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2013 Comic-Con coverage from San Diego

AP's Comic-Con aficionado Matt Moore will be on the ground at the pop-culture convention, which is expected to draw 130,000 visitors from around the world and contribute more than $180 million to the economy of the host city, San Diego. He'll dive into the spectacle with behind-the-scenes details, real-time updates from the popular panels and instant feedback on the big-ticket movie announcements. Elsewhere, entertainment reporters will offer running commentary and varied views on the news being made at the festival, which has become as much a marketing mecca for movie studios and TV networks as a celebration of comic books, which is how it all began.


  • AP Live Coverage

    by Kellen Henry on Jul 18, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Welcome to Nerdvana -- otherwise known as Comic-Con International.


    If you’re interested in finding out what fellow role players and video gamers are up to, or just want to look for signs of the zombie apocalypse, you’ve come to the right place. Today we’ll be providing a day’s worth of real-time,multi-format coverage of the annual convention that welcomes fans from every fringe of the entertainment world. We’ll also provide a dose of behind-the-scenes insight and historical context, as well as snapshots of how people are taking part in a cult of fantasy. (What other sort of expo invites you to race through a zombie obstacle course with scenes and props from the "The Walking Dead" show and comic book series?)

    This year’s pop culture extravaganza brings together more than 100,000 zombies, superheroes, space aliens, pirates and other folk to celebrate the cultural contributions of comic books, TV series, films and video games. It also a year marked by a number of anniversaries, including Superman's 75th and "The X-Files'" 20th. Guests will also get sneak peeks at the upcoming Xbox One and PlayStation 4 game consoles. And in a nod to proving that nerd culture is now cool, even Metallica will be playing a (not
    so) secret gig.

    So stay tuned as The Associated Press takes you inside the fantastical, weird and sometimes frightening world of Comic-Con at the San Diego Convention Center. We’ll stay on top of what’s in store on the upcoming seasons of fan favorites like ''Game of Thrones" and ''True Blood,” and other new entertainment ventures from this world -- and others.

    You never know what you might find here. Neither do we. And frankly, we’re a little scared.

    Coverage starts Friday at 1 p.m. EDT.



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  • Recap: Here's what you may have missed ...

    19  July 1 p.m. EDT

    Gillian Anderson, left, and David Duchovny attend the "The X Files" 20th anniversary panel at this year's Comic-Con. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) 
    by Kellen Henry on Jul 19, 2013 at 2:54 PM


    Couldn't make it to the first full day of Comic-Con International? Here's a recap of what you missed -- and it was a lot.

    Chris Carter was cool to the idea of a third movie based on "The X-Files," the cult TV show that became a hit 20 years ago, but its stars -- David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson -- were keen on the notion, should it ever happen.

    Meanwhile, Harrison Ford (aka Han Solo and Indiana Jones) couldn't escape his twin iconic roles during a panel on his new film "Ender's Game," a sci-fi classic due out in November.  Elsewhere, actors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone were showing off their first full film together ("Escape Plan") -- something the former California governor said he wanted to make since 1979.

    There were long lines for autographs from Robert Kirkman, the creator of "The Walking Dead," who said he didn't care that the hit TV show was snubbed for an Emmy nom because it's the high ratings and popularity that matter the most to him!


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  • Fashions of Comic-Cons past

    19 July 1:04 p.m. EDT

    Comic-Con International 2011 (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
    by Jaime Holguin on Jul 16, 2013 at 6:20 PM
    Comic-Con International 2010 (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
    by Jaime Holguin on Jul 16, 2013 at 6:18 PM
    Comic-Con International 2010 (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
    by Jaime Holguin on Jul 16, 2013 at 6:19 PM
    Comic-Con International 2011 (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
    by Jaime Holguin on Jul 16, 2013 at 6:19 PM
    Comic-Con International 2011 (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
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  • What are Comic-Con veterans looking forward to most?

