The Shame Nun’s Backup Bell
The Fun Lovin’ Criminals
Kraven the Hunger
Fred, the Jawa who Inserts Himself in Every Non-Fred-Related Conversation
Bread Sonja, the Paleo Avenger
Ray Parker, Sr.
The Prince Rebus
Chronic the Hemp Hog
Admiral William Stockdale
The first season of iZombie built to a big final battle sequence at a butcher shop called Meat Cute (pun 1!). The second season of iZombie built to a big final battle sequence where energy drink company Max Rager (pun 2!) was purchased by Fillmore Graves Enterprises (pun 3!), and then a full-scale zombie outbreak took place. But according to creators Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright at the show’s Comic-Con panel, the upcoming third season will break that cycle.
At the end of season two, Liv Moore (Rose McIver) discovered that there are many more zombies out in the world, and they’re preparing for an all-out war against humanity. The upcoming third season will be about Liv choosing a side: humans or zombies. She decides to start the post-zombie rampage period of her life by laying all cards on the table with her friends; how they react, Thomas and Ruggiero-Wright said, will form the crux of the season’s conflict.
Other things we learned from the panel:
• Blaine’s (David Anders) cold, abusive dad Angus DeBeers (Robert Knepper)—last seen being tortured with Les Misérables before an extended absence—will make a not-so-triumphant return as a frozen corpse in the basement of Blaine’s funeral home.
• Peyton (Aly Michalka) will now be a series regular. Her love triangle with Ravi and Blaine will also continue.
• Mr. Boss (Kit Boss), the Seattle crime lord from season two, won’t show up in the early goings of season three. Thomas says Boss might return later in the season, but he’s not part of the first arc.
• The writers gave McIver a list of close to 30 ideas of brains for Liv to eat during the upcoming season, with the stipulation that she was only allowed to veto one of the acquired side-effect skills. And yet, she noted, nobody mentioned to her that she’d be consuming a dominatrix brain. (That one drew a few whoops from the audience.)
• At some point, we’ll meet the woman at the CDC who fired Ravi—when she walks into the Seattle PD to ask for help with a case.
• Thomas and Ruggiero-Wright have assured McIver that unlike Liv’s last two paramours—Lowell in the first season, Drake in the second—the next time she has a love interest, he won’t get killed off.
More than 30 years ago, Carrie Henn was a 9-year-old living in London, where she’d just landed a big role in what would become one of the greatest sci-fi films of all time: James Cameron’s Aliens. In the 1986 smash, Henn starred as Newt, the soot-faced, wide-eyed orphan whose family has been wiped out by xenomorphs, and who develops a near-familial bond with Ripley, the creature-cratering heroine played by Sigourney Weaver. And if you thought that hanging around the set filled with multi-mouthed monsters (not to mention James Cameron) was scary for a young kid, you’re right—though, as it turns out, Hehn’s fears had nothing to do with her acid-drooling co-stars.
“I wasn’t nervous about being on set, because I knew everybody, and they were very friendly,” Henn said during a recent stop at the WIRED Cafe during Comic-Con International, where the film is celebrating its 30th anniversary. “The aliens were all my friends, wearing suits. I was actually most nervous about going to the cafeteria for lunch, because I had to go in-character as Newt, and I thought everybody would be staring at me. I didn’t have any concept that everybody else was going to be dressed up, too. My tutor actually gave me a big pair of sunglasses to wear when I went in. But it turned out not to be such a big thing.”
Henn had gotten the part after a meeting with Weaver, who’d flown on the Concorde to London to test out their on-screen chemistry. “I was excited, because I was like, “She was in Ghostbusters! How cool is this?”, Henn remembered. The slow-building Newt-Ripley relationship—they start off skeptical of one another, but eventually develop a de facto mother-daughter bond—has always been the heart of Aliens, culminating in the film’s most famous moment, in when Ripley, having finally tracked down the abducted Newt, confronts the Queen alien-turned-kidnapper and delivers one of the most delightfully bitchy lines in movie history.
According to Henn, who still keeps in touch with Weaver, the two actress’ bond was evident from the get-go. “Immediately, we hit it off,” she said. “She took me under her wings when we were filming, because I was so inexperienced. I can’t describe my relationship with her, because she’s more than just a friend—what you see on screen is genuinely how we feel about each other.”
Even though Henn was only 10 when Aliens was released, she has a vivid recall of her days on the set. Her favorite scene to shoot? The one in which Newt, stuck chest-high in water, is snatched up by a towering alien—a terrifying sequence, and one that gave most other 10-year-olds nightmares for years to come. But for Henn, it was mostly a chance to goof around. “The first assistant director had actually had someone stay there overnight, to make sure the water stayed warm,” she said. “But it was actually too warm for me, so I would sit up on bars on the side, and the alien and I would stay up there, kicking our feet in the water.”
