SDCC '10 | 'God Loves Batman,' handicapping the Eisners and more

A roundup of Comic-Con news, announcements and tips as the clock ticks down to Thursday:

• Writer Kelly Sue DeConnick and Matt Fraction (and I imagine by this time others) are turning the planned protest of Comic-Con International by the Westboro Baptist Church into something positive: Project God Loves Batman. If the hate group actually shows up, DeConnick and Fraction will donate $50 to amfAR, and they'll give an additional $10 for every hour that Fred Phelps and his misguided flock picket the convention. DeConnick encourages others to join them with donations to amfAR or the Human Rights Campaign. More details are available at the first link.

• Douglas Wolk handicaps the 2010 Eisner Awards, which will be presented Friday evening in the Indigo Ballroom of the San Diego Hilton Bayfront.

• Marvel artist Reilly Brown (Heroic Age: Prince of Power) on Thursday will add to the famous comic book mural of The Palm Restaurant, which already features art by John Romita Sr., John Romita Jr., Simone Bianchi, Mike Choi, Mark Brooks, Leinil Yu and others. Brown will be drawing from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the restaurant, 615 J St.

• Toronto retailer The Beguiling for the first time will sell original art from Seth's classic graphic novel It's a Good Life if You Don't Weaken at the Drawn & Quarterly booth (#1529).

• For convention-goers, SanDiego.com offers a handy guide to downtown shopping, movie theaters and drug stores, and a rundown of the area's best breakfast places.

• Geoff Boucher provides a breezy guide to "San Diego madness."

• GeekDad contributors look at 10 news stories they'd like to see come out of San Diego.

• Underwire highlights Neal Adams' convention schedule, which includes Friday's panel "Neal Adams and Stan Lee: They Spoke Out — Against the Holocaust."

• For those attending with children on Sunday, Kids' Day, Warner Bros. Animation is playing host to a dance party from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Booth #4545, featuring Bugs Bunny, Danny Duck and Scooby-Doo shaking it with fans to music provided by DJ Angel Dynamite.

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