    19 July 1:07 p.m. EDT

      -- "The World's End" filmmaker Edgar Wright.
    by Kellen Henry on Jul 17, 2013 at 6:03 PM
     — "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" screenwriter Roberto Orci.
    by Kellen Henry on Jul 17, 2013 at 6:13 PM
     — "The Heart, She Holler" star Patton Oswalt.
    by Kellen Henry on Jul 17, 2013 at 6:08 PM
     — "Sleepy Hollow" star Tom Mison.
    by Kellen Henry on Jul 17, 2013 at 6:06 PM
     — "Supernatural" actor Rob Benedict.
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  • Generalissimo Stan "the Man" Lee or impostor?

    19 July 1:13 p.m. EDT

    Is that Generalissimo Stan "the Man" Lee, who co-created Spider-Man, the X-Men and the Fantastic Four, among others? No, but several passers-by did double takes when they saw him outside the convention center earlier this week. (AP Photo/Matt Moore)
    by Matt Moore on Jul 17, 2013 at 11:32 AM





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  • No more pre-registration

    19 July  1:15 p.m. EDT

    by Kellen Henry on Jul 17, 2013 at 3:37 PM
    Fans at this year's Comic-Con all had to register online.

    Attendees used to be able to register onsite for the following year's convention, but organizers eliminated that option last year.

    Why? The event has become so popular that organizers have capped attendance at around 130,000 and implemented the digital-registration system to reduce long lines onsite (there are enough of those already) and to prevent ticket brokers from buying blocks of admission badges for resale.
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  • Comic-Con is on!

    19 July 1:29 p.m. EDT

    Check out the scene on the floor. There's new toys, lots of costumes and more nerdvana goodness:


    by nsen on Jul 19, 2013 at 12:47 PM


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  • Quiz break

    19 July 1:34 p.m. EDT


    by Kellen Henry on Jul 19, 2013 at 1:26 PM

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  • The little convention that could

    19 July 1:38 p.m. EDT

    by Kellen Henry on Jul 17, 2013 at 3:37 PM
    Storm troopers, cyborgs, superheroes and other comic book fans can count on their annual pilgrimage to San Diego for another three years.

    Comic-Con's contract with the city expires in 2016.


    Comic-Con began in San Diego in 1970 but has become so popular over the past four decades that it has outgrown the San Diego Convention Center.
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  • Supermen: The actors behind the 'Man of Steel'

    19 July 1:42 p.m. EDT

    A look at a few of the actors who have portrayed Superman over the years.


    Actor Kirk Alyn, film's first Superman (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, File)
    by Caleb Jones on Jul 17, 2013 at 8:09 PM
    Actor George Reeves, who portrayed Superman in the 1950s television series. (AP Photo, File)
    by Caleb Jones on Jul 17, 2013 at 8:09 PM
    Actor Christopher Reeve as Superman in the 1981 sequel "Superman II." (AP Photo)
    by Caleb Jones on Jul 17, 2013 at 8:09 PM
    Actor Brandon Routh appears in a scene from the 2006 film "Superman Returns." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Entertainment, File)
    by Caleb Jones on Jul 17, 2013 at 8:09 PM
     Henry Cavill as Superman in this summer's "Man of Steel." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, File)
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  • So much more than comics

    19 July 1:49 p.m. EDT
    by Kellen Henry on Jul 17, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Over the past decade, the fan-driven event has transformed like an Autobot from a comic book celebration into a multimedia pop-culture extravaganza with presentations featuring celebrity appearances, casting announcements and never-before-seen footage from upcoming films and shows.

    Some of the films receiving hype at this year's Comic-Con include:
    • the upcoming sci-fi flick "Ender's Game"
    • reboots of "Godzilla" and "RoboCop"
    • sophomore outings from "Captain America," "Thor," "The Amazing Spider-Man," "Rise of the Planet of the Apes and "The Hunger Games"

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  • Pirates vs. Zombies

    19 July  1:54 p.m. EDT

    Several pirate-themed properties are sailing to Comic-Con
    in hopes of reclaiming the pop-culture crown from the undead likes of "The Walking Dead," ''World War Z" and "Dead Rising.

    That's right. It's pirates vs. zombies:

    -- Actor Mark Ryan, who portrays quartermaster Gates in Starz's upcoming pirate drama "Black Sails."
     
    by Kellen Henry on Jul 19, 2013 at 5:13 PM
    -- "Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman 
    by Kellen Henry on Jul 19, 2013 at 5:01 PM


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  • Zombie craze!

