We look back at Comic-Con 2011

By EW Staff
Updated July 29, 2011 at 04:00 AM EDT

At last week’s annual Comic-Con International convention, about 125,000 fans (many of them highly costumed) descended on San Diego to get sneak peeks at and meet the stars and creators of their favorite TV shows, the biggest upcoming movies, the hottest comics, and the most thrilling games. Meanwhile, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY brought you all the excitement live on EW.com from our photo and video studio at San Diego’s Hard Rock Hotel.

Everybody from the cast of True Blood to Chris Evans to Charlize Theron to Justin Timberlake to Hugh Jackman to Taylor Lautner came through our studio to pose for photographer Michael Muller and sit down for interviews, which were conducted by EW’s correspondents and streamed by our partners at NowLive (in case you missed them, more than 100 videos, as well as our photo galleries, are now archived at ew.com/comiccon). Directors Jon Favreau and Guillermo del Toro joined EW for our Visionaries panel for thousands of fans in the convention center’s Hall H, and our Lost panel brought fans face-to-face with exec producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof. On July 23, Comic-Con’s best and brightest celebrated at EW’s poolside party (sponsored by Warner Bros. Interactive’s Batman: Arkham City game) at the Hard Rock — drinking, mingling, and eating sundaes into the wee hours. If you ever dreamed of hanging with the casts of The Vampire Diaries, Glee, Community, Chuck, Game of Thrones, Nikita, Teen Wolf, and Spartacus: Vengeance — what, no Downton Abbey? — it was the place to be. But we were most impressed by the amazingly multitalented EW staff, who brought Comic-Con to life on our website and in the pages of this issue, and who, once again, made us very, very proud.

Jess Cagle, Managing Editor
Bill Gannon, Managing Editor, EW.com