Stories for July 31, 2008
The event was an utterly silly affair. & But in between the laughter and frivolity a few valuable scraps of news surfaced. & The most important tidbit: & this is not the end for Dr. Horrible. & The initial offering is three chapters of delightful music and delirious comedy that ends with a tragic punch. & But Whedon promises we will see more chapters in the chronicles of Dr. H. & He went on to say that the soundtrack would be available in a matter of weeks and a DVD will follow. &
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The San Diego Comic-Con played host to the 20th Annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards on Friday July 25. The Awards are named in honor of pioneering comic book artist and writer Will Eisner. The Eisner Awards are often referred to as the "Oscars" of the comic industry. You can check out this year's winners or go behind the scenes to find out how the nominations are determined.
The pilot starts with a plane landing in Boston. Everyone on board is dead and their flesh has been turned to gelatinous goo. A multi-agency task force is assigned to investigate. There we meet FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham (
Harold and Kumar had a presence at this year's Comic-Con. You could get your photo taken with a unicorn at their booth; buy the DVD or Blu Ray release of "Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo" before it came out in stores; snap a pic in a GB style prison cell complete with dirty toilet; get an orange jumpsuit; or ask questions of stars Kal Penn and John Cho at their panel. The suprise success of the first indie film, "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle," has paved the way for an unlikely pot comedy franchise. At the Comic-Con panel, director Jon Hurwitz talked about how the film's success allowed them to pack this new DVD/Blu Ray release with extras to please the loyal fan base. Here are a few highlights, plus you can find out if Penn and Cho are anything like their on-screen characters.
A new study shows that men who inject drugs and are deported to Tijuana are four times more likely to carry the HIV infection than injection drug users in Tijuana. Researchers from UCSD interviewed more than 1000 people who inject drugs in the border city. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.
A playground designed by kids -- for kids -- is under construction today at Lakeside's biggest elementary school. KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.
Frank Miller and Will Eisner had a long history together. Their friendship and artistic viewpoints (which were not always the same) were brilliantly laid out in the book Eisner Miller by Charles Brownstein. At this year's Comic-Con, Frank Miller discussed his upcoming adaptation of Eisner's classic comic The Spirit. He recalled his first meeting with Eisner and the 25-year long debate their first encounter led to. He also unveiled some amazing footage of The Spirit, which opens this Christmas.
Actor Matthew Goode came to Comic-Con this past weekend to promote the upcoming adaptation of the graphic novel Watchmen.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is holding a public meeting tonight in San Clemente to talk about problems at the San Onofre Nuclear Power plant. Federal regulators plan to inspect the facility next week. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has more.
Weekend Preview: The Receptionist, The Pleasure of His Company, Pretty Fire, the Fritz Blitz and Sailor's Song
San Diego stages are full of good productions to round out the summer. We'll talk about The Receptionist, The Pleasure of His Company, Pretty Fire, the Fritz Blitz and Sailor's Song.
Mark O'Connor is a violinist admired by lovers of classical, jazz, and country music alike. He's won two Grammy Awards, one for his album New Nashville Cats and one for Appalachian Journey, an album he collaborated on with Yo-Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer. O'Connor is known for his varied musical interests and his ability to integrate them in his compositions. One of his projects is a chamber group called the Appalachia Waltz Trio.
As technology advances, governments and private companies are using more sophisticated surveillance to monitor people's every move. From public transportation to public parks, from banks to bars, cameras and sensors are recording our actions and our lives. Many argue that increased surveillance prevents crime and makes us safer. But others say surveillance technology is infringing on our rights to privacy with little evidence that we're any safer. As part of our on-going series on ethics and technology, we'll explore surveillance technology and society.
Volunteer divers will be at La Jolla Cove Friday as part of a statewide scientific survey of California's rocky reefs. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.