Paul Salfen interviews Harry Knowles (Ain’t It Cool News), Thomas Tull (Legendary Pictures), and some of the subjects of the documentary “Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope at Fantastic Fest. Morgan Spurlock had the idea to do a documentary on Comic-Con, the world’s largest comic book convention, after attending and falling in love with the event. Comic Con Episode IV is written and directed by Spurlock, and his Warrior Poet team worked with such iconic names as Stan Lee and Josh Whedon as well as Knowles and Tull to bring this documentary to life. The audience response to the film at Fantastic Fest was genuinely positive, with people laughing and crying at this behind-the-scenes look at the fans who gather by the thousands each year in San Diego, California to attend the Geek cultural phenomenon. The film follows two aspiring comic book illustrators, a talented costume designer, a sweet couple who share their enthusiasm for the Geek lifestyle, and Chuck Rozinsky, founder of Mile High Comics as he frets about the future of the Comic Industry. Each have goals and aspirations and sojourn to Comic Con to follow the yellow brick road to their dreams. Surprisingly heart-warming, the film is an intimate look at what drives the convention to become larger and more successful every year – its fans.


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