It was cool enough that Steven Spielberg made his first-ever Comic-Con appearance today. But have Peter Jackson come out as a surprise guest and now you're REALLY talking!
Following a reel of Spielberg's career highlights (of which there are, oh, I don't know, a few here and there), the man himself strode onstage to a five-minute standing ovation.
After receiving the Comic-Con Inkpot Award for his contributions to genre culture, Spielberg sat down with moderator Geoff Boucher of the Los Angeles Times to talk The Adventures of Tintin.
He said that he was first introduced to the European comics after reading a French review of Raiders of the Lost Ark that noted its similarity to Tintin. Spielberg says he quickly got hold of the books: "Even though I couldn't speak French, I was able to follow the story through the illustrations."
Spielberg then spoke about going to Peter Jackson's Weta effects shop to do test footage of Snowy, Tintin's pet dog. Following a screening of the test, which featured Jackson as a drunken Captain Haddock, the lights came up and there on the stage next to Spielberg was Jackson in person!
The two spoke warmly of collaborating on Tintin, with Spielberg saying, "It's been a real treat and a real honor to work with this guy. It's really been like working with your brother."
Jackson also spoke about why he wanted to make a Tintin movie for years: "I looked at the book before I could read, when I was 5 or 6 years old. They're almost like silent movies. But once you do learn to read, you realize how great the stories are. Then as you get older and look at the books as an adult, there are layers of social statements that Herge was making."
On working with motion capture for the first time, Spielberg said, "It's not right for every film, but it was right for this story. I was able to do things with my camera that I could never do on a live-action film."
Spielberg and Jackson have a job ahead of them in introducing Tintin to American audiences, but this Comic-Con event was a great first step. How often do you get to see two of the greatest genre filmmakers of all time on the same stage? This was one for the history books!