You won't believe which legendary director is making his Comic-Con debut

Guess which filmmaking giant is going to have a close encounter appearing at Comic-Con for the very first time!

According to Hero Complex, Steven Spielberg will show up at the San Diego Convention Center on Friday, July 22 (in the cavernous Hall H, of course), marking the first time he's ever set foot at the massive fan culture event.

Spielberg will be there to receive the Inkpot Award, which Comic-Con has been giving since 1974 to giants in the fields of comics and genre entertainment (previous recipients include folks like Jack Kirby and Ray Bradbury), and also to present footage from his upcoming motion-capture fantasy adventure The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.

Tintin opens in December and is in some ways one of the riskiest projects Spielberg has ever taken on. It's his first voyage into the tricky waters of feature-length motion capture, which has met with mixed reactions at the box office in films like Beowulf and The Polar Express, and it's based on a series of European comics that are largely unknown to American audiences.

Still, if anyone can pull it off, Spielberg can (plus he's got Peter Jackson along as a producer). We're sure he'll have plenty to say about Tintin in Hall H, not to mention the rest of his illustrious career and perhaps even his upcoming adaptation of the best-selling novel Robopocalypse.

Jaws, E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, Close Encounters of the Third Kind ... the man who brought us some of the greatest genre films of all time will finally be at Comic-Con, so if you're down there, get in line early for this!

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