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Comic-Con 2012: Celebs, families gather for fun

'Twilight' star Taylor Lautner is seen at Comic-Con 2012 in this file photo.

July 11, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Where else can your kids pose with the biggest rabbit you'll ever see, get a giant glimpse at the upcoming "Hobbit" movie, or maybe visit an exhibit from Tim Burton's next movie, "Frankenweenie"?

For the next four days, it's all under one big roof at Comic-Con, held at the San Diego Convention Center. Comic-Con is always an interesting visual experience. You'll find characters at pretty much every turn. A certain Catwoman from the 1960s was even spotted there Thursday.

"I'm here to sign autographs for a certain length of time, and it's a lot of fun," said Lee Meriwether. "You get to meet the fans and the people who still remember you! It's a miracle!"

There are some scary figures at Comic-Con, too, which may explain the costume weapons check. Real weapons are not allowed.

Comic-Con also has day care for $11 an hour. Susan Tillman, the program manager of KiddieCorp, says the activities for the children are endless and include arts and crafts, board games, group games and a jumpy house.

And indeed for some of the 100,000 fans expected, this is a family affair.

"This was my Christmas present from my dad, for Christmas, so I'm guessing I get to lead everybody around," said young Comic-Con attendee Claire Hendricks of Santa Cruz.

There are plenty of celebrities at Comic-Con too, including the cast of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2." They say while the film saga is coming to an end, it will certainly go out with a bang.

"This one is as epic as it can be," said Taylor Lautner. "We're all really excited. I definitely think the ante will be stepped upped."

So what exactly can fans expect?

"It's way more dynamic and action-filled and thrilling and scary than I think it is (in) the experience of reading the book," said actress Elizabeth Reaser.