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Perry the Platy-Bus & an Adventure Time-themed restaurant were popular with Comic-Con 2011 attendees

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There are those who say disparaging things about Comic-Con International. Who will tell you that this 4 ½ day-long pop culture event has just gotten just too big & too crowded. Which makes it kind of impossible to enjoy.

Well, while I have to admit that - no matter where you go inside of the San Diego Convention Center over the course of Comic-Con - you will invariably encounter a crowd or a line ...


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... But what do you expect from an event that annually draws 135,000 eager attendees down to San Diego? You bring that many people together in one place and it just stands to reason that things are bound to get a little crowded.

But the upside is ... With that many conventioneers under one roof, you're bound to run into an old friend or two. Like - say -- James Silvani and Amy Mebberson from BOOM! Studios, who were signing & selling copies of their first joint sketchbook.


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Not to mention former-Disney-Animation-director, now-Dreamworks-Animation-darling Chris Sanders ...


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... who had a variety of prints, sketchbooks, magnets & vinyl available for purchase at his booth.


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Now some entertainment industry insiders will tell you that - on the heels of Walt Disney Studios having spent hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past three Comic-Cons to promote "TRON: Legacy," only to then have this Joseph Kosinski film underperform at the box office - the Mouse deliberately decided not to do much by way of promotion at this year's event.

The only problem with this story is ... Well, if "TRON: Legacy" was such a disappointment, why then were there so many cool TRON-related collectibles ...


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... available for purchase at this year's edition of Comic-Con International?


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More to the point, if Disney were deliberately downplaying the promotion of future projects & productions at this year's Comic-Con, then why was there a big display for next May's "Avengers" movie out on the convention center floor?


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Not to mention that elaborate booth which had been set up to help promote ABC's new hour-long drama for the coming TV season, "Pan Am"?


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Speaking of television ... One of the more popular displays on Comic-Con's show floor had to be the one that the Disney Channel had put together for Phineas & Ferb. Over the course of this 4 ½ day-long event, thousands of people queued up to tour Perry the Platy-bus ...


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... not mention getting on line to purchase ...


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... special limited-edition Perry the Platypus vinyl figures.


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There seems to be a lot of Phineas & Ferb merchandise in the pipeline these days ...


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 ... Though the stuff that seemed to be getting the biggest reaction from Comic-Con goers was tied to that soon-to-air Disney Channel Original Movie, "Phineas and Ferb: Across the Second Dimension."


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Though given the number of people who stopped to take pictures of that Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated blimp which was tethered over this booth ...


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... and/or that set of wooden Perry the Playtpuses ...


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... which ringed the performance space at this Disney Channel-sponsored booth ...


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... it was pretty obvious that the San Diego Convention Center was filled with Phineas & Ferb fans this year.

Which isn't to say that there weren't other Disney characters on display at this year's Comic-Con that also got plenty of attention. Take - for example - this statue of Jessica Rabbit which was on display at the Sideshow Collectibles booth.


Photo by Noe Valladolid

In the time that it took Noe to get a decent shot of this collectible, he must have seen a dozen men stop and take a hard look at this statue of that "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" character. And each of these guys basically had the same exact expression on their faces ...


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... as they tried to figure how something this top-heavy keeps from falling over.

Yeah, there are a lot of great reasons for attending Comic-Con International 2011 (among them seeing some of the fantastic fan-made costumes. Like this one of Turnip-head the Scarecrow from "Howl's Moving Castle") ...


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... but sometimes you just need to get out of the San Diego Convention Center. Get away from the crowds and the craziness for a while. Luckily, this year, right across the street from Comic-Con was Tr!ckster ...


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... the anti-Comic-Con, if you will. The event that was far less corporate & slick, with the emphasis then being placed on individual artists like Pixar veteran Jeff Pidgeon ...


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... and the kooky crazy characters that this writer, storyboard artist and animator has created all on his own.


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Which isn't to say that - once you wandered away from the San Diego Convention Center - you were entering a Comic-Con free zone. Far from it, in fact. All over San Diego over the past 4 1/2 days, there were these stand-alone exhibits hyping individual projects & productions. With one of the more intriguing being found on 6th Avenue in the Culy Warehouse. Which had been transformed into the Marvel Monstergeddon : Super Hero Smash Up showroom.


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For those of you who don't know: Monstergeddon is this one-time-only event that Marvel Entertainment and Feld Motor Sports are teaming up to present on July 14, 2012. The interior of San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium will be transformed into a landscape straight out of the Marvel Universe ...


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... while monster truck versions of your favorite Marvel characters (like this 10,000-pound version of Captain America) ...


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... will perform amazing motorsports stunts while they do battle with automotive versions of Marvel super-villains.

And while Marvel Monstergeddon sounds like a fun off-site event for the 2012 version of Comic-Con International, if I had to pick a favorite from this year's assortment of away-from-the-San-Diego-Convention-Center venue, it would have to be the Cartoon Network Pizzeria ...


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... which transformed the Ciro's Pizza on Market Street into a celebration of that super-popular CN series, Adventure Time with Finn and Jake.


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Best of all, on Saturday afternoon, the Cartoon Network Pizzeria was the stepping-off point for the Adventure Time character parade. Which featured appearances by Finn ...


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... the Ice King ...


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... even Lady Rainicorn.


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Which seems like a pretty colorful way to close out JHM's coverage of Comic-Con International 2011.

Special thanks to Noe Valladolid for providing the images that were used to illustrate today's article.

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  • I would have loved visiting that pizzeria!! Damn!!!! If only I had known that it was happening 20 mins away!!!!

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