The 9 Most Unbelievable Panels at San Diego Comic-Con

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We really wish we were based in California and could hop a train to San Diego this week. Alas, we'll be posting Comic-Con coverage from afar, starting with this rundown of some of the stranger SDCC panels lined up for 2011. The full schedule is available on the official site, but we went through and came up with the screenings, how-tos, and discussions that — whether they were absurd, awesome, or unexpected — made us say, “Huh?”

Comic-Con How-To: Costuming with Sabrina Belly Dancer— Sabrina will show how to create a costume bra top for hall costumes or a masquerade performance. She will create the costume bra and, time permitting, will also show the application of Long Wearing Fantasy Eye Makeup For Long Days On The Con Floor and for hall costume or masquerade performances. (Thursday)

This is my favorite, hands-down. Not only is it an hour devoted to costuming, but it focuses entirely on the scrap of cloth covering geek girls' bosoms. Is it like that Victoria's Secret bra where you can use it for five different characters, or is Sabrina showing ladies how to make a prototype that they'll use in all their craft projects? Let's take bets on what the male-to-female attendee ratio will be: 60/40? 50/50?

Sushi Girl Sushi Girl chronicles the story of five friends who reunite six years after a diamond-job-gone-wrong to eat sushi off a naked girl. Sure enough, the thieves can't help opening old wounds in an attempt to find their missing loot, and all mayhem ensues. This film marks the return to the big screen for Mark Hamill (Star Wars) and Noah Hathaway (Neverending Story) and also features cast members Tony Todd (Candy Man), James Duval (Donnie Darko), Andy Mackenzie (Shoot ‘Em Up), David Dastmalchian (The Dark Knight), and Cortney Palm (Sunday Morning High). The legendary Sonny Chiba (Kill Bill) also stars. Kern Saxton (Deader Living Through Chemistry) directed and co-wrote with Destin Pfaff (Millionaire Matchmaker). Producers Neal Fischer (Fight Club) and Suren Seron (Forever Plaid) and moderator Ted Stryker (KROC) round out the panel. Meet the entire cast and creators and witness the world premiere of the official trailer, followed by Q&A session. (Friday)

I tried not to include entries where it was the project, and not necessarily the panel, that threw me for a loop, but I couldn't resist with this one. From the first line, I'm hooked — of course a bunch of thieves with long-simmering resentments will meet up to gobble raw fish off a pretty naked girl! And in what other world than Comic-Con could Luke Skywalker be sitting on the same panel as the guy with the weird mohawk from Millionaire Matchmaker?

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