It's time once again for San Diego Comic-Con, the annual celebration of all things geek, from comic books and video games to the hottest movies and TV shows.
We'll have a ton of great TV-related Comic-Con content in the coming days, perfect for those who can't make it to San Diego and the fans that are there, but stuck in those brutally long lines. To prep you for the madness -- and the inevitable crazy costume -- we've rounded up some of our favorite moments of TV characters wearing Comic-Con-worthy costumes.
From geek favorites like "The Big Bang Theory," "Community," "Freaks and Geeks" and "Chuck" paying homage to pop culture nerdery, to more mainstream shows like "30 Rock" and "The O.C." getting their geek on, there are enough Princess Leias, Wonder Womans, monsters, zombies and even a Bionic Woman in mid-puberty to inspire your own Comic-Con look.
And if you think dressing as "Castle's" Richard Castle dressed as Mal from "Firefly" is too meta, think again -- we guarantee that someone on that convention floor will guess it. Maybe even King of Con Nathan Fillion himself ...
Watch the videos here, then see the gallery below for our top can't-miss Comic-Con picks!
The Justice League, "The Big Bang Theory"
"The Big Bang Theory" is the ultimate Comic-Con lover's show, but nothing beats the gang dressed as the Justice League, beating out a sea of Justice Leagues in their New Year's costume party contest.
Troy & Abed on Halloween, "Community"
Right before <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=IXYUn5BOgHA" target="_hplink">Greendale's zombie outbreak</a> in Season 2's big Halloween episode, Troy and Abed tried out their geektastic costumes, which weren't such a huge hit with the ladies. It wasn't long before Troy was shirtless with just a "Dracula" toilet seat cover around his neck.
"Modern Family" Does Halloween
The Pritchett-Dunphy clan doesn't mess around when it comes to Halloween. Phil and Claire's house was totally decked out and costumes ranged from sexy witch, gargoyle (<em>that's</em> what Gloria was saying!), zombie bride and groom, and Dr. Frankenstein and his monster, to, of course, a slutty Mother Teresa.
Bones as Wonder Woman, "Bones"
To see Temperance Brennan dressed as Wonder Woman was every nerd's dream come true, but to hear her praise for costar David Boreanaz, who dressed as a nerd for the episode? Priceless. "I love nerds -- he's never been more attractive to me."
Bill as the Bionic Woman, "Freaks & Geeks"
While the older freaks were out smashing pumpkins and knocking down mailboxes, the younger geeks were still trying to trick-or-treat with some sweet costumes. Our personal favorite of the bunch? Bill, dressed in drag as the Bionic Woman.
Seth Cohen as Spiderman, "The O.C."
Thought that the "Spiderman" upside-down-in-the-rain kiss was really steamy? Always dreamed of recreating it? Seth Cohen did (albeit on accident) with his love Summer in this iconic "O.C." moment.
Castle's "Firefly" flashback, "Castle"
He wasn't a Browncoat exactly, but Castle's "space cowboy" costume made him look a lot like his old "Firefly" character Mal.
Sarah as Princess Leia, "Chuck"
This is why Con-goers will always have a special place in their hearts for "Chuck." Not only was Chuck the ultimate Nerd Herd hero, but his leading lady looked great fighting crime, selling yogurt and hot dogs or dressed in "Star Wars" costumes.
Halloween vampire & werewolf scary stories, "Community"
Do you like scary stories? The "Community" gang sure does, although some were scarier than others. Annie's started out romantic, then quickly turned into vampire/werewolf awesomeness. Grab the other two parts of your love triangle and go to town!
Summer as Wonder Woman, "The O.C."
Summer's striptease down to her Wonder Woman costume for Seth, golden lasso included, didn't even need the sexy "Santa Baby" soundtrack. Seriously. It's just as good without any sound, which is why it's another classic "O.C" moment.
Super Mario & The Princess, "Family Guy"
So these aren't exactly main characters on "Family Guy," but we loved their Super Mario cutaway, featuring a pissed off princess and a rambling Mario with a heavy Italian accent. Optional accessories: bring your own mushrooms, turtle shells and gold stars.
Liz Lemon as Princess Leia, "30 Rock"
In an attempt to get out of jury duty, Liz dressed as Princess Leia ... unfortunately, she fit right in with the rest of the crazies called in to do their civic responsibilities in New York City.
