“Psych” Panel At Nerd HQ

Instead of spending hours in line to maybe make it into Ballroom 20 to see “Psych,” I bought a pair of tickets to the “Psych Conversation” at Nerd HQ. It was only $20 and I received a ticket and an actual assigned seat! I loved it! I might be wrong but I believe the room held about 200 people, maybe less. I’m just going off the seat numbers I was able to see as I made my way to mine.

We ended up with perfect seats. We managed to end up in the 2nd row, center. I have no idea how but it was great! I didn’t have to fight my way in or run down an aisle to try and snag a seat or two. I was able to just walk in, show someone my ticket and they pointed us in the right direction. That alone was worth the $20. Did I mention the money went to charity as well? How great is that? You get to see some of your favorite stars and raise money for a good cause.

The panel was made up of Dule’ Hill, Timothy Omundson, Steve Franks and another writer/behind the scenes guy who’s name I can’t remember to save my life. James Roday was announced earlier on for the panel but had to head back to LA early. The room didn’t seem to mind though and it was just as interesting without him. I think the best part about the panel were the fans. These people were hardcore “Psych” fans which lead to some great and interesting questions. You can tell people watched the show and cared. You didn’t hear the same question over and over again like you do at some of the San Diego Comic Con panels. It was great. They shared some interesting stories as well. Did you know that Dule’ auditioned for the role that Omar Epps has on “House?” I had no idea! I know people are always cracking Dule’/Omar jokes but it was pretty hilarious to find out that they both auditioned for the same role. Steve Franks was asked if we’d see more of Buzz but it turns out he’s a big shot up in Canada which is why we don’t see him as often, he’s working too much! The same goes for Steven Weber who played the role of Shawn’s uncle in a past episode. They would love to have him back for a follow up but scheduling can be a bit of a pain.

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The guys on the panel were really great to the fans. A couple were attending Comic Con for their Honeymoon! They explained that people back home couldn’t believe it and asked if they wouldn’t mind having a picture taken with them. The guys were all for it and welcomed the couple onto the stage for a quick photo. If I remember correctly they did photos with one other pair of fans. They were best friends who met because of “Psych.” I can relate because I met my best friend over our love of ‘Nsync. You remember them right? Boy band? Singing? Dancing? Ok then. It was just nice to see that 1. The panel didn’t mind and 2. That the fans in the room didn’t mind! Could you imagine trying to pull that stunt in Hall H or Ballroom 20? I think “Boo’s” would rain down! Plus I’m pretty sure if you even tried to get near the talent security would haul your ass out. It was just really nice to see how the fans respected each other and how much the cast respected and cared for the fans. I don’t think you see that enough to be honest.

Sadly, it seemed like the hour flew by and before we knew it they had to run off to catch a flight. We don’t want the new season to be delayed because of Comic Con right? They all gathered together on stage for one last photo op and then they left. I think they would’ve stayed and signed and took photos with everyone but there just wasn’t the time. It was still a great experience and I hope Zachary Levi and The Nerd HQ do something like this next year. It really was a great time, a great panel and all for a great cause.



Ticket Sale Changes Coming for SDCC 2013!

UPDATE: July 6th, 2012

The folks over at CCI have posted information on their important info site regarding online registration for 2013. In short, paid badge holders for 2012 only may participate in an online sale coming up in August.  Read below for the official blurb and let us know how you feel in the comments.


Each year more and more attendees line up for Comic-Con preregistration. Currently we do not have a location with adequate space to accommodate all those who line up; therefore Comic-Con 2013 preregistration will be conducted online only.

Comic-Con 2013 attendee badges will be available for purchase online through the EPIC registration website in August 2012. There will be no onsite preregistration at Comic-Con 2012 for Comic-Con 2013 badges. Only those that have purchased a Comic-Con 2012 4-day attendee or 1-day attendee badge will be eligible to participate in 2013 online preregistration.

Professionals, guests of professionals, exhibitors, exhibitor-purchased attendee badges, volunteers, staff, and press will not be allowed to participate in online preregistration in August. Open online registration for these categories will occur at a later date.

Those eligible for Comic-Con 2013 online preregistration will be able to purchase up to three badges total. You will need a unique Member ID for each badge purchased. Eligible 2012 attendees may purchase badges for other eligible 2012 attendees, but they will not be allowed to purchase badges for those who did not attend Comic-Con 2012 or for any of the ineligible categories mentioned above.

