Emerald City Comicon

It’s not just facepaint, tattoos, and autographs at this year’s Emerald City Comicon. Among the visiting talent, North Seattle-raised Rainn Wilson is returning home to promote his movie Super. Scheduled for April release, the film has Wilson play a fumbling, everyday guy who transforms himself into The Crimson Bolt, a self-styled superhero who, unfortunately, lacks any coordination or superhero abilities. (Liv Tyler and Ellen Page co-star.) Tonight at 7 p.m., Wilson will be joined by writer-director James Gunn, whose 2006 sci-fi/horror/comedy flick Slither has earned cult favorite status. Also scheduled to attend the three-day fest and sign autographs (for a fee) are William Shatner (Saturday only), Brent Spiner, James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and Bruce Boxleitner (familiar from Trons both old and new). Among the dozens of animators and authors, look for Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, Max Brooks (son of Mel, writer of The Zombie Survival Guide), and local scribe Ben Thompson (Badass). And, yes, feel free to wear your favorite costume and show your new Spider-man tattoo. KAT CHOW

Fri., March 4, 2-8 p.m.; Sat., March 5, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., March 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 2011

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