More than 130,000 are expected to converge on San Diego this weekend for the annual geek rite of passage, Comic-Con. Untold thousands will be tweeting about their experiences there.
Convention organizers will be tweeting news (@Comic_Con) as well as unofficial survival tips (@sdccsurvival), but that's just for starters. Here's a list of 16 choice tweeters to give you the skinny on the convention — in 140-character increments.
Why you should follow: This comic book artist has illustrated many favorites such “X-Men #1,” which remains the best-selling comic book of all time. He is currently the co-publisher of DC Comics, and is behind many of the illustrations for Batman, Superman, and WildC.A.T.S.
Recent sample tweet: Me: 70% Working 28% Hanging out 2% Hitting panels as a fan (out of possible 90 hours over 5 days of SDCC)
Where to see him at Comic-Con: Jim Lee will be a part of the Batman: Arkham City panel (5 p.m. Thursday, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront), the DC Comics: Justice League debut (4:15 p.m. Friday, Room 6DE), and a DC Focus event (4:30 p.m. Saturday, Room 6DE).
Why you should follow: Jeff gained notoriety for his comics Sweet Tooth, Frankenstein, and DC’s Animal Man, as well as Essex County, an award winning graphic novel trilogy based off his hometown of Essex County, Ontario.
Recent sample tweet: Hey artists, can anyone recommend a good waterproof drawing pen? Something that imitates a quill? Or just something with a nice line?
Where to see him at Comic-Con: The Vertigo Comics Editorial panel (5:45 p.m. Thursday), the DC: The Dark and The Edge event (12:45 p.m. Saturday) and his very own DC Focus (noon Sunday).
Why you should follow: Latino Review dedicates itself to bringing American movie news to an English speaking Latin-American audience
Recent sample tweet: Dead ass tired…now the packing begins.
Where to see them at Comic-Con: Latino Review owner Kel is live-tweeting his travel to California, so expect to see him around the conference and updating on the site.
Why you should follow: With his iconic bald head and counter-cultural story lines, the Scottish comic book writer is behind many favorites such as Animal Man, Doom Patrol, JLA, The Invisibles, New X-Men, Fantastic Four, All-Star Superman and Batman. He’s a really big deal.
Recent sample tweet: Why in the name of suffering fuck should Alan Moore give a shit about modern super-hero comics? Seriously? Derivative bollocks.
Where to see him at Comic-Con: Morrison will have a spotlight event for his work with DC Comics (12:45 p.m. Thursday), and DC: Batman (3:15 p.m. Thursday), DC: Superman (3 p.m. Friday). For you supernerds, he will also co-facilitate “From Buddha to Batman: Deepak Chopra and Grant Morrison Discuss The Seven Spiritual Laws of Superheroes,” Saturday at 10 a.m.
Why you should follow: Fully-immersed in the world of comics, Alonso was an editor at DC Comics before moving into the position of Editor-in-Chief at Marvel.
Recent sample tweet: You can't be a "degenerate gambler" if it's your first time & you're winning, right? I'm asking for, um, a friend.
Where to see him at Comic-Con: Alonso will sit on Marvel panels throughout the convention, including “Next Big Thing,” “Year of the X-Men,” “Amazing Spider-Man and His Avenging Friends,” and “Fear Itself.”
Why you should follow: He’s THE REAL STAN LEE — the iconic writer behind Marvel comics classics Spiderman, X-Men, the Fantastic Four and many others.
Recent sample tweet: Those there be who opine that my sheer wonderfulness maketh the timid amongst us fearful of approaching mine awesome presence.
Where to see him at Comic-Con: A Thursday panel where music and comics collide with Yoshiki and Todd McFarlane, a Saturday Activision event, and MTV Comics and Oddball Comics sessions, also Saturday.
Why you should follow: One of the most well-known booths for its high levels of celebrity appearances, zany events, and free crap (included the giveaway of a Tweety Bird–branded convertible Volkswagen Bug), following this booth on Twitter might be your only chance to beat the crowds and tackle its heavy lines.