Eligible attendees will be notified after Comic-Con 2012, via email, with the date, time, and link for online badge preregistration. The notification will be sent to the email associated with the Member ID account.

Please be sure to “opt-in” to email correspondence to receive the preregistration badge sales announcement. To check your Member ID notification “opt-outs,” login to your account at https://secure2.comic-con.org/memberid/ and select the option “Change my preferences/unsubscribe.”

Thank you very much for your support of Comic-Con, and stay tuned for additional 2013 preregistration details!

UPDATE: May 21st, 2012

The folks at CCI have sent out a customer survey to current badge holders to gauge their feelings on possible future sales. In the email they state that there will not be any pick-ups during the con this year BUT they are considering allowing 2012 badge holders the option to buy passes for next year after the convention is over.

Here is the text below.


As a Comic-Con 2012 registered attendee you are receiving this email.

We hope you will agree to take a quick survey (8 questions) that could help us
better serve you in terms of future registration. Below is a link to the survey
which will be conducted on our vendor’s website at SurveyGizmo. The survey will
be open until midnight Friday, May 25, 2012 Pacific Time (PT).

<personalized link removed>

Please do NOT forward this link. If you do, other people will overwrite your data.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated help and for being an active part of Comic-Con International.

This message was sent by Comic-Con International, San Diego, CA 92112-8458.

You are receiving this email because you have signed up for a Comic-Con Member ID.


In an effort to better accommodate and understand the needs of our attendees Comic-Con has, from time to time, conducted audience feedback surveys. In the past, this has been done onsite on a one-on-one basis. The new Comic-Con Member ID system now allows us to conduct these surveys online and potentially use a wider test audience.

Receiving your input will better assist us in trying to find the best way to face the challenges of having a popular show for which there are more people who want to attend than we have badges to accommodate. By taking part in this survey you will become an active partner in helping Comic-Con meet the needs of our attendees and help to provide a better experience for all.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This survey is being distributed only to current 2012 badge holders.

Because of the sheer number of people who wanted to register at the show for the following year, we had to move 2012 pre-registration offsite to accommodate the lines of people and allow space for additional registration equipment.

Our plan in 2011, to have the pre-registration area open only until 11:00am each day or until the allotment of badges had been sold, was an effort to allow people to enjoy the show and not have to spend the entire day in line for badges. Unfortunately, even with these changes and a larger facility we could not accommodate every attendee who wanted to purchase a badge for Comic-Con 2012, and we did not avoid having a long line of people waiting to purchase those badges.

Comic-Con has decided to not offer onsite pre-registration for the 2013 show.

Instead, we plan to offer those who attend Comic-Con 2012 a special opportunity to purchase a 2013 badge after Comic-Con.

Answering the questions below will help us find the best solution to facilitate this process. Thank you for your cooperation and your assistance and for being an active part of Comic-Con International.


1. I like the idea of having some type of pre-registration sale limited only to people who attended in 2012.
2. I like the idea of a Traditional Online Sale for Comic-Con 2013 badges, where only those people with a 2012 badge could participate.
Traditional Online Sale – the general online sale which has been used for the bulk of the badge sales in past few years.
3. I like the idea of a Limited Drawing for Comic-Con 2013 badges, where only those with a 2012 badge could participate.
4. What number of total Comic-Con 2013 badges should we allocate for pre-registration to 2012 badge holders?
5. I think those with a Comic-Con 2012 badge should be allowed to purchase badges for friends and family who ALSO attended Comic-Con in 2012.
How many people should they be allowed to buy badges for (other than their own badge)
6. I think those with a Comic-Con 2012 badge should be allowed to purchase badges for friends and family who DID NOT attend Comic-Con in 2012
7. Did you pre-register for a Comic-Con 2012 badge at the 2011 show?
8. Have you pre-registered onsite in any year before 2011?

Sounds pretty major, huh? The new system looks like it could go a few different ways. For the sake of those who try yet cannot get into this con, I hope that the current holders opinions do not lead to an NFL Season Ticket style system where there could be a VERY long waiting list. We already had the dates for next year’s con leaked but this looks like it will be a game changer in how people plan for the next year’s SDCC. Do you have badges for 2012 and are looking forward to this opportunity? Did you miss out this year and fear the system might block you out year after year? Let us know how you feel about this change in the comments section!

