See, Now Hellboy is Badass!
by Alex Billington
July 27, 2006
All of the Comic-Con panels, clips shown, footage and coverage has been closely under the watch of the big movie biz. Our site, FirstShowing.net, alone, has been the only one to provide nearly complete coverage of a majority of the big movie panels at Comic-Con. No other press websites, fan blogs, or anyone else out there has provided either a complete video or otherwise 100% accurate transcript of the events that happen. Part of the reasoning is the fear that the movie biz has installed in everyone by threatening them and emphasizing to every attendee that "what you are being shown is only for those of you here and that's it." (And has recently become a reality for our fellow blog /FILM.) However, there is one panel that I missed, and to my own luck, it's been hosted in its entirity via video online. But get this, not by a sly pirater with a video camera, but by the director of the film itself.
Linked originally from the ComicBookResources.com forums, a full 500MB DIVX video of the panel, including the footage shown, can be found online right here. Uploaded by Tad Stones, the director of the entire Hellboy Animated series.
And now I'll reiterate again, that this is just badass!! I have only come to slightly agree with the idea that what is shown at Comic-Con should be for the people who've made an effort to show up alone. It's only slightly because of the gruelling incident that occured in trying to get into the Spider-Man 3 panel, and the fact that we deserved (and had our seats saved even) to be in that room instead of 2 people who probably were only in there for the hype and nothing more. However, that is a discussion on it's own. Only an amazing mind of creators and collaborators would know how important and "worth it" it is to post this video and panel online. Yea, the footage "was" exclusive, but so were the trailers we saw in the panels "as world premiers." I remember hearing them claim that it was the first world premier of The Reaping trailer, and then I saw Lady in the Water yesterday, about 4 days later, and saw The Reaping trailer play in front of me in the movie theatre.
I just wanted to take the time to thank Tad Stones and all of the guys who actually thought of putting this online. This is the one panel that I above all really, really wanted to get to but due to scheduling conflicts could not. It has made me certainly that much more respectful of what they've done and that much more interested to buy this up the moment of release. Excellent job guys!
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