Comic-Con Quotes 2005

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Coments made at various panels during this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. See also our con report and cosplay photos.

Fight Scenes | Sergio/Mark | WB Movies | Titans | Henson | Serenity | JMS | Narnia | Random

SF/Fantasy Fight Scenes

Panel on how to write fight scenes in science-fiction and fantasy. Featuring Robert Jordan, Eldon Thompson, Jim Butcher, and James Clemens; moderated by Maryelizabeth Hart.

I love quarterbacks... a quarterback is incredibly tasty if you grill him just right... Don’t use a lot of barbecue sauce... Quarterback sushi.
Robert Jordan, 14-Jul-2005
There’s a very long word called versimilitude which means, basically, faking it.
James Clemens, 14-Jul-2005
Yeah, Musashi was very practical when it came to doing his violence.
Jim Butcher, 14-Jul-2005
You see the Trollocs... excuse me, Orcs...
Robert Jordan, 14-Jul-2005
Everyone else uses Paula Abdul. (on fight choreography)
Maryelizabeth Hart , 14-Jul-2005

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The Sergio and Mark Show

Panel with the Groo creative team: Mark Evanier, Sergio Aragonés, Stan Sakai, and Tom Luth

Mark is going to spend the next three months on his website, talking about Stan Lee....
Sergio Aragonés, 14-Jul-2005
Having destroyed many current comics, we’re gonna destroy great works of literature.
Mark Evanier, 14-Jul-2005
So my first time in the movies I was dressed like a woman... wearing a bathing suit. And I looked pretty good!
Sergio Aragonés, 14-Jul-2005

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Warner Bros. Upcoming Movies

On V For Vendetta, Tim Burton’s The Corpse Bride, and The Fountain, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

I think I learned through it that I’m not that connected to my hair. (on shaving her head)
Natalie Portman , 25-Jul-2005
I think there should be lots of films about terrorists.
David Lloyd, 25-Jul-2005
“I was wondering if Jack Skellington was gonna make an appearance in this film.”
“Oh, no, no. His agent wouldn’t let him out of his contract.”
Fan, Allison Abbate, 25-Jul-2005
Darren, to us, is called Darren-oia.
Hugh Jackman, 25-Jul-2005
“You get to play a queen in the 16th century, you get to play a ghost in the future... can I say all that?”
Rachel Weisz, Darren Aronofsky, 25-Jul-2005
Pi, I didn’t really figure out what it was about till almost six months after it was done.
Darren Aronofsky, 25-Jul-2005
Warner Bros. doesn’t know what the hell to do with this movie.
Darren Aronofsky, 25-Jul-2005

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New Teen Titans 25th Anniversary

Titans discussion panel with Nick Cardy, Marv Wolfman, Barbara Kesel, Geoff Johns and Glenn Murakami.

I realized that this convention is insidious. They gave us all chocolate, but you can’t open it.
Marv Wolfman, 12:40 15-Jul-2005
You have all the Titans running... and Kid Flash arrives at the same time. He should have not only got there, beat the bad guy, had lunch, watched a movie, while the others are still trucking along. (on the difficulty of writing a speedster in a team book)
Marv Wolfman , 13:05 15-Jul-2005
(Loud screech from speakers) We want feedback, but not that kind.
Marv Wolfman, 13:07 15-Jul-2005

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Jim Henson Co. 50th Anniversary

Retrospective on the company’s first fifty years, and news about current and upcoming projects. And a concerted effort not to focus on the Muppets. Featuring Kirk Thatcher, Lisa Henson, Mike Polis, and Halle Stanford.

“The worm was performed live too.”
“Yeah, we found a trained worm and put a [motion-capture] suit on him...”
Kirk Thatcher, Halle Stanford, 15-Jul-2005
“Will there be a breakfast cereal?”
“There will not be Mirrormask Crunch.”
Kirk Thatcher, Mike Polis, 15-Jul-2005
(On using virtual sets for the Dark Crystal sequel) “Yeah, it’s going to be Star Wars-style.”
“But not written in the Star Wars style.”
Lisa Henson, Kirk Thatcher, 15-Jul-2005

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Slither and Serenity

Movie panel featuring the upcoming horror film Slither (with Nathan Fillion), and Serenity. The Serenity portion featured Joss Whedon and all the Firefly actors except for Alan Tudyk. (See also quotes from last year’s Serenity panel.)

