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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The comics industry's version of the Oscars is  scheduled for tonight at Comic-Con International, the massive celebration of  the popular arts in downtown San Diego.

The 26th annual Eisner Awards, set for 8 p.m. at the Hilton San Diego  Bayfront Hotel, will honor comics creators and works in 30 categories. Awards  will be handed out for best writer and artist, best new series and best single  issue -- among many others.

The awards are named for Will Eisner, the creator of ``The Spirit'' who  died in 2005.

Earlier in the day, Ron Diamond's 15th annual Animation Show of Shows  will feature a selection of the best award-winning animated shorts from around  the world. The event is set for 10:15 a.m. in Hall H of the convention center.

Today also figures to be a big day for star-watching.

Among the celebrities scheduled to make appearances are ``Harry Potter''  series actor Daniel Radcliffe and actress Salma Hayek. The two will premiere  a trailer for the upcoming film ``Horns.''

Also expected to take part in panel discussions or other events are  Samuel L. Jackson, to promote the film ``Kingsmen: The Secret Service;''  Channing Tatum, at a panel on the animated release ``Book of Life;'' Evangeline  Lilly, who will introduce her first illustrated children's book ``The  Squickerwonkers;'' Rose McIver, to promote the new television series  ``iZombie;'' ``The Walking Dead'' star Andrew Lincoln; and David Boreanaz and  Emily Deschanel of ``Bones.''

Comics legend Stan Lee, who was set to make appearances today and  Saturday, had to back out at the last minute because he lost his voice,  according to The Hollywood Reporter. The report said the 91-year-old co-creator  of ``Avengers,'' ``Hulk,'' ``Spider-Man'' and ``X-Men'' had laryngitis.

Pre-paid parking at the convention center and Hilton Bayfront is sold out.

Free shuttles will run between the convention center and hotels in  downtown, Mission Valley, Shelter Island and Harbor Island. Shuttle service  will run 24 hours a day until Sunday at 7 p.m.

Organizers encourage attendees to use the San Diego Trolley and the  North County Transit District's Coaster train. The Metropolitan Transit Systems  says the Green Line trolley to the convention center and Gaslamp Quarter will  run every seven and a half minutes -- twice as often as normal -- during Comic- Con.

The trolley system will also offer paperless tickets on its new mticket  mobile application.

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