Friday, April 13, 2012

Morgan Spurlock appears for showing at his own "Comic-Con" in Washington DC

Tonight, I attended a special presentation at the West End Cinema in Washington DC of “Comic-Con Part IV: A Fan’s Hope”, by director and producer Morgan Spurlock, who was present for Q&A. There was also an audience costume contest, and the “black cat” won.

The documentary (Warrior Poets with Wreken Hill and E-1 as distributors) traces the participation of a number of people to the huge annual comic book convention in San Diego. A bartender, Skip, faces “rejection” of his work at most tables but gradually wiggles his way into that world. An airman from Minot ND attends. An older couple that runs “Mile High Comics” in Colorado tries to succeed financially.  A young man, not too imposing physically, proposes marriage in public forum in front of  MC Kevin Smith.

Costumes vary all over the possibilities, but one of the best is Jabba the Hutt.

Eli Roth (quite handsome) and Seth Rogen appear.

Spurlock says that the business model for printed comic books may be weakening, even as there is an explosion of creative art online.  But many comics may be sold as collector’s items.

At my question, Spurlock discussed his experience learning of the death of Osama bin Laden, given his film “Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden” (2008), as well as his experiment with his own body for “Super Size Me” (2004, about the fast food business), as well as “Freakanomics” (2010).

Spurlock did an interview outside the theater for a George Washington University film project just before the film showed. 

The website for the film is here

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