Superheroes 2007: The Paneling

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Next week I’m running a panel at the Tribeca Film Festival. The topic — I’m told, I didn’t write it — is as follows:

Here I come to save the… oh, just forget it. For a genre of entertainment originally devised with children in mind, superhero movies have found real success among bigger babies—adults, to be specific. We unleash the power of some superhero creators to explore why the vulnerable, conflicted, reluctant and more…well…human superhero is a sure-fire way to a colossal opening weekend. Featuring a sneak peek at original illustrations from the highly anticipated Amazing Spider-Man: One More Day comic book storyline.

OK, now forget about the topic. I don’t even know why I posted it. Here are the actual panelists.

Zak Penn (X-Men: The Last Stand, Elektra), Andrew D. Cooke (Director: Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist) and Joe Quesada (Illustrator, Writer, EIC of Marvel), Thomas Haden Church (Spiderman 3), Kevin Smith (Clerks, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back)

Yeah, I know. Someone cooler than me should be doing this. But they’re not. Because life is cruel. Cruel to others, not to me.

The only thing about moderating a panel is, you have to be the guy who talks if nobody else feels like talking. Otherwise crickets chirp and tumbleweeds blow down the aisle. So I’m preparing a list of questions for the panelists, but if you have any, feel free to post ’em in comments, and I’ll ask ’em. And please come if you’re in town.