I’m sorry, I’m looking at the big screens, so I’m fixing my hair.
Nathan Fillion, 14:35 16-Jul-2005
(On playing moments in soap operas.) The first moment is, “Did I leave the stove on?” The next is, “I did leave the stove on.” Then it’s “No, I turned the stove off!” And it works for all of them!
Nathan Fillion, 14:36 16-Jul-2005
The applause will fill in the time it takes to load the DVD.
Nathan Fillion, 14:38 16-Jul-2005
“How many special effects are in the movie?”
Fan, Joss Whedon, 16-Jul-2005
“You said we would get paid more because there were only eight!”
“That was before I replaced you with a CGI beagle.”
Gina Torres, Joss Whedon, 16-Jul-2005
And for those of you who haven’t seen the movie yet, I’ve got good news... I just saved a bunch on car insurance by switching to Geico.
Nathan Fillion, 16-Jul-2005
“Sean? What will you say to our Angel-roleplaying Norwegian friends?”
“I’m still thinking about aerosol cheese.”*
Joss Whedon, Sean Maher, 16-Jul-2005
“There’s other people at this talk who’d do a great job as Wonder Woman.”
“Okay, Morena and Gina and Adam have to fight to the death.”
Nathan Fillion, Joss Whedon, 16-Jul-2005
My character would die in his bunk.
Adam Baldwin, 16-Jul-2005
Inara would die... with a bang.
Morena Baccarin, 16-Jul-2005
What, we’re gonna die in a group hug? (feedback squeal) That’s right, today’s secret word is “group hug.”
Joss Whedon, 16-Jul-2005
I was buying a toothbrush the other day, and somebody came up to me and recognized me while I was buying my toothbrush. It was cool. I still can’t believe it happened but it was cool.
Jewel Staite, 16-Jul-2005
And you are very special to me, my broken time-rock people.
Nathan Fillion, 16-Jul-2005

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Question and Answer period with J. Michael Straczynski.

The people I work with, their main job is to take calls that start with, “Do you know what he’s done now?”
J. Michael Straczynski, 16-Jul-2005
“We trust you.”
“‘We—’ Oh, gimme your wallet.”
Fan, J. Michael Straczynski, 16-Jul-2005
All right, what is your pussy-ass husband’s question?
J. Michael Straczynski, 16-Jul-2005
Most of you are just cute as buttons. 10% of you are screwy.
J. Michael Straczynski, 16-Jul-2005
You got out of boot camp yesterday? And you came here instead of getting laid? Now that’s a fan.
J. Michael Straczynski, 16-Jul-2005
I listen to the voice in the back of my head. That’s next to the giant mutant lobster.
J. Michael Straczynski, 16-Jul-2005

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Various people involved with the upcoming movie of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

This is like talking to your mum on the phone twenty years ago. (On satellite link from London with a 15-second delay.)
Andrew Adamson, 17-Jul-2005
Richard’s been working with monkeys since I last saw him.
Andrew Adamson, 17-Jul-2005
People just called it the pig-fish. (re: one of the creatures)
Howard Berger, 17-Jul-2005
We’re going to make sure the movie doesn’t suck.
Dean Wright, 17-Jul-2005

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(re: Doom’s genre) “It’s actually a love story.”
“Now Karl knows why they call me the Rock.”
Karl Urban, The Rock, 17-Jul-2005

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Quote Notes

*Some audience member had made a long rambling comment on behalf of fans who lived in Norway, London, England (“Both London and England?” “He’s got multiple personality disorder.”) etc. and explained that they thought Joss Whedon was “the best thing to happen to television since aerosol cheese.” Then he asked some question about the end of Angel and how they should handle some issue with the RPG. Joss tactfully handed it off to another panelist rather than tell the guy flat-out that it was a dumb (or at least inappropriate) question.

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