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Comics 101 for 07/14/2005
San Diego Comic-Con International 2005 and Movie Review - War of the Worlds

This week, July 13th - 17th, I'll be attending Comic-Con International in San Diego, California with Justin from World Famous Comics. You can find us located in Artist Alley for the show at table FF16 with Jan Duursema and Dan Parsons, the artists for Star Wars: Republic. I'll have plenty of Star Wars art to sell and sign for fans so stop on by!

Friday, July 15th will be Star Wars Day at the event. Check out The Insider's Guide to Comic-Con International 2005 at the official Star Wars website for the latest Star Wars news, announcements and live coverage via webcam. And be sure to stop by and hang out at the Star Wars Pavillion to see what's in store at the show.

The team behind Star Wars Insider magazine will debut their all new special edition souvenir magazine, Vader: The Ultimate Guide at Comic-Con. Learn all there is to know about the Dark Lord in this magazine that explores Vader through behind-the-scenes articles, brand new fiction, collectibles and new, original artwork provided by yours truly, Chris Trevas and Jan Duursema. Be sure to visit us at our tables in Artist Alley at the show to get your copy of Vader: The Ultimate Guide autographed and get the latest news on my upcoming Star Wars projects. Take a sneak peek at this glossy full color magazine right now at Star Wars.com. If you can't make it to the show then be sure to order your copy of Vader: The Ultimate Guide right here.

Also, make plans to stop by the Dark Horse Comics booth each day near the Star Wars Pavillion. They'll have plenty of special guests, creators and surprises for everyone. Remember, Friday is Star Wars Day so bring your Star Wars comics since they have signings scheduled all day. Check it all out here!

I plan on making an impromptu appearance with my friends at the Komikwerks booth. I'll be promoting a new project that I'm collaborating on with them so stop on by booths #5439 & 5440 in the Exhibit Hall. To find out more about Komikwerks and what they have in store for Comic-Con just click here.

I hope everyone is having a great summer so far, travel safely and I hope to see you there!
This week's feature contains minor spoilers in my review for War of the Worlds so tread lightly if you would like to read my thoughts on this movie. In short, I loved this film! Spielberg and Cruise take their collaborative efforts to the next level and do not disappoint so run to the nearest theatre and check out this true summer blockbuster right away!
I recently checked out Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds. I loved it!!! It's incredibly dark and edgy for Spielberg sci-fi fare. It's sad, nightmarish, visually stunning... I don't know how else to describe it. I think it's definitely one of his best films in a long while. I've always been a fan of most of Tom Cruise's characters in the movies and he's at the top of his game with exceptional intensity in this disaster epic. Cruise is playing a dad who's just a grown up selfish kid himself, a father who won't go out of his way for his kids and somewhat regrets them. But the alien invasion forces him to grow up, to step up and to subsequently fight for his family's survival which works as a personal, intimate character arc that balances this effects heavy extravaganza quite well. Though the true spectacle are the alien invaders and the havoc they unleash upon their arrival it's really Tom story and 'the war' through his kid's eyes since you follow only them on their journey throughout the film. It's the war that changes him as a character which I found interesting and compelling, along with all of the incredible imagery of the tripods attacking, disintegrating people and blowing things up of course.

I can't say enough about the editing, special effects or sound design in this film. Everytime the tripods appeared on the horizon they let out this hellish, disturbing sonic boom announcing their arrival just before they laid waste to the surface and screaming crowds. It will truly send shivers down your spine. This film is a true spectacle in every sense of the word and it will annihilate your visual and auditory senses if seen in the right megaplex environment. Though as scary as the alien bombardments were, it was the nerve jangling scenes just before and on the ferry boat and in the farm house basement with the Tim Robbins character that got under my skin the most.

If you keep Cruise's story arc in mind, then the somewhat abrupt ending of the film and the war (which stays true to H.G. Well's original vision) won't disappoint as much as it has with most people. Dakota Fanning is a scene stealer by the way. She is a gem in this movie, incredibly mature and focused beyond her years and she grounds the film well with believable, intense feelings of fear.

If you're a sci-fi fan and whether you like Tom Cruise or not you owe it to yourself to see what Spielberg has made here. Something very special for fans of the genre I believe.

I'll see you at Comic-Con in San Diego this week and back here next week for another Comics 101 feature!


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