Recent sample tweet: This just in! #ComicCon fave Kevin Smith to sign for fans at Warner Bros. booth Fri at 1:30 p.m.: http://t.co/NDYBef3 #WBSDCC #SDCC
Where to see them at Comic-Con: The 3,600 square-foot booth stays pretty stationary!
Why you should follow: As his Twitter handle implies, Knowles geeks out with TV, DVD, and comic book news on the the text-heavy Ain't It Cool News. This bearded ginger knows his stuff!
Recent sample tweet: Cinematically nobody understands the awesome of unrestrained breasts or a full & awesome ass like Tinto Brass
Where to see him at Comic-Con: If he’s able to attend, just follow the fiery red hair. But if he isn’t, Knowles’ twitter will no doubt be a remote Comic-Con information hub.
Why you should follow: A self-described “cranky old bastard,” McWeeny’s Comic-Con tweets draw from his writing experience in the genres.
Recent sample tweet: "Giant-Sized Man-Thing". That's not even fair. That's the greatest comic book title in history. Ever. Game over. No contest.
Where to see him at Comic-Con: McWeeny’s coverage will be chronicled at HitFix.com.
Why you should follow: Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub’s profile announces the best of his many contests and giveaways as part of collider.com. He has some pretty intense cred.
Recent sample tweet: if I had 6 clones, I still don't think I could attend everything going on Thursday night at #comiccon
Where to see him at Comic-Con: Weintraub will be posting to his site, and interviewing many people at the events.
Why you should follow: Williamson is the writer/producer of “The Vampire Diaries,” which undoubtedly has a strong fan base with the Comic-con circuit. He also wrote "Scream."
Recent sample tweet: Watching Andi McPhee try to save her teenaged daughter's life on Lifetime. Yes, this is my Saturday night.
Where to see him at Comic-Con: Williamson is the executive producer of “The Secret Circle,” which has a sneak peak Wednesday and broader screening and Q&A Saturday. He will also attending the Thursday TV Guide Magazine panel at 4:15 p.m. and the “Vampire Diaries” screening and Q&A Saturday 3:30 p.m.
Why you should follow: Voted one of 2009’s best blogs by Time.com among other distinctions, Slashfilm is a growing authority on film.
Recent sample tweet: /Film is Giving Away Tickets to Special ‘Captain America’ Comic-Con Screening http://bit.ly/niei90
Where to see them at Comic-Con: The site will be consistently updating their page with fresh Comic-con information.
Why you should follow: Well-known for its on point movie and TV news, Screenrant editors will be right along with the fans cavorting around the crowded convention.
Recent sample tweet: Damn, sometimes a plan DOES come together — hit my weight loss target the day I'm leaving for Comic-Con. 😛 #fb
Where to see them at Comic-Con: The site has set up a section dedicated to continued Comic-Con coverage.
Why you should follow: First Showing boasts itself as the place where those who make films and those who watch them collide.
Recent sample tweet: Our Annual Comic-Con Meet-Up is Happening Tonight in San Diego http://goo.gl/NzMYm
Where to see them at Comic-Con: The site’s staff will be locking themselves up in Hall H for continued live-blogging throughout the convention.
Why you should follow: This Newsweek-inspired one-stop shop for fandom feels that “all of us ultimately have diverse and unique geek tastes.” Geekweek hopes to scratch your itches.
Recent sample tweet: Watch The Official, Non-Bootlegged Trailer For THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN http://bit.ly/oqh6gP
Where to see them at Comic-Con: Site contributors will be keeping tabs on the convention.
Why you should follow: The producer (“Snakes on a Plane,” “Shoot ‘Em Up”) flexes his nerd authority on Twitter with commentary and reviews.
Recent sample tweet: Take a drink every time James Murdoch adjusts or organizes the folders/papers in front of him into a perfectly neat pile.
Where to see him at Comic-Con: Katz will be keeping an eye on the convention through posts at Geekweek.