comic con 2012 poster Comic Con 2012: Keep up even if you can't make itComic-Con 2012 started last night at the San Diego Convention Center and will run through Sunday (July 15). Over 130,000 are expected to attend the panels, exhibitions, and social events. According to UT San Diego, tickets sold out in 90 minutes disappointing some fans.

Even if you don’t have a ticket, there are some ways to
still be a part of the world’s biggest pop culture convention.

In addition to Zap2it’s comprehensive coverage, several sites — including MTV — are live-streaming panels such as “Breaking Dawn” and “Teen Wolf”.

If you’re in San Diego or Southern California in general, think about heading down to Bayfront Park. Warner Brothers and “Extra” are hosting a free festival with stars from “The Vampire Diaries”, “The Big Bang Theory” and “Fringe”; musical performances; all of the Batmobiles; and more! You could enjoy beautiful San Diego and the Comic-Con spirit without having had paid the Comic-Con badge fee.

PHOTO GALLERY: Celebrities at Comic-Con 2012

For those who don’t plan on moving from the couch weekend, Time Warner Cable is offering comic-inspired films on their Movies on Demand. Selected flicks to get you in the Comic-Con mood include “Alien”, “Iron Man 2”, “Watchmen”, “Superman Returns” and many more. Just look for the Comic-Con category.

Fans, journalists and even the talent on hand in San Diego are crowding Twitter with tweets from the event. Some good hashtags to follow: #SDCC, #comiccon and #HallH.