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Confab on a Hollywood high

The nerds may come to Comic-Con for the comicbooks, collectibles and chance to meet the creators of their favorite properties, but much of Hollywood also has the parties to hit up in San Diego.

It all began Wednesday with Summit Entertainment’s big vampire franchise, which said farewell with the “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2” bash at the Hard Rock Hotel’s Float bar. Guests Maggie Grace, Morgan Spurlock and Zachary Levi, “Breaking Dawn” stars Guri Weinberg, Angela Sarafyan, Noel Fisher and Elizabeth Reaser,milled about the rock ‘n’ roll themed patio as clips from the pic played on an infinite loop poolside and Pinkberry was served. Franchise’s lead trio were absent, but rest of the cast was on hand, including Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Ashley Greene and Kellan Lutz to toast the sendoff. Lutz called the event “bittersweet,” but said the trip to Comic-Con was a great opportunity to “thank the thousand of fans that came out to support us since day one.”

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During the four-day fanfest, celebs packed the Wired Cafe, an annual respite at the Omni Hotel, to escape the crowds at the San Diego Convention Center across the street. “Game of Thrones”-themed event featured drinks for the HBO show, demos of Xpand’s 3D glasses, Swiss Army-knives and Skype, with Joe Manganiello, Anna Kendrick, Don Cheadle, Thomas Jane, Andy Serkis and others stopping by.

On Thursday, Showtime’s “Dexter” took over the Wired Cafe to celebrate the release of “Dexter the Game 2.” After the “Dexter” panel, stars Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter and Yvonne Strahovski mingled with guests, who were treated to “Dexter”-themed drinks served by a blood-stained waitstaff.

Back at the Hard Rock, IGN, Lionsgate and Millennium Films celebrated Comic-Con and the release of “The Expendables 2” with a red-carpet, rooftop bash at Float, set around the pool, which was decorated with floating IGN logos. Guests grabbed photo ops with large cut outs of the cast of the upcoming actioner, or with its co-stars Dolph Lundgren and Randy Couture, who were there with RZA and Lucas Till. On the other side of the Hard Rock, IGN rocked out with its “Resident Evil 6” party with Capcom, which featured a live DJ set by Jermaine Dupri, who played old-school hip-hop while zombie go-go dancers adorned the stage.

The Keating Hotel was the site of the Kings of Con party, hosted by “The Apparition”-producer Daniel Alter, webmaster Umberto Gonzalez and hotelier Edward Kaen.

And on Friday, “The Walking Dead” 100th Issue Party had guests “check in” as infected, given medical bracelets before they could enter the black-carpet event. Zombies roamed Petco Park while guests dined on post-apocalyptic food like squirrel (actually chicken) and undead favorites like brains (cupcakes). Stars of the hit AMC show Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun and series creator Robert Kirkman attended.

CAA’s Comic-Con reception at the Hard Rock Hotel on Friday was attended by Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev of “The Vampire Diaries.”

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