So, the premiere is done, meeting up again with all the actors and creatives I'd met while I'd visited the set is done...sort of feel nostalgic about that now. Was an awesome night. What's more, it was the first time I saw the movie, in full, complete. And it was amazing. Honestly, you can say David Slade took the book, stayed extremely faithful, and did nothing but improve upon it and flesh it out. Of course a movie is 90 minutes and the book is a much shorter read.
Now I'm down in San Diego. Took the train, which is the only way to go if you're a visitor to the States and have to get from LA. Always good to avoid the incompetence and crap storm that is US domestic air travel. The train takes just as long, much more leisurly and is cheaper too. Dropping us right downtown. Which is good, since that's where a special San Diego IDW Publishing screening of the movie is being held.
This'll be a special occasion, where the company that chose to take a risk and publish an unknown horror comic five years ago gets to see its work on the big screen and invite friends, family, and co-workers. Since the IDW guys are sort of like family to me in many ways (my wife actually used to work for them and I met her through them) it's something I wouldn't miss for the world.
For the first time in my life, a hotel upgrades me to a King suite...an awesome large room for my San Diego stay. Still, it's nothing compared to where Josh Hartnett was staying. Man, you know it's a good room when it comes with a piano.
Been spending the last week on an airbed at the director's house, as he was kind enough to put us up, but there were eight people sharing the one bathroom. Fun times...but it was cool because they were all great people and somehow it worked.
IDW had booked out the Pacific Gaslamp theatre downtown, so it's just a walk for us to get there.
Before the movie begins, Ted Adams, original president and founding member (and I think producer on the film) gets all of us that have contributed to 30 Days to stand up, and he gives a quick speech. I hadn't realized, but everyone had had their phones taken off them for the screening, as is the custom here (but not in Australia as we get films up to a year after they've come out in the US) with piracy and everything...but they never took mine...or my camera...so I take a picture inside and get away with it. Seems this whole trip is about me breaking the law and being crafty. First I'm creatively vandalizing movie posters now I'm trying to get thrown out of a cinema for looking like I'm trying to steal my own movie! (Which, of course, would be a strange thing to do for me.)
The screening goes great, and I notice so many nice little things about the film the second time. I also see it properly for the first time. A large fat bald man had been directly in my way at the premiere, so I couldn't read some of the subtitles...which sort of sucked. But them's the breaks.
IDW also have an after-party organized, so off we go to a nice mellow time.
On the way out of the theatre to the party, I bump into one of the local retailers, Robert Scott, who was invited, as Comickaze champions good comics and did so with 30 Days. Apparently he escaped hospital to make it to the film. He wasn't kidding and showed me where he pulled the drip out!
The party itself is a nice mellow affair, and it's good to catch up with all my San Diego friends (I used to live here) and have a good chat to Jim Lee among others, who said he really digged the film, especially how it riffs off the art I'd done.
And then, since I've been running on about three hours sleep a day the last while, it's a good time to crash.
Craziness still lies ahead though for me. While here I'll be chatting to a few people about moving back to the US for awhile, heading back up to LA with my editor for the Scream Awards which, if all goes well we'll pick up an award for something! I'm nominated for my artwork in my book Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse and the book version of 30 Days of Night is also up for an award. Slightly weird since it came out five years ago, but what the hey!
Until then...sleep is goooood.