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New reality: And the geek shall inherit the earth

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AMC's "The Walking Dead" got a boost from being promoted at Comic-Con. Andrew Lincoln, left, as Rick Grimes, Danai Gurira as Michonne and Melissa Ponzio as Karen in a scene from Episode 16, "Welcome to the Tombs," from Season 3 of the series.

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Chloe Bennet, left, Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain De Caestecker, Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, and Brett Dalton star in "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D," which premieres this fall on ABC

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Samuel L. Jackson visits Golden Apple Comics in Los Angeles twice a month. Does that make him a nerd? Go ahead and call him that. We dare you. Geeks now rule the American entertainment world -- and thus global popular culture in the 21st century. The biggest rock stars at Comic-Con this year weren't the guys in Metallica and Weezer, but the fellows named Joss Whedon, Robert Kirkman and Neil Gaiman.
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    • AMC's “The Walking Dead” got a boost from being promoted at Comic-Con. Andrew Lincoln, left, as Rick Grimes, Danai Gurira as Michonne and Melissa Ponzio as Karen in a scene from Episode 16, “Welcome to the Tombs,” from Season 3 of the series.
    • Chloe Bennet, left, Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain De Caestecker, Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, and Brett Dalton star in “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D,” which premieres this fall on ABC
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