Alison Haislip joined Jason Mewes on Thursday during our special live show from Comic-Con's Nerd HQ in San Diego. Mewes is a certified Comic-Con veteran; he's been attending the event since 1995, and he said that back then it was a bunch of tables with comics and included two big booths: one for Marvel, the other for DC Comics: "You could see across the whole room, because it was just comic books. Again, Marvel, maybe DC, had a big display going on, but everything else was small."
He says while the event has changed, it still has the same vibe for him. He doesn't get recognized as often now that he has to compete with people like RZA, he said jokingly.
Haislip, who has her own show on Nerdist, said she was happy to help her friend Zach Levi, who created Nerd HQ: "When he asked me to come on board and help out this year, because I was at Nerd HQ last year on a panel, and now this year, he was like 'Why don't you actually come and cover it for us?'"
So what are the biggest stories and events that everyone needs to know about this year's Comic-Con? For starters, this is the 43rd Comic-Con, and of the four-day convention that starts today, 127,000 registered attendees, an additional 3,000 members of the press are here. There's also quite a few anniversaries, including Tarzan, James Bond and Power Rangers, celebrating during the four-day event. "What I have seen is the Warner Bros. booth outside the convention center that has all of the Batmobiles, which are incredible," said Haislip. "It has every single Batmobile, and they look awesome! You kind of forget that there was that generation of that Batmobile."
Mewes also shared some special news during the first day of Comic-Con, announcing the launch of a game for Apple products, called "Too Fat To Fly" featuring Mewes and his buddy Kevin Smith's infamous Jay and Silent Bob characters. The game features an Angry-Bird-type launching mechanism, but instead of birds, it's actually Silent Bob. Mewes also shared news of an animated film, called Jay and Bob's Animated Groovy Movie. "We're almost done with it, and I'm excited. It looks really good," he said, noting that it uses 2D flash animation.