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After several fumbled attempts that left fans with nothing but server errors, Comic-Con International registration is finally back on track.
According to the con's organizers, registration for ticket sales will finally open at 9 a.m. PST on Saturday, February 5.
Comic-Con International will be held on July 21-24 at the San Diego Convention Center and regular attendees know that passes for all four days are some of the hardest tickets to get your hands on, so Saturday will likely be your only chance.
If you're a fan of Comic-Cons but aren't a fan of spending three or four days in a stuffy convention center, we have just the thing for you. CruiseCons has just announced their first Celebrity Cruise Convention which will bring all of the best elements of conventional Comic-Cons out to sea.
The cruise will include guest talks, Q & A's, autograph signings, comic vendors and fan parties. So far, Star Trek's George Takei, Jewel Staite (Stargate: Atlantis), Julie Benz (Dexter), Connor Trinneer (Star Trek: Enterprise/Stargate: Atlantis), Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica/Smallville/Stargate), Bianca Kajlich (Rules of Engagement/Halloween), Keith Szarabajka (Angel/The Dark Knight/24), Jerry Doyle (Babylon 5/The Jerry Doyle Show) and Clare Kramer (Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Bring It On/House) have all signed on to join fans on the ship.
You have your Comic-Con itinerary all mapped out and you're busting at the seams of your Yoda costume in anticipation of heading to San Diego July 22-25. But what'll you do in SD during the hours you're not in the convention center, or when you want to take your new Princess Leia out for a bite to eat? Use the Force, or just our guide.
Our picks for geeky-fun things to do outside of Comic-Con:
Last weekend, the official schedule for San Diego Comic-Con, which will take place July 22-25, was announced, leaving many fans who didn't get tickets disappointed.
This year's roster includes Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg discussing their upcoming movie, The Other Guys, Seth Rogen presenting The Green Hornet, Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint making their first appearance at the Con, Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig at the The Cowboys & Aliens presentation and the cast of Glee!
For comic fanatics who canít wait for The Big One next summer, New York Comic Con is just around the corner. The annual convention will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center February 6-8 and will feature the usual fair of movie previews, autograph signings, comic books and collectibles.
The full line up of guests and honorees hasnít been released yet but they have confirmed Bruce Timm will premiere the new animated version of "Wonder Woman," which is worth the price of admission for any true comic geek. Past conventions have included appearances by Kevin Smith, the cast of "Heroes," Seth Green, as well as an assortment of storm troopers, Princess Leias and Jedi Knights.
We've never played, but the 1 million World of Warcraft gamers in China are sure to be booking tickets to Beijing right now: A new restaurant in the capital features screens playing animations from the game, a full-sized suit of armor, fantasy-inspired murals, menu items named after characters from Azeroth and, obviously, a place to get online and play.
And this isn't the only gamer-friendly venue you'll want to put on your Chinese itinerary. You'll also want to check out Universal Digital Carnival Valley in Changzhou, set to open in 2010:
Featuring nine digital culture and e-sports experience sectors such as Hero Gate, Taobao Street, QQ Fantasy, Mir World, Star World, Warcraft Land, Secret Island, Happy Harbor and World Digital Culture Temple.
Just remember: If you do go, don't talk about the trip in your next job interview.
For those in the Midwest that couldn't make the pilgrimage to the main event in San Diego, here's some good news: Windy City Comicon is a little more than a week away. Comics, games and more will all be on display for an event that hopes to return for years to come.
Presentations will teach you how to write, draw and promote your idea and even how to publish on the Internet instead of going the dead-tree route. (Haven't you heard print is dead?)
One of the hottest stories on the web right now is the new nuclear fallout bunker-turned-hotel in Sevelen, Switzerland.
But while we're happy to check out wacky hotels, it got us thinking about other nuclear travel options in the country. Turns out, there are plenty!
If you're in the Washington, DC area this weekend, you're in luck, because there's a massive Lego fair organized just for AFOLs like you. (That's Adult Fans of Lego, to the uninformed.) Children are allowed, but only if they're in the company of adults.
Brickfair is actually not affiliated with the LEGO company, but is organized by Wamalug, the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area Lego Users Group. (This town has an acronym for everything.)
Let's not play into stereotype: Nerds can be hot! And if they're out at Comic-Con for the weekend, they deserve to meet other like-minded folk and create a connection that goes beyond a mutual admiration of "Torchwood" or "Afro Samurai."
If you're reading this from your iPhone, air up at these hot spots and we'll see you at a midnight showing of "The Spirit" in December.
Baja Betty's :: Gorge yourself at the all-you-can-eat Mexican buffet on Saturdays or drink on the patio with a hottie at the self-styled "only gay Mexican restaurant with over 100 tequilas." 1421 University Ave.
Nunu's Cocktail Lounge :: The cheesy '60s rumpus-room decor is more than made up for by the extra-strong drinks and beautiful chatty women. 3537 5th Ave.
[Photo: adam gallardo]
We're not fooled by your out-of-the-office message about your trip "to California": We know you're as excited about the prospect of bumping into Kevin Smith or Stan Lee at this year's edition of Comic-Con as we are. Don't miss our picks for each day this weekend:
Today: DC Nation Many a day have we walked past DC Comics' headquarters in New York and hoped Batman would walk out. Come and stump DC Senior VP Dan DiDio with your Justice League questions. 6 pm
Friday: "The Spirit," with Frank Miller, Eva Mendes and Samuel L. Jackson All the fanboys will be in the scrum for the "Watchmen" panel, and while the teaser before "The Dark Knight" looked cool, we're more into this Christmas release based on the classic Will Eisner superhero in a suit. 2:30 pm
Saturday: "Starship Troopers 3" Best. Straight-to-DVD. Movie. Ever. 5 pm
Sunday: "Hamlet 2" Panel Preview this offbeat summer comedy, a Sundance favorite, in which a wacky drama teacher (Steve Coogan) decides to write a sequel to a seemingly un-sequel-able Shakespeare play to save the theater. Amy Poehler and Catherine Keener assist. 11:30 am
· Comic-Con 2008 [Official Site]
· Superhero Fans, Hollywood Execs Flock to Comic Con [Reuters]
· Comic-Con 2007: No Costume For Gwyneth Paltrow [Jaunted]
· Comic Con and Hotel Geeks Unite [HC]
[Photo of the "Harold and Kumar" unicorn at Comic-Con'08: spout-com]
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Next time you're in Manila and need a gaming fix, the obvious choice is FriiSpirit, a Wii-focused hangout in Quezon City. Fully stocked with projection screens, beanbag chairs and cheap eats, it's an always-busy student hangout, says PSFK.
After hours things get even more interesting. Friday nights, one of the owners whips up fancy food to serve alongside movies (recent picks included "I'm Not There," "The Godfather" and "Dirty Dancing"), pancake suppers happen every Thursday night and other evenings friends stop in for Rock Band competitions.
To get the full schedule of events, check FriiSpirit's blog, natch.