Comic-Con 2011 Kicks Off Today, Join Us for a Live Webcast

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Comic-Con 2011 opens its doors at the San Diego Convention Center today to a sold-out crowd of folks who will attend the geek-fest juggernaut for four days of programming, special guests, and exhibitions.

Originally focusing primarily on comic books, science fiction/fantasy, and related genres, Comic-Con has grown exponentially to embrace a much wider spectrum of pop culture goodness, including horror, anime, video gaming, webcomics, and much more. It’s also become a hot venue for screening films and TV shows, often with cast and creators in attendance at post-screening panels.

In keeping with Comic-Con’s origins, this year’s special guests from the comics/graphic novel world include Joyce Brabner (writer and widow of Harvey Pekar), Sergio Aragon├ęs (MAD Magazine cartoonist), Seymour Chwast (illustrator/graphic designer), David Lloyd (artist, V for Vendetta), amongst many more.

TV geeks will no doubt be interested in catching a peek at a made-for-TV prequel to USA Network’s hit show Burn Notice. The prequel follows the rise and fall of the character played by cult icon Bruce Campbell, who will be on hand along with Burn Notice creator and executive producer Matt Nix. Fans of animated series TV can check out a screening of animated comedy series Archer plus a Q&A attended by the cast and creator. Cast and crew from AMC’s The Walking Dead will be on hand for a Q&A and an official peek at that hit show’s upcoming second season.

Film buffs can get a sneak peek at director Robert Rodriguez’s upcoming films; he’ll also be showing some clips from his upcoming top secret project. Sony will be on board with its lineup of upcoming films, including Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (Nicolas Cage will be on hand), 30 Minutes or Less (starring Jesse Eisenberg), and Total Recall (director Len Wiseberg and stars Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, and Bryan Cranston will be in attendance).

There’s so much more going on that we can’t imagine having to choose; seriously, the sheer breadth of the programming at Comic-Con is enough to boggle the mind. It’s not surprising that registration sells out so quickly, and while we’re sure that some programs and panels are harder to get into than others, it’s hard to imagine not finding something here to entertain, educate, and edify.

If you’re not one of the lucky ones attending Comic-Con this year, do the next best thing: join us here at The Morton Report for a live webcast from Comic-Con, starting Thursday, July 21 at 3pm EST. The video player will be active and populated with content until Thursday, July 28. Click on the Comic-Con icon below to view the webcast, which will include a special Captain America Military Salute reception and presentation to comic book hero Stan Lee, with special guest Chris Evans, star of the film Captain America, in addition to musical performances, on-camera live interviews with celebrities from a variety of upcoming films, live coverage of the lodge festivities, and a series of Summer Blockbuster packages and on-demand programming.



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