Before I finish up my account on Saturday at the NY Comic Con, I just want to point out that despite my less-than-enthusiastic take on the DC Comics panel (see last post), the kids & fans who attended really enjoyed it. They clapped and whooped it up when hearing about what was coming up for their favorite heroes, and the DC staffers who were at the panel were clearly proud of their efforts. Maybe the "New 52" will be successful. But it's just not my tea.
Anyway, after that panel, I attended the one given by Hermes Press on the upcoming Dark Shadows movie. Based on the 1966-71 TV series that I'd run home from school to watch every afternoon (and which the library carries on DVD), Dark Shadows is now being turned into a big-budgeted motion picture due out next year directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp. Hermes Press is currently reprinting the 1968-1976 comic book series, plus a new novel by DS regular Kathryn Leigh Scott, who appeared with fellow cast member Lara Parker (the latter on Skype) to reveal as much as they could about the new film. (Among other things, both ladies and fellow original cast members Jonathan Frid and David Selby will be making cameos in the new film, and that a restored "Director's Cut" of the 1971 spin off film Night of Dark Shadows -with Parker, Selby and Kate Jackson, directed by series creator Dan Curtis- will be released on DVD six months after the new film's release!)
The crowds got bigger and bigger and so did the lines. I had to skip this panel on military science fiction simply because I felt the walls closing in and went home. In my next post, I'll cover the last day of the Con.