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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Comic-Con Photos: Battle Bears, Spider-Man, and a Smurf You Could See From Space

Posted By on Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 10:49 AM

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  • Gil Riego Jr.

Like eleventy kabillion other intrepid souls, photographer Gil Riego Jr., has dared this week to journey to the heart of the geek-industrial complex: Comic-Con, that infinite multiverse of multimedia, a tastemaking Death Star so powerful that even Master Spielberg himself has gotten caught in its tractor beam and found himself forced to bend the knee before the horde and offer it assurances that Tintin's face won't be all Robert Zemeckis creepy.

Here are some of the delights Riego saw at last night's Comic-Con preview:

To our surprise, some of them still involve comic books.

Did you know that Spider-Man can freshen your stinky car?

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  • Gil Riego Jr.

In the Smurf language, there is no word "a little much." Actually, there is, but that word is "Smurf."

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  • Gil Riego Jr.

This is where the Avengers will, presumably, assemble. Here's one of the reasons I prefer Marvel's slightly more real-world approach to D.C.'s more mythic feel: The most powerful Marvel superhero team's battle cry -- "Avengers assemble!" -- is less a stirring call to arms than a suggestion that everyone show up on time. It's just one step above "Avengers, check your schedules, and get back to my assistant with the three best times that you are available to stop Ultron!"

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  • Gil Riego Jr.

If Riego would just steal this ride, he could haul ass to the future, get shots of the Avengers panels, and then be the king of all Comic-Con.

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  • Gil Riego Jr.

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  • Gil Riego Jr.

Yes, more Battle Bears. As we all know, this is what happened when a serial killer got hit with a gamma bomb inside the Build-a-Bear Workshop.

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  • Gil Riego Jr.

Battle Bears might be cute and fluffy, but they're infinitely more badass than the chipper hair-driers of Star Wars 2000 (so named because the original Star Wars is to its prequels what the original Blues Brothers is to Blues Brothers 2000.) Like the original Death Star, they suffer from a great design flaw: in this case, a tendency to collapse into a tinkling heap if they come within fifteen feet of a light saber. We bet this display can't even survive flash photography.

Hey, it's another group of characters who could kick the shit out of battle droids!

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  • Gil Riego Jr.

You can follow Gil Riego on Twitter at @gilphotography, Alan Scherstuhl at @studiesincrap, and SF Weekly's Exhibitionist blog at @ExhibtionistSF!

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