After 42 gloriously geeky years, San Diego's annual COMIC CON is underway once more and it looks to be the biggest event so far, with an estimated 140,000 due to attend.
The event has exploded beyond its original artistic identity, shifting from the humble origins where organizers in 1970 hoped of attracting 500 people to a convention devoted to comic books and the people who create them. Today, you can expect to find at least 500 storm troopers, hobbits, superheroes and cult icons in the line for the bathrooms at any given time.
In more recent years, the event has become a platform for moviemakers and their stars to spill the beans on upcoming projects and give first time previews of what's on offer. This year offers no exceptions, with 'The Hobbit,' 'DJANGO UNCHAINED,' 'IRON MAN 3' and 'MAN OF STEEL' being the main headliners of the show.
Directors Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained) and Zack Snyder (Man of Steel) are expected to be on hand to spread word on what audiences can expect from their long awaited movies with their respective panellist.
As well as comics and movies, TV will have it's fair share of representation too, with panels for TRUE BLOOD, The Simpsons, ONCE UPON A TIME, Family Guy, Shameless, GRIMM, and Glee all being held.