming at people.
    Or running out the hotel at 8am thinking you're ahead of the game just realize you still have to HOPE Hall H doesn't fill up.

    Or being turned away at the door for the panel you came there for...

    Or standing in line eating nutrigrain bars and honeybuns because you don't have time for a decent breakfast. lol

    I can't wait for Comic Con!

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  • Sylent_Asassin
    Black Lantern

  • Sylent_Asassin
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    We should do that- Film one of the raffles to present to everyone the dark side of SDCC: Hanging around to find out where to line up, lining up at 3 different places and being misled by staff, the cutting in line, the rudeness of collectors... If you're on the outisde looking in and no nothing about what it takes to get exclusives, it probably looks like fun and games when it's the exact opposite. I wish I had filmed 09's GL Blackest Night raffle when that witch declared herself "The Line Goddess" and started screaming at people.

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  • Darth_Primus
    Guardian of the Universe

  • Darth_Primus
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    Originally posted by Al- View Post
    I wish they could have been there for the Blackest night figures, that would have been a far more entertaining.
    Yeah, "The Collector" would have done the raffle as oppose to just running the con floor. That's what was missing from the film, the agony of defeat, the frustration of the process; and the rage of missing out. That was all on display while waiting in line trying to get the 2009 GL exclusives.

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  • Al-
    Star Sapphire's Love Slave

  • Al-
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    I wish they could have been there for the Blackest night figures, that would have been a far more entertaining.

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  • Darth_Primus
    Guardian of the Universe

  • Darth_Primus
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    I watched this again for the second time with my wife, and she was really interested in it. My wife is no way a geek of comic books, but since 2010 was the first time she attended SDCC and this documentary occurs duing that event only intrigued her more. She saw how passionate the designer was with costume making and was surprise on how much time they spent on them.

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  • Darth_Primus
    Guardian of the Universe

  • Darth_Primus
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    Yes, the documentary has me looking forward to SDCC as it reminds me of all the events that go on at the convention; from panels, to cosplay, to meeting the celebrities. the writers and artists of the industry is all great.

    However, this being a Morgan Spurlock documentary, I was expecting to see to provocative things about SDCC that I would have never guest; something buzz worthy. Ya know, the dark under belly of ComicCon. I wanted to see to tears of agony of not getting into the Convention and fits of rage of not getting a desired exclusive. The frustration of long lines everywhere. The penicl stabbing incident, which happened at the 2010 SDCC.

    Anyway, is a great line I remember from the film:

    SPOILER ALERT



    I'm paraphrasing because I can't remember the exact quote.

    "There is a smell at ComicCon and I'm tall enough to be over the odor line."



    And another SPOILER ALERT

    The collector seem to have a very easy time (relatively speaking) getting the Galactus Exclusive, as he simply ran from the entrance of the main floor to the Hasbro booth. Now, you have to go to the sail pavalion an wait in line for a couple of hours and get a ticket before you can buy anything.

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  • UltimateFighter
    Fatality's Blacksmith

  • UltimateFighter
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    Originally posted by Darth_Primus View Post
    DirecTv had the HD version of this flick and I selected that version to watch this film.

    I don't recall if the film ever mentioned the year of the SDCC they were covering, but it was the 2010 SDCC. As pointed out by UltimateFighter above, this was about the average ComicCon attendee but rather those looking to stirke "gold" at SDCC, such as trying to land a job in the industry or getting that rare collectible. I thought the "collector" story was pretty lame in that all he was after was the Hasbro Galactus exclusive.

    The "Designer" story was pretty good as it features a cosplayer and her friends taking video game characters and bringing them to real life. I like that it featured the rehersals and back stage prep before hitting the stage for the Masquerade Ball.

    I enjoyed "The Survivor" story as well because if featured the owner of Mile High Comics. I remember seeing ads for this company in comic books since I was a kid and wasn't sure if it still existed. Dude has a huge warehouse of comics, about the size of a Home Depot.

    "The Geek" Skip that hoped to land a job at SDCC story was like the first stage of America Idol. Dude is from a small town and has some talent and hopes to be discovered at the Con. I can't remember the other guy's name, but he definitely has the talent to work in the industry.

    The guy that did the marriage proposal in Hall H during Kevin Smith's panel should have rethought it because his girlfriend was too clingy. That chick never wanted him to be out of her sight. He couldn't even go to the bathroom without her making a big deal out it. Freak!

    As in the trailer, they did have a few celebrities and attendees talk about their experiences with SDCC, but real featured stories.

    It was just okay.
    Hey Darth you forgot to put "Spoiler Alert" at the top of your post!

    Great summary, I'm with you on everything. I just didn't go into those details because I didn't want to potentially spoil it for anyone but if you haven't watched it by now (the time of your post) you probably are not going to and your and my subsequent post won't spoil it but rather give you the motivation to watch it.

    I was also most fascinated by the "Designer." Part of that was because that was the one area of all the Comic Con layers I am least familiar and been exposed to. Shame on me, I have never attended a Masquerade Ball either at WonderCon or Comic Con. After watching this and gaining so much respect for at least this designer's passion, dedication and time they invest, I'm definitely considering attending the ball this year.

