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The second annual ComicFest is running through October 6 at the Town and Country Resort Hotel and Convention Center.

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This year’s 3-day event features sci-fi author Larry Niven, whose storied career is celebrated at an on-site coffeshop and snack bar, Draco Tavern, “Earth’s first multi-species coffee bar,” patterned after the watering hole from his same-named novel and designed by special FX whiz Wendy All.

Niven will be appearing on various panels, as well as manning his own display booth where he's signing copies of his books and comic books featuring his work, including the locally-published Deepest Dimension Terror Anthology from Hillcrest's Revolutionary Comics studio.

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Other guests include Star Trek legends John and Bjo Trimble, Disney animator Floyd Norman, UK comic artist David Lloyd (V for Vendetta), IDW Publishing Co-Founder and CEO Ted Adams, and Jeremy Shada (the voice of Finn on Adventure Time), as well as Steven Barnes, Erik Bear, Greg Bear, Jerry Beck, Henry Baum, Andrew Biscontini, David Brin, Sheldon Brown, Kim Cooper and Richard Schave, Kate Danley, Ricardo Delgado, Wyatt Doyle, Jackie Estrada, Barry Ira Geller, Don Glut, Michael C. Gross, Russ Heath, James Hudnall, Willie Ito, George Clayton Johnson, Batton Lash, Henry Mayo, James Morris, Jamie Newbold, Alex Niño, Jerry Pournelle, Paul M. Sammon, Eric Shanower, Scott Shaw!, Max Slater, Sawyer Slater, Stephanie Slater, Tim Slater, Vernor Vinge, Pete Von Sholly, Marv Wolfman, and Phil Yeh.

Local comic artist Billy Martinez will be doing live art demonstrations, and also appearing is local artist Mike Miller, best known for DC’s Injustice: Gods Among Us (#1 selling digital comic in the world) and the cover artist for the graphic novel edition of A Game of Thrones.

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Another famed local at the show is special effects artist Phil Tippett, best known for his work on the Star Wars franchise.

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You can find a complete programming schedule at http://www.sdcomicfest.org/programming/



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Almost 40 years after his debut, Ghost Rider's flaming face still makes a great van mural!

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Lorax VS Joker: "So you think global warming is nothing but a big killing joke, eh?"

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Old toys that only very big kids can afford now.

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Cast members of the upcoming TV series Two and a Half Supermen.

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Note the flying skateboard, for mobility in case that damn fluxx capacitor breaks again.

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Scary sculptures.

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That's pretty cheap, considering you can plug an electric guitar into his nipple!

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The steampunk buffet includes steamed veggies, copper penny carrots, and of course New England steamers...

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With such an opaque mask, that Robin must be blind as a bat!

Above photos courtesy Ed Cormier - https://www.facebook.com/Cormier.Ed/media_set?set=a.4876926901062.1073741840.1834183120&type=1&comment_id=487



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Below photos courtesy Jamie Gardner - https://www.facebook.com/jamie.gardner.3348/media_set?set=a.587798484616099.1073741834.100001578582966&type=1

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If he makes one more joke about putting Batgirl in a wheelchair...

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Look, TanMom is here! The bloodbank might wanna rethink that "Unlimited Tanning Booth" prize -

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The Neat-O Comics crew.

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To think it all started with an old Aurora model kit...

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Let's see, ice machine, giant S - Shaved IceMan!

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One of these attendees is really pissed off at the lack of Lassie and Scooby Doo memorabilia.

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Together, they're the Iron Americans!

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In the Kingdom of Terre Neuve, they use giant Ouija Board pointers for chairs.

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That "Hey baby, King me" line still works wonders!

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You know you're in good hands when your guy has nipple buckles.

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Man, James Brolin still looks great!

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"I KNEW that buffet chicken tasted like shoe leather!"

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What San Diego comic event would be complete without a booth staffed by local kink emporium The Crypt!

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