Aliens would prove to be Henn’s only major acting role: By the time the film was released, she and her family had moved back to the United States, and she soon decided to pursue a career in education (she now teaches fourth grade in Northern California; occasionally, one of her students will bring in an Aliens DVD for her to sign). But she still finds time to visit conventions, and this spring, in celebration of Aliens Day, she watched the movie for the first time in nearly a decade. “It’s very weird, because I have a daughter who’s now the age I was when I made the movie, and she’s like my clone,” Henn said. “So as I’m watching it, it’s like watching my daughter up there.” Newt, there it is!
Standing atop a building emblazoned with Superman’s iconic “S,” Bernard Chang is running down the history Batman’s cowl. The Batman Beyond artist started by using his hands to sculpt a model of Adam West’s mask from the 1960s, but now he’s moved on to the late ’80s.
“What about Michael Keaton?” Chang says, as he starts reworking his model into the mask from the Tim Burton era. But he’s not using clay, or any other physical material. He’s doing it in VR. Standing on a small stage at Comic-Con International, wearing a Rift headset, Chang is using Oculus’ sculpture tool Medium—along with the company’s forthcoming Touch controllers—to create his sculpture in a virtual 3-D space.
He’s made a couple of nice-looking cowls in under 20 minutes, thanks to Medium’s various capabilities. He can, for example, use the “symmetry tool,” which mirrors everything he does to one side of Batman’s face onto the other, and zoom in and out on his creation. He also, as Medium’s project director Brian Sharp notes during the presentation, is able to some things “better in virtual reality than you can do with clay—like undo and redo.”
Medium wasn’t made specifically for comics artists like Chang—illustrators will probably have more fun with Oculus’ forthcoming Quill—but rather for anyone who just wants to make art in VR. The tools are simple and intuitive; just about anyone can learn it in under an hour.
“When I draw comics, I’m very traditional, it’s still pen and pencil on paper, but then I scan it in and then with a Wacom tablet I do some more drawing and finishes,” Chang says. “It’s very much the same [as working in Medium]. I could really see it being something that could be a lot of fun to play and toy with.”
And giving people something to toy with is the point. Sharp and his team at Oculus have been working on Medium for nearly two years—since not long after the company was acquired by Facebook—and while there could be commercial uses for Medium at some point, the hope is simply that it’s enjoyable enough that people will make stuff with it when the Touch controllers come out later this year.
“It’s important to us that professional artists like it, and that seems already to be true,” Sharp says. “But we also have to be able to give anyone a five-to-seven-minute demo and be able to use it. We’re trying to get rid of all the not-fun struggle to figure the software out so that people can worry about ‘oh, I just drew a little dog, now I want to draw a better dog next time.’ That’s what’s exciting.”
Yesterday’s panel at Comic-Con International for HBO’s Game of Thrones definitely had a lot of laughs for a conversation that spent so much time mourning characters that were killed off in Season 6. But nothing got as many LoLs as this gag reel which played as the cast and crew walked off the stage. Please do enjoy it now—it’s worth it just to watch Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) crack herself up.
There’s no official panel for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story at Comic-Con International this year, but attendees at one of the convention’s booth displays can get a sneak peek of a brand-new character from the film. He’s a mercenary fighter and a pilot, a guy who’s sworn to help take on the Empire.
His name? Umm…uh…before we tell you, we just want to check: Are you sure you want to know? Like, isn’t this technically a spoiler?
OK, fine. His name is … Two Tubes.
We know, we know: Maybe not the coolest-sounding name to come out of the galaxy that gave us such unforgettable monikers as Lobot and Greedo and Bib Fortuna. But as you can tell from the picture above, Two Tubes does indeed come equipped with two tubes, along with a low-fi-looking rifle, a sweet leather duster, and two ear-things that look a bit like horseshoe crab tails. A description for the character, who appeared alongside several other Rogue One costumes, reveals his back-story:
Edrio Two Tubes is a mercenary pilot who flies alongside his eggmate, Benthic. They share the nickname derived from the breathing apparatus that allows Tognath physiology to process oxygen atmospheres. Edrio’s native world of Yar Tonga was conquered and occupied by the Empire, forcing him to flee as a refugee. With a desire to strike back at the Empire, Edrio and Benthic have allied with Saw Gerrera.
In Rogue One, resistance leader Saw Gerrera is played by Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker, meaning Two Tubes will likely be seeing quite a bit of on-screen action. As for who’s playing the latest antihero in the Star Wars universe, that’s still not clear—but we’re sure he or she prepared for the role by listening to two Tubes songs. Talk to ya later!