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Comic-Con Day 2: Downtown flooded with pop culture fans

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Fans of the AMC television series "The Walking Dead" were buzzing Friday about a 4 1/2-minute trailer for the fourth season, which was released at Comic-Con International at the San Diego Convention Center.

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The trailer was put out in conjunction with the release of the date -- Oct. 13 -- for the season premiere. A panel on the show packed Hall H at the convention center, the room where the most popular sessions are held.

"Things are going to be way crazier, it's an escalation," said Robert Kirkman, who originated "The Walking Dead" in comic books.

The comic books and television adaptation are of a sheriff's deputy who wakes up to a post-apocalyptic world dominated by flesh-eating zombies.

In other convention highlights, fans of the ubiquitous comedy "The Big Bang Theory" were treated to a video by famed physicist Stephen Hawking, who delivered a one-minute message to fans in which he "sung" the opening line of the show's title song.

"The Walking Dead" promo and Hawking welcome are both uploaded on YouTube.

Other major sessions featured comics icon Stan Lee recapping the first year of his YouTube channel, a panel with the stars of the upcoming SyFy series "Defiance," cast members of HBO's "Game of Thrones," the actors in TNT's "Falling Skies" and an appearance by the rock band Metallica.

The heavy metal group planned to promote its upcoming film, "Metallica Through the Never," at 6 p.m. in Hall H, and was also scheduled to perform at a secret nearby location tonight.

Among the stars on various panels were Kevin Bacon, Kristin Bell, Grant Bowler, Wayne Brady, Cary Elwes, C. Thomas Howell, Samuel L. Jackson, Aisha Tyler and Noah Wylie.

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