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Comic-Con 2012 highlights: Schwarzenegger goes geek, Firefly not-quite-resurrected, 'Iron Man 3' fan love and way more

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Rabid fans claw for giveaways at Marvel Comics' booth at San Diego Comic-Con 2012.

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A preacher (shortly before being kicked off the property by police) tries to win over the Comic-Con faithful.

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Robert Downey Jr. makes his entrance (rocking an Iron Man glove) at San Diego Comic-Con 2012.

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Collectible statues of the Avengers at San Diego Comic-Con 2012.

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"Adventure Time" takes over the children's museum near San Diego Comic-Con 2012.

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Fans gawk at a giant Chewbacca at San Diego Comic-Con 2012.

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Nathan Fillion speaks at the Firefly 10th anniversary press conference.

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The lonely stairs outside the San Diego Convention Center following a day of Comic-Con 2012.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger makes his Comic-Con debut, Thursday, July 12, 2012.

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A Star Wars fan about to shoot the photographer at San Diego Comic-Con 2012.

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There are, in fact, still comics at Comic-Con. (At least in 2012.)

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An unauthorized Ninja Turtles/Star Trek crossover at San Diego Comic-Con 2012.

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A dressed up fan does her best Bartman impression at San Diego Comic-Con 2012.


For those who haven't been, San Diego Comic-Con is a massive pop culture behemoth that can intimidate even those who dare to brave its wilds (pro tip: SDCC for the experienced), but for those who do venture in, it offers some excellent rewards. Those include access to the stars, sneak peeks at the future of entertainment and the opportunity to be part of a community where at least someone else will love the thing that you love.

I present to you but a few of the highlights of the convention:

• Campers catch fire: Some fans are so eager to see the stars of their favorite thing that they're willing to camp out in line in order to assure their place in the room, and hopefully a decent spot after fighting the crowds of fellow enthusiasts to get inside. The Twilight fans set the standard for that for years, with Comic-Con taking note of it and usually making the Twilight panel the first big panel every year so the Twilight fans can see their heroes and get out of the way, but there seemed to be even bigger camping crowds this year. Beyond Twilight, big crowds of campers came out for "The Hobbit," "Iron Man 3," "Doctor Who" and the Firefly 10th anniversary panel.

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San Diego Comic-Con 2011 in photos

I came, I saw, I avoided being conquered. Check out this photo gallery of San Diego Comic-Con 2011 sights from the worlds of comics, film, TV and more.

Looking forward to returning to Nerdy Gras for more next year.

(Photos: Mike Roe/KPCC)

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San Diego Comic-Con 2011 preview: What you need to know

July 20 through July 24 is when geeks the world over travel to their mecca, San Diego Comic-Con. It's where fans go to see What's Next in pop culture, including movies, TV and, of course, comics. There's been talk about Hollywood pulling back from Comic-Con just a smudge, but there's still always about 5,000 things happening at once. Whether you're attending or not, here's a rundown of some of the notable events. (You can also follow along with me LIVE from Comic-Con Wednesday, July 20 through Sunday, July 24 on Twitter at @MikeRoe.)

Last year's photo gallery of the sights of Comic-Con

Thursday, July 21

10:45-11:45: Oh, You Sexy Geek!

Starting off the convention on an appropriately nerd-centric note, one of the earliest panels is taking a look at some recent furor over female geeks. There's been some debate about whether geek girls are expressing a passion for what they love or pandering to men, either for attention or for marketing. With 9 out of 10 of the panelists being women, I think you can see the point they're making, but if you want to see many of the Internet's most notable female geeks (and one male) discuss gender issues, you'll want to check this out.

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