    19 July 1:56 p.m. EDT

    They're everywhere ... zombie mania has taken over the world, and Comic-Con is no exception


    by nsen on Jul 18, 2013 at 5:45 PM


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  • Aliens among us?

    19 July 1:58 p.m. EDT

    Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, on the crowd at Comic-Con:



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  • A look at the villainous character from Batman


    19 July 2:07 p.m. EDT

    Actor Heath Ledger as the Joker in a scene from "The Dark Knight." (AP Photo/Warner Bros., Stephen Vaughan)
    by Caleb Jones on Jul 18, 2013 at 10:37 PM
    Fans of the sequel to the successful movie "Batman" dress up as the Penguin, Catwoman and the Joker, outside Mann's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, Calif., in June 1992, prior to the world premiere of "Batman Returns." (AP Photo/Chris Martinez)
    by Caleb Jones on Jul 18, 2013 at 10:37 PM
    Kim Basinger, left, and Jack Nicholson as the Joker in a scene from "Batman."  The Joker has been captivating audiences since he was established as the murderous yin to the Batman's yang in 1940 by DC Comics writers Bob Kane and Bill Finger, and artist Jerry Robinson. (AP Photo/Warner Bros.)
    by Caleb Jones on Jul 18, 2013 at 10:37 PM
    A fan dressed as the Joker walks to the Comic-Con International 2011 convention. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
    by Caleb Jones on Jul 18, 2013 at 10:37 PM
    Garry Lake plays the Joker on stage to launch the Batman Live Tour in central London in 2011. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
    by Caleb Jones on Jul 18, 2013 at 10:37 PM
    Jack Nicholson stars as the maniacal Joker in Warner Brothers' 1989 film "Batman." (AP Photo/Herb Ritts)
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  • Just happy to be here

    by Kellen Henry on Jul 19, 2013 at 5:35 PM
    19 July 2:12  p.m. EDT

    The lines are long, the food's expensive, but there's not much complaining. Overheard coming into the main hall: "I have come home."

    -- Matt Moore, News Editor, Pa., and comics writer and fan covering this year's convention.


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  • The cast of 'Dexter' bid farewell ...

    19 July 2:22 p.m. EDT

    Many "Dexter" devotees camped out for a chance to see Michael C. Hall and the rest of the cast, who just finished production on the eighth and final season of the Showtime drama.

    "Just as you all waited in line and are here for us, we have been here for you, and we are here because of you," Hall said.

    --Derrik J. Lang, AP Entertainment Writer

    Actor Michael C. Hall pumps his fist as he walks onto the stage at the start of the "Dexter" panel at the convention Thursday. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Invision/AP)
    by Caleb Jones on Jul 19, 2013 at 6:04 PM

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  • Quiz break


    19 July 2:27 p.m. EDT


    by Kellen Henry on Jul 19, 2013 at 1:45 PM

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  • Bringing in baby

    19 July 2:33 p.m. EDT

    by CTalbott on Jul 19, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    They start 'em early here at Comic-Con.
    -- Chris Talbott, AP Music Writer


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  • A taste of "True Blood": Scenes from HBO's hit series

    19 July 2:37 p.m. EDT

    Maybe wear a turtleneck?

    Kristin Bauer, Alexander Skarsgard and Patrick Gallagher portray vampires in a scene from the second season of the series. (AP Photo/HBO, Jaimie Trueblood)
    by Caleb Jones on Jul 18, 2013 at 9:37 PM
    Anna Paquin stars as Sookie Stackhouse, and Stephen Moyer plays vampire Bill Compton in a scene from the series. (AP Photo/HBO, Prashant Gupta)
    by Caleb Jones on Jul 18, 2013 at 9:37 PM
    Denis O'Hare and Annie Abrams perform in a scene from the series. (AP Photo/HBO, John P. Johnson)
    by Caleb Jones on Jul 18, 2013 at 9:37 PM
    Sookie Stackhouse and vampire Bill Compton in a scene from the series. (AP Photo/HBO, Prashant Gupta)
    by Caleb Jones on Jul 18, 2013 at 9:37 PM
    Anna Paquin, Carrie Preston and Sam Trammell in a scene from the series. (AP Photo/HBO, John P. Johnson)
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  • Heard at Comic-Con

    19 July 2:41 p.m. EDT

    by Kellen Henry on Jul 17, 2013 at 3:37 PM
    Keiran Castillo, 21, shows off his impersonation of The Joker, expertly mimicking the voice-over done by actor Mark Hamill (Yes, the guy who plays Luke Skywalker) and drawing cheers from passers-by.

