Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Comic-Con 2010: FX's "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia"

On the final day of Comic-Con (Sunday, July 25, 2010), the one thing I was most looking forward to was the It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia panel in Ballroom 20. And, my friends, it did not disappoint. Not only did we get a Q&A with the cast (including a surprise additional panelist from the audience (David Hornsby (Rickety Cricket))), but we also got to watch the entire first episode from the upcoming season (3 months before the rest of the world). It may've been the collective laughter of the crowd, but that may be my favorite episode yet. I cannot wait for you all to see it (in 3 months).

Because they aired the episode and because the panel was shared with the show Sons Of Anarchy, there was only a brief amount of time for audience questions (and although the cast stated they would stay longer, they (and we all) were given the bum's rush by the organizers after ten minutes or so of panel time). Despite this short window, the event was extremely entertaining.

Now, as press, I was privvy to a pre-panel press conference, which may've been the highlight of my entire Comic-Con experience (fulfilling though it was). The cast (Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Danny DeVito, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Kaitlin Olson, and Rob McElhenney) were set up at the front of the press room at a dais and fielded questions from the media. I only wish I had recorded it so you all could witness it closer to first-hand. As it is, here is a second-hand recount: it was hilarious.

- The upcoming season will focus on Deandra's pregancy, with a unique conclusion in the finale
- The show is fully scripted, with very little ad-libbing, and Charlie, Glenn, and Rob work year-round on the show
- Only Danny did not backpedal on bad-mouthing Nicholas Cage during the press event (though his laughter betrayed his jest)
- The Waitress's name will not be revealed in the run of the show, BUT in early home videos her name was given (try to find it! (this is how the Nicholas Cage discussion was spurred))
- Green Man will not appear in the new season, and they were surprised at his popularity (also, for people wearing Green Man costumes: wear a cup)

Here are the portroids I took after the press conference (plus one from a previous event):

Mary Elizabeth Ellis (The Waitress)
Charlie Day (Charlie)
Glenn Howerton (Dennis)
Rob McElhenney (Mac)
Danny DeVito (Frank)
Kaitlin Olson (Deandra) (from Vail Film Festival 2009)

More Comic-Con updates coming soon!


Sunday, July 25, 2010

The Comic-Con Report (sort of)

DISCLAIMER/APOLOGY: As a result of the Wi-Fi not working in my hotel, this Comic-Con article is coming to you late. My sincerest apologies and I hope to make it up to you with a free awkward backrub should ever we meet (I hope we never meet).

... A Gradual Lowering Percentage* of Actual Comics

This, as you well know, was my first time attending San Diego Comic-Con International (or Comic-Con for short, or SDCC for shorter). Going into it, I spent three weeks mapping panels and events and press rooms and off-site parties and booth signings and laid them out on a firm schedule to maximize my time and provide myself with the greatest opportunity for the best possible portroids and relayable experience. Upon arrival, I disregarded my entire plan. All that effort laying the groundwork was invaluable (that means "very valuable") for what ultimately became a much more rounded and free-flowing course of action and interaction (that does not mean "very teraction").

Over the course of the four day convention (Thursday-Sunday, July 22-25, 2010), I took 66 new portroids. That's an average of some number* per day!! I know you're very eager to see these Polaroid portraits and I don't blame you, but I'm writing this from an airport and don't have a means for scanning them here (sorry I'm not some sort of superhero with the lackluster power of remote image scanning (maybe some day, but that day is not this day)).

Alongside those 66 portroids, I saw countless* celebrities, either previously or never-before portroided, who, for one reason or another, I did not get/take the chance to engage in the portroidial arts (now I am just making words up). It seems you'd like some examples of "one reason or another". Fine. One reason: venue/circumstances unconducive (that means "not conducive"). Another: babies. With each situation, I had to measure the restrictions, both personal and proximal, and take each dismal failure with resigned understanding (that, surprisingly, does mean "not derstanding").

