That funky building on the left is the San Diego Convention Centre, and those doors at the bottom are the exit doors from the centre's historic Hall H. The 6,500 capacity hall plays host to the convention’s biggest panels…
Hall H Again
…like The Amazing Spider-Man . This is the crowd that spilled out into the streets after the Spidey panel had finished on Friday evening. Food-starved people who'd decked out in the hall all day waiting for Andrew Garfield and co emerged and attemped to get into town to buy some dinner. It took a long, long time.
At the Shark Night 3D party, little isolation cages had been installed containing screens that played the film’s trailer. Oh, and a razor-fanged menace…
The Hard Rock Hotel, which lies just opposite the Convention Centre, is trussed up in comic-book garb. This year, one side of the building was entirely devoted to The Amazing Spider-Man …
…the other side was all about Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance . The belated sequel was warmly received at the Con. And with nifty artwork like this, we can see why.
As if Smurfs weren’t scary enough, here’s one the size of Godzilla… Godzilla vs Smurf anyone?
Just like the Hard Rock Hotel, the Hilton Bayfront (which is round the back of the Convention Centre near Hall H) hosts a ginormous poster from a movie every year. Last year it was Scott Pilgrim – this year it was Cowboys & Aliens.
Men In Black 3 didn’t have a panel at the Con this year, but it made itself known with this giant thing, tagged ‘The Neuralizer'. It looks like a massive, updated version of the memory-wiping gadget that Agents J and K use.
Nice To Seat You
Another new MIB oddity, this time a reptilian-style bike that sort of looks like a cross between Batman’s bike and a dragon…
Also in the bike department was this crusty creation, which belongs to Ghost Rider himself…
Even Stormtroopers need to take a piss and inhale a little nicotine every once in a while…
…which is probably why these two savage lovelies have been left to guard in their absence.
For those who fancied recreating the famous upside-down kiss from the first Spider-Man movie, this statue in the exhibition hall came in handy. Just don’t go near the psycho pigeon, he pecks…
If anybody can tell us what this actually is, we’d be eternally grateful…
Yep, it’s a giant uglydoll! We wanted to get our photo taken with it, but we couldn’t stop throwing up in revulsion…
Comic-Con wouldn’t be Comic-Con without an appearance by the DeLorean…
Shark Night 3D stars Dustin Milligan and Sara Paxton pose for photos in front of a rocking shark attraction – the real star is the waitress riding the shark behind them. She’s so happy!
The Shark Night 3D party served its very own Shark Night Bite cocktail. We don’t think that cocktail actually contained beer, wine and soda, though it’d definitely explain our hangovers the next day…
More Shark Night 3D stars, this time the two Chris’ – Carmack and Zylka. Yes, the one on the right was in Kaboom . As Thor.
Can We Get A Platform?
Just outside the Hard Rock Hotel stood this strange platform and screen, promoting Total Recall ("wouldn't it be funny if it was called Total Reboot ?" quipped one particularly sharp bystander). The two-second display repeated the Total Recall logo over and over again for four days. Who said Americans have short attention spans?
Oh My Todd
Candyman himself was present at the Final Destination 5 party (he's back again playing the creepy coroner in the sequel). It took us over an hour to build up the courage to approach him - yes, that is fear in our eyes.
One of the robots from Hugh Jackman’s futuristic sci-fi Real Steel poses for a few snaps…
…and is joined by his much rustier brother.
Just one of many parking lot parties took place here, but on Thursday it was Final Destination 5 . They aired the film’s central scene of destruction in this bus. It was more comfy than it sounds…
Bell Of The Ball
Emma Bell was an Agenda star in Total Film a few issues ago, and we met her in person at the Con. She was as delightful as ever, and boogied with another cast member as the tunes blasted out during the FD5 party.
Even more vehicular delights. This actually looks just like our company car...
Yep, that’s the Convention Centre as seen from the bridge that leads from the Con to the parking lot parties. Under those marquees is the queue for Hall H. It gets very busy there…
Aha! That platform actually did have a purpose. A day after the screen appeared, this hovercar from Total Recall was revealed. It's very Fifth Element . During the film’s panel, Jessica Biel told us that there’s a hovercar fight in the movie…
I Love Robot
A robotic mercenary from Total Recall . In the footage shown from the film during the Con, we saw this guy in action firing bullets at Colin Farrell.
As we queued to get into Hall H on Saturday morning (to watch Francis Ford Coppola’s odd Twixt panel), we spotted Kevin Smith mere feet away interviewing cosplay-wearers... Which makes it all the stranger that he's interviewing these two ladies who aren't in cosplay. Maybe they just smelled nice.
Whoever made this had a lot of time on their hands – it’s a life-sized Batman made entirely out of Lego. Still, amazing.
Emile Hirsch pitched up during the presentation of The Darkest Hour , his new, Russia-set alien invasion flick. He was very, very lovely. Long live Speed Racer!