Erica Durance as Wonder Woman, "Harry's Law"
"Smallville's" former Lois Lane Erica Durance made headlines for her guest starring role on NBC's ill-fated "Harry's Law" last season, all because she was donning her own superhero garb.
Dwight Schrute as a Sith Lord, "The Office"
Would you pay $129 for a Sith lightsaber? If so, you're in good company with Dwight Schrute.
Darryl as Dracula & Meredith as Sookie, "The Office"
"The Office" knows how to do Halloween. Need more proof? Check out Darryl as Dracula (2:33 mark) and Meredith as "True Blood's" Sookie Stackhouse (3:43 mark), complete with a fake blonde wig and Merlotte's waitress uniform.
Barney's Stormtrooper, "How I Met Your Mother"
There's always a horde of Stormtroopers at the Con, but you can be the only one who's actually Barney's collectors' edition prop Stormtrooper from "How I Met Your Mother."
Fez as Batman, "That '70s Show"
Don't mess with Fez! Batman might be a crime-fighter, but this foreign exchange student has no problem fighting <em>or </em>committing crimes in the name of good trick-or-treat candy.
Phoebe as Supergirl and Monica as Catwoman, "Friends"
In "The One With the Halloween Party," Chandler was a giant pink bunny, Joey was Chandler and Ross was "Spud-nik" (of course), but it was the ladies who really brought the awesome: Check out Phoebe as Supergirl and Monica as a sexy Catwoman. Meow!
DC Comics' Darkness & Light Art Exhibition
<strong>When:</strong> Mon., July 9 to Sun., July 15 <strong>Where:</strong> Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts, 363 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 <strong>Why:</strong> If you're a fan of superheroes and villains, you won't want to miss this one-of-a-kind art show, presented to raise awareness and funds for the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa. The unique pairing of comic-inspired art with photography features a large-scale piece of original artwork by Jim Lee, the legendary artist and DC Entertainment co-publisher, featuring the profile of Batman in a color palette inspired by the hues of Africa. <a href="http://www.wecanbeheroes.org/darknessandlight" target="_hplink">More info here.</a>
Preview Night Pilot Screenings
<strong>When:</strong> Wed., July 11 at 6 p.m <strong>Where:</strong> Ballroom 20 <strong>Why:</strong> Warner Bros. continue their annual Preview Night tradition with exclusive world premiere screenings of the pilot episodes of five of the most highly anticipated TV series of the 2012-13 television season: "666 Park Avenue," "Arrow," "The Following," "Revolution" and "Cult."
<strong>When:</strong> Thurs., July 12 to Sun., July 15 <strong>Where:</strong> Block No. 16 Union & Spirits, 344 7th Avenue (7th and J), San Diego CA, 92101 <strong>Why:</strong> For the second year running, Zachary Levi's <a href="http://www.thenerdmachine.com" target="_hplink">Nerd Machine</a> presents Nerd HQ, a cornucopia of gaming, technology and nerdtastic "Conversations for a Cause" -- intimate Q&As with some of the industry's biggest stars to benefit <a href="www.operationsmile.org" target="_hplink">Operation Smile</a>. "Conversation" tickets cost $20 and guests include Joss Whedon, Stan Lee, Damon Lindelof and the cast of "Psych." <a href="http://www.thenerdmachine.com/conversation-panel-preview/" target="_hplink">More info here.</a>
The "Extra" at Comic-Con Stage
<strong>When:</strong> Thurs., July 12 to Sat., July 14 <strong>Where:</strong> Bayfront Park between the San Diego Convention Center and the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel. <strong>Why:</strong> Free entertainment and a festival atmosphere from noon 'til 10 p.m., including movie screenings of "The Goonies," "Beetlejuice" and the "Friday the 13th" remake; a showcase featuring all six Batmobiles; live performances from The Bacon Brothers, "The Voice's" Tony Lucca and Frenchie Davis; and on-stage interviews with Warner Bros. talent including stars from "The Big Bang Theory," "Childrens Hospital," "Fringe," "Nikita," "Person of Interest," "The Vampire Diaries" and more. <a href="http://comiccon.thewb.com/2012/wbsdccextrastagelineup/" target="_hplink">More info here.</a>
The Walking Dead Escape: Live The Apocalypse
<strong>When:</strong> Thurs., July 12, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.; Fri., July 13, 1 p.m. - 9 p.m.; Sat., July 14, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; waves will run every 20 minutes. <strong>Where:</strong> Petco Park in downtown San Diego, CA. <strong>Why:</strong> Do you think you could survive a zombie apocalypse? Now's your chance to prove it as you navigate a ballpark infested with walkers and must climb, crawl, hide and slide your way to safety. "Survivor" tickets cost $75 and participants will receive an Exclusive Special Edition of the 100th Issue of "The Walking Dead." Less daring (but more bloodthirsty) fans can buy spectator tickets for $15. <a href="http://www.thewalkingdeadescape.com/" target="_hplink">More info here.</a>
"Nikita" Q&A and Exclusive Video Presentation
<strong>When:</strong> Thurs., July 12 at 6 p.m. <strong>Where:</strong> Room 6BCF <strong>Why:</strong> Allow me to be self-serving for a moment, because yours truly is moderating this panel. But aside from representing HuffPost TV, the presentation also features the majority of the show's stellar ensemble cast, with Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca, Aaron Stanford and Melinda Clarke joining executive producer Craig Silverstein to spill a few secrets about Season 3.
