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ComicCon schedule to include celeb appearances, plenty of workshops

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The best celebrity-watching may not be at Cannes or the Oscars anymore – instead, look this Comic-Con International.
The event – with main events taking place at the San Diego Convention Center, 111 W. Harbor Drive this week – gets underway starting Thursday.
Benedict Cumberbatch will be at the festival to promote the animated movie “The Penguins of Madagascar” as part of a panel that begins at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 24, Hall H of.
Along with Cumberbatch, Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro – whose latest project is the TV horror series “The Strain” -- will appear at 9 a.m. on Thursday.
“Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin will be on hand to discuss “In the House of the Worm” comic series at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.
AT 9 a.m. on Friday, “Mythybusters” stars Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman will be at the Sails Pavillion.
Exclusive clips and previews of films – including “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” “Showrunners” and “The Hobbitt: The Battle of The Five Armies” – are also slated.
Multimedia icon Batman, turning 75 this year, will be the unofficial center of attention – there will be screenings of the camp classic TV show, along with 20 artists who will interpret his costumer during an exhibit at the Hard Rock Hotel, 207 Fifth Ave. in San Diego.
Another groundbreaking show, “Sesame Street, will be celebrated with a 45th anniversary the Convention Center’s Room 6A.
A preview night is set for July 23. There will panels galore, screenings, plenty of celebrity appearances, previews, hundreds of exhibitors, an art show, a masquerade ball, a children’s film festival, a return of the Comic Creator Connection, the ComicCon International Independent Film Festival and thousands of vendors. Now in its 45th year, Comic-Con sold out months ago.
Comic-Con once started out as a one-day event devoted mostly to comic books in the U.S. Grant Hotel in San Diego in 1970 and featured science fiction legend Ray Bradbury. It drew 100 attendees.
Today, tens of thousands devotees from all over the world flock to the convention center to catch the best, newest or weirdest in entertainment.
Traditional events include a film program, screening rooms devoted to Japanese animation, gaming, plus more than 350 hours of other programming focusing on, of course, comic books.
For more information or for a full schedule, go to http://comic-con.org/frontpage/.

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