    The "Survivor" was interesting too because just like you pointed out, I totally remember the ads on X-Men #1, Spiderman #361 or Punisher 1 and those comics from the boom time having Mile High Comics advertisements on them. (BTW Remember American Comics too? They also ran a bunch of adds). I remember I was jealous of my buddy who was able to get his parents to allow him to subscribe to them. They had a "All #1" subscription where they would ship him any #1 comic that came out. It's nice to see he/they are still in business but it was also kind of sad though to see how even the "largest comic book dealer" and one with so much history is so close to having to fold up.

    The "Geek" was really not that geeky. I mean there are way more geeked out folks than him. I actually felt more bad and sad for him. It was more a page out of the Documentary "Hoop Dreams." They should have called him "Geek Dreams." He loves the popular arts arena but it's a dream and you can tell he will probably never make it.

    The "Collector" was weak. That was the one comment I did have from my earlier post. I could have been a better "Collector" candidate than him. He wanted the Hasbro Galactus and he's happy? Sh*t, I remember in 2010 I bought 2 of those, like 8 Gi Joe Sgt Slaughters, 4 Transformer Blasters, a couple of the Star Wars exclusive (Darth Maul?), even bought a My Little Pony for good measure! That's only Hasbro! At Mattel, bought some Orko's, the Wonder Woman invisible jets, etc.

    The married couple, that was extreme. Your summary said it best! I don't know, I can't quite decide if is it "cool" they met and then got engaged at Comic Con or just really off the charts "geeky." They actually should have been the "Geeks."

    I will say my wife (non-geek, not a comic con fan) enjoyed the documentary and thought it was interesting and in a non-geeky way, humorous. She was fascinated by how crazy and extremely dedicated these people were but also found it funny and odd. Her final comment was she can't believe she is married to someone who manifests and shares some common bond with those folks.

    Darth, it did at least get you excited and looking forward to going this year though right?
    UltimateFighter
    Fatality's Blacksmith
    Last edited by UltimateFighter; 04-13-2012, 05:53 PM.

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  • Darth_Primus
    Guardian of the Universe

  • Darth_Primus
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    DirecTv had the HD version of this flick and I selected that version to watch this film.

    I don't recall if the film ever mentioned the year of the SDCC they were covering, but it was the 2010 SDCC. As pointed out by UltimateFighter above, this was about the average ComicCon attendee but rather those looking to stirke "gold" at SDCC, such as trying to land a job in the industry or getting that rare collectible. I thought the "collector" story was pretty lame in that all he was after was the Hasbro Galactus exclusive.

    The "Designer" story was pretty good as it features a cosplayer and her friends taking video game characters and bringing them to real life. I like that it featured the rehersals and back stage prep before hitting the stage for the Masquerade Ball.

    I enjoyed "The Survivor" story as well because if featured the owner of Mile High Comics. I remember seeing ads for this company in comic books since I was a kid and wasn't sure if it still existed. Dude has a huge warehouse of comics, about the size of a Home Depot.

    "The Geek" Skip that hoped to land a job at SDCC story was like the first stage of America Idol. Dude is from a small town and has some talent and hopes to be discovered at the Con. I can't remember the other guy's name, but he definitely has the talent to work in the industry.

    The guy that did the marriage proposal in Hall H during Kevin Smith's panel should have rethought it because his girlfriend was too clingy. That chick never wanted him to be out of her sight. He couldn't even go to the bathroom without her making a big deal out it. Freak!

    As in the trailer, they did have a few celebrities and attendees talk about their experiences with SDCC, but real featured stories.

    It was just okay.

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  • projectile
    Sidekick

  • projectile
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    Ordered this on VOD over the weekend. It was okay. I kept on pausing it whenever they had a crowd scene, line, or a shot of Hall H and tried to find myself or someone I know.

    Originally posted by UltimateFighter View Post
    Ordered it on PPV/VOD last night. I was bummed it wasn't in HD but it looked OK.
    They didn't offer it in HD for your cable provider? I have Cox cable. I was able to get HD which was a buck more than SD.
    I was bummed though that Playstation marketplace put the movie up after I already watched it a buck cheaper than my cable provider. I could of saved a dollar .

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  • nevermore
    Star Sapphire's Love Slave

  • nevermore
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    Damn, maybe I shouldn't watch it then as it will probably upset me that I am not going this year!

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  • UltimateFighter
    Fatality's Blacksmith

  • UltimateFighter
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    Ordered it on PPV/VOD last night. I was bummed it wasn't in HD but it looked OK. The movie/documentary was OK. However, you should be aware it's all about the people attending Comic Con and their stories and lives vs Comic Con the event. It offered a nice peek and insight into people and their passion for Comic Con and that whole popular arts arena. I felt they highlighted a few extremist but that's obviously going to get the most pop vs the mid-level attendee. I was even taken back by how dedicated and passionate some of these folks are. It's a worthy view that any one of us would find reasonably entertaining and enlightening.

    It did not though, show the big lines, the camping out to get into certain panels, the challenge of getting tickets, etc. I was also a little disappointed with the "collector" they highlighted. He seemed pretty small time relatively speaking.

    Anyways, much like when I watch Casino I get hyped and excited to go to Vegas, this definitely did the same to go to Comic Con. Can't Wait!!
    UltimateFighter
    Fatality's Blacksmith
    Last edited by UltimateFighter; 04-07-2012, 08:19 PM.

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