July 2015 is proving to be a month just chock full of 3-D actvities. Things kick off with the San Diego Comic-Con July 8-12. This is the largest pop culture arts convention in the country, and this year, in addition to the typical presentations by the movie studios and comic book publishing companies, there will be two programs that I’m participating in.
First, on Thursday the 8th, at 4:30pm, 3-D SPACE will be teaming up with the Jack Kirby Museum to present The Zone Show: The Jack Kirby Interview, a rare screening of the 30-minute 2-D 1984 TV interview of legendary comic creator Jack Kirby by Ray “3-D” Zone, the “King of 3-D Comic Books.” We all miss Ray very much, and I’m happy to be helping to keep his legacy alive.
Then on Saturday, July 11th at 6:30pm, I’ll be a panelist for The Unpublished EC 3-D Comic Revealed. This presentation will feature the World premiere of the lost 1954 EC sci-fi classic comic book. This book was intended to be released in 1954, but was never published in 3-D. I was invited to convert the original 1950s artwork just for this event, and it will be shown at SDCC for the first time ever in anaglyph 3-D. The panel will feature a dramatic reading of the pre-comics code stories by our talented friends at Captured Aural Phantasy Theater.
Comic-Con is immediately followed by our monthly club meeting in Pasadena, and this month’s meeting will be very special. This month is the 60th anniversary of the founding of the LA 3-D Club, and the July meeting will kick off the club’s bir3Day festivities!
The party continues on Sunday, July 19th at 2pm with a screening of 3-D Rarities at the Downtown Independent Theater. The LA 3-D Club, 3-D SPACE, and LA Filmforum will celebrate 100 years of 3-D movies with an amazing collection of restored stereoscopic treasures dating back to the dawn of 3-D cinematography, followed by a Q&A with Bob Furmanek of the 3-D Film Archive. We’re flying Bob into LA just for this screening. This will be an event NOT to be missed!
July rounds out with the annual National Stereoscopic Association’s 3D-Con, being held this year in Snowbird, Utah (near Salt Lake City) from July 21-27. I’m co-chairing the stereo theater at the convention, and the LA 3-D Club will be presenting a special afternoon of films from last year’s 11th Annual LA 3-D Movie Festival, including the 1st place award winning short film One Night In Hell, and a showing of the wonderful 3-D documentary Cosplay Dreams 3D (which was partially filmed at the San Diego Comic-Con). 3-D SPACE will be exhibiting pieces from the museum collection in the 3D-Con Art Gallery, and I will also be hosting a fun “dive-in” movie screening at the resort’s pool to bring the convention to a close.