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Comic-Con: My Little Pony, G.I. Joe, and more toy teases -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Sure, Comic-Con has evolved into an all-around pop culture fest, with your favorite movie and TV stars invading San Diego, but its roots are in the worlds of comic books and, of course, toys. Entertainment Weekly got an exclusive first look at the collectibles Mattel and Hasbro will be unveiling at the Con, and we’re bringing all the goodies straight to you.

In four videos below, EW’s Anthony Breznican and Laura Hertzfeld offer up a first look at some seriously badass toys — everything from Catwoman Barbie and new superhero Max Steel to a glittering My Little Pony and Angry Birds Star Wars miniatures. Stick with EW through the weekend for more Comic-Con exclusives and breaking news!
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Comic-Con: 'Ben 10' creators reflect on 25 years of San Diego's 'pop-culture tsunami'

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Comic-Con was really created for artists like the quartet at Man of Action Studios. Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau, and Steven T. Seagle are accomplished storytellers who’ve conquered the world of comic books and television animation. They’ve written and drawn Superman, X-Men, and Spider-Man, while developing their own original characters and projects — like Ben 10, the popular animated-TV franchise on Cartoon Network. They have their own imprint at Image Comics, but they’re also cozy with Marvel, with whom they are collaborating on the Ultimate Spider-Man and Avengers Assemble Disney XD animated shows.

Not surprisingly, this year’s Con will not be their first. Members of the gang have been making their annual pilgrimage to San Diego for the past 25 years. And even though they are now Comic-Con stars, prime attractions shopping their wares, they’re still fans at heart. Casey, Seagle, and Rouleau took some time to write about what Comic-Con means to them.
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Comic-Con giveaway alert! Win VIP passes to 'Spider-Man' Tumblr meetup

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Attention, Spidey fans: EW has teamed up with Tumblr and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to host a meetup this Friday at San Diego Comic-Con. You can find tickets here — or enter our giveaway to win one of five V.I.P. passes, each of which includes a plus-one.

To enter the contest, come up with your best caption for the exclusive Amazing Spider-Man 2 photo below. It can be a snippet of dialogue between Spidey and Max Dillon (a.k.a. Electro), a goofy guess at what they’re arguing about, a haiku, whatever — so long as it’s about the picture and it’s funny, you’ve got a shot at winning.

Submit your caption through our Tumblr Ask box, along with a valid email address (formatted as “username AT website DOT com,” so that Tumblr doesn’t think it’s spam). We’ll accept entries until 9:30 a.m. ET Thursday, July 18. Winners will be announced later that day.

And please, don’t enter the contest unless you’re already going to be at Comic-Con — even if you’ve got a great idea for a caption.

Ready? …GO!

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Alyssa Milano weaves a tangled web in 'Hacktivist,' a new graphic novel -- EXCLUSIVE

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Alyssa Milano wears many hats. She’s a cheating wife, a witch, the Boss (arguably)… and a comic-book writer.

Milano has collaborated with writers Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly, artist Marcus To, colorist Ian Herring, and letterer Deron Bennett to create a new graphic novel called Hacktivist, a “fast-paced cyber-thriller” that follows a pair of Silicon Valley wunderkinds who lead a secret double life. By day, Ed Hiccox and Nate Graft are the founders of an innovative social media company; by night, they’re a notorious team of hackers.

“I’m very involved with in global activism and philanthropy. I like the idea of everyday people doing good,” Milano explains in a statement. “My inspiration for Hacktivist is actually Jack Dorsey, the creator of Twitter and Square. I picture him leaving the office at night and going home, where he locks himself in his room and starts hacking to change the world.”

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Comic-Con gets videogame treatment in 'Comic ConQuest' -- First look reveal

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Having already been featured in television, books, and film, it was only a matter of time before Comic-Con culture got the videogame treatment. Inspired by San Diego’s annual gathering of sci-fi-, fantasy-, and superhero-loving geeks, Comic ConQuest is a tactical role-playing game adventure set within a sprawling comic book and science fiction convention. Much like the crowded show floor at SDCC, Comic ConQuest is filled with fans dressed as their favorite fictional characters; unlike ComicCon’s cos-players, however, the game’s costumed attendees actually possess the powers of those they’re pretending to be. READ FULL STORY

Comic-Con 2013 preview: Five comics to watch

We’re mere days away from the official launch date of annual pop culture festival Comic-Con. And while we’re all busy buzzing over the movies and TV shows that will soon colonize your Twitter feed, it’s important not to forget the “Comic” part of Comic-Con. The major comics publishers will all be in attendance, showing off teases for upcoming books and new crossovers — here are the five comics we’re excited to learn more about in San Diego.
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Alan Moore: 'League of Extraordinary Gentlemen' show is 'dustbin' hunting

There have been 33 feature films based on DC Comics since 1951, yet the Hollywood history of DC has been largely limited to a trio of characters too vivid to exist in the real world: Batman, Superman, and Alan Moore.

