My 8th consecutive New York Comic Con (continued)
Ash vs. Evil Dead
Groovy. In fact, it doesn’t get much groovier than this. I was bummed that I wasn’t able to attend on Thursday and missed Kevin Smith and the Comic Book Men panel. It would’ve been my first NYCC in three years without hearing from Silent Bob, but to my delight, Kevin Smith was the surprise moderator of this panel held in the Hammerstein Ballroom. Kevin Smith and Bruce Campbell on the same stage? See what I meant about it being groovy?
Kevin Smith shared with us his admiration for what Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, and Rob Tapert accomplished with “The Evil Dead” back in 1981. Bruce Campbell, the king himself, was out next and reminded us to “Shop smart, shop S-Mart”. Just as he was beginning with an anecdote, Sam Raimi interrupted him. They threw some shade at San Diego Comic Con and then Sam Raimi announced that world premiere of the first episode of “Ash vs. Evil Dead” was happening right here, right now. The crowd went wild. Just like TWD the night before, watching a premiere with fellow die-hard fans is a rousing experience. It’s not at all like going to the movies. It’s more like attending a sporting event.
The episode lived up to expectations. It was riot, but you guys already knew that since it has since aired on STARZ. It was super cool to see Ash Williams back in action for the first time since 1992 save for a few video game appearances. Lucy Lawless is also a member of the cast and was part of the panel held immediately following the episode. Kevin Smith couldn’t help himself and made mention of “Xena: Warrior Princess”. Bruce Campbell’s sparkling personality was on full display during the Q&A. The man knows how to work a crowd. Ash is back and I’m elated that I was there for his triumphant return.
Warner Bros. Television Takeover
DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW SPECIAL VIDEO PRESENTATION AND Q&A
SUPERGIRL PILOT SCREENING
BLINDSPOT: SPECIAL VIDEO PRESENTATION AND Q&A
PERSON OF INTEREST: SPECIAL VIDEO PRESENTATION AND Q&A
GOTHAM: SPECIAL VIDEO PRESENTATION AND Q&A
Attending NYCC is akin to visiting an amusement park three days in a row. Heck, I can believe that I managed four days in a row the past two years. Thanks goodness for the Empire Stage. The auditorium is not cleared in between panels, so you can finally sit and catch your breath while enjoying several panels in a row.
Brandon Routh, who’ll remember from “Superman Returns” (2006), was on hand for DC’s “Legends of Tomorrow”. He plays Ray Palmer / The Atom. My third premiere of the weekend was the pilot for “Supergirl”, which I enjoyed thoroughly. Sadly, Melissa Benoist wasn’t able to be part of the panel. I don’t watch “Person of Interest”, but one rabid fan hugging Jim Caviezel and then staying on stage with him for most of the panel until security made her leave was a memorable moment. The “Gotham” panel closed out the weekend. Sure, we were all reeling from death of Jerome, but this panel is what most everyone was sticking around for. This where they made the announcement that Paul Reubens will playing the father of Robin Lord Taylor’s Penguin, harkening back to “Batman Returns” (1992).
See you October 6-9, 2016!