... I 'shun' the Hollywood studio booths .. but one display qualified as the coolest freakin' thing I have ever seen at the Comic Con:
Life-sized Owl-Ship prop from The Watchmen movie!
Ahhhh.... Another human soul after my own heart! The Con is much more about Hollywood in general than comics now. For shame, for shame, but probably not too unexpected. The soul of California was sold a long time ago to the movie industry!
I wasn't at the Con -- making tentative plans to be there next year, come
[WORD REMOVED BY MODERATOR FOR LANGUAGE] or not! --, but the impression I am getting from G4 TV and the online comic news networks (ComicBookResources.com , newsarama.com , etc.) is that Watchmen stole the Con.
It's THE de facto film event for next year whether or not you think the graphic novel is overrated. (I think it's a good story, but it's hardly the best-written one and it's way overhyped as is before the movie came into the picture.)
I can only hope it captures the look of the comics (so far, so good) and the feel... Unlike TDK which felt and looked like a Bond film.
The trailer for Batman: The Brave and the Bold looks very good. Surprised they went with a Dick Sprang design -- let's see if the writing doesn't degrade to 1950s/1960s Batman comic book levels and that people don't feel as insulted by this series as they were by The Batman. Sprang, in spite of his Batman era stories, is one of my favorite Batman artists. The title sequences for the Adam West Batman series were definitely inspired by his art style. Same goes for the first sequence of the Batman: TAS episode, "Legends of the Dark Knight."
P.S. -- It almost goes without saying that I WOULD have gone to the animation panels that interest me and that I would have gotten artist sketchbooks the first day or two of the Con, too. At least Bud Plant and other online vendors will carry the majority of the good sketchbooks that were present at the Con.
Once again, I'll skip the con-exclusive Bruce Timm sketchbook because as much as I like his stuff I just won't pay $60 for a book printed at Kinko's. His sketchbooks and J. Scott Campbell's have ridiculous online values! That's stuff you definitely have to get at the Con. The online scalping is ridiculous!