Supergirl in Kansas City; the Helen Slater Interview

Here’s a great full-length video of the Planet Comicon 2010 panel with actress Helen Slater (Supergirl, Ruthless People, City Slickers). I was honored to have the opportunity to moderate this panel. Thanks to our friends at for recording this and posting the video.

Video of Helen Slater panel from Planet Comicon

Helen Slater as Supergirl
Helen Slater got her big break as Supergirl in the 1984 film.

Jason P. Hunt of has posted a video of the Helen Slater panel from April’s Planet Comicon. I moderated this panel, but don’t let that stop you from watching it.

Helen tells about her education at the “Fame” High School for the Performing Arts, her big break in Supergirl, and other films including The Legend of Billie Jean, Ruthless People, and Secret of My Success. She also talks about her television work on Smallville, Seinfeld, Dream On, and Gigantic.

Planet Panel Planning

Helen Slater as Supergirl
Helen Slater got her big break as Supergirl in the 1984 film.
I’ll be helping coordinate the panel programming at next week’s Planet Comicon. This is my third year of programming for the show, and I’ve yet to kill the convention. This a strong indication that the show is invulnerable to my negative influences.

I’ve spent this evening watching the movie Supergirl as research before hosting a panel with the actress Helen Slater. Her performance in the film is truly extraordinary. The movie itself has some story shortcomings (which even the director has acknowledged), but Slater absolutely owns the screen whenever she appears.

I may also be moderating a panel with actress Mira Furlan, the TV science fiction icon who played Delenn on Babylon 5 and Danielle Rousseau on Lost. One of the big questions on everyone’s mind is whether Rousseau (who was murdered in an earlier season) will turn up in the remaining episodes of the season. Hopefully the Losties like me will get a clue next weekend.

Another panel of particular interest to Kansas City Comics fans is the “Green Hornet Returns” panel on Saturday afternoon. There are three KC regulars currently working on different Green Hornet comics Series. Phil Hester is providing breakdowns for the new Kevin Smith Green Hornet book, while Ande Parks and Jai Nitz are both writing comics featuring the Hornet’s sidekick Kato.

There are a bunch of other cool panels. You can see the full lineup here.