The San Diego Comic Con is currently taking place, and apparently, there is a long line of Twilight fans outside it ruining it for everyone. Although I keep wishing I could go to one of these things every time it rolls around, I know that I'll never actually get to be at a comic convention anymore, especially since SDCC has turned into "comic book movie" convention, and apparently, now, "Twilight Town", because Twilight is stupid and ruins everything.
It's only been a day, but I can almost categorically say that my favorite news item to come out of San Diego this year is the announcement of more Bone books by Jeff Smith. Bone is my nephew's favorite comic book; a tome of over a thousand pages that he read in a week (he's a really slow reader, so that's a huge accomplishment). I never thought there would be more, but there will be two in 2010 and two in 2011, which actually completely covers what I'd get him for birthdays and Christmases of two years.
Peachy and I spent a night last week watching The Incredibles. If there were ever a movie that I would classify as perfect, it is this one. The Incredibles isn't my favorite movie (Before Sunrise and Before Sunset hold that honor, depending on how I'm feeling on any given day), but there's really nothing in it to even remotely complain about. The animation is perfect and it stands out from any other CGI movie in that I do believe that this is the only CGI movie that is legitimately all-ages, not in terms of appeal but in terms of just maturity of idea, themes, and motifs. It works on just about every level, and is absolutely perfect.
As such, I am now on an Incredibles trip. I'm trying to look for a website gallery of the art deco posters that adorn Mr. Incredible's wall, and that were used to promote the movie. I've been reading the new comics being put out by Boom! Studios (pretty entertaining, if lacking the depth of the movie), and Peachy and I pored over pretty much all the extras in the DVD set. I loved the Mr. Incredible and Pals featurette that was a tribute to all those old cartoons that barely moved, as well as the commentary featured by Frozone and Mr. Incredible.
What I ABSOLUTELY loved, however, were the character profiles on, off the top of my head, about 30 supers. This came complete with profiles, power descriptions, and a voice clip for each that was unbelievably thorough and indicative of all the thought that went into the movie.
I've once said that a spin-off can only be a sequel if it is a logical continuation of the original work. Barring that, you can always spin off a new product by making it a different tone and picking different characters. Pixar could instantly make more money and earn critical acclaim by spinning off the Incredibles by picking even one of their auxiliary, made-for-DVD characters.
Four years later and it still comes highly recommended.