The first two everyone knows. The third is a British writer who, while not technically a fictional character, is absolutely a character of the highest order. But in what way does he rank with the caped legends? Four of Moore’s brilliant comic book epics have been adapted by Hollywood: Watchmen, V for Vendetta, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and From Hell. A fifth film, Constantine, was based on a character he created, and a sixth, Return of the Swamp Thing, was propelled by his landmark three-year work on bog monster’s series.

Those individual movies range from underrated and okay (Watchmen, Constantine) to overcooked and odious (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen). But collectively, they put Moore’s bookshelf not far behind Gotham City lore (nine Batman movies plus the stray spinoff Catwoman) and Metropolis mythology (the seventh Superman film is now in theaters, plus Supergirl and Steel, which were as bizarro-stupid as they sound.)

Moore lives in Northampton,  England, the same place he was born 59 years ago. Since then, he’s covered a lot of territory, and not just in this dimension. Moore’s interesting look — a bushy prophet beard, a menacing sorcerer’s glare, and metallic talons on his fingers — fit a guy who identified himself as an anarchist and (with a wink) a worshiper of Glycon, the 2nd Century snake god. But even with all that, it was only after Moore refused to cash his Hollywood paychecks that his industry peers began to wonder about his grip.

Moore is no forest hermit despite some past press portrayals, but he does live off the grid if your definition of “basic shelter” includes wi-fi coverage. “I have very few connections with the 21st century, actually,” Moore said last week over the most modern of connections: a landline telephone with a curly cord stretching all the way to the 20th century.

The line was busy the first couple times I dialed, but Moore picked up on my third try and I found (just like the first time I interviewed him, back in 2008) that there was far more mischief in his voice than malice, even when he took shots at DC Comics and Hollywood, which he sees as factories that grind art (and artists) into pulp that can be sold, recycled, and then sold again in new shapes.

The topic is timely: Moore’s name was in Hollywood headlines last week when reports surfaced that Fox has ordered up a League of Extraordinary Gentleman television pilot with hopes that a savvy small-screen take on the material could right the many wrongs made by director Stephen Norrington’s 2003 film (which notoriously drove star Sean Connery into retirement). [Read Owen Gleiberman's review here.]

That same television do-over approach worked for Fox with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but that series had the character’s creator, Joss Whedon, on board to show the way. Moore laughed when asked if he or League artist and co-creator Kevin O’Neill would be involved in any way with the broadcast venture.

NEXT: “It seems they are recycling things that have already proven not to work.”

Comic-Con 2013: 'Once Upon a Time' pedi-cabs are back -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK

The Once Upon a Time pedi-cabs were all the rage during last year’s Comic-Con. (The cast even enjoyed a ride.) And this year, they’re back — and better than ever.

The new cabs will be seen around San Diego promoting both Once Upon a Time and spin-off Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (both panels are back-to-back Saturday starting at 10:15 a.m. in Ballroom 20), and EW has your exclusive first look.

Yes, that’s a mini-ship with a hook attached and a mushroom with a Hookah-Smoking Caterpillar on top.

More photos below the jump.
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PopWatch Planner: Sara Bareilles new album, The ESPYs, and more

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Couldn’t get a ticket to Comic-Con? Have no fear, for PopWatch Planner is here! Take a look at some pop culture events coming your way this week: READ FULL STORY

Comic-Con: Wolverine + bunny cuteness? Some wounds don't heal

“You had to be there.” A droll expression in most settings but not at Comic-Con International  where good things (namely “exclusives,” the one-time-only collectibles sold at the pop culture expo) come to those who wait in lines that seem to stretch to the Orange County line. Here’s a first look at some of this year’s San Diego exclusives…

Why look it’s…um, it’s a Wolverine…bunny-like…item?

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