    -- Matt MooreNews Editor, Pa., and comics writer and fan covering this year's convention.


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  • Seen cruising the streets of San Diego: The 'Archer' van

    19 July 2:44 p.m. EDT

    The animated sitcom brings its wheels to Comic-Con. When a mad scientist and his holographic girlfriend offer you a ride, you take it.

    (AP Photo/Sandy Cohen)
    by SMCohen on Jul 19, 2013 at 12:28 PM via email


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  • 'The X-Files': Do you believe?

    19 July 2:50 p.m. EDT

    As "The X-Files" turns 20, here's a look back at the 2008 movie
    "The X-Files: I Want to Believe."

     David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, Diyah Pera)
    by Caleb Jones on Jul 18, 2013 at 5:06 PM
    Director/producer/co-writer Chris Carter is shown on location for the film, "The X-Files: I Want to Believe." (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, Diyah Pera)
    by Caleb Jones on Jul 18, 2013 at 5:06 PM
    Duchovny and Anderson. (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, Diyah Pera)
    by Caleb Jones on Jul 18, 2013 at 5:06 PM
    Alvin Joiner, left, and Duchovny. (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, Diyah Pera)
    by Caleb Jones on Jul 18, 2013 at 5:06 PM
    Duchovny. (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, Diyah Pera)
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  • 'We're the Party!'

    19 July 2:51 p.m. EDT

    Ross Richie, founder of BOOM! Studios
    by Matt Moore on Jul 19, 2013 at 2:21 PM
    For the lovers of comic books, the fans and the creators, it's a new world.

    "We're not the outsiders anymore, we're driving the discussion! We're the party!" says Ross Richie, who founded publisher BOOM! Studios in 2005.

    --Matt Moore, News Editor, Pa., and comics writer and fan covering this year’s convention
     



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  • How's this for a souvenir?

    by DJLang on Jul 19, 2013 at 1:51 PM via email
    19 July 2:57 p.m. EDT

    I just had a 3-D photo taken of my noggin by eight cameras at the Predator booth. 

    It'll be printed later on a sculpture with the famous extraterrestrial holding my decapitated head.

    --  Derrik J. Lang, AP Entertainment writer and producer


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  • Metalli-nerds

    19 July 2:59 p.m. EDT

    AP Music Writer
    Chris Talbott is about to talk with Metallica's Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo about the band's new 3-D concert film, "Metallica Through the Never."
    Stay tuned for Talbott's interview.

    by CTalbott on Jul 19, 2013 at 2:39 PM



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  • Transformers: More than meets the eye

    19 July 3:07 p.m. EDT

    From original Transformers toys to an amusement park ride, here's a look at the transforming robot characters in their various roles:



    An Optimus Prime Transformers figure from 1984. (AP Photo/Hasbro)
    by Caleb Jones on Jul 18, 2013 at 8:16 PM
    The Activision Transformers Prime video game cover. (AP Photo/PRNewsFoto, Activision Publishing, Inc.)
    by Caleb Jones on Jul 18, 2013 at 8:22 PM
    A three-story-tall Optimus Prime figure stands at the entrance of a 3-D Transformers ride at Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Universal Orlando Resort)
    by Caleb Jones on Jul 18, 2013 at 8:28 PM
    Hasbro's 2011 2-in-1 Kre-O Transformers StarScream set, which also includes two Kreon mini-figures and comes with two sets of instructions so the same bricks can build the Decepticon jet or robot version of the Transformer. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
    by Caleb Jones on Jul 18, 2013 at 8:00 PM
    Autobots, Optimus Prime, left, and Ironhide are shown in a scene from, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen." (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures)
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  • Three questions for "The Wolverine" star Hugh Jackman

