Comic-Con Day 2: More stars make appearances


SAN DIEGO -- The comics industry's version of the Oscars is scheduled for Friday evening at Comic-Con International, the massive celebration of the popular arts in downtown San Diego.

The 26th annual Eisner Awards, set for 8 p.m. at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, will honor comics creators and works in 30 categories. Awards will be handed out for best writer and artist, best new series and best single issue -- among many others.

The awards are named for Will Eisner, the creator of "The Spirit" who died in 2005.

Earlier in the day at Hall H of the convention center, Ron Diamond's 15th annual Animation Show of Shows featured a selection of the best award-winning animated shorts from around the world.

Among the celebrities scheduled who made appearances were "Harry Potter" series actor Daniel Radcliffe and actress Salma Hayek. The two premiered a trailer for the upcoming film "Horns."

Others who took part in panel discussions or other events were Samuel L. Jackson, promoting the film "Kingsmen: The Secret Service;" Channing Tatum, at a panel on the animated release "Book of Life;" Evangeline Lilly, who introduced her first illustrated children's book "The Squickerwonkers;" Rose McIver, promoting the new television series "iZombie;" "The Walking Dead" star Andrew Lincoln; and David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel of "Bones."

Comics legend Stan Lee, who was set to make appearances Friday and Saturday, had to back out at the last minute because he lost his voice, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The report said the 91-year-old co-creator of "Avengers," "Hulk," "Spider-Man" and "X-Men" had laryngitis.

Pre-paid parking at the convention center and Hilton Bayfront is sold out.

Free shuttles will run between the convention center and hotels in downtown, Mission Valley, Shelter Island and Harbor Island. Shuttle service will run 24 hours a day until Sunday at 7 p.m.

Organizers encourage attendees to use the San Diego Trolley and the North County Transit District's Coaster train. The Metropolitan Transit Systems says the Green Line trolley to the convention center and Gaslamp Quarter will run every seven and a half minutes -- twice as often as normal -- during Comic-Con.

The trolley system will also offer paperless tickets on its new mTicket mobile application.

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