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While a veil of acceptance settled over most of the attendees of the just passed Big Show, a few people were still miserable, namely those who had to sleep out over night on concrete to get a ticket for next year, with the oft-heard, but seldom-heeded battle cry “I don’t think I’m coming next year.”Maria and her family from Escondido got into line for pre-registration at 1:00 a.m. Saturday. “The floor was too hard and too cold, but we got our tickets.”Joyce from San Diego summed up her feeling after her early-morning wait: “It’s just shameful and disrespectful.”Dennis, from Vista, a Comic-Con attendee for 20 years, said, “I got into line at 5:45 a.m. and was number 741 in line. It took me four hours to go through to get my ticket for next year, and as I was leaving there was a handful of people getting in line for tomorrow.”People lining up for hours! Well, I nevah! The outrage! Appalling! Terrible! Luckily there is a simple solution:Yturralde says Comic-Con has a solution for 2013: “There will be no pre-registration…. All sales for the 2013 convention will be done online.”The Yturralde in question is Mark, a longtime con board member, and certainly not a spokesman, so use the salty cellar, but really, WHY do on-site pre-reg when it is such a horrible experience?We are creeping closer and closer to the day that San Diego badges go for market price on StubHub. Con official have avoided the truly outrageous extra fees of using a Ticketmaster thus far, but with demand so far outstripping supply, it might be just a matter of time before they go to a pure lottery system (which it already is, informally) or open market. We’d prefer not to see the latter, however, and the con has always tried to make getting a ticket possible for everyone from the teenaged fan to the millionaire.But, as we’ve been saying for years, not everyone gets to go to the Super Bowl or Wrestlemania every year. either.

If this rumor is indeed what is planned and all of the tickets are unloaded at the same time then I feel that it will not only give everyone a fair & equal shot of getting in, but might actually make the event more enjoyable. I cannot imagine the reaction I would receive if someone asks me what I did during the con and all I can say is “Oh, you know, paid loads of money so I could miss everything while I stand in a line overnight for a very small shot of doing the same thing next year”.

I mean seriously guys. Comic-Con is awesome but if you don’t get in you don’t get it. It will suck be at least you can save up to several thousands of dollars and enjoy all of the news and coverage from home. Plus, is it really enjoyable to get up at the same time the bars get out (if you even slept at all) just to wait outside on a line for a possibility of getting tickets for the next year? Really? Dude, I’ve seen drug addicts jump through less hoops to get their fix.

But that’s what it really boils down to, right? Addiction? I mean, I am not one to talk since I vividly recall the moments in my life where the fleeting things I have been enjoying in the moment have prevented me from fully realizing what is important to my life. But there is a time when things can just go too far and we need to take a moment and check ourselves to see if it is all worth it when all is said and done. There is a thin line between “fan” and “fanatic” and I think the fine folks over at CCI are beginning to see the lengths people are going and might be putting something in place to scale it back a bit.

I don’t know. Maybe I’m jaded in my old age of 27, but I feel that this needs a quote from the good book, you know, Fight Club.

You buy furniture. You tell yourself, this is the last sofa I will ever need in my life. Buy the sofa, then for a couple years you’re satisfied that no matter what goes wrong, at least you’ve got your sofa issue handled. Then the right set of dishes. Then the perfect bed. The drapes. The rug. Then you’re trapped in your lovely nest, and the things you used to own, now they own you. ~Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club, Chapter 5

Death Brings the Pain in Darksiders 2

There are many people out there who believe that the world will end in 2012 when the Mayan calendar comes to a close. While that prophesy remains to be seen, we can all be certain that in 2012 Death will ride his horse into our counsels in the form of THQ’s Darksiders II.

The sequel to 2010′s Darksiders looks primed to rain down an unstoppable flurry of pain next year in the form of a new protagonist. Following the story from the perspective of Horseman Death, rather than the previous title’s main character of War, Darksiders II takes place concurrent with the first Darksiders. After War is convicted and sent back to Earth by the Charred Council, they inform the other three Horseman of his fate. Since this news goes against what his knows to be his brother’s true nature, Death embarks on a rage-filled quest to clear his brother’s name and travels to the Nether Realms between Heaven and Hell to call in favors from the realm’s powerful beings.

