Stan Lee, Yoshiki from X-Japan, and Todd McFarlane are collaborating on a new project called “Blood Red Dragon.” Here’s a liveblog of their panel at Comic Con 2011.
Fan: “Since so many X-Japan influences so many visual kei bands, which new bands do you admire?” Yoshiki: “What?” He then talks about Lee and McFarlane. (He didn’t seem to understand the question.)
“I like it when the guy who’s the boss is so involved in the project,” McFarlane says about Yoshiki’s involvement. The banter between McFarlane, Lee, and Yoshiki is really good.
Lee: “I never heard you talk so much!” Yoshiki: “It’s contagious.”
Fan: “Stan Lee, as a man to a man, I can say, I love you.” Stan Lee: “I accept that!”
Will Yoshiki incorporate the band members in to the comic book? “Yes, I think so….Our band has so much drama.”
Yoshiki thanks American fans for helping Japan in its time of need.
Yoshiki wanted the piece of music included in the comic to resemble Close Encounters of the Third Kind. A little gothic, etc. As to whether there will be more music for the comic books: “why not?”
What does Yoshiki hopes to express in the comic that he couldn’t do with music? “I don’t know,” he admits.
Yoshiki: “when I said ‘superhero,’ I wanted to be Spider Man…”
Yoshiki: “Can you make me a superhero?” he asked Stan Lee. “Only if you give me a cameo,” Lee replied.
Apparently Yoshiki gave Stan Lee a cameo in a music video, playing the role of the Devil. “And if you rearrange the letters of Satan, you can spell Stan!” Todd McFarlane says.
Stan Lee: “I hate these two men!” (Todd and Yoshiki) “I have people who are more talented than me!”
Panel’s being introduced now: Yoshiki, Stan Lee, Todd McFalane, etc.
Yay, we will be getting a free limited edition, music-playing copy of “Blood Red Dragon.” It’s a comic book, for those who don’t know…
Panel’s starting. They’re introducing everyone now.
They’re playing an ABC News clip about Yoshiki and X-Japan. A puff piece, basically.
The opening video is starting.
Waiting for the panel to begin. I hope my tethering battery lasts on this, mine is low…