There are two ways to look at the San Diego Comic Convention, aka Comic-Con, the annual nerd mecca that started out as a massive fanboy swap meet and has become a central component of Hollywood’s pop culture calendar. From one perspective, it’s the story of The Geek Shall Inherit the Earth: a generation of Alan Moore obsessives who grew up to dominate film and TV. From another, more cynical perspective, it’s a vintage Dark Phoenix situation, as in, “Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely.” In this telling, what started out as an oasis for passionate megafans became a big-budget farmer’s market, a place for videogame companies and movie studios to peddle their wares to an adoring crowd of opinionated bloggers.
Both perspectives have some validity. Judging by the title and the talent involved, my guess is that Morgan Spurlock’s upcoming documentary, Comic-Con Episode Four: A Fan’s Hope, will lean more towards the sunshine. According to Variety, the documentary will be exec-produced by geek gods Joss Whedon and Stan Lee, alongside Aint It Cool News’ Harry Knowles. Spurlock will follow seven fans to this summer’s Comic-Con.
That’s a lot of talented people, and the subject matter couldn’t be more fascinating. I’ve been to Comic-Con twice, and the experience was beyond surreal both times. Some of the greatest creative minds in the medium being justifiably treated like rock stars alongside ex-strippers peddling autobiographical Web comics, David Arquette showing off his direct-to-video directorial debut, and too many people dressed as Jack Sparrow.
PopWatchers, are you interested in Spurlock’s documentary? And will any of you be at Comic-Con this year?