At a recent press event we were treated to a hands on demo, with commentary from the game’s Creative Director Joe Madureira, which took Death through a rampage against a number of skeletal henchmen and a mini-boss in the form of a scarab creature. A number of weapons were shown, such as a giant hammer, scythes, hand claws, and throwing knives, all of which are upgradeable along with your base powers through the use of the “coins” that drop from defeated enemies. The combat system looked pretty fluid, using a combination of button patterns to preform certain moves. Also, Death wielded a chain that could be used to bring the smaller enemies to you or to project you onto the larger ones.

There was also the return of the puzzles and platform jumping that seems to be a staple in third person action games. While the ones that we were shown did not look too challenging we were told that some of them down the road will be more difficult. The chain also came into use to let Death swing and propel across large areas and above obstacles, as well as tossing explosive items to help you progress forward in the game. We were also shown Death’s true “Reaper” form in a cut scene which looked amazing!

The sound of the game was solid from what I could see, with satisfying combat noises as well as the ever popular coin noise that comes with the gold dropped from vanquished enemies. The visuals were smooth as well and the camera angle was at an opportune angle allowing you to see what the landscape had to offer but not getting in the way during a fight. Also there was a damage count for each of your hits that was not too big or distracting and became quickly unnoticeable as the event went on.

The attention to detail to the design was breathtaking. The character models and even the environment are some of the best I have seen a while. This game is 100% aesthetically pleasing if you are into cool looking demons and hell. Also, be sure to pay attention to things going on in the background. Without giving spoilers, there was a cool floating island that had what appeared to be two dragon heads chained to it that kept biting and snarling at each other.

While the developers are a bit tight lipped on many elements of the story, we were informed that the remaining horsemen, Fury and Strife, will be in the game in some capacity, and Michael Wincott (Alien Resurrection, The Crow) will be providing the voice of Death. If you like beat ‘em up adventure games then be sure to keep an eye on our site for more information on the game as it comes!

Top 5 Helpful iPhone Apps for Comic-Con

This is just my opinion, if you have an app that you feel we should know about please be sure to drop a comment.

5) Photosynth – FREE
An amazing app from Microsoft, Photosynth grants us the ability to create pretty boss panoramic images that you can use to capture your favorite booths or maybe even to show all of your buddies at home just how long a line is. This app is simple to use, just point and press start then move up, down, left, right, wherever you feel like as long as the box is green and the software will automatically stitch the images together in a seamless manner. The best part is that you can upload them onto the Photosynth site for a pretty cool interface letting you scorll around to see all of the cool angles.

4) Urbanspoon – FREE
This is an oldie but a goodie. This app will give you a random restaurant based on neighborhood, what kind of food you want, and how much you are willing to spend. You can also lock down any of the three choices for a more focused selection. For example lets say you want to eat chinese in Gaslamp for a cheap price, this app will find something for you if it is available. Also many of the locations in the program have menus as well as reviews for you to make an informed choice.

3) Official Comic-Con App – FREE
The kind folks over at CCI really are on the pulse of fulfiling what the fans need and they are unafriad to bring it to you directly. This app houses all of the information that can be found over on their site in a scaled down for your pocket format. Need to see the day’s schedule or find where the bus will pick you up? This is it for you.

2) FourSquare – FREE
A growing staple in city exploration, this app will help you find new locations thanls to the GPS enabled map. I used this last year and found a Dexter themed kill room located secretly outside of the convention in the Gaslamp District. Seriosuly, give this program a whirl to find hidden viral marketing gems in the city.

1) Twitter – FREE
Do i really need to exaplin this one? Keep in touch and up to date with people or turn on the SMS function on the few key people you NEED to stay current with (text messaging rates apply) or even do a search for #SDCC to see if something new that you were unaware of turns up.

10 CCI Questions with Sideshow’s CEO Greg Anzalone


There’s a new generation of very talented artists that are looking to make their mark through our popular culture. They’re not traditionalists and are uninterested in the tradition of fine art. They certainly have the talent to go in that direction but they prefer to work within the freedoms of our popular culture instead. I love these guys (& girls) and truly enjoy the notion that Sideshow has been of some small support with their creative endeavors. We’re unabashedly for the artists and celebrators of what they create. We hold their talents in high regard and treat them with as much respect as any other accomplished professional. To have an event like Comic Con to showcase their work is a unique opportunity that I don’t take it lightly – so we tend to go all out at the Con.


