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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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'Green Lantern' media blitz: Onion parody, Muppets movie trailer, NASA finds Green Lantern planet and more

"Green Lantern" is permeating pop culture as the Ryan Reynolds movie based on the DC Comics character comes out. Here are a few of my favorite pieces of "Green Lantern" ephemera.

Green Lantern isn't as well known as your Supermans, your Batmans, your Spider-Mans. That might not be true anymore, particularly if "Green Lantern" turns out to be a hit, but The Onion captured the lack of awareness perfectly.


'Green Lantern' To Fulfill America's Wish To See Lantern-Based Characters On Big Screen

If you want some more Green Lantern comedy from the Onion, you can also check out this 2002 article on the character: "When You Are Ready To Have A Serious Conversation About Green Lantern, You Have My E-Mail Address." In a bit of corporate synergy, Mad Magazine, published by the same corporation behind Green Lantern, has a new issue with a cover story spoofing Green Lantern.

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How Prince William and Kate Middleton met, if it involved dinosaurs and jetpacks

I've written about Neill Cameron before, but I just discovered today that he had illustrated the (not really) true story of how Prince William met Kate Middleton.

Orcs, dinosaurs, swords and jetpacks? This is a royal wedding that I can get behind.

(I also encourage you to check out Neill's A-Z of Awesomeness 2: Japan, raising money for Japan relief through fun art.)

(via Andy Khouri)

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'A-Z of Awesomeness 2: Japan' raising money for Japan relief

I've been following artist Neill Cameron for a while now. I first spotted his work when he did the A-Z of Awesomeness. He produced 26 pieces of art, each centered around geeky "awesome" things that begin with a certain letter of the alphabet, such as "Doctor Who Defeating Doctor Doom in a Deadly Disco Dance-off."

Well, he's doing it again, and this time it's to raise money for Japan. He'll be doing approximately a drawing a day (except, since he's European, on Bank Holidays) of awesome Japanese things until he hits Z. He'll also be soliciting donations to give to Japan relief.

Step 1 in the A-Z of Awesomeness 2: "A is for... Astro Boy Attacking Ayanami. In Atlantis."

You can find out more about Neill and this project on his blog, and you can also donate to the charity he's supporting, GlobalGiving's Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund.

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