Peter JacksonComic-Con, a world showcase of pop-culture, has been trying to land Peter Jackson for the last decade since it was announce that he would helm the three-film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of The Rings.” Jackson sent along video to the mega-show for both LOTR and King Kong but for the first time the now big-time director will make the show in person.

He will make his home in the convention’s biggest room, the already famous 6,500 Hall H, for two consecutive panels on Friday, July 24. He will be on hand to promote the film he is producing for Sony “District 9” along with director Neil Blomkamp and star Sharlto Copley.

At 6:30 later that same evening, the New Zealander will join another directing icon James Cameron (“Avatar”) while Entertainment Weekly moderates an hour-long discussion between the two regarding how technology and culture will evolve and affect the future of film as both entertainment and art.

Other Tolkien-themed panels at the convention include:
* staffers will explore the known facts and the latest rumors regarding Guillermo del Toro’s “The Hobbit,” film just months before it goes into full blown production. Richard Taylor from Weta is expected to join the panel for an update on what Weta has been up to. Thursday, July 23, 10:30 a.m., room 7AB.

* Saturday’s LOTR-related event is actor John Noble appearing with the cast of his hit show “Fringe”, Saturday, July 25, 7 p.m., Ballroom 20.

And of course you can always visit the Weta booth, buy shirts at the SlaveBoy Films booth and see Sideshow Collectible’s Comic-Con exclusive LOTR items and socialize and shop until you drop!