We always bring the Sideshow art team to the show. It’s important to me and my partners to showcase their finished work but to also showcase the personalities behind the work. We love to see Sideshow artist’s interacting with the fans, explaining our product, talking through designs and product features, and soaking up the adulation and even the criticisms of the collectors. Like most artists, the Sideshow team works in a vacuum, a self-directed form of isolation in which their best work gets done without too many distractions. Comic Con is a way to break that routine and while some of the artists are too shy or too reclusive to completely immerse themselves in the experience, I believe that most get recharged from the show and return to work enlivened and inspired about their career direction and individual work.


Comic Con is Mecca for Sideshow and for me personally. It’s an annual pilgrimage, a sometimes crazy but worthy endeavor. For our business it’s a privilege and a necessity. We’re honored to be mid-floor, in one of the larger booths at the show, adjacent to both DC and Marvel. Over the years we’ve developed a wonderful relationship with the organizers, their staff and the volunteers. We view their work in the light of the service that it is. It’s amazing to me how much effort these people put forth to make the event a success for the exhibitors and the attendees, all of which comes from a historic non-profit initiative. I’m unaware of other industries that have this kind of independent support, generating so much goodwill and buzz, and doing it all from a profitless philosophy..


Many in the Sideshow family are long time visitors to the con by my family and I are relative newcomers to the show, with maybe 12 or 13 years of Comic Con visits. My wife Yvonne and I walked the show for the first few years and were touched by the artistry and enthusiasm of the exhibitors and the attendees. It was an experience that hooked us and one that we wanted to be a part of. So as a Sideshow exhibitor we started with a small 10 x 20 booth and hardly a clue about how to work the show, but the organizers and the attendees were forgiving.


We expanded the Sideshow booth as the show expanded and in one of those early years we had one of the great screw-ups in Comic Con exhibitor history. Many years ago the show did a follow-up event to the public show in which certain exhibitors also manned a booth for a ‘Trade-Only’ event held during the day(s) following the public event. We thought that was a great idea and signed up for it – or at least thought we did. I naturally assumed that our booth was set-up in the appropriate area for the Trade event so when the public event ended on Sunday my team and I left the Con, had dinner, drinks, laughs and went back to our hotel rooms. Well around midnight I received a call from Faye Desmond, Comic Con President asking me to get back down to the show floor immediately to dismantle my booth. I immediately woke the Sideshow team and we reentered the show floor around midnight. Everyone was gone, the show was packed up, except for one lonely 20 x 20 booth still standing completely intact in the middle of the floor. I was too embarrassed to have thought to take a photo but it was quite the sight. Through a paperwork mix-up we were not in the Trade Show area for the following day’s event that was one hall over. So we dismantled and re-built our display. The following morning I was standing in line at Starbucks and overheard the guys in front of me laughing about the idiots that left the Con the night before without dismantling their booth and had to come back at midnight to move it. It was a very humbling wait in line just for some soy chai.


Every year we look to bring something special to the show and this year is no exception. Our big announcement is the long-awaited DC deal and is a big development for Sideshow and our artistic and product goals. We’ll be showing our new Joker Premium Format figure and I suspect it will be one of the highlights of the show. Our collaborations with Hot Toys and the products that come from that artistic union will be a big hit as well. But I’d also expect that our Legendary Scale Gallery display of figures in approximately 1:2 scale will be the most photographed collection at the entire show. The Sideshow art team has gone to extraordinary lengths to create the absolute seminal representation of some classic characters and I’m thrilled to be showcasing these new pieces at the Con.


I believe that most attendees come to the Con for the opportunity to have a unique experience, to immerse themselves in a cultural phenomenon like no other in the country (or dare I say the world). Of course there’s a great sense of excitement about seeing or meeting celebrities, getting autographs, viewing special panels, visiting with comic artists and illustrators, seeking out hard-to-find collectibles and meeting up with old friends. But the real gift of Comic Con is the totality of the ‘experience’. In the mix of all that makes up the event there’s some magic, a unique blend of human and artistic personalities that produce an experience that upon reflection is truly hard to find elsewhere. It’s that magic that, while often hard to explain, is the annual draw for so many people.


I’m not discouraged by the evolution of the show. I’ve heard all the complaints about how the event has changed over the years but I’m not cynical about how its grown and changed. Do I miss some of the charms of years past? Sure. But I think the organizers have done an expert job in allowing the show to evolve its personality from a purely comic and graphic arts based event to one that is more of a pop culture experience. As our pop culture has become more of an influencer within the mainstream media, the show has taken on a more rounded personality and is now more dynamically driven by the game companies and film studios.


