where did we leave off? Oh yeah...
I'm at AtlantaCon
with my son, Mike. I've picked up sketches from Jason
Lee, and Cully
Hughes has told me that he'll have my sketch ready
on Sunday and somehow the day gets even better! How? Glad
that you asked! Well, let me tell you.
teamed up to present a special screening of "Equilibrium"
and a Q&A session with writer/director, Kurt
Wimmer, to follow the movie. Seating was limited,
but I was able to sign Mike and I up. The only thing
that I knew about the movie was that it starred Christian
Bale and Taye
Diggs, was scifi, set in the future and received
a pretty good word of mouth. I figured we'd be in for an
entertaining evening even if the movie was just "ok."
The screening was set to start at 7:30 but everyone was
supposed to get there by seven. Mike and I arrived
about 6:40 and a crowd was already forming. People were
milling around. Mike and I ended up next to Nick
We had a pleasant conversation. I was pleased to learn that
he knew of StalloneZone and had a warm place in his
heart for Sly. Nick said that we were in for
a very cool film with "Equilibrium"
and that it was a movie that he was really proud to help
promote. I also spoke briefly with Jen who has set
up a very nice "Equilibrium"
Soon it was time to go in. Mike and I decided to
take seats in the middle of the last row. People continued
to come in and the theater was nearly full. Nick
thanked us all for coming and said that Kurt
Wimmer had flown in from LA to attend the screening.
Kurt had also brought in drinks and chips for the
crowd! As Mike went down to get a couple of sodas
Stelfreeze, and Karl
Story came in and sat directly in front of us. When
Mike came back and saw them sitting there a giant
smile came across his face. [For those of you who aren't
comic fans, this would be like driving to a basketball convention
and having Michael Jordan, Vince Carter, and
well, you get the idea, sitting in front of you.] Right
before the movie started a gentleman and his young son took
seats next to Mike.
The movie started and immediately took you to another place.
It's our world, but in the near future. The opening scene
is so cool and so well done that I knew we were in for a
ride. Then comes the action and - MAN - it is AWESOME! I
Bale's work in "Shaft" and "Reign
of Fire" but "Equilibrium"
shows that he is a star. Taye
Watson and Sean
Bean are also excellent... but the real star of
the show is
Kurt Wimmer who wrote and directed it.
has also written other screenplays including "The
Recruit" and "The
Thomas Crown Affair". This guy is someone to
lookout for! After the movie ended Kurt Wimmer was
introduced and asked to come to the front of the auditorium
for the Q&A session. The guy sitting next to Mike
got up and took his son with him to the front! Mike
looked at me like he couldn't believe it... watching the
movie with the Gaijin
guys and the director of the movie! Kurt
was really entertaining. He spent an hour answering questions
about the film and pulling no punches. After the Q&A
ended a group of us [including Brian
Stelfreeze] stood in the lobby discussing how cool
the film was. The dvd will be out in May. My advice is to
now. I think this baby is a sleeper.
Sunday arrived. The final day of the show. The main question
on my mind: Would Adam
Hughes be able to get to my sketch? As we walked
through the doors I heard John
yelling, "Craig, come and see what Adam
did for you!" Needless to say, I was excited. Adam
had created a very, very cool drawing of Sly dressed
for an audition for Superman. I absolutely love the
idea and execution. Adam
Hughes is da MAN! I got a picture of Adam
holding the sketch and thanked him.
Noto was setting up and I checked to see if he would
be able to fit me in. Unfortunately Phil
was booked solid. He did say that he would do something
for me and asked if I would leave him my address. I left
him my address and offered to pay for the sketch in advance
but Phil said we'd settle up once he was finished
with it. Believe me, it will be worth the wait! [Next on
my list will, hopefully, be Brian
Mike and I then went over to see Dan
Brereton. We discussed a Stallone sketch.
was leaning towards a Rocky, but as he looked through
my reference book he mentioned that he really liked "Nighthawks."
I said whatever he wanted to do was fine by me. He said
to check back in a couple of hours.
Mike and decided to visit some artists one last
time. Mike got a headshot of Batman by
Batman Attacked by Dave
Cook of Splatter
Flanagan drew Mike a nice Batman.
Our final stop before heading back over to check on the
progress of the Bererton piece was with Jacen
was doing some really interesting sketches. Mike
got one for
his sketchbook. I asked Jacen
if he'd be interested in doing a Sly drawing for
me. He said he would, but that he'd want to do it at home.
We agreed on a price and Jacen
said he'd have it to me in about a month!
Mike and I then headed back over to
Dan Brereton's table. The piece was finished
and it was a knockout! Dan
had opted to do Deke DaSilva from "Nighthawks!"
I got a picture of
Dan and his lovely lady, thanked him and Mike
and I got back on the road for home.
It was a great show. I'll post pictures of the artists
and their artwork later this week. Mike and I hope
to return next year. Maybe we'll see you there!