17 Must-Attend Events at San Diego Comic-Con 2013

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The biggest pop culture convention in the country will lumber its way into San Diego next weekend. Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world will pour into Southern California to celebrate their obsessions with their like-minded peers. If you are one of those lucky people who will be making the pilgrimage to Nerd Mecca, here are 17 panels that you should not miss if you can help it.

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We tried to keep these as franchise-agnostic as possible; if you are a Star Wars/Harry Potter/My Little Pony/whatever fan, then by all means, attend the Star Wars/Harry Potter/My Little Pony/whatever events. That's why you're there. But if you've got some time on your hands, these are what you should be spending it on. As a bonus, the more panels you attend, the less time you spend shopping, and the greater chance you will be able to pay August's mortgage.

Wednesday 6 p.m. Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings - Kick off your convention weekend watching world premiere screenings of the pilots of three upcoming WB series: Almost Human, The Tomorrow People, and The 100

Thursday 2:30 p.m. - The Sergio and Mark Show
Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier created the comic book Groo the Wanderer in 1981, and have been stuck with each other ever since. They have the dynamic of a really funny old married couple, and their panels are always a good time.

Thursday 8:30 p.m. - Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog Sing-Along
Cap off the first night of the convention with a sing-along to Joss Whedon's epic Superhero Musical Comedy web series

Friday 10 a.m. - The World's End: Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost Reunited
The director and stars of the films Shawn of the Dead and Hot Fuzz return to ComicCon to promote their upcoming film, The World's End. These three are all funny individually, but together they turn into some kind of Comedy Voltron.

Friday 1:30 p.m. - Warner Archive Collection presents Attack of the Killer Bs
George Feltenstein, Matthew Patterson, and D. W. Ferranti, Leonard Maltin, and Josh Olson take you on a trip through some of the strangest and silliest films that ever escaped from the Warner Archives

Friday 4:00 p.m. - The Thrilling Adventure Hour World Domination Tour
The Thrilling Adventure Hour is a stage show and popular podcast that attempts to recreate the entertainment of the radio era with a modern sensibility. The creators and many of the players will be on hand to talk about the show and what is coming up next for it.

Friday 8:15 p.m. - Worst Cartoons Ever! - Animation historian Jerry Beck presents some of the worst, cheesiest, and most cringe-inducing animation ever to make its way to your television sets, and you will love it.

Saturday 11:30 a.m. - Spotlight on John Romita Jr.
John Romita Jr. has a 30-year career in the comic book industry, drawing many of the greats, including Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, and Kick Ass. Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso will be on hand to lead a discussion of John's storied life in comcs

Saturday 12:00 p.m. - Twilight Fan Fiction Panel
Just kidding, don't go to this, it will be creepier than that 50 year old guy in spandex you saw on the way in.

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Should read "17 Must-Attend Panels(if that's your thing). Tons of way better events, signings, off-site stuff going on during SDCC that's more fun and less stressful then spending the whole con in Hall H sitting on your butt watching panels. Just Saying.

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