The use of Photoshop in advertising hit the media spotlight again recently when two ads from Microsoft surfaced in which a black man’s head had been swapped out for that of a white man’s in an alternate version.
Come with us now on a journey through time and space…
That’s the opening of the British cult hit, The Mighty Boosh, and it’s the only warning you’re given before entering a world of zookeepers, shamans, DJ-ing gorillas, a moon that talks, cockney hitchhikers, evil jazz spirits and that’s just scratching the surface. The Boosh trickled onto American television this year, appearing in the 1am Sunday time slot on Adult Swim in March. It’s one of those shows where there’s no middle ground. You either love it or hate it, or don’t even know it exists. It’s like a children’s show for adults. Melissa Block from NPR described it (accurately, in my opinion) as “a cross between Monty Python, H.R. Pufnstuf and Flight of the Conchords.” There’s hilarity, costumed characters and boy is there ever music.
One note about Avatar before I start: it’s suffering from a terrible identity disorder. When I’ve talked to people about Avatar, I get halfway in before I realize they’re thinking of Avatar: The Last Airbender (a Nickelodeon cartoon coming to the big screen with M. Night Shyamalan behind the wheel). So, this is not that. This is James Cameron’s Avatar.
Driving to our hotel on Wednesday, the Comic-Con banners on the lampposts of San Diego could not be missed. Flanking each banner of the iconic CCI “eye” logo was another eye, staring out from an almost-human-kinda-kitty, blue face with the name “Avatar” emblazoned on the bottom. I now knew a total of three things about this movie.
- It was James Cameron’s.
- It took place on another planet.
- There were blue people, or something that looked like blue people.
The details of Avatar had been kept tightly under wraps; save for instances like Stephen Spielberg coming forward to say that “Avatar will be the biggest 3-D live-action film ever”. So, when James Cameron came out on stage, the refreshed crowd at Hall H cheered wildly (completely full again, despite the Twlighters leaving, with people still waiting in line hoping to get in). He spoke about how this movie was 14 years in the making and that when he tried to approach the film once in 1995, he was told it couldn’t be made because they didn’t have the technology to do it. It wasn’t until advances like the motion capture used for Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings, did he think they were getting close.
I forgot to mention one other thing about Preview Night —not everyone was inside exploring the Exhibition Hall. Some people were outside, setting up camp and getting in line to secure a spot in Thursday’s Summit Entertainment panel.
Why? Well, Summit holds the theatrical reins of a little thing called the Twilight saga.
I didn’t see the line for myself until Thursday. Waking up bright and early, we left our hotel and make the block-and-a-half trek to the convention center. The crowds were already amassing, as none of the door had opened yet. We made our way down the length of the building to the far end which houses the second largest room at the con, Hall H. Hall H is reserved for the major panels because it can hold up to 6,500 people. It’s also a popular hangout for the fire marshal, because it’s notoriously always full.
Some monumental events of social unrest have been brewing in the world outside of our domestic doorstep lately. I don’t know how far your circle of current events spreads beyond our land-lock, but in case you missed it Iran is having some internal debate over who’s rightfully their new president.