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Through the tech viewfinder

Happy 75th, Batman!

Tonight I dine on Lego soup

Rocket Raccoon gets bricked

Head of the pack

You're both a little short for a Stormtrooper

I am vengeance. I am the night. I am... Batfleck?

His Spidey-sense is tingling

Turbines to speed!

Inappropriate questions

Captain and her sisters

Truth, Justice, and the American Way

The Masterfiend, archietect of worlds

Klingons on the starboard bow

Predator and his app

May the Force be with all of you

Not Edward Snowden

That's a big hammer, Harley

Print your own pop-culture toys

Touche, toupee

Is this the year of digital?

Table-top Star Wars

Cerebro via Oculus

Decoing the Bat

Bane!

The long goodbye

The mask of the Cat

The evil eye of Smaug

Dave's a fanboy

How do you say 'nerd' in Dothraki?

Loki and Thor, besties for the fans

Death, perchance to Dream

Fashion things

Dominated by Nick

Escape the Walking Dead (and cosplayers)

Looks like the end of the line

Where's Jay?

Ben Wolstenholme, CEO and co-founder of digital comics reader and marketplace app Madefire, photographs eager attendees as they rush in to the San Diego Convention Center on Comic-Con's Preview Night.

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Batman turned 75 this year, and DC Comics celebrates at Comic-Con in part by showing off a plethora of memorabilia from the "Batman" movies over the years.

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The "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" arch-villain Shredder gets bricked -- by Legos.

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Rocket Raccoon and Groot -- that's the green thing -- take their places not only onscreen in the upcoming summer blockbuster "Guardians of the Galaxy," but as stars of the Lego universe.

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The "Voltron" robot lions, from the popular 1980s cartoon, have returned to make a popular 2014 cosplay.

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If more Stormtroopers had flowers in their helmets, they might've done better as the foot soldiers of the Empire.

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The cape and cowl from Ben Affleck's turn as Batman in the soon to be released "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" proves a big draw for fans on day one of the San Diego Comic-Con.

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Lego Spider-Man readies to leap into action on the floor of San Diego Comic-Con 2014.

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A life-sized Lego replica of the  motorcycle and sidecar from the "Batman" 1960s TV show.

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Sometimes, Super Mario Brothers cosplayers Mario and Luigi have questions that are best left unanswered.

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Bernadette Bentley as a Captain America-inspired pinup girl, and Amanda Schaffer, Lauren Brogman, and Crissy Lynn as the Sanderson sisters from the film "Hocus Pocus."

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At San Diego Comic-Con, embodying the American way means dressing up as your favorite superhero.

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Superstar comics author Grant Morrison returns to DC Comics later this year with nine issues that span alternate universes, linked by musical harmonies and based in string theory.

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Klingons are a perennial favorite at any nerdfest, but the costumes and perpetual scowls of this trio impressed many onlookers.

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If you look closely at this Predator's arm gauntlet, you'll see it's been built around his HTC One running a custom app designed to make it look like the Predator's arm-mounted computer. He's also smoking a "smokeless" cigarette, because who's going to tell an alien assassin to stop smoking indoors?

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The Force is strong with Lego this year. It's presented all of its Star Wars mini-figures in one case.

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Edward Snowden has made notable appearances in the US as a telepresence robot. Unfortunately, this WETA-designed bot is not manned by the most famous whistleblower in the world.

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This Harley Quinn, based on her look from the Batman: Arkham video game series, is carrying a mallet that really is bigger than she is.

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3D-printed toys are a growing presence on the show floor. This is one of several that you can print while you wait.

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Sometimes, to pull off a good cosplay, all you need is some hair dye and courage. That's not batty, is it?

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Angelo Sotira, founder of DeviantArt, holds up one of the latest books published on Madefire.

With competitor Comixology recently snapped up by Amazon, we might see a bigger push for digital comics in the next year than ever before.

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Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures is a table-top strategy game that lets you re-create the dogfight space battles between the Empire and Rebel Alliance.

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An Oculus Rift-powered re-creation of Professor X's Cerebro from the X-Men movies is, unsurprisingly, a big hit with the broad swathe of comics fans who are also tech-curious.

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Custom detailed Batman capes-and-cowls are part of the Batman 75th anniversary celebrations.

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Batman villain Bane's mask looks even more terrifying in real life than it did in "The Dark Knight Rises."

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Never underestimate those long walks between hotels at Comic-Con, but remember, there's a light (and often, a beer) at the end of the tunnel.

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Catwoman's mask-ear-infrared-lens combo from "The Dark Knight Rises."

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At the booth for the WETA special effects company, the enormous head of the dragon Smaug slowly blinks at convention attendees.

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Artist, author, and director Dave McKean shows off a sketch that he received from one of his favorite artists: Moebius.

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David Peterson is the linguist hired by the "Game of Thrones" producers to create the TV version of George R.R. Martin's Dothraki language. Ride well, David. Ride well.

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Brothers-at-war in Asgard, Loki and Thor, set aside their conflict for a moment to pose for with an eager fan.

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Cosplayers recreate Neil Gaiman's Death and her younger, mopey brother, The Sandman.

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Comic book fashion is booming at San Diego Comic-Con, as women's couture takes on a pop-culture edge.

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In a year when TV channel booths seemed to be smaller on the show floor, the Nickelodeon booth shined with its day-glo extravagance.

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San Diego Comic-Con has long since outgrown the convention center. The Walking Dead Escape is one popular way to burn off steam outside the main hall.

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The side of this Hilton hotel near the San Diego Convention Center has been decorated like the town of Terminus from the end of last season's "Walking Dead" to promote the return of the show this fall.

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A pitch-perfect Silent Bob lacks only his hyperactive friend Jay to complete the look.

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