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New York Comic Con

Can't make heads or tails of this massive wonk gathering? Our handy guide will help you find your nerdy event.

If you just want to see famous people

Autograph booths
The best celeb-gawking opportunities are found on the autograph circuit, which will feature stalwarts like Marvel creator Stan Lee, director John Landis, The Guild creator Felicia Day and none other than Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill. Lines get very long very quickly, so be sure to arrive early. Fri 14, Sat 15 10am--7pm; Sun 16 10am--5pm

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Marvel Studios: Marvel's The Avengers Panel
Next spring's The Avengers is pretty much the mother of all blockbuster superhero movies, combining defenders of good like Iron Man, the Hulk and Captain America. Chris Evans, who plays the red, white and blue--clad hero, joins this panel with Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders and producer Kevin Feige. Sat 15 at 6:30pm

If you're a pop-culture fiend

Jay and Silent Bob Get Old Live Podcast
In addition to his indie rep, filmmaker Kevin Smith has recently taken to the Internet airwaves with SModcast, a podcast network with programs hosted by himself, producing partner Scott Mosier and other assorted talent. He and frequent onscreen partner Jason Mewes (the Jay to Smith's Silent Bob) will present a live (and, it's safe to assume, raunchy) version of their weekly show, Jay and Silent Bob Get Old. Fri 14 at 7pm

MTV Presents Mike Judge's Beavis and Butt-Head
With King of the Hill long gone, Mike Judge has plenty of time to focus on new episodes of Beavis and Butt-Head (which air on MTV beginning October 27). The rebooted series will follow the same formula as its predecessor, but with fresh targets like Jersey Shore and viral videos. During this panel, Judge will discuss the show's comeback and unveil footage from upcoming episodes. (Huh-huh, cool.) Sat 15 at 7:30pm

If you're looking for your oddball soulmate

Lightning Fast Speed Dating
Lovelorn dorks can search for mates at this extra-speedy matchmaking session (advance registration has closed, but you can sign up for a spot 30 minutes before each two-hour session). Likely participants, take note: This year, the proceedings will be filmed for a potential cable reality-TV series. Humiliating? Maybe. Something to do in between scouring for autographs? Definitely. Sat 15 11am--11pm, Sun 16 2--4pm

Tekken: Blood Vengeance in 3D
Even if you're only nominally psyched for the full-length animated Blood Vengeance feature—a spin-off of the Tekken video-game/anime empire—you'll want to hit this screening and Q&A. Producer Katsuhiro Harada will chat about the series and its subsequent adaptations. Sun 16 at 1:30pm

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 W 34th St at Eleventh Ave (newyorkcomiccon.com)Thu 13 4--7pm; Fri 14, Sat 15 10am--7pm; Sun 16 10am--5pm; $35--$100.

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