- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: DK ADULT (July 4, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0756683424
- ISBN-13: 978-0756683429
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.8 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,277,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope Hardcover – July 4, 2011
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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.
The foreword and anecdotes are nice, and the photography is amazing and highly evocative.
I cannot wait to eventually see Morgan Spurlock's documentary, for which this book is a kind of companion-piece.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you have ever been to Comic Con, you have to get this book. I have been going for nine years now, and this book is a great reflection of what you experience while being at the... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Steve I.
For anyone that has visited Comic-Con, (or wants to), the photos and articles really capture the fun.
Comic-Con is an adventure in itself. This book was excellently done.
Born and raised in San Diego, I spent many years at comic con before it became the circus it is now. Its still as fun if not more. This book reminds me of what Im missing.Published on August 11, 2013 by Branford Marsalis
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. Read morePublished on February 29, 2012 by JC
I did not buy this book yet. I picked it off the shelf at a bookstore and looked through every crowd shot to see if I was in it. Read morePublished on September 13, 2011 by Amazon Customer