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Connecting at the Con

SAN DIEGO — For the 130,000 attendees of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International, one thing was abundantly clear — even as the show gets bigger, the connection between content creators and their fans is as close as it has ever been.

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Comic-Con 2014 In Focus

Sights from the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International.

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(L-R): Burt Ward, Adam West and Julie Newmar Classic 'Batman' Series Worked 'On Several Levels'

The stars of the classic 1966-68 ‘Batman’ TV series reunited at Comic-Con to discuss the universal appeal of the show in anticipation of its Nov. 11 Blu-ray and DVD release.

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New 'Batman' Animated Film Takes Unique Approach

Director Jay Oliva got the script for the animated 'Batman: Assault on Arkham' and told producer James Tucker he wanted to direct this film a little differently than he normally does.

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Warner Archive Goes Bat-Crazy

Scooby-Doo had his Scrappy, and Batman his Bat Mite. That was just one of the iterations of the iconic comic book hero Batman explored in the Warner Archive Collection’s July 27 panel at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International.

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(L-R): Kiefer Sutherland and Jon Cassar Sutherland Cherished Return to '24'

SAN DIEGO — Recounting the circumstances that led to reviving “24” for a brief run on television, star Kiefer Sutherland, who plays anti-terrorism agent Jack Bauer on the show, said there was trepidation about not being able to recapture the flavor of the show’s previous eight seasons.

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Shout! Factory Churns Out Fan Favorites

Shout! Factory used its July 25 panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International to offer some insight into how the company creates its special packaged-media sets while making a slew of announcements of upcoming releases.

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Comic-Con Panel: Ignore Digital at Your Own Risk

The way content is being consumed has changed, and content creators need to change with it, panelists said during a July 26 digital convergence panel at San Diego Comic-Con International.

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Filmmakers Increasingly Turning to Kickstarter

In the wake of the Kickstarter campaign that successfully greenlighted the 'Veronica Mars' movie, several filmmakers took to this year’s event to tout supporting their own projects through the crowd-sourcing site.

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New 'Rocky and Bullwinkle' Short Screened at Comic-Con

Leonard Maltin introduced a Comic-Con screening of a new “Rocky and Bullwinkle” short included in DreamWorks’ Oct. 14 Blu-ray Disc release of 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman,' distributed by Fox.

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Celebrating 'Turtle Power'

The documentary 'Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,' out on disc and digital Aug. 12 from Paramount Home Media Distribution, celebrates the evolution of the turtles, delving into the franchise’s origins and worldwide popularity.

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'Monster High' Scares Up Disc Preview

Little girls (and some adults) in fashionably scary costumes were on hand at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International July 26 for a preview of the latest “Monster High” disc, 'Freaky Fusion,' due Sept. 30 (digital release Sept. 16).

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New 'Twin Peaks' Set 'Gives the Fans What They Want'

While hunting down everything that’s included in the 'Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery' Blu-ray Disc collection, available July 29, CBS Home Entertainment GM and EVP Ken Ross had a simple idea in mind.

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Doc on Infamous 'E.T.' Video Game Burial Debuts

The story goes that the infamous 1982 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial' video game for the Atari 2600 was almost completely responsible for the fall of Atari, after the corporation buried an untold number of the cartridges in the small town of Alamogordo, N.M.

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'X-Men' Producer Talks Balancing Being a Fan and Filmmaker

Simon Kinberg, producer and writer for 'X-Men: Days of Future Past,' spent a one-on-one Comic-Con panel discussing how difficult it can be to make decisions for an “X-Men” film when you’re also a huge fan.

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'The Lego Movie': They Built It, and Fans Came

Keith Malone, director of content development for the Lego Group, said Lego executives — first approached in 2007 — had decided that they would only do a Lego movie “if the fans loved it, and it was great.” As evidenced by a packed room of young and old fans at a July 27 panel at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International, they got their wish.

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'Appleseed' Filmmakers Talk Impact of CGI

It was 1988 that the first 'Appleseed' OVA (original video animation) was released, and 26 years later the franchise is still alive and kicking.

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Anime Producers Searching for New Ways to Fight Piracy

If there’s one genre of home entertainment that’s been especially ravaged by piracy, it’s gotta be anime. That was the message July 24 from a panel at Comic-Con.

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'Robotech' Turns to Kickstarter

The team at Harmony Gold Productions are taking to KickStarter to raise $500,000 to complete the next chapter in the "Robotech" franchise, 'Robotech Academy.'

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'Walking Dead' Deal at Walmart

Attendees at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International were in for a special treat, when Anchor Bay Entertainment announced it was partnering with AMC and Republic Records to offer exclusive pre-orders of the soundtrack for “The Walking Dead.” The soundtrack and 'The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season' on Blu-ray and DVD will be available at Walmart stores.

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'Penny Dreadful' Disc Due Oct. 7

Showtime announced at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International that the first season of its show “Penny Dreadful” would hit disc Oct. 7, via CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution.

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