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Comic Commotion 2004

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While the nation’s attention mainly focuses on this week’s political conventions in Boston and New York City, this weekend Southern California played host to a major convocation of its own. Comic book lovers from all over the world invaded San Diego for Comic-Con 2004.

Once a tiny gathering of folks buying and selling comicbooks, Comic-Con AKA “The Nerd Prom” has become the pop culture event of the year for sci-fi and superhero enthusiasts and the entertainment-industrial complex that loves ‘em. Hollywood, always on the lookout for the next “tentpole” attraction, generates buzz for upcoming flicks by screening previews and putting its stars on display here. Agents and “creative execs” trawl the Comic-Con exhibition aisles looking for the next big thing. Needless to say there was lots of traffic (mainly limos?) on the 405 South between LA and San Diego.

Just in case some readers couldn’t make it to the Con this year, LAist is providing a round-up of Con-related reports in blogland. Ain’t It Cool News breathlessly provides day-by-day dispatches on the latest previews and panels while The Beat and The Pulse gives us snarkier views of the same doings. Local blogger Dave White, via LAComfidential, and ZombieTruckStop gives us their impressions.