The evening programming had a lot to offer. There was a screening of the Doctor Strange DVD, the Sci-Fi Channel’s Eureka and Who Wants to Be a Superhero!, and a play set aboard a Klingon ship. The first two Pirates of the Caribbean films were screened as were the first three X-Men films. The night concluded with a 1am screening of Swamp Thing.
The highlight of the convention was Jerry Beck from Cartoon Brew.com with his Worst Cartoons Ever! Fans of this event were happy to see the return of Mighty Mr. Titan, who teaches exercise, and other heroes like Super President, Rocket Robin Hood, and Johnny Cypher in Dimension Zero. If you attended last year you can see the further, albeit brief, adventures of Spunky & Tadpole. New to fold were Moon Mullins, a comic strip given the Clutch Cargo treatment, and Sam Bassett, Hero for Hire, a dog detective that works with a Chihuahua that only communicates through his guitar playing. For all the cartoons, the animation is usually poor, the stories nonsensical, and there are always unintended moments of comedy from potential homoerotic behavior and racial insensitivity.
Two award ceremonies were held on Friday night. The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, honoring excellence in the field of comic books, was held at the convention center while the lesser-known yet more exclusive Forcey Awards banquet, covering many fields of pop culture, was held at the Holiday Inn. Results for both can be found online.
Cringe-inducing question of the day: During The Spectacular Spider-Man session, a gawky young man, either looking for his moment of fame or too stupid to understand who he was talking to, asked why Spider-Man 3 sucked so bad.