"The Big Bang Theory" Screening and Q&A
<strong>When:</strong> Fri., July 13 at 12:05 p.m. <strong>Where:</strong> Hall H <strong>Why:</strong> For the first time ever in Hall H, the mega-popular TV series returns to Comic-Con for a special screening and a lively discussion. Will Howard "Froot Loops" Wolowitz return from space? Where do things stand with Penny and Leonard? And will unscheduled handholding affect "The Relationship Agreement"?
"Firefly" 10th Anniversary Reunion Panel
<strong>When:</strong> Fri., July 13 at 12:30 p.m. <strong>Where:</strong> Ballroom 20 <strong>Why:</strong> Calling all Browncoats! It's been 10 years since the crew of the Serenity first took flight in "Firefly" and for the first time ever, Science Channel will reunite Captain Mal Reynolds and the crew from the ship. Join Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, Alan Tudyk, Sean Maher, Summer Glau, and many more for a trip down memory lane, some special surprises, and exclusive Science Channel giveaways. SHINY.
"Game of Thrones" Panel and Q&A
<strong>When:</strong> Fri., July 13 at 2:45 p.m. <strong>Where:</strong> Hall H <strong>Why:</strong> Last year's panel was one of the most buzzworthy of Com-Con and now that the series has graduated to Hall H, it's certain to be even bigger. Cast members attending include Alfie Allen, Emilia Clarke, Michelle Fairley, Richard Madden and Rose Leslie, with author George R. R. Martin moderating.
EW: "Powerful Women In Pop Culture" Panel
<strong>When:</strong> Fri., July 13 at 4:15 p.m. <strong>Where:</strong> Ballroom 20 <strong>Why:</strong> Entertainment Weekly presents the "Powerful Women In Pop Culture" (a.k.a. Women Who Kick Ass!) Q&A. The panel features Kristin Bauer van Straten ("True Blood"), Sarah Wayne Callies ("The Walking Dead"), Kristin Kreuk ("Beauty and the Beast"), Nikki Reed ("Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2"), and Anna Torv ("Fringe"). The fan-favorite females will open up about the power and privilege of playing characters that have redefined the rules for women.
TV Guide Magazine: "Fan Favorites" Panel
<strong>When:</strong> Sat., July 14 at 1 p.m. <strong>Where:</strong> Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront <strong>Why:</strong> "Fan Favorites" brings together stars from TV's hottest shows for a lively discussion filled with behind-the-scenes scoop. Panelists (subject to change) include Nathan Fillion ("Castle"), David Giuntoli ("Grimm"), Joel McHale ("Community"), Tyler Posey ("Teen Wolf"), Maggie Q ("Nikita"), Matt Smith ("Doctor Who") and more.
"Fringe" Panel and Q&A
<strong>When:</strong> Sun., July 15 at 10 a.m. <strong>Where:</strong> Hall H <strong>Why:</strong> Fringe returns to Comic-Con for its farewell panel to celebrate its fifth and final season. Series stars Anna Torv, Josh Jackson, Lance Reddick, Blair Brown, Jasika Nicole and John Noble, along with executive producer J. H. Wyman, offer a Q&A with fans and an exclusive video presentation. Following the panel is another cult hit, "Supernatural," featuring new showrunner Jeremy Carver, writer Ben Edlund, and cast-members Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins, Jim Beaver and Mark Sheppard.