Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope | On Demand review
Morgan Spurlock finds like-minded company.
Morgan Spurlock, who once ate nothing but McDonald’s for a month for a movie, knows a thing or two about doing weird stuff to get attention. So he should feel right at home at San Diego Comic-Con, the annual comic convention, trade show and Hollywood hypefest where geeks who spend the rest of the year hiding their obsessions cut loose in an orgy of cosplay and swag hoarding. No wonder Spurlock’s documentary, Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope, portrays the event so empathetically—as a safe, inviting place for nerds of all shapes, sizes and social disorders.
Interestingly, the geeks don’t just want a place to fit in at Comic-Con; they want to stand out, too. Most of Spurlock’s subjects are ’Con virgins trying to break into the business as illustrators or costume designers. Their fun and sometimes moving exploits, along with glowing testimonials from celebs and fans, make up the bulk of Comic-Con’s running time, and they don’t leave much room to explore the event’s dark side. The plight of a cash-strapped comics retailer highlights the way the convention’s increased focus on movies and video games has turned graphic-novel artists into second-class citizens at their own party, but little is made of the hours attendees waste languishing in line, choking on Comic-Con’s legendarily smelly cloud of B.O. and farts. An Odorama cut of Comic-Con would surely be the scariest film ever made. (Available on VOD Fri 6.)