The Non-Geek's Guide to Comic-Con

You might not own a Wonder Woman costume, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be paying attention to the fest dedicated to all things pop culture

For every self-proclaimed geek with a Catwoman costume in her closet, there's somebody who wouldn't even think about attending Comic-Con. If that person is you, we get it. Maybe you haven't picked up a comic book since you were a kid (or ever). Maybe "attending panels" doesn't sound like your idea of fun. And maybe you'd rather see a comedy than another futuristic thriller. Well, here's something you should know: San Diego Comic-Con isn't just for geeks. It's for fans, all fans, of any kind. There's plenty on offer for people who like movies, TV and books, even if their Star Wars trivia knowledge is a little rusty. With that in mind, here are eight upcoming panels that anyone would be psyched about attending -- or, if you're on the wrong coast, finding on YouTube the next day!

Panel: Gravity
Day: Saturday
Reason to get psyched: Sandra Bullock is rumored to be in attendance to promote her upcoming thriller, in which she and George Clooney play stranded-in-space astronauts. (Fun fact: Bullock's role was originally offered to Angelina Jolie.)

Panel: Veronica Mars
Day: Friday
Reason to get psyched: Because Veronica Mars, that's why! This fabulous teen-detective series lives on through Netflix, and will soon be reincarnated into a Kickstarter-funded movie. Stars expected to attend include Kristen Bell and Krysten Ritter (though we're hoping for a surprise Amanda Seyfried appearance).

Panel: The Simpsons
Day: Saturday
Reason to get psyched: Can you believe The Simpsons has been on the air for 25 years? This anniversary tribute, featuring creator Matt Groening, will feature never-before-seen footage and a song performance by "musical guests" -- which, knowing The Simpsons' history of guest stars, could literally be anybody.

Panel: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Day: Saturday
Reason to get psyched: Because it's possible, though not guaranteed, that Jennifer Lawrence will be on the panel. And as we all know, she's never given a boring interview in her life.

Panel: Carrie
Day: Friday
Reason to get psyched: The production team of the horror remake told fans to "expect surprises" at Comic-Con. At the very least, they'll reveal trailers or extended scenes -- but we love EW's idea of Sissy Spacek (star of the original film) and Chloe Moretz (the new Carrie) showing up in matching blood-spattered prom gowns.

Panel: How I Met Your Mother
Day: Saturday
Reason to get psyched: This is the first and last time that the hit comedy will make a Comic-Con appearance, and all five lead actors are showing up. Any time Jason Segel and Neil Patrick Harris are in the same room, a good time is guaranteed to be had by all. (They may even start singing Les Mis.)

Panel: Breaking Bad
Day: Sunday
Reason to get psyched: Bryan Cranston or Aaron Paul alone would be worth the price of admission, but the AMC drama is pulling out all the stops and bringing the whole Breaking Bad cast. In addition to talking about the final season, they'll be previewing the new episodes (which begin airing on Aug. 11).

Panel: 25 Years of the Disney Afternoon
Day: Sunday
Reason to get psyched: Whether you're the parent of a Kim Possible fan or grew up with Animaniacs, this panel of cartoon creators will inspire childlike glee.

Donna Kaufman is a freelance writer and iVillage contributor. Find her on Twitter and Google+

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