It’s really the result of us realizing that as popular as the show is, the vast majority of our fans and collectors do not attend the Con. We serve a global audience in which it’s simply not practical for all these collectors to be in San Diego in July, so we try to bring a little bit of the show to them. We run a month’s worth of promotions, discounted product specials, shipping deals, giveaways and auctions. During the even itself we also set up a camera or two to allow web viewers a glimpse into the Sideshow booth. The online feedback from all of these efforts is very positive. Fans feel like they get a taste of what’s happening on the show floor and what items we’re promoting or new pieces we’re debuting. And because we typically show so much product its not practical for us to simply do it during the 4 full days of Comic Con, so we’ve expanded our celebration into a month-long even culminating with our physical presence at the show.


My kids are fully infected with the Comic Con bug. They look forward to the show and talk about it for months prior. My son Julian is 14 now. So he’s grown up at Comic Con. At first it was all too much for him and his tolerance was under 60 minutes. There were simply too many people, costumed characters that scared him and unbridled crowd commotion. But kids have a great way of adapting and indoctrinating themselves into most experiences. His comfort level increased each year and he found his preferred venues. Early on he’d spend a lot of time at the Pokemon booth, and in later years at the Lego booth, and more recently at the Hasbro and Star Wars pavilions. But for the past few years my wife and I have asked both he and his younger sister Kyra to work at the Sideshow booth for a small portion of each day. It’s a good experience for them to interact with the show visitors and to experience what it’s like to have a little responsibility at the booth. They give out Gift Cards, scan badges, pack bags, and support the Sideshow staff. They like working the booth and I appreciate their enthusiasm for our goals of the show, but it comes at a cost, as they want to get paid for their time. And fortunately the money they earn goes right over to someone else’s booth at the show.

THE AVENGERS Signings at Comic-Con International

All ready for the fun and excitement that Marvel is bringing to Comic Con International in San Diego this week? Well we’re ready to turn it up a notch by announcing the signing schedule for Marvel’s The Avengers! Here’s your chance to meet some of the superstars involved in the highly anticipated major motion picture – ONLY at the Marvel Booth (#2329) during the convention! Each signing is a ticketed event and requires a specific ticket for that individual signing. Fans should come to the Marvel Booth (#2329) as soon the convention opens to the public on each morning for a chance (no purchase necessary) to receive one of the limited number of signing tickets.

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Don’t miss your chance to experience a once-in-a-lifetime event at Comic-Con International in San Diego, courtesy of Marvel all weekend long!

MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS will be released on May 4, 2012.

Can’t make it to the convention? Follow along on the Marvel Events App & events.marvel.com, the best way to get exclusive videos, real-time announcements from the convention floor and up-to-the-minute panel, in-booth, and signing schedules of all your favorite Marvel creators!

Please Note That All Times & Guests Are Subject To Change.



EW.com Partners with NowLive to Provide Three Full Days of Live Streaming Video

Digital Brand Extensions also Include Trend Tracking Infamous-Powered “Tag Cloud” and
Direct On-The-Scene Reporting with Fans via CNN iReport

EW’s Comic-Con Presence also includes Two All-Star Panels and our 5th annual Exclusive Closing Night Party Sponsored by Batman: Arkham City

NEW YORK (July 18, 2011) – Entertainment Weekly is invading Comic-Con for the fifth consecutive year with a comprehensive and multi-platform program that truly commemorates this annual fan fest. Through digital partnerships, onsite events and our award-winning editorial coverage, we’ll bring you the latest reporting, celebrate the fans and bring a piece of the action to the masses like never before. Our powerful line-up includes: two highly anticipated panels, three consecutive issues of Entertainment Weekly with comic-con coverage, a comprehensive and dynamic experience on EW.com and an exclusive A-list party sponsored by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s Batman: Arkham City video game, which will host some of the biggest names in television and film.

“Comic-Con has always been a celebration of the fans, and so is EW,” said Jess Cagle, Entertainment Weekly managing editor. “That’s what makes it special, and that’s why we’re always there in a big way. This year EW.com managing editor Bill Gannon is building a very robust digital presence so we can bring all the stars and excitement at the convention to fans all over the world, as it’s happening, on our site. Comic-Con really has earned the title “The Super Bowl of Pop Culture” and we’re proud to bring consumers the best reporting and greatest access to it through our panels, our site, and our pages.”