Since you seem to love to hear about my portroid failures, here are a few for your sick (though not derstandable) schadenfreude: Nick Frost, Michael Cera, Alex Winter, Will Ferrell, Stan Lee, Nathan Fillion, Brandon Routh, Peter Mayhew, etc. (the list goes on and on*)

Now, unless you've been closely following my Twitter feed, you probably don't know about my amazing successes. I like to focus on those instead. I was so very pleased with all of my interactions and the portroids I was able to take. Here are some examples of those: Danny DeVito, Lloyd Kaufman, Seth Rogen, Peter Serafinowizc, Maggie Q, Erik Estrada, Stephen Tobolowsky, Jason Schwartzman, etc. (the list goes on and on for whatevs** 66 minus 8 is*)

Over the next few days, I will be posting up all of my new portroids, complete with stories about the events (yes, even including*** NBC's new series "The Event") surrounding them. So, please return to this site to read about it and see the photos. I think you'll be pleased (if I know you at all, that is, which, as we already established, I do not (still ... come back to see them)). I discovered that no one possibly could have the exact same Comic-Con (SDCC) experience, so if you're willing to hear (read "read") it, I will be telling mine.

Until then, farewell,

* math is hard.
** short for "whatever"
*** very cluding

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Comic-Con Pre-Planning 2010

As previously hinted, I will be attending San Diego Comic-Con International 2010 from July 22-25 as press for this very site ( The preliminary schedule has just been announced, though there are some holes I still expect to be filled (I'm not going to tell you if that's what she said (but she did)).

I'm still working on press access for various panels and events, so I'm not yet ready to announce all my expectations and hopes for coverage (though please feel free to comment and tell me what you'd like me to attempt).

What I will do is show you a selection of some previously-portroided special guests already on the roster (or participating in events on the fringe) to whet your appetite, so ... here they are (in some sort of random order):

Kevin Smith
Chevy Chase
Bill Hader
Maria Bamford
Jonah Hill
Simon Pegg
Patton Oswalt
Edgar Wright
Jeffrey Tambor
Rob Huebel
Blair Underwood
Summer Glau
Nick Swardson
Chris Hardwick
Adam Scott
Lucy Lawless
Robert Ben Garant
Tim Heidecker
Denis O'Hare
Kaitlin Olson
Zeljko Ivanek
Eric Wareheim
Paul Feig
Matt Groening
Jack Glatfelter
Jamie Kennedy
Joe Lo Truglio
Jay Glatfelter
R2-D2 (rumored)
That's it for now. Once I know more of my schedule I'll start listing it here to give you an idea of which things I will be covering. The convention is so massive and there is so much overlap that I will really need to set my priorities and have a few back-ups if those fall through. I won't even tell you yet which things I'm excited about (Scott Pilgrim, The Event, Paul, Harry Potter, The Other Guys, Human Target, Hawaii Five-O, all the booths, The Expendables, DC Universe Online, Look Around You, Stan Lee, Chuck, Community, Furry sex parties (just seeing if you're paying attention), Venture Bros, V, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Walking Dead, Super, JJ Abrams and Joss Whedon, Megamind, TRON: Legacy, Salt, RED, slave Leia costumes, Dexter, Childrens Hospital, asthmatics, etc).

See you there!

Monday, July 05, 2010

NESN features Portroid

If you like news about portroids on other news venues besides this one (and why wouldn't you?), then check out this nice piece written up on the NESN website about the portroid I recently took of Red Sox player Kevin Youkilis.

Kevin Youkilis in Colorado during the Red Sox visit to play the Rockies

See? Nice, right?

OK, that's it for now. In other, non-sport-related, news, I will be attending San Diego Comic-Con International from July 22-25, 2010 and expect to get tons of great portroids and have lots of awesome news from the world of comics, toys, television, and movies. Keep watching this blog, Twitter, and of course, my main site:

See you soon!