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There's a pop culture explosion at Comic-Con Jeri Jacquin | Fri, Aug 12 2011 02:13 AM

It is 2011 Comic-Con time at the convention center in San Diego. People come from all over the United States and the world to participate in the four-day marathon.

Everything began Wednesday evening with preview night when all that Comic-Con has to offer makes its way into the swag bags provided this year by Warner Bros. On the new backpack bags were the familiar comic faces of Batman and Thundercats. From posters to pencils, key fobs and T-shirts, it’s all to be had during preview night.

Beginning Thursday morning, lines formed outside of famous Hall H of the convention center to welcome the cast for the panel of “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1.” The vampire love story broken into two parts kicked off four full days of activities, with both Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson making appearances.

The day continued with Guillermo del Torro talking about his upcoming scary thriller “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark.” Finishing up the day was 20th Century Fox gearing up for “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” coming to theaters in August.

Friday was another packed day starting with legendary Steven Spielberg bringing his film “The Adventures of Tintin.” The hall wasted no time bringing fans John Cusak’s role in the upcoming film “The Raven.” If that isn’t scary enough, “Fright Night” brings Colin Farrell, who also stars in the remake of “Total Recall.”

Saturday, Martin Scorcese came to Comic Con for the first time, bringing his film “TWIXT.” Soon after, the highly anticipated film “Immortals” brought a panel for fans to not only catch a glimpse of the epic film, but also hear from the cast. Stewart returned for the panel of her next film “Snow White and the Huntsman.”

In between the film offerings, the SyFy channel delighted fans with the cast of its successful show  “Sanctuary.” Other fan favorites included “Dexter,” “Shameless,” “Homeland” and the new show “Terra Nova.”

Since Comic-Con wouldn’t be so without  animation, panels will include cast from such favorites as “The Cleveland Show,” “Southpark” and “Archer.” 

 Family Friendly Sunday had so many activities for kids and parents to participate in that the time flew past.

There truly is so much to see and do at Comic Con. It is an opportunity to dress up as your favorite super hero or character, a chance to stand in the presence of legends such as the incomparable Stan Lee, and discover some of the most fantastic comic books and art work that can be found anywhere.

For more information, go to www.comic-con.org.

Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre 2011 concert schedule
July 22: Maroon 5 with Train, TBA
July 30: Slightly Stoopid, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 2: Kid Rock, TBA
Aug. 9: Vans Warped Tour, TBA
Aug. 12: Toby Keith, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 17: Motley Crue, Poison, New York Dolls, 7 p.m.

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