The Spike TV Scream 2008 Awards will transform the Greek Theatre into the Geek Theater this Saturday night with a who’s-who of the fanboy universe in attendance. Tim Burton, Wes Craven, Anthony Hopkins, Jon Favreau, Samuel L. Jackson, Stan Lee, Christopher Nolan, Gary Oldman, Ron Perlman, Kevin Smith and Brian K. Vaughn are just some of the big names on hand.
Frank Miller will be there also as an award presenter and to also stir interest in "The Spirit," which opens on Christmas Day and marks his debut as a solo film director. I heard from Miller yesterday that he will also be using the event to help the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the nonprofit that began 22 years ago to champion the cause of creators, publishers and retailers in First Amendment cases.
On Saturday night, Kimberly Cox, Miller’s partner-in-crime (and cast member in "The Spirit") will join him at the awards show wearing a T-shirt, an original by Miller, which he will autograph while on the red carpet. That shirt will be auctioned off after the event along with cover-signed copies of "All-Star Batman and Robin," the DC Comics title that recently became a sort of unexpected footnote in the history of obscenity-in-comics.
To keep track of this fundraiser and others, bookmark the CBLDF website. Here’s a message Miller taped earlier this year to explain the mission of the advocacy group.
— Geoff Boucher