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SDCC 09: Comic-Con Swag Roundup
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It’s still Tuesday somewhere right now and I said I’d finish up my Comic-Con coverage by today, so here it is! My San Diego Comic-Con 2009 SWAG round up.

In Hall H, which is the biggest auditorium at the convention center, there’s typically volunteers handing out items at the very beginning of the day. Sometimes it’s freebies, while other times it’s a ticket you can use to redeem a bag of swag from one of the exhibit floor booths. Thursday was a Tron coin, which led to a scavenger hunt that resulted in a trip to Flynn’s Arcade; Friday was a ticket to redeem a bag of Warner Bros. freebies at the WB booth; and Saturday was a poster and pencil for Lost and I found out that those entering the Hall later in the day got a ticket to get Iron Man 2 items (I was there bright and early, so I missed out on this last ticket).

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SDCC 09 Sneak Peek: ‘Twilight: New Moon’ Collectibles, Clothes & Party Supplies
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Geeks of Doom's Exclusive Coverage of SDCC 2009

We already brought you coverage of the Twilight Saga: New Moon panel from the San Diego Comic-Con. Now, here’s some images from the New Moon items that were on the exhibit floor. You can see all the pictures of the items here below.

Hallmark set up an area with their Twilight-themed items, once of which was a sneak peek at their 2010 Bella and Edward Keepsake Ornament, which showed the sculpt in progress. Along with the new ornament was an array of New Moon party supplies, but I didn’t see up them on the Hallmark site yet, though they are they are available for pre-order at Birthday Direct and include paper cups and plates and plastic utensils. Judging by how Bella’s birthday party turned out in New Moon, I’m not sure how well a New Moon-themed party would go over, but hey, if you dig the movie, here’s the theme for you.

If you’re a young lady and you want to take your New Moon-themed birthday party up a notch, then pick up a replica of Bella’s party dress when it comes to Hot Topic later in the year. According to the promo material, the dress will be a green flocked taffeta with back zipper closure and velvet band at waiste. Also coming soon to Hot Topic is Bella’s green hooded corduroy jacket with front zipper closure.

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SDCC 09: ‘Venture Brothers’ Panel
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SDCC 09: Venture Brothers and Adult Swim PanelI already covered the news coming out of the Adult Swim side of this panel here, but the bulk of this panel was taken up with news and questions regarding the Venture Brothers. There were a lot of great cosplayers in the crowd, including at least a dozen Dr. Girlfriends, so you could tell that a lot of people were fired up for it.

The biggest thing that the crowd saw was the preview for the new season, which premiers in October. The biggest thing in the preview was the look we got at how Hank and Dean are growing up, especially now that all their clones were destroyed at the end of Season 3. Dr. Venture will be getting a new bodyguard, although it wasn’t shown who that would be. As to be expected there were a lot of funny moments to look forward to.

Some information that has already been announced, but which I will repeat here, is that Season Four will be broken up into two 8-episode sections, with the first 8 in October, and the rest airing next year. Creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer confirmed that there will be a lot of characters showing up who have been mentioned before, but never seen, including Monstroso and Captain Sunshine. Viewers will also get to see who the members of the Council of 13 actually are.

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SDCC 09: Vertigo’s ‘Fables’ Panel
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SDCC 09: Fables PanelThe annual Fables panel at the San Diego Comic-Con played to a full house on Saturday, largely thanks to a scheduling snafu that had many fans waiting for the Venture Brothers and Adult Swim panel that would be happening in the same room right after it.

After some not so gentle ribbing from Fables creator Bill Willingham about getting the Venture Brothers fans to read a book, the panel went into full swing. The best thing about the SDCC Fables panel is that every year the creators give away a one-page story that is only available at the panel. This year’s story is a prophecy told to Ambrose, one of Snow White’s and Bigby Wolf’s children, and according to Willingham, the story sets up everything that will happen in the book after Issue #100. This was reason enough for me to come to this panel, but fortunately, there was plenty of news to go around.

The big item that was being pushed by the panel was the forthcoming Fables prose novel, Peter & Max. The novel, which will be out in October and will cost about 23 bucks for 400 pages, deals with the adventures of Peter Piper and Max Piper (also known as the Pied Piper). The novel, written by Willingham, will feature illustrations by Steve Leialoha, as well as an 8-page comics story that will tie the novel into the regular series. The art shown at the panel looks great, and as a Fables fan, this is one I’m eagerly anticipating.

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‘Avatar’ Day To Offer Up A Whole Lot More Than Just An IMAX Peek
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Avatar

Just this past weekend at San Diego Comic Con 2009, James Cameron made the mega-announcement that August 21, 2009 would be Avatar Day, and that fans would be able to head out to participating IMAX theaters to see 15 whole minutes of glorious 3-D footage from the upcoming movie (Read: SDCC 09: See 15 Minutes of James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ In 3D Imax For Free On August 21), which will be released on December 18, 2009. This gives movie-goers the chance to really see what the movie is all about and how it hopes to change the cinema experience as we presently know it.

Now comes details via a press release that there will indeed be a whole lot more to Avatar Day than just the 15-minute preview that was announced — in fact, a multitude of Avatar goodies are on the way on August 21!

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SDCC 09 Contest: ‘The Twilight Saga: New Moon’
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The Twilight Saga New Moon Trading CardsAt last year’s San Diego Comic-Con, we were able to snag posters and a few sets of the Twilight trading card samples for a giveaway.

