July 15th, 2012
11:48 AM ET

Adam Savage goes 'incognito' on the Comic-Con floor

"Mythbuster" Adam Savage has a true appreciation for costuming.

"I have several different suits and pieces of armor," he said as he prepped his Comic-Con 2012 costume, "and I've never seen anything like this quality."

"You could go to battle in this," he said.

Every year, Savage combines his love of costuming and Comic-Con with a special opportunity for "Mythbusters" fans. He calls it #adamincognito. Fans follow his Twitter to get clues about his costume and once Savage hits the exhibition floor, they try to find him out in person.

This year's #adamincognito costume was a Ringwraith from "Lord of the Rings." The armor was hand-made by Scott Maple from Kropserkle in Canada.

Once decked out in full Nazgul regalia, Savage had to get all seven feet of his costume into the convention center from his room in the adjacent Marriott Marquis hotel. His assistant carried his Comic-Con badge so it wouldn't be obvious who was in the costume.

Savage was able to walk from the far end of the exhibit floor until, rather appropriately, the Weta Workshop and "Hobbit" booths before being found out. The winners of the challenge got passes to see the "Mythbusters" panel.

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Who needs Comic-Con when you've got Comic-Con?
Fans lucky enough to get a ticket to the Dethklok concert abord the USS Midway get a dose of crushing metal and brutal cartoon.
July 15th, 2012
09:01 AM ET

Who needs Comic-Con when you've got Comic-Con?

Fighting through the throngs of revelers at San Diego’s packed convention center during Comic-Con can be a harrowing experience - an overwhelming crush of sharp elbows and gigantic swag bags.

It's worth the hassle for plenty of pop culture fans. But lately, some pass-holders are happy to escape the panel lines and exhibition hall (which is as humid as any Florida afternoon) even though they likely spent $175 on admission.

Welcome to the party across the street - and even down the block. There's a slew of scheduled events and multi-day hangouts outside the venue that celebrate comic books and nerdery. FULL POST

You won't recognize Mark Hamill in 'Sushi Girl'
Mark Hamill plays a jail-weary criminal in "Sushi Girl."
July 14th, 2012
04:56 PM ET

You won't recognize Mark Hamill in 'Sushi Girl'

In the latest movie, "Sushi Girl," Mark Hamill plays an ex-convict that looks nothing like his iconic character Luke Skywalker.

With horn-rimmed glasses and shoulder-length hair, Hamill shares one very tense dinner with the criminals who landed his character in jail.

But going incognito is nothing new for the actor. Hamill has made a name for himself in the voice acting community, first for playing the Joker in 1992's "Batman: The animated series," and later on for contributing to "Avatar: The Last Airbender,"and "Metalocalypse."

He's also got two English versions of Hayao Miyazaki films under his belt.

"It's a rhythmic thing," Hamill said about dubbing the original Japanese versions of Studio Ghibli's "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind" and "Castle in the Sky."

"I just have a facility for it," he said of matching the animated lip movements of his characters.

Hamill sat down with CNN Geek Out to discuss all things Comic-Con, animation and more. FULL POST

July 14th, 2012
08:13 AM ET

Comic-Con is in high gear

"Every year it gets bigger," said 43-year-old Marvin Bricker of El Cajon, California. But it doesn't take a veteran Comic-Con attendee to notice that this year's comic book and pop culture trade show is even more impressive and crowded than last year's.

“I can remember when it was a big deal that 5,000 people were attending Comic-Con,” said Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill. “Now they’re saying there’s 180,000 people here.”

Convention organizers estimate that the San Diego Convention Center hosted 130,000 attendees last year.

The crush of Comic-Con is an intense experience for anyone – newbie or veteran. And the entertainment companies and vendors here know it. The flashy, come-hither presentation on the floor drops the jaws and widens eyes of passers-by. The labyrinth of booths is blinking a Morse code, sending out an encrypted message to devoted fans. FULL POST

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July 13th, 2012
01:32 PM ET

Happy birthday Mr. Ford, from Comic-Con

Happy birthday, Han Solo!

Harrison Ford turns 70 today, a fact being celebrated by San Diego Comic-Con attendees, both the fans and the famous.

“[His impact] is huge. He single-handedly brought back the fedora, the Stetson and the leather jacket, the whip. He brought back the adventure with Spielberg and Lucas, brought back adventure in all genres, sci-fi, fantasy and the rest," said Christopher Shaw, a cosplayer who was all gussied up as Indiana Jones in the convention hall.

“Happy birthday, Harrison! Keep the adventures coming. Hopefully there will be an ‘Indy 5’ coming soon, and if you retire before then, I’m your man,” Shaw said.

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