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Fake movies and wrong reviews at Thursday’s San Diego Comic-Con 2018

Jessie Maltin
Thursday morning, July 19, 1018, San Diego Comic-Con
Thursday morning, July 19, 1018, San Diego Comic-Con

Thursday, the first full day of 2018’s San Diego Comic-Con, saw a review of events leading up to a fake movie with historical implications; and a good-natured debate of reviews of real movies. The perpetual lines were still intact and seemed heavier than usual, two full days before Saturday’s insanity.

The perpetual lines of San Diego Comic-Con
The perpetual lines of San Diego Comic-Con

The crowds were collecting early on Thursday morning, and by the time the exhibit floor opened, many attendees had already spent hours in line.

Wonder Women, Thursday, July 19, San Diego Comic-Con 2018
Wonder Women, Thursday, July 19, San Diego Comic-Con 2018

Wonder Women of every kind were seen throughout the convention on Thursday, fighting for your rights and the old red, white and blue.

Jack Kirby's Consciousness Part 2 panel: J. David Spurlock (left); Barry Ira Geller (center); and Mike Royer (right).
Jack Kirby’s Consciousness Part 2 panel: J. David Spurlock (left); Barry Ira Geller (center); and Mike Royer (right).

The “Jack Kirby’s Consciousness Part 2” panel consisted of producer Barry Ira Geller; Jack Kirby inker, Mike Royer; and moderator J. David Spurlock.

Barry Ira Geller
Barry Ira Geller

Jack Kirby did the concept art for Barry Ira Geller’s planned Lord of Light film and “Science Fiction Land” theme park. The art and screenplay was later “stolen” by the CIA and turned into the “fake” film production of “Argo” (see the “Argo” film.) A documentary concerning the “real story” is in the works.

Mike Royer
Mike Royer

Jack Kirby inker, Mike Royer, said Kirby’s Lord of Light concept art is “the best work Jack ever did.”

Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin

Renowned film critic Leonard Maltin and his daughter, Jessie, debated Maltin’s movie reviews at the “You’re Wrong, Leonard Maltin!” panel.

Leonard Maltin (left) and Max Allan Collins.
Leonard Maltin (left) and Max Allan Collins.

Leonard Maltin discussed Deadpool 2 with Road to Perdition author Max Allan Collins. Other films discussed included Fight Club, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Dick Tracy, and The Dark Knight.

Paul Levitz
Paul Levitz

Comic book legend Paul Levitz (Legion of Super-Heroes) discusses his life and the history of comic-book conventions from his perspective.

Safety first at San Diego Comic-Con!
Safety first at San Diego Comic-Con!
San Diego Comic-Con 2018
San Diego Comic-Con 2018
Timothy Zahn autographing books for fans.
Timothy Zahn autographing books for fans.
Nightcrawler
Nightcrawler
Zatanna and Catwoman
Zatanna and Catwoman
Paging Bill!
Paging Bill!
Don't make him angry!
Don’t make him angry!
Black Man
Black Man
San Diego Comic-Con 2018
San Diego Comic-Con 2018
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Indiana Jones
Indiana Jones
San Diego Comic-Con 2018
San Diego Comic-Con 2018

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Bob Leeper

Bob Leeper is the co-owner and manager of "Arizona’s Pop Culture and Alternative Art Network," Evermore Nevermore. He is the co-creator of the pop culture events Steampunk Street and ENCREDICON, and is a member of the Phoenix Film Critics Society. He also curates the Facebook fan site The Arizona Cave – AZ Fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs, and is one of the few brave and bold fans of Jar Jar Binks.

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