Geeks, nerds, superheroes, villains, fanboys and fangirls of all stripes converge on San Diego this week to attend the International San Diego Comic Convention. A four-day homage to all things fantasy, sci-fi, anime, and comic book, attendees will enjoy appearances from their favorite actors and actresses, book signings with authors and artists, film screenings, and parties.The event has long been about more than comic books. Previews of movies, video games, and television shows are usually followed by panels of actors and directors, which make these events especially difficult to get into. Hollywood has begun to rely on the convention to drum up buzz about films like Warner Brothers' "The Green Lantern," based on a comic book, and cult hit TV phenoms like "LOST" and "Glee." The Wrap quotes a studio executive with his eyes on the prize:
"Comic-Con is not part of an Emmy campaign, but for a certain kind of show you can't ignore those fans," says a network executive who has taken several big shows to the convention over a number of years. "And if the buzz you can get down there comes at the right time for Emmy voting, so much the better."
To see more of Hollywood's 2010 offering, check out Josh Dickey's "What's New At Comic-Con?"
For day-by-day previews of Comic-Con's best, check out Deadline Hollywood's guide by Luke Y. Thompson.
And for people who just want to party, get the official party guide from Guest of a Guest.
Stay tuned for ongoing coverage. In the meantime, here are photos of Comic-Con 2009, courtesy of Steven Nereo.