The first of EW.com’s three digital initiatives this year is a partnership with NowLive, a full-service production and high-quality streaming company dedicated to live entertainment events that will incorporate three full days of streaming video from EW’s own photo and digital studio where famed photographer Michael Muller will take photos of the iconic talent attending the convention. We will also stream from the red carpet of our annual closing night star-studded event. Whether it’s the cast from HBO’s fan-favorite True Blood or the highly anticipated stars of Cowboys & Aliens, our partnership with NowLive will help provide a window into the glamorous celebrity scene at Comic-Con like only EW.com can. Fans can watch their favorite actors, casts, and comic-book heroes streamed live on Thursday, Friday and Saturday up close as they speak with EW’s editorial staff and hang out at EW’s exclusive rooftop spot at the Hard Rock Hotel. EW.com will also allow fans to submit their own questions to their favorite stars to be answered in real-time online.

“Our partnership with Entertainment Weekly is the perfect marriage of new technology and unparalleled entertainment reporting,” says Sara Bordo, Founder and President of NowLive. “We didn’t set out to be another consumer solution for sharing webcam video – there are plenty of platforms already doing that really well. We saw a need for a live, professional, broadcast-quality solution with a relevant audience interaction platform. Comic-Con is the perfect stage to blend our technology with Entertainment Weekly’s longstanding reputation as a leading news and pop culture authority.”

Entertainment Weekly has always ignited the pop culture conversation, and in our efforts to take that to the next level, we have partnered for the first time with the Infomous-powered “Interactive Tag Cloud.” This trend-tracking device allows fans online access to the latest breaking news and videos from the convention floor in real time. The “Infomous Cloud” displays the most commonly used words (“tags”) from all of EW’s Comic-Con coverage as well as Twitter updates containing #SDCC — bringing in a user-generated feel and a more accurate buzz meter from the ground of the Convention Center.

Comic-con has always been about the fans and to be sure we are providing a forum for their voice to be heard, EW.com has also partnered with CNN iReport, CNN’s global participatory news community, to get immediate and direct updates from iReporters and fans taking in the scene on the convention floor. This initiative will truly bring to light all of the costumes, excitement and genuine fan camaraderie that occur on the floor each day of the convention.

Entertainment Weekly’s Comic-Con panels will surely be the talk of the convention as they bring together some of the best and brightest creators in television and movies to discuss the work that is being done in their respective fields. The first of these panels will be Entertainment Weekly Presents … The Visionaries: A discussion with Jon Favreau (Cowboys & Aliens) and Guillermo del Toro (Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark) on the Future of Pop Culture. EW’s Jeff “Doc” Jensen will moderate an in-depth conversation with these two filmmakers at the forefront of bringing geek culture to the masses and making blockbuster art out of pulp fiction. They will discuss their inspirations, their current work, and how they strive to put a personal stamp on blockbuster entertainment. This panel will take place at 6:00pm on Thursday, July 21.

Next up, EW’s Lost gurus Jeff “Doc” Jensen and Dan “Dan” Snierson will moderate Totally LOST: One Year Later. The duo will wax nostalgic about the past, perhaps with a surprise guest or two, and discuss how they are “moving on” in the wake of Lost’s departure from the air a year ago. The duo will look to the future by previewing promising TV obsessions. This panel will take place at 3:30pm on Friday, July 22. Video highlights—as well as both of these entire panels—will be available on EW.com.

In addition, Entertainment Weekly is publishing its fourth annual Comic-Con preview package jam-packed with sneak peeks at some of the most highly anticipated TV shows and movies including The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Terra Nova, Immortals, Underworld 4: New Dawn, The Raven, Snow White and the Huntsman and EW’s exciting July 22nd cover story featuring Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man. Ten thousand copies of the fan favorite issue will be distributed at the Convention Center.

No Comic-Con experience would be complete without EW’s legendary closing night party on Saturday evening. This year, Entertainment Weekly will be joined by Hollywood’s biggest film and television talent and industry luminaries to celebrate all things pop culture at a poolside fete at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego. The exclusive event will be sponsored by Batman: Arkham City, the highly anticipated videogame based on DC Entertainment’s core Batman license, published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and developed by Rocksteady Studios. Toshiba will also have a presence at this invitation-only star-studded event.