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Comic Con Preview: Star Wars Blasts Off at Convention in San Diego

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be one of the highly anticipated panels at Comic Con 2015 in San Diego. (Photo: Lucasfilm)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be one of the highly anticipated panels at Comic Con 2015 in San Diego. (Photo: Lucasfilm)

SAN DIEGO — The force is strong in San Diego. Every year more than 100,000 nerds and industry folk collide to transform the Convention Center, nearby Gaslamp District and Petco Park into a five-day interactive, pop-culture theme of your dreams, call it “parkopolis.”

The lines are long, hotel rooms are hard to come by, and yes, the collective smell of sweaty cosplayers can linger. But the potential rewards for the brave are all the sweeter. Battlescars are cool.

The event kicks off offically July 9 and runs through July 12. But fans have been gathering all week.

There will be campouts for the fabled (and near mystical) Hall H panels. This year, the most anticipated presentation will be the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” panel.

Lucasfilm is hosting the panel and director J.J. Abrams, writer Lawrence Kasdan, and producer Kathleen Kennedy are all confirmed attendees. Some of the cast is expected to show up as well, according to various reports.

“The Hunger Games” will be well represented again, this year. Principal stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth are all booked. The final installment in the series, “Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2” hits theaters Nov. 20.

Warner Bros. will dominate the comic book movie agenda, now that Disney and Marvel have bowed out of this year’s convention. It’s touting “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad.”

Who will possess the Iron Throne. Stars from the show will gather at Comic Con 2015 in San Diego. Maybe, they'll provide some clues. (Photo: HBO)

Who will possess the Iron Throne. Stars from the show will gather at Comic Con 2015 in San Diego. Maybe, they’ll provide some clues. (Photo: HBO)

Ben Affleck, who plays Batman and Jesse Eisenberg, who plays evil genius Lex Luthor, are expected to be on hand.

Other fan-favorites include “Game Of Thrones” and “The Walking Dead”–ON THE SAME DAY!

The “Game of Thrones” panel will take place Friday in fabled Hall H. Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams, Sansa and Arya Stark respectively, have been confirmed as has Alfie Allen, who plays Theon Greyjoy, aka Reek.

The cast will be well represented. John Bradley-West (Samwell Tarly), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), Natalie Dormer ( Margaery Tyrell), Conleth Hill (Varys), Hannah Murray (Gilly) and Carice van Houten (Melisandre) will be there.

No word yet on Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow. He was killed off last season, but rumors abound that he will be back.

Zombie slayers will assemble for a panel that is expected to include “Walking Dead cast members Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Chandler Riggs, Ross Marquand, Michael Cudlitz and possibly others.

So, let the Sleeping Bag Games begin.

There will be random escalator encounters with mega-stars, intimate NERD HQ panels, surprise studio announcements, exclusive footage, and there will be zombies attacking stormtroopers attacking your favorite superheroes.

There will be blisters and euphoria, anxiety and elation, there will be indelible memories created.

To attend SDCC is to understand there will be a beautiful, relentless chaos pulling you in hundreds of swag enticing directions.

You will be more wide-eyed, more exhausted, more swept away in the contagious collective enthusiam than anyone could prepare you for.

You must be brave, bold, kind, and open to the endless possibilities. To come to San Diego Comic Con is to be your own superhero. All are welcome. High-five you there.

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