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Photos for July 27, 2010

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The contents of my bag at the end of Comic-Con.

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Film festival judge Lloyd Kaufman and winner Kevin Walsh (Best Documentary and Judge's Choice for "Marwencol").

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Hellboy Skelanimal and my cool b-horror poster.

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The XSanguin/Zombie Defense Network Fail Safe Fallout Shelter zombie party.

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Tech problems at Troma. Even my photo came out blurry. But it was just such an appropriate snafu.

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Harrison Ford made his first Comic-Con appearance.

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Robert Downey, Jr. came to the Marvel panel to join his fellow Avengers.

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Mark Ruffalo is the new Bruce Banner and Joss Whedon will direct "The Avengers."

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Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, and Jeremey Renner make up part of Marvel's Avengers team.

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Seth Rogen provides the voice of the alien in "Paul." He noted that since he lost weight people at Comic-Con mistake him for J.J. Abrams.

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Harrison Ford was brought on stage in cuffs by security guards.

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Simon Pegg at the "Paul" panel.

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"Scott Pilgrim" comics.

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Seth McFarlane entertained people at the "Family Guy" panel.

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Snuggling up to the undead on Saturday.

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Community members poured over images of the proposed I-5 expansion at a CalTrans open house July 27.

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"Mutant Girls Squad" co-director Yoshihiro Nishimura.

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The motorcycle from the new "TRON" movie.

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Shout Factory released my beloved "Max Headroom" on DVD and they hosted a panel in honor of Roger Corman.

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"The Walking Dead" booth where you could undead yourself or snap a pic in the zombie living room. Pretty undead cool.

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The undead walked through the panel for "The Walking Dead."

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Moto Hagio was one of many guests to give the Comic-Con an international flavor.

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Me and the artists of "Night of the Living Dead Reanimated."

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Me moderating my first Comic-Con panel!

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Robert Rodriguez, Michelle Rodriguez, and Danny Trejo.

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Edgar Wright and Bryan Lee O'Malley at the "Scott Pilgrim" film panel.

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"Scott Pilgrim" packed Hall H.

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My friend and San Diego Asian Film Festival Extreme Programmer Phil Lorenzo getting his taco from Robert Rodriguez at the "Machete" off site event.

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Sylvester Stallone led the high testosterone panel for "The Expendables"

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The Geoff Johns panel. People wanted secrets revealed about Green Lantern but Johns resisted.

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Bruce Campbell signed autographs at the Fox booth after appearing at the "Burn Notice" panel.

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Ecto-1 at Comic-Con. The lights were blinking on preview night but after that the folks at Mattel were told to turn their lights off.

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A chicken was on the panel with Bill Plympton. I came in late so I can't explain but it was amusing.

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Danny Elfman packed the house for his panel on composing for the movies.

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Attending preview night with a six-year-old -- that's the way to start Comic-Con!

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Marvel brought down the house on Saturday with -- among others -- Robert Downey, Jr., Clark Gregg, Scarlett Johansson, and Chris Hemsworth.

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"The Invincible Iron Man" and other digital comics are available online for free viewing.

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ComiXology brings your favorite comics to the iPhone

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Playstation expands PSP entertainment value with new digital comics like True Blood based on the popular TV series

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DC Comics makes fan favorites like Batman, Superman and more available online

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Eisner Award-winning "Chew" by John Layman and Rob Guillory on the iPad using ComiXology.

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This auction package is provided by Carefree Vacations and La Costa Resort and Spa. Enjoy two nights stay and two rounds of golf for two at the legendary La Costa Resort and Spa.

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Students seen on the campus at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) on May 28, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

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San Diego can be seen on horizon through the border fence at the ocean.

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A child plays in the sand while ignoring the fence that stands behind him.

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The border between the U.S. and Mexico extends into the Pacific Ocean.

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Kids play soccer in the street in Tijuana. Mexicans around the world sent home $21 billion in 2009.

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The Mexican flag in Tijuana can be seen prominently from the U.S. side of the border. Tijuana is the sixth-largest metropolitan area in Mexico with a population of 1.5 million. By comparison, San Diego County has about 3 million people.

