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Light cycles, wizards, vampires and superheroes made for another colorful Comic-Con.

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San Diego's annual pop-culture convention wrapped up Sunday after four days of comic books, costumes, celebrity appearances and TV and movie previews.

A new take on "Tron," the latest "Harry Potter" film, HBO's "True Blood" and Marvel's "The Avengers" were among the highlights of the 41st annual festival.

More than 120,000 fans attended the sold-out event at the San Diego Convention Center. They came for the toys and collectibles, the people-watching and a chance to see early footage from anticipated films.

"I was just focusing on 'Tron,'" said Michael Faustino, 28, who has been coming to Comic-Con since 2004. He also picked up some Tron and G.I. Joe toys.

The filmmakers and cast of "Tron: Legacy" showed footage from the film Thursday to some 6,000 fans. Stars Jeff Bridges, Olivia Wilde, Michael Sheen, Bruce Boxleitner, Garrett Hedlund, director Joe Kosinski and creator Steven Lisberger answered fan questions and presented a never-before-seen clip in 3-D. "Tron: Legacy" hits theaters in December.

The penultimate installment in the "Harry Potter" movie series also drew big crowds. Star Tom Felton offered fans a first look at part one of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," due in theaters in November.

Anna Paquin, Steven Moyer and other members of the "True Blood" cast presented clips of their popular show to a crowd of vampire lovers, while the superhero set was treated to a surprise announcement of "The Avengers" cast.

Samuel L. Jackson made an unexpected appearance at the event Saturday to present the cast of the Marvel superhero movie, which includes Scarlett Johansson and Robert Downey Jr., along with newly announced Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye.

Other highlights included a surprise screening of "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" followed by a concert by rock band Metric and appearances by Harrison Ford and Angelina Jolie.

But not everyone was interested in movie news. For JaVonna Boykin, Comic-Con is all about the costumes. The 19-year-old wore different outfits each day of the convention. On Sunday, she was dressed as her version of Poison Ivy, with a neon green wig and a skirt made of felt leaves.

"This costume took a month to make," she said.

Teague Hamilton of San Diego has been coming to Comic-Con for 13 years to collect artwork, but "the best thing here is always just the people watching."

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Photos: Comic-Con 2010

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  1. From Scarlett to black

    Actress Scarlett Johansson appeared at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, July 24 along with other cast members of the 2012 film, "The Avengers." Johansson plays The Black Widow, and has already played the role in "Iron Man 2." (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Standing tall for 'America'

    Actors Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson and Jeremy Renner pose onstage at the Marvel Studios' "Captain America: The First Avenger" panel on Saturday, July 24. Hemsworth will play Thor, Evans will play Captain America, Jackson will play S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury and Renner will play archer Hawkeye. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. I am Iron Man

    Robert Downey Jr. is already well-established in moviedom as one of the "Avengers," playing Iron Man, one of the team leaders, in two films. He helped introduce the rest of the superhero team on Saturday, July 24. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Hammer time

    Natalie Portman is used to science-fiction fans, thanks to her role as Queen Amidala in the "Star Wars" prequels. She'll play Jane Foster, Norse god Thor's first love, in the upcoming "Thor" movie. (Jerod Harris / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. These are not the droids you're looking for

    An unidentified green creature touches base with some "Star Wars" stormtroopers at Comic-Con on Saturday, July 24. (Mike Blake / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Light that 'Lantern'

    Ryan Reynolds will play the lead in 2011's "Green Lantern." He could use some superpowers this fall when he plays an Iraq contractor who awakes to discover he's been kidnapped and buried underground in "Buried." (Mike Blake / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Star Sapphire shines

    Blake Lively talks about her role in "Green Lantern" on Saturday, July 24. She'll play Carol Ferris, Hal Jordan's love interest. In the comics, Ferris eventually becomes villain Star Sapphire. (Denis Poroy / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Future meets past

