Stories for August 2, 2008
Samuel L. Jackson was a major presence at two panels this year at Comic-Con. He appeared on the Afro Samurai: Resurrection panel and on the panel for Frank Miller's adaptation of Will Eisner's The Spirit. If you haven't checked out Afro Samurai --the American made, anime style SPIKE TV series -- make an effort. It is awesome. Jackson is a popular celebrity at the Con because he seems to enjoy the fan interaction, and the characters he's played have become such iconic figures in pop culture. Someone at The Spirit panel asked him about all the action figures that have been made of his characters -- Shaft, Mace Windu, Afro Samurai and maybe upcoming ones for Nick Fury and the Octopus (the villain he plays in The Spirit). Jackson voiced preference for Mace as an action figure (because of all the various figures available) but says he has all his figures displayed. Jackson went on to discuss the comic book characters he has played, even though some of them began as white characters in the original comics.
In the craziness of the Comic-Con, actor Matthew Goode (who plays the Jeremy Irons' role of Charles) was there to promote the film version of the graphic novel
We posted a video of Neil Gaiman recounting his first introduction to Tori Amos' music more than a decade ago at Comic-Con. Now check out the panel Tori Amos was on at this year's Comic-Con where she discussed the gorgeous Image Comics book Comic Book Tattoo, inspired by her songs. Rantz Hoseley joins her on the panel. Amos explains how she got to play "S&M artist with corporate." She also describes the special, limited edition version of the book. Sounds decadent.