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Posted at 8:53 AM ET, 07/23/2010

Comic-Con 2010: Bringing the Force to the Comic-Con party scene

By Jen Chaney

Photo by Jen Chaney

This may be nit-picking. But this is San Diego Comic-Con, and that's sometimes what happens here. Nerds find nits and they pick.


And that's why, technically, one must point out that the Princess Leias in their held-hostage-by-Jabba-the-Hutt bikinis technically had no business parading around the GPhoria Strikes Back party, thrown by G4 and Lucasfilm Thursday night at San Diego's Hard Rock Hotel. The Leia bikini ensemble is totally "Return of the Jedi," not "Empire Strikes Back," the "Star Wars" film that the soiree was meant to honor on this, its 30th anniversary.

Of course, no one seemed to mind this minor flub. In fact, everyone in the room -- from Seth Green to Joss Whedon -- seemed perfectly delighted to have some drinks and get their photos snapped with the Leias, storm troopers and wampas that lurked about, bringing a decidedly Episode V-ish vibe to the evening.

Green and some of his "Robot Chicken" buddies camped out in one corner, while Aisha Tyler camped out in another, seemingly discussing work business. J.J. Abrams, the object of fan-photo attention as soon as he approached the bar, said he also had hoped to do some shop talk at the party but noted that was looking unlikely.

Seth Rogen was spotted but, in a flash, the Green Hornet disappeared. Rogen's "Green Hornet" director, Michel Gondry, stuck around for a while, roaming around the party solo and looking just uncomfortable enough to make me, briefly, mistake him for a fellow member of the press. (Usually only journalists, as opposed to talented directors, skulk around at celebrity parties.)

"I love it," the filmmaker said in his thick French accent of Comic-Con. It quickly became clear that he preferred to scope out the scene on his own, so friendly adieus were exchanged and we moved on.

During a conversation with David Wain of "The State" fame, I confessed that Comic-Con was stressing me out a little. He encouraged me to chill, to have a good time.

"Go talk to Darth Vader," he recommended.

This sounded like sage advice. But perhaps it would have been even smarter to let loose on the dance floor as Wain and Whedon eventually did. Who knew Joss Whedon could bust such powerful moves to Matthew Wilder's "Break My Stride"?

I didn't. But now I do. And having gained that knowledge, I departed G4oria, leaving the lame-bikini'd Leias and raging pop culture visionaries to their still-pulsating "Empire" celebration.

By Jen Chaney  | July 23, 2010; 8:53 AM ET
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