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Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope Hardcover – July 4, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: DK ADULT (July 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756683424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756683429
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 9.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #861,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book captures the wonderful world of San Diego Comic Con.
ComicConMom
There is one thing that this book does so well though, in a con you ONLY have the time a character walks by to say, "stop, I want to take a picture".
Tim Lasiuta
I was excited to get this book today as this year will be my first Comic-Con experience.
Kat G

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tim Lasiuta on July 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Admittedly, I have never been to San Diego Comic Con. I have attended the 2009 New York Comic Con, and the Calgary Comic Con 3 times now. This last year, the Calgary Show approached what I saw in the Morgan Spurlock book.

Broken up into 3 'days', Spurlock gives us intimate photos of fans, costumed and 'normal', celebrities, and creators, and 'moments' such as only comic cons can create. For instance, Mike Henry talks about Adam West talking to Lou Ferrigno, and that being his comic-com moment. Other fans talk about meeting Stan Lee, or Frank Miller.

Fans talk about how they can be 'nerdy', and just fit in. Comic cons allow that, and this photographic essay captures the experience admirably. There is one thing that this book does so well though, in a con you ONLY have the time a character walks by to say, "stop, I want to take a picture". Or, when three Bat villains are in a room, you can't say "Joker, Riddler, and Penguin to Booth 3-C please for a picture". We get that here. Who needs a drawn Disney Princess pic, this one is real!

Photos. Quotes...Experiences. Only thing that is missing is an audio track of crowd noise and the smell of collectibles to make this real.

Thanks.

Tim Lasiuta
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kat G on July 5, 2011
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I was excited to get this book today as this year will be my first Comic-Con experience. The photography is great! It really gave me an idea of what I can expect and I enjoyed reading different people's perspectives on Comic Con.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Casey Florig on July 8, 2011
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What a great book!!! It is full of pictures of both celebrities and fans. It really captures the craziness that is Comic Con. The pictures are appear to be from Comic Con 2010 and I made it on Page 15. :) Great collectible for those who attended as well as those who love video game, comic and movie pop culture. This would be a great book to bring back to Comic Con for autographs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JC on February 29, 2012
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Why you ask? Because ultimately you buy this for the pictures, not because you want to read the little quotes from famous people. And the limited edition gives you more pictures. I hate when there's a basic and limited versions of anything. Is the movie gonna be same way? Will there be a theatrical and director's cut of the Comic Con experience? Laughable.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steve on February 23, 2012
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I just got the book today. I was under the assumption that it was going to be a picture book about SDCC and its fans/their thoughts. Instead it was a picture book about pictures of 'celebrities' (who we sorta know what they look like) and one sentence from them. The only fans in the book were the best/most interesting costumes, or two normally dressed families. I think they had two or three attendee quotes.

Instead of focusing on the attendees more, both in and out of costume (or even comic writers/editors/artists), it seems that over half of the book is just pictures of "celebrities" and one sentence of what they think about SDCC. While I admire several of the faces in the book and agree with their thoughts, I already KNOW what Nathan Fillion looks like. I KNOW what Seth Green looks like. And nobody has a quote that says anything new, it's all things I have heard before from those kind of guys. While it isn't a bad thing per se, it doesn't make a book worth $25 when most of the book is stuff/people you've already seen plenty of times.

I had always thought that the book, and film, would be about the fans themselves (hence "A Fan's Hope) and their experiences as a fan at SDCC. But even amongst the very few fans that DO get featured, it's not really them, just their costume. Which while certainly interesting, I'm also interested in who is behind the masks. Who they are, what they do, thoughts.

Book not really worth a buy, hopefully the movie is more interesting.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Miguel A. Munoz on July 6, 2011
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the main reason i got this book is beacuse i thought i was going to b in it but after i got it i found out i wasnt but oh well the book is amazing theres just so many awesome pictures and the shipping on it was crazy fast
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