Comic-Con Episode Four: A Fan’s Hope — new featurette debut!
March 26, 2012
Have you ever imagined a place where Vulcans and vampires get along? Where wizards and wookies can be themselves? Welcome to Comic-Con San Diego. What started as a fringe comic book convention for 500 fans has grown into the pop culture event of the year that influences every form of entertainment, now attended by over 140,000 strong.
COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FANS HOPE – a film by Morgan Spurlock explores this amazing cultural phenomenon by following the lives of five attendees as the descend upon theultimate geek mecca at San Diego Comic-Con 2010:
* Eric, an aspiring illustrator, is hoping to impress publishers and land a job;
* Holly, a costume and creature designer, hopes her creations will win the big prize;
* Chuck, a long-time comic book dealer, is looking for a big sale to pay off his debts;
* Skip, longtime amateur illustrator wants to be discovered at this year’s event;
* James, a young fan, hopes his girlfriend will accept a dramatic proposal.
One on one interviews with Comic-Con Veterans who have turned their passions into professions include Stan Lee, Joss Whedon, Frank Miller, Kevin Smith, Matt Groening, Seth Rogen, Eli Roth and others are shared throughout the film along with up close and up front coverage of all the panels, parades, photos, costumes, crowds and camaraderie that make up one of the largest fan gatherings in the U.S.
Presented by Stan Lee and Joss Whedon, COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FANS HOPE is directed by Morgan Spurlock; produced by Spurlock, Jeremy Chilnick, MatthewGalkin, Harry Knowles and Thomas Tull; and written by Spurlock and Chilnick.
Release Date: April 5th, 2012 – Theatrical in LA
April 6th, 2012 – VOD
April 13th, 2012- Theatrical in NY
Date TBD for DVD
Director: Morgan Spurlock
Featuring: Jessica Merizan, Holly Conrad and James Darling
Produced By: Jeremy Chilnick, Matthew Galkin, Harry Jay Knowles, Stan Lee, Morgan Spurlock, Thomas Tull and Joss Whedon
Run Time: 88 minutes
Rating: PG-13 for some sex and drug references, language and brief horror images
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since.
In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features.
He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced.
In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com.
Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s
“Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com,
Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official
Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many
others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows.
But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.