This year at the Con, we braved the crowds at the Summit Entertainment booth once again to bring you some Twilight Saga: New Moon posters and trading card samples! We have 3 sets of cards and 3 posters to give away to some lucky fans.

The sealed New Moon sample trading card set includes five trading cards: one each for Jared, Paul, Embry, and Sam with character bios and quotes on the back; the fifth card contains an image of all four of them, with info on the Quileute Wolf Pack on the back. See image here at right (click for larger, full view) of the front of the cards. The poster is the teaser seen here: ‘The Twilight Saga: New Moon’ Teaser Poster.

Three (3) winners each will receive:

  • One (1) New Moon sample trading card set
  • One (1) New Moon teaser poster

What do you have to do to get a chance to win? Glad you asked ’cause it’s really easy. Just make sure you’re a subscriber to our email digest, and then go ahead and fill out the handy dandy form below. Done.

Good luck!

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SDCC 09 Video: ‘Tron Legacy’ Marketing Team De-Rezzes the Competition
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Flynn's Arcade: The Home of Tron

Tron Legacy Viral Campaign: Flynn's Arcade Token (Front)While all the geeks and gals of doom were filing into Hall H on Friday at the San Diego Comic-Con we were handed gold tokens bearing the Flynn’s Arcade logo on the front and a “Home of Tron” slogan on the back. You can see this very cool marketing keepsake (which I also made into my new custom Tron Legacy desktop picture) to the right of this paragraph. Sometime later during a Disney panel it was announced that if the bearer of this coin were to show up at J Street & 1st Avenue in downtown San Diego later in the day they could be used to gain access to special surprise.

Those who did show up on J Street, like Devindra Hardawar from /Film and Katey Rich from Cinema Blend, were outfitted with a black light and a map and were instructed to search the surrounding San Diego streets for “Flynn Lives” posters, which according to Devindra contained “hidden coordinates on the posters, which will lead to a certain location on the map.” The payoff for this elaborate scavenger hunt throughout the streets of San Diego was eventually making your way to the front door Flynn’s Arcade itself — which had been fully recreated at 335 6th Street. Clearly the marketing department at Disney was intent on creating a lot of buzz (and fun!) for Tron Legacy during Comic-Con. [Read Devindra’s account here; read Katey’s account here.]

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SDCC 09: ‘Zombieland’ Has Fast Zombies And Woody Harrelson
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Zombieland is the kind of undead flick that does all of the things you’d talk about doing to retaliate against a zombie horde if you were stuck inside the movie’s reality. You’d probably tell your friends or whoever was within earshot that you’d be running over zombies, cracking their skulls with an aluminum little league bat while sporting wired mesh that human teeth couldn’t penetrate. And you’d probably do this because that’s the proper defense mechanism for being terrified out of your frakin’ mind.

I don’t know that I’ll be scared out of my mind upon viewing this film. Yet, I trust that I’ll be immensely entertained solely based on the clips Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer presented during the Sony Pictures panel at the San Diego Comic-Con.

Check out the stellar Zombieland trailer and a 5-minute video of the Comic-Con panel, both listed below…

Fleischer was joined on the panel by the movie’s cast, which includes Jesse Eisenberg (Adventureland), Emma Stone (Superbad) and Woody Harrelson, whose sheer personality arguably makes this film more interesting. Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) also stars in the film.

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SDCC 09 Video: ‘Iron Man 2’ Cast Panel
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Tom Cheredar   |  
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Without a doubt, the cool portion of the Iron Man 2 panel at San Diego Comic-Con was the sneak peek at exclusive footage of the film, which reveales Whiplash and War Machine in action for the first time.

But, since we can’t show that, the next best thing is hearing the cast and crew talk about their experiences. Especially pay attention to Robert Downey Jr, who steals the show every time he hits the stage (he did the same thing the day before at Warner Bros.’ Sherlock Holmes panel).

Check out the video coverage below.

For footage description and highlights from this panel, see our full coverage: SDCC 09: ‘Iron Man 2’ Footage Reveals War Machine & Whiplash In Action.

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SDCC 09 Video: Kevin Smith Talks ‘Twilight’ At Comic-Con
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Geeks of Doom's Exclusive Coverage of SDCC 2009

Kevin Smith made his triumphant return to the San Diego Comic-Con this year with some news about his new buddy cop movie A Couple of Dicks staring Bruce Willis. Smith said that the film’s title may change between now and its tentative February 2010 release date.

However, it was Smith’s “Moist” commentary on Twilight that had the entire convention center buzzing. The crowd began booing after being asked who watched the trailer for the next film New Moon, [for New Moon details, check out our coverage SDCC 09: ‘The Twilight Saga: New Moon’ Panel]

Geeks of Doom captured video coverage of Smith’s Q&A, which, in addition to the Twilight fans comments, includes plenty of other Smithian insights… Click over to watch the 7-part video.

From Smith regarding the Twilight fans at the Con…

“Stop…stop, that’s the next generation of fans… How dare you pass judgment on those 12-year-old girls who like vampires! They need to be encouraged because in six years they’ll be 18-year-old girls who like vampires and are into all sorts of goth-permissive and whatnot. Don’t Boo-poo it. There’s a plan, and it’s working.”
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