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Comic-Con Journal: ‘True Blood,’ Hamill & Fallon

Some more random Comic-Con notes:

– That ka-ching sound you here is HBO’s marketing machinery, with the pay service’s announcement that it will be marketing a blood-orange soda drink tying in with vampire drama “True Blood,” modeled after the synthetic blood served in the show.

Exec producer Alan Ball coyly described the concoction as a mixture of vodka, Viagra, Vicodin and the blood of European royalty. Actually, I’m pretty sure that’s close to the age-defying stuff that Sumner Redstone drinks.

The other revelation out of the “True Blood” panel — aside from the fact that a season three pickup of the sophomore hit is virtually assured but not final — is that Alexander Skarsgard has a huge cult following out there, as women howled at every mention of his name. I know Skarsgard didn’t land the lead role in Marvel’s “Thor” movie, but the “Generation Kill” star’s future seems extremely bright.

Also, one more vampire-themed note: Among the promotional materials being handed out near the convention was a flier
for Vampire-con, a gathering devoted to vampires scheduled to take place in Los Angeles on Aug. 16,
complete with a vampire movie festival Aug. 14-15 at the New Beverly Cinema. Mostly, it’s another cynical ploy to separate the loopy vampire-obsessed demographic (and in some cases their parents) from their hard-earned money. Meanwhile, many of them might want to read an upcoming Scholastic book that speaks to their condition, titled, “The Vampire is Not That Into You.”

– It takes a lot to offend my delicate sensibilities, but former “Star Wars” star Mark Hamill charging $100
an autograph comes pretty close. OK, so people were still lined up at that price, but based on that math, what should a Harrison
Ford autograph be worth?

By the way, the autograph pavilion was a veritable who’s who of ’60s, ’70s and ’80s stars, including Adam West, Gil Gerard, Richard Hatch and Margot Kidder.

– More bad news for nerds: Jimmy Fallon was at Comic-Con,
doubtless preparing a taped piece spoofing the convention-goers. Of course,
it’ll have to go a long way to approach the comic genius of Triumph the Insult
Comic Dog ridiculing those waiting in line for the new “Star Wars” series, but
it’s such a big fat ripe target it’s hard to fault the “Late Night” producers
for diving in as well.

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