Each year here at Comic Con, the parties have grown larger and larger. Walking with a fellow colleague last night, we passed the giant Machete party being held in a parking lot in downtown San Diego (check out Jen's coverage of that) -- complete with dancers, DJ, fly cars and plenty of booze. He looked at me and said, "This kinda stuff was not going on at Comic Con a couple years ago. What has this place turned into?"


Well, it's turned into quite the scene -- one where, aside from worrying about which panels you're covering, you need to spend an equal amount of time worrying about which parties you may or may not get into ... because, ya know, god forbid you misssomething at Comic Con. I've been fortunate enough to slide my way into several parties here so far by convincing people I'm more important than I am (shhh), and so I wanted to shed a little light on what that scene is like.

Guests lists? Check. Long lines? Double check. Guy at the front door who looks at you as if he's lived his entire life hating just you? Ahem ... check. So far at Comic Con Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is winning the "Look at Me, Remember Me, and Tell All Your Friends About Me" prize. Not only are they hosting a very cool off-site event and plastering the town in Pilgrim swag, but last night's secret screening of the film -- complete with a DJ set from Automator and Kid Koala, and a post-screening surprise set from the band Metric -- was explosive, exciting and by far the best event at Comic Con yet. Read our Scott Pilgrim vs. the World review.

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Pictured above: Tron: Legacy club
Pictured right: Scott Pilgrim stars Aubrey Plaza and Alison Pill




Though Friday was clearly Scott Pilgrim's day to shine, Tron: Legacy made a point of letting people know that they're here to party too. The film is hosting an official party at their make-shift Flynn's Arcade later on tonight, but last night they had a sort of "preview night" for the place, with lines that stretched around the block. The set-up is kinda like it was last year, with an old beaten-down arcade filled with old school arcade games covered in plastic as if they haven't been used in years. Like a carnival attraction, everyone files into the room -- the lights go down, audio from the movie plays -- and then a door opens that leads folks down a tunnel that eventually overdoses on blue light. Beyond the blue light was a Tron-inspired club, where cute Tron girls handed out Coke Zero and guys like me geeked out over the cool surroundings.

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Finally, G4 and Lucasfilm set up a party that was obviously a love letter to Empire Strikes Back (celebrating its 30th anniversary this year). The room was designed to feel like outer space -- with black walls and small white lights surrounding your every move -- while little lightsabers hung down from the ceiling and Stormtroopers, as well as Darth Vader, Boba Fett and more, paraded around the space. There were video games to play in one room, Empire Strikes Back screening in another and folks like Olivia Munn and Seth Green filling out the space alongside people way too cool for school.

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Film parties tonight include Tron: Legacy, Let Me In, the annual From Dusk Till Con and another one being co-hosted by UTA and Latino Review. If we survive, we'll report on those tomorrow. In the meantime, check out images from all three of the aforementioned events in the galleries above.