    19 July 3:11 p.m. EDT


     This publicity photo released by 20th Century Fox shows Hugh Jackman as Logan/Wolverine in a scene from the film, "The Wolverine." The film opens July 25. (AP Photo/20th Century Fox, Ben Rothstein) 
    by Kellen Henry on Jul 17, 2013 at 5:32 PM


    Hugh Jackman is sinking his claws into Comic-Con again to hype "The Wolverine," his "X-Men" spin-off opening July 25. We asked the star about returning to Comic-Con and about getting naked again as Wolverine on the big screen:

    AP: It took four years for "The Wolverine" to come to fruition. How do you feel about finally being able to show it off at Comic-Con?

    Jackman: I love it. I love the title. It was actually (former director) Darren Aronofsky's idea, but it's one we — including the studio — stuck with because it sends a signal that we're not making a movie that's loaded with a lot of other mutants. You're actually gonna get to know this one. I think it's time. This story is one of the greatest, and that's the reason it's one of the fan favorites.

    AP: As much as fans can be passionate at Comic-Con, they can also be equally critical. They didn't love "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." How do you feel about hearing from them this week?

    Jackman: I'm never afraid of that. I think the fans know I'm so grateful and very blessed to play the part. I love them. We try our hardest to get everything right, and I'm happy to hear from them. I learn from them. One of the main things I hear from fans all the time is we don't see enough of the berserker rage, and I really took that to heart because, to me, that is one of the key things I love about Logan.

    AP: For everything that's different about this Wolverine film, there's once again a scene that finds Logan naked in a giant tub, even though the circumstances this time are very different from past "X-Men" movies. Is this something you're stipulating in your contract now?

    Jackman: Look, all I say is it has to be a minimum of a minute. It's only a minute. That's all. I love a bit of nudity. It's a funny scene. The movie is darker in tone, and more restrained in a way. As long as we can get away with it, it's nice to have those fun moments. In all seriousness, no, it's not in my contract.

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  • Sly and Arnie hit Comic-Con with 'Escape Plan'

    19 July 3:17 p.m. EDT


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  • It's a bird! It's a plane! It's ... your neighbor?

    19 July 3:26 p.m. EDT

    We understand. Sometimes you just have to don a cape and blue tights. Here's a look at Superman in real life situations.
    A Palestinian boy dressed in a Superman costume and holding a toy gun stands in an alley of the Jalazoun refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah in July 2010. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
    by Caleb Jones on Jul 18, 2013 at 9:13 PM
    Superman J.H. Horn walks to his seat at U.S. Cellular Field before a baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and the Cleveland Indians in April in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
    by Caleb Jones on Jul 18, 2013 at 9:13 PM
    Wearing a Superman costume, a Baltimore Ravens cheerleader performs during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Baltimore in October 2011. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
    by Caleb Jones on Jul 18, 2013 at 9:13 PM
    In a Superman costume, Orlando Magic forward Dwight Howard soars toward the basket in the basketball slam dunk contest in February 2008, at the NBA All Star Weekend in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
    by Caleb Jones on Jul 18, 2013 at 9:13 PM
    Five hundred and fifty-six Sears employees gather at corporate headquarters in Hoffman Estates, Ill., to break the Guinness World Record for the most number of people dressed as Superman in one place in June. (AP Images for Sears, Ross Dettman)
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  • Taxed to the max

    by Kellen Henry on Jul 19, 2013 at 7:17 PM
    19 July  3:30 p.m. EDT

    If you're at Comic-Con, good luck getting online. High-speed wireless access is definitely slow-speed given that the thousands upon thousands of smart phones, tablets and laptops sending pictures, video and scores of texts.

