Comic-Con has mainstreamed a lot (less people in costume, bigger Hollywood presence), but the convention is still, thankfully, in the hands of nerds and stars who love celebrating nerd culture. Here's a roundup of Comic-Con 2010: Day One coverage.
David Hasselhoff arrives at Comic-Con dancing on top of his own party bus, complete with sexy dancers in Baywatch swimsuits.
The Wrap has a slideshow of a few Comic-Con scenes: fans in costume and panel events for Salt, Expendables, and RED.
The New York Times coverage of the first day notes that Angelina Jolie's spy-thriller Salt doesn't fit into the usual Comic-Con genres, and quotes one fanboy complaining that "A lot of these presentations have become just big commercials that we stupidly pay to see."
The Dreamworks Megamind panel featured Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill, director Tom McGrath, and a cardboard cut-out of Brad Pitt promoting the upcoming 3-D animated "anti-hero" film. Luke Y. Thompson of Deadline Hollywood has a play-by-play of the panel.
Thompson also has the run-down of The Expendables panel, a Sylvester Stallone film (he wrote, directed) about a close-knit group of mercenaries on a dangerous mission. Panelists were Terry Crews, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Dolph Lundgren, Rany Couture, and Sylvester Stallone. Thompson's bottom line: "Fun panel. If the camaraderie onscreen is as fun as the banter onstage, the movie should work."