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The border fence extends west across the hills toward the ocean. Tijuana’s urban development is dense near the border.

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A man walks along a rusty segment of the fence on the Mexican side. Many migrants travel north through Mexico with hopes of crossing the border, but settle in Tijuana because of the difficulty associated with the crossing.

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Maria’s one-year-old son was born in the U.S. According to Maria, the boy’s father, an illegal immigrant, is in jail for driving without a driving license. He is waiting to be deported to Mexico.

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Maria came legally to the United States after her illegally father crossed the border 36 years ago. He obtained legal residency through the Information Reform and Control Act of 1986.

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San Ysidro port of entry is the busiest land border crossing in the world. It connects Tijuana to San Diego.

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At the San Ysidro border crossing, vehicles drive across these markers identifying the line between the U.S. and Mexico.

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Britt Craig demonstrates how migrants climb the fence using its features as a ladder.

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Britt Craig, 61, is also a Vietnam War veteran. He lost an eye from a grenade explosion during his duty. Britt lives in his van four days a week to watch the border near Campo (East San Diego County).

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Jim Gilchrist, 61, is a Vietnam War veteran who founded the Minuteman Project in 2004. The Minutemen watch the border to alert Border Patrol of illegal activity.

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A member of the Minuteman Project watches the fence on the top of his van. He goes nowhere without his loaded Beretta.

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A cross stands where Border Patrol Agent Robert Wimer Rosas Jr. was killed while attempting to apprehend a group of people crossing the border on July 23, 2009. Christian Daniel Castro-Alvarez, 17 years old, confessed to the crime and was sentenced to 40 years to prison.

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These AK47 shell casings were collected at crime scenes in Tijuana. The shell and bullet on the left came from an incident where a policeman was murdered. Those on the right involved the death of a drug dealer.

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A tractor tire is pulled behind Border Patrols vehicles to erase tracks on the road. This makes it easier to identify fresh tracks left by migrants.

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Peering through a hole in the rusty fence, the new barbed wire fence can be seen. The increased fencing has pushed migrants to the desert or Arizona where it is still easier to cross.

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Border Angels drop bottles of water in the desert and near the fence where migrants pass. One of the main causes of migrant deaths is dehydration.

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Undocumented migrants who died in Imperial Valley are buried in Terrace Park Cemetery in Holtville. There are over 250 gravesites of unidentified people named John Does or Jane Does. Most of them are illegal immigrants.

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A Border Angels volunteer places a cross at a grave in Terrace Park Cemetery in Holtville (Imperial County).

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Enrique Morones, founder of the Border Angels, drives through the desert toward Terrace Park Cemetery in Holtville. Border Angels is a faith-based group that helps illegal immigrants to survive in the desert.

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On the Mexican side of the fence, crosses represent the migrants who died during crossing attempts. Some crosses bear names, ages and hometowns of the migrants, while some are unidentified. The Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs lists 2,554 Mexican migrants who have died during their attempts since 2004.

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Andrés is one of the three million illegal immigrants who live in California. He first crossed the border in 1999 and used to be a coyote, human trafficker, for years. Now he works as a day laborer.

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Agriculture and tourism are the main jobs that employ unauthorized workers in California.

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Jose, 45, is an illegal worker coming from Puebla, Mexico. He first crossed the border three years ago but now plans to return home because of the economy.

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U.S. Border Patrol agents have seen a decrease in illegal crossing attempts in the past two years. This agent believes the decrease stems from the economic recession.

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This year, the U.S. will spend $3.6 billion patrolling the country’s borders - almost triple the amount spent 10 years ago.

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As of January 22, 2010, U.S. Customs and Border Protection had completed roughly 643 miles of fencing (344 miles of primary pedestrian fence and 298 miles of vehicle fence) along the Southwest border. This is the most modern version of the fence in southern San Diego.

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In 2005, Congress approved the construction of the U.S.-Mexico border fence for an initial cost of $2 billion. Tijuana can be seen on the right just beyond the fence.

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