    --Matt Moore, News Editor, Pa., and comics writer and fan covering this year’s convention

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  • Key players in the 'Game of Thrones'


    19 July 3:32 p.m. EDT
     
    Emilia Clarke in a scene from the series. (AP Photo/HBO, Helen Sloan)
    by Caleb Jones on Jul 19, 2013 at 4:06 PM
    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau portrays Jaime Lannister in a scene from the second season. (AP Photo/HBO, Helen Sloan)
    by Caleb Jones on Jul 19, 2013 at 4:06 PM
    Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, left, and Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, are shown in a scene from Season 2, in Dubrovnik, Croatia. (AP Photo/HBO, Paul Schiraldi)
    by Caleb Jones on Jul 19, 2013 at 4:06 PM
    Maisie Williams is shown as Arya Stark in the series.(AP Photo/HBO, Helen Sloan)
    by Caleb Jones on Jul 19, 2013 at 4:06 PM
    Author George R.R. Martin, whose novel series was adapted into the series is shown on the set. (AP Photo/HBO, Nick Briggs )
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  • There will be no 'Shaun of the Dead  7'
    by Kellen Henry on Jul 17, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    19 July 3:39 p.m. EDT

    The good news for "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz" fans: "The World's End," made by the same three guys, is coming out on Aug. 23.

    The bad news: This is the end of what
    Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are now saying is a trilogy -- "the Cornetto Trilogy," so called because that brand of ice cream shows up in all three movies.

    Wright, Pegg and Frost dropped the news at Comic-Con as they presented their new movie, about high school buddies who reunite 20 years later to finish a pub crawl.

    --
    Sandy Cohen, AP Entertainment Writer
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  • A glimpse into the future of the X-Men
    19 July 3:43 p.m. EDT



    "X-Men" spin-off "The Wolverine" isn't even out yet, and "X-Men: Days of
    Future Past" is already being hyped with a Sentinel noggin on display
    outside the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego. --
    Derrik J. Lang,
    AP Entertainment Writer
    by Caleb Jones on Jul 19, 2013 at 7:22 PM

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  • Superman on screen, from 'Look, up in the sky!' to today

    19 July 3:47 p.m. EDT

    America's Golden Age superhero has been on the silver screen almost as long as he's been in the comics. Check out some highlights from the Superman movies. 

    by nsen on Jul 18, 2013 at 6:13 PM


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  • Web review: Spidey history



    19 July 3:52 p.m. EDT


    See how the covers of Spider-Man have changed through the ages.


    Avenging Spider-Man No. 1 comic book cover. (AP Photo/Marvel Comics)
    by Caleb Jones on Jul 18, 2013 at 5:31 PM
    Spider-Man made his debut in this comic book, Amazing Fantasy No. 15. The issue, graded 9.6 or near-mint, was sold by ComicConnect.com for $1.1 million in March 2011 to an undisclosed buyer. (AP Photo/ComicConnect/MetropolisComics)
    by Caleb Jones on Jul 18, 2013 at 5:31 PM
    Todd McFarlane’s Spider-Man No. 1 original cover art (Marvel, 1990). The cover, which sold for $358,500, was among several sold by Heritage Auctions. McFarlane drew several titles for Marvel Comics in the 1990s and then left to develop his own character, Spawn, and form Image Comics with other artists and writers. (AP Photo/Heritage Auctions)
    by Caleb Jones on Jul 18, 2013 at 5:31 PM
    The 700th and final issue in the comic book series The Amazing Spider-Man, issued in December 2012. The series ends as Peter Parker meets his doom. But Spider-Man's adventures continued with the debut of “Superior Spider-Man” in January. (AP Photo/Marvel Comics)
    by Caleb Jones on Jul 18, 2013 at 5:31 PM
    The cover of Ultimate Comics Spider-Man No. 160. In the issue, written by Brian Michael Bendis and drawn by Mark Bagley, Peter Parker, or Spider-Man, is felled by one of his biggest foes and dies as the series concludes its nearly 11-year run. (AP Photo/Marvel Comics)
    by Caleb Jones on Jul 18, 2013 at 5:31 PM
    Celebrity chef Eli Kirshtein from Bravo’s popular "Top Chef," is shown with Spider-Man on the cover of The Amazing Spider-Man: A Meal To Die For, a digital comic. tal Comics Unlimited. (AP Photo/Marvel)
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  • Meanwhile, down in Artists' Alley ...