    The Comic-Con audience erupted when Harrison Ford appeared on Saturday, July 24. He'll appear in "Cowboys & Aliens," an upcoming science-fiction western based on the graphic novel. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Stay classy, San Diego

    Costumes and masks were the norm for Comic-Con's four-day run in San Diego, both inside the event and on the surrounding city streets. (Mike Blake / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Take five

    Comic-Con attendees wore costumes from both upcoming and past science-fiction films, including this attendee who dressed as Leeloo from the 1997 Bruce Willis film "The Fifth Element." Leeloo was played by Milla Jovovich in the film. (Mike Blake / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. They don't look evil

    Milla Jovovich and a pregnant Ali Larter pose onstage at the "Resident Evil: Afterlife" panel discussion on Saturday, July 24. Both star in the upcoming film, which is the fourth in a series originally based on the video game. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. The vampires come out

    Kellan Lutz, who plays vampire Emmet Cullen in the "Twilight" series, made an appearance at Comic-Con on Saturday, July 24. (John Shearer / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. The long and the short of it

    Actors Quinton Aaron, who played Michael Oher in "The Blind Side," and Danny DeVito pose at Comic-Con on Saturday, July 24. Aaron is reportedly 6' 8" while the famously short DeVito is just 4' 11". (John Shearer / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Real life action hero

    Angelina Jolie leaves a panel for the movie "Salt" at Comic-Con International in San Diego on Thursday, July 22. The actress wowed fanboys at the event with talk of guns and fighting in the film. "Hand-to-hand combat was our weapon of choice — to do everything down and dirty," Jolie said. (Denis Poroy / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Don't be such a stiff, Brad

    Actor Will Ferrell, left, and actress Tina Fey, right, hold a cardboard cut-out of Brad Pitt during the "Megamind" panel at Comic-Con on Thursday, July 22. (John Shearer / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Well escorted

    Actress Olivia Munn attends the "GPhoria Strikes Back" party hosted by G4 and Lucasfilm during Comic-Con at The Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego on Thursday, July 22. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Call for back-up

    Actors Clare Grant, left, and Seth Green attend the "GPhoria Strikes Back" party on Thursday, July 22. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. A career high

    "Weeds" star Mary-Louise Parker speaks at the Anti-Heroes of Showtime panel on Thursday, July 22. (John Shearer / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Do not mess with her

    A young comic fan dressed as Hit-Girl from the film "Kick-Ass" poses in the San Diego Convention Center on Thursday, July 22. (Sandy Huffaker / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. They blue by you

    Girls dressed as Na'vis from the movie "Avatar" work the floor at Comic-Con on Thursday, July 22. (Mike Blake / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Best face forward

    People dressed as comic book characters walk outside before the start of Comic-Con International at the San Diego Convention Center on Wednesday, July 21. One of the largest pop-culture conventions in the world, the event brings together fans of various genres including science fiction, fantasy, movies and television. (Sandy Huffaker / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Buns of steel

    It's a bird, it's a plane, it's ... half of Superman? Comic-Con fans attend event's preview night in San Diego on Wednesday, July 21. (Michael Buckner / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Mint in box

    Erica Padilla, center, poses as an action figure in a "Star Wars" booth during Comic-Con. (Sandy Huffaker / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. Dose of Iron

    Comic-Con attendees take photographs of an Iron Man statue inside the San Diego Concention Center. What began 40 years ago as a humble comic-book fair has grown into a barometer of cool powered by the ardent enthusiasm of more than 100,000 fans — and the Hollywood studios who want a piece of the action. (Mike Blake / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Step right up

    Lee Kim speaks to customers about his custom masks during Comic-Con. Unlike traditional film festivals, aimed at critics and distributors, Comic-Con focuses on fans -- an integral part of ratings and box-office success. (Sandy Huffaker / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. In character

    Tracy Ho attends Comi-Con dressed as Tayuya, a Japanese anime character, on Wednesday, July 21. The event features a sea of people dressed as characters from a wide range of movies, TV shows and comics. (Sandy Huffaker / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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