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Celebrities, fans and costumed Super Heroes invaded San Diego on July 23-27, 2014, for the annual Comic-Con convention, which draws nearly 200,000 people every year.

M Night Shyamalan at Comic Con

What most people don’t know is that Comic-Con International is actually a San Diego nonprofit educational corporation dedicated to creating awareness of – and appreciation for – comics and related popular art -forms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.

And this year, as usual, it was a virtual who’s-who of Hollywood heavyweights promoting upcoming films, television shows and animated programs.

Darryl McDaniels at Comic Con
Darryl McDaniels at Comic Con

A partial list of attending celebrities who conducted Q & A’s included Josh Hartnett (Penny Dreadful), Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries), Boxing champ Mike Tyson (Mike Tyson Mysteries cartoon), Kevin Bacon (The Following), the cast of Hannibal, the Blacklist, Grimm, Orphan Black, the Walking Dead, and many, many others.

There was a plethora of film and pilot screenings to give fans a first look at series premieres, including the much anticipated ‘Outlander’ series coming to Starz, as well as a screening of ‘Wayward Pines’ – the upcoming series from producer M. Night Shyamalan, who did a quick Q&A with the cast, which included Matt Dillon.

Music was also a big part of the event. We found founding member of Run DMC, Darryl McDaniels in house promoting his transition from music to comic book author (Darryl Makes Comics); and rock star Chris Daughtry seemed thrilled with his new role as Ambassador for DC Comics ‘We Can be Hero’s’ campaign.

Other notable celebrities in attendance: Robert Downey Jr, Samuel L. Jackson, Halle Berry, Paul Rudd, Mark Ruffalo, and even the great Betty White made an appearance!

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