San Diego Comic-Con news

I made it there in 1986 – my mom and sister went to France that summer, and my Dad and I said we’d get to go somewhere in return, so we chose San Diego, and he dropped me off in the mornings, caught up with friends (he lived out there for a while) and picked me up in the evenings. It was a lot of fun, I finished my X-Men collection, met all kinds of folks (Frank Miller, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby) and when it rolls around each year think about how much I’d like to go back (although if it and FRFF remain on the same schedule that could be a problem). One of the coolest things that happens there now is a lot of comics, TV and film news gets released there, and here are some of the things I’m psyched about:

•Karen Allen will return as Marion Ravenwood in the new Indiana Jones (who needs Short Round).

•Heroes’ Zachary Quinto (Sylar) and Leonard Nimoy will play young and old Spock in J.J. Abrams’ new Star Trek movie.

•Kevin Smith will write and direct an episode of Heroes: Origins, the six-episode spinoff series.

•DC Comics will collect the online Heroes comic books this fall.

•Harold Perrineau (Michael) will return to Lost in season 4, Libby’s past will be shown, and there’s a new Dharma Initiative short.

•Iron Man film director Jon Favreau will write a four-issue Iron Man: Viva Las Vegas mini-series

•First there was “Buffy Season 8” in the comics, now there will be an Angel Season 6, called Angel: After the Fall, and written by Brian Lynch.

•Warren Ellis is writing Astonishing X-Men after Joss Whedon finishes his run.

•The first of four made-for-DVD Futurama movies will arrive in November.

•Battlestar Galactica:Razor will air on on Sci Fi Nov. 24 (and be on DVD before the fourth season starts) in January, telling the history of the Battlestar Pegasus. You’ll also see the original Cylon Centurions and Raiders.

•Twin Peaks: The Complete Series box set will be out later this year and will include both seasons of the show as well as both versions of the pilot.