Trying to explain how epic the San Diego Comic-Con is to someone who's never been is sort of like trying to tell someone how sick Avatar was. It usually involves a lot of hand motions and words like "crazy," "awesome," and "I was so high". So, yeah, we're not going to try. What we will do, though, is plug you in to the 12 people who know exactly how awesome Comic-Con is. Can't make it out to San Diego this year? No worries, follow these people's Twitters and you'll feel like you're there. And if you are lucky enough to make the pilgrimage, following these people would be a smart move if you want to know exactly whats going on.
Who: Director of Superbad and next year's Paul.
Why: With Superbad already achieving cult status among bromance and Apatow fans, his next release, Paul, sets to incorporate geek elements sure to keep comic book fans (and bros) enthralled.
Brian M. Bendis
Who: Writer for the likes of Ultimate Spider-Man, The Avengers, House of M, and other notable Marvel titles and series.
Why: He just released his own independent title, Scarlet, with Alex Maleev, to much critical praise, so you can expect some more developments regarding his mainstream projects as well as more independent ones.
Who: Editor-in-Chief of Comics Alliance.
Why: As E-I-C of one of our favorite comic sites, Ms. Hudson knows just about everyone in the industry. You can guarantee she'll be at all the cool events and tweeting about them. Even when she's not supposed to.
Who: Having worked for both Marvel and DC Comics, Brubaker is most known for his re-launch of the Captain America series.
Why: In the earlier half of the decade, Brubaker was behind a critically acclaimed series called Sleeper, which is in talks to star Tom Cruise and be produced by Sam Raimi. We're sure Brubaker will be sounding off about the latest developments and other happenings at SDCC.
Who: Director of Iron Man, Iron Man 2, and Elf.
Why: Favreau is a regular at Comic-Con, but this year he'll be discussing his latest film project, Cowboys & Aliens, which is based on a comic book series and set to be released next July.
Who: Legendary comic book artist who helped push X-Men to prominence during the early '90s. He also co-founded Image Comics.
Why: The co-publisher of DC Comics, Lee is an industry tastemaker whose influence helped define the medium in the early '90s. So when he tells you he's going to hide limited-edition drawings around the convention, you'd be wise to follow him.
Who: If you don't know who Stan Lee is, go Charles Hamilton yourself.
Why: The godfather of comic book culture doesn't so much stay up on the latest as much as drop amusing nuggets. That's not an old-people incontinence joke, either. The man is an O.G.
Mary H.K. Choi
Who: Complex Media Senior Editor, comic book writer.
Why: We sent our resident comic fangirl to San Diego to cover Comic-Con, so you can expect a steady stream of news updates and funny-ass observations. Oh, and her first comic, Lady Deadpool #1, hits stores TODAY! Clap for her!
Who: Director of film favorites such Chasing Amy, Clerks, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Dogma. He's also a Jersey native.
Why: A regular at Comic-Con, Smith's iconic status makes him a humorous source of info from the perspective of both fanboy and businessman.
Who: Editor of Marvel.com.
Why: Being in charge of Marvel's website has its perks. Expect frequent exchanges between Ryan and other people on this list while at Comic-Con.
Who: Marvel Comics talent scout.
Why: A lover of good bars and better BBQ, C.B. is one of few industry heads that still really enjoys this shit. Also, if you're looking to get into the business, read his Twitter. He drops more jewels than Manny Ramirez.
Who: Actress, author, TV host, Complex cover girl
Why: G4's expert on all things geeky, nerdy, and cool, Olivia will be in the middle of everything going on at this year's convention. If that's not reason enough, maybe her Twitpics will lure you in.