1) The Panels
Almost all of the best things to see and hear each year at the San Diego Comic-Con take place in the non-stop panels over the course of the four-day event. Don't forget to escape the floor from time to time to take in panels on things that might interest you! The panels everyone will be talking about include Thursday's Avatar panel with James Cameron (Maybe he'll even show some footage instead of just talking for two hours!), Friday's The Guild panel with Felicia Day, and on Saturday, Lost's final Comic-Con panel, the panel for the new film Zombieland and Kevin Smith's annual profanity-driven rants about making films and comic books. I'd tell you to check out Friday's Star Wars panel, but in a Comic-Con first, G4 will be broadcasting it, so just set your DVRs and unwind with it when you get back home.
2) The Masquerade
The one thing that's different between Comic-Con and your local comic shop is nobody dresses up every Wednesday when new books hit the shelves – a fact I'd like you all to help me change! Your emotions will run the spectrum from amazed to scared to curious to dumbfounded at Comic-Con's annual Masquerade event Saturday night. Hundreds of people dress up as their favorite icons from comics, movies, TV, anime, video games, and more. And trust me, while the people who spend all year sweating over the perfect suits do amazing work, the bad costumes are even more divine.
3) The CollectiblesThe San Diego Comic-Con is increasingly home to more and more items made special for the show. The item you need to rush out and grab this year before anything else – whether you want it for your home or to put up on eBay at a later date – is Lucasfilm's Darth Vader toaster oven. It turns every piece of toast over to the Dark Side, branding it with the face of Vader himself. Personally, I also have my eye on the new collector's exclusive My Little Ponies and DC's Wonder Twins action figures!
Twitter has become such a force for up-to-the-minute news and chatter, and has proved itself to be invaluable in everything from a film festival to a country's revolution. This will be the first real year that people will be using Twitter to communicate at the show and will be the best way to keep track of all the signings, appearances, deals, and everything else. (And you can follow me at twitter.com/oliviamunn)
5) The Julian Pie Company
While technically not at Comic-Con, a trip to San Diego wouldn't be complete without a stop at the Julian Pie Company in Santa Ysabel. It's about an hour away from the Convention Center, but don't worry, they'll send pies directly to your hotel room or booth or anywhere else you desire. Their Apple Mountain Berry Pie is a thing of legend, with a crisp crust and ice cream melting on top. Next time I jump in a pie, I want it to be one from Julian.
5 1/2) Attack of the Show
I know I'm cheating here as I promised EW.com a list of my Top 5 things not to miss at Comic-Con, but I don't want to miss seeing you. I hope you'll be able to make some of these events:
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.: OMFG (Olivia Munn Fan Group) Gathering. Specifically for the fans on OliviaMunn.com who have signed up. They'll get the special invite with the location. You can still sign up at www.oliviamunn.com/omfg
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.: Attack Of The Show Panel. Last year we had to turn away about a thousand people because the Comic-Con committee didn't realize how many fans we'd have come out. But, this year, they've doubled our space!
5:15 - 6:15 p.m.: The aforementioned Star Wars Panel.
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.: G4's Live coverage of Comic-Con. We will have a big stage like last year. Come find it and watch the show live. Maybe you'll get on TV!
5:00 - 6:30pm: The Attack Of The Show autograph signing.