    21 July 3:57 p.m. EDT

    by Matt Moore on Jul 19, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    A staple of Comic-Con is Artists' Alley, a grand space where the artists whose illustrations bring comics to life sell the original drawings. Aaron Lopresti, whose work has graced titles from Marvel and DC, among others, says there is a thriving demand for the work. Since artists can keep the drawings, selling the originals can "augment our income." The cover of Sword and Sorcery he drew is going for $1,000.

    --Matt Moore, News Editor, Pa., and comics writer and fan covering this year’s convention


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  • A killer, photographed

    19 July 4:02 p.m. EDT

    Dexter shows his bloody hand in this series of stills from Showtime's hit show.

    Michael C. Hall portrays Dexter Morgan in a scene from "Dexter." (AP Photo/Showtime, Randy Tepper)
    by Caleb Jones on Jul 18, 2013 at 10:00 PM
    Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan, left, and Charlotte Rampling as Dr. Vogel, perform in a scene from the final season. (AP Photo/Showtime, Randy Tepper)
    by Caleb Jones on Jul 18, 2013 at 10:00 PM
    Michael C. Hall stars as Dexter Morgan, left, and Jennifer Carpenter stars as his sister Debra Morgan in the series.  (AP Photo/Showtime, Peter Iovino)
    by Caleb Jones on Jul 18, 2013 at 10:06 PM
    Julia Stiles portrays Lumen, left, and Michael C. Hall portrays Dexter Morgan in a scene from the series. (AP Photo/Showtime, Cliff Lipson)
    by Caleb Jones on Jul 18, 2013 at 10:00 PM
    Michael C. Hall, left, is shown with Erik King in a scene from the series. (AP Photo/Showtime, Peter Iovino)
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  • Quiz break

    19 July 4:09 p.m. EDT

    by Kellen Henry on Jul 19, 2013 at 4:03 PM

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  • That's one way to get in shape!

    19 July 4:13 p.m. EDT

    Just in from Sandy Cohen, AP Entertainment Writer:

      -- Aaron Taylor-Johnson of his "Kick Ass 2" character. Hit-Girl, the young female assassin character, is portrayed by Chloë Grace Moretz in the film.
    by Kellen Henry on Jul 19, 2013 at 7:58 PM



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  • Fashions of Comic-Cons past

    19 July 4:15 p.m. EDT

    Comic-Con International 2011 (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
    by Jaime Holguin on Jul 17, 2013 at 9:13 AM
    Comic-Con International 2011 (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
    by Jaime Holguin on Jul 17, 2013 at 9:11 AM
    Comic-Con International 2011 (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
    by Jaime Holguin on Jul 17, 2013 at 9:12 AM
    Comic-Con International 2011 (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
    by Jaime Holguin on Jul 17, 2013 at 10:47 AM
    Comic-Con International 2011 (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
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  • Quotable

    19 July 4:20 p.m. EDT

    -- Robert Kirkman, mastermind of "The Walking Dead" 
     
    by Kellen Henry on Jul 18, 2013 at 4:05 PM
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  • Happening now: `The Walking Dead' stars arrive

    19 July 4:27 p.m. EDT

    Lauren Cohan, left, who plays the character Maggie Greene on "The Walking Dead," and Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon, attend AMC's "The Walking Dead" booth signing  today in San Diego, Calif. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for AMC/AP Images)
    by Caleb Jones on Jul 19, 2013 at 8:17 PM
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  • Don't dismiss digital

    19 July 4:44 p.m. EDT

    by Kellen Henry on Jul 17, 2013 at 3:37 PM
    Demand for comics in a digital way is moving faster than Quicksilver and The Flash.

    ComiXology, whose digital platform powers Marvel, DC, Image and others said today that the number of digital downloads surpassed 180 million comic books this month.


    --Matt Moore, News Editor, Pa., and comics writer and fan covering this year's convention
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  • Comic-Con rewind: The dancing cassette

    19 July 4:47 p.m. EDT

    Modesto,
    Calif.
    , resident Jason Neumann livened up the line outside the Bayfront Hilton dressed as a cassette wearing shades. Next year, we'd like to see you as an eight-track tape, Jason.


    by nsen on Jul 19, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    --Matt Moore, News Editor, Pa., and comics writer and fan covering this year’s convention
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