I know what you’re thinking “What is a comic convention without a panel of comic book and movie creators goofing off for their fans?” Well, thanks to the Hero Initiative, here is a celebrity panel that you can attend in your underoos.
Marvel Then and Now: A Night with Stan Lee and Joe Quesada
In December 2006, Stan Lee, Joe Quesada, and Kevin Smith got together on stage at UCLA to reflect, tell stories, wax philosophic and otherwise act silly in front of 1,000 comic fans to benefit The Hero Initiative, the only federally chartered not-for-profit charity that delivers assistance to comic creators in need. So we could blackmail them all with it later, we taped it all for you: Backstage, behind the scenes, the VIP room an even 2 1/2 hours of three grown men sitting on very expensive couches talking about comic books.
You can also find previous Comic-Con panels online. My favorite so far was The Soul of a Superhero with Grant Morrison and Deepak Chopra.
Of course, Comic-Con offers dozens of cartoon and movie screenings too. If you want to treat yourself to the experience, pick an anime you’ve never seen – maybe never even heard of – and set up a few folding chairs in your living room. I recommend the 2006 hit that Christine and I just discovered this weekend.
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Something strange has happened to Makoto Konno. Time has suddenly stopped and moved her backwards. With her newly discovered ability to literally leap backwards in time Makoto finds that tests become a piece of cake, embarrassing situations are corrected and she can have her favorite food anytime she wants. Unfortunately her carefree time traveling has adverse effects on the people she cares for. With every successful leap Makoto somehow alters the fate of those around her. This was not supposed to happen and as she races back in time to fix everything, she notices that her abilities are not limitless but with every successful jump she is one step closer to discovering the most wonderful secret in her young adult life.