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Fans start lining up as Comic-Con floor opens

Comic-Con is all about bringing fans close to the artists and properties they love - after navigating crowds and waiting in line.

The lineups began as soon as the San Diego Convention Center opened its doors. Fans with four-day passes to the sold-out pop-culture spectacular gained early admission to the showroom floor Wednesday night, where they were the first to see a 10-foot-tall Transformer, a Lego Spider-Man and a life-sized, road-ready Hot Wheels car inspired by Darth Vader.

Some planned to wait in line overnight for a chance to attend the most popular film and TV presentations, which begin Thursday. But first, they queued up inside the convention center to buy limited-edition toys released just for the festival.

"You buy it here, you sell it on eBay and it pays for your whole trip," said Chris Schultz, a 26-year-old from Edmonton, Canada. After shopping at the Marvel booth, where he bought "Guardians of the Galaxy" merchandise in multiples, he was set to "give up all night in line" to earn a spot inside the 6,500-seat exhibition hall where movie and TV studios present exclusive previews of anticipated properties.

"For Hall H, it's worth it," he said.

"Game of Thrones" and "The Walking Dead" are expected to be major draws, as are panels from Warner Bros. and Marvel Studios.

Ten-year conventioneer Sandra Licea, 22, began waiting in line at 7 a.m. Wednesday for a DreamWorks Animation panel Thursday featuring Benedict Cumberbatch.

But even those who don't make it into Hall H can get a taste of their favorite programs on the showroom floor. "The Walking Dead" offered a recreation of its Terminus set, inviting fans to creep through a dark tunnel and have their photo taken in the jail-like setting. The A&E show "Bates Motel" also had a photo booth, where fans could pose with taxidermy animals.

After more than four decades of Comic-Con, the festival has outgrown the San Diego Convention Center and spills out onto neighboring streets and hotels. A giant Parkour course occupies the normally vacant grassy area just across from the convention center, while the nearby baseball stadium, Petco Park, boasts a Fun House built by Adult Swim.

Wonder Women, Batmen and other costumed characters fill the downtown streets, where businesses have been transformed into temporary showcases for video games, toys and movies.

"You can't get this stuff anywhere else," said Lionel Torres, 47, who traveled from North Carolina to buy collectible toys and indulge in community fandom. "People are fighting for a place in line, but there's camaraderie out there."

Comic-Con, which attendee Sara Brushaber described as "the nerd hub of the world," continues through Sunday.

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tsr5112 July 24 2014 at 11:14 AM

Man! Some people REALLY need to move out of their folks "basement apartment" or "attic studeo" and get a life.

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skevwe tsr5112 July 24 2014 at 4:54 PM

Some people really need to go back to school to learn how to spell.

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vondrazy July 24 2014 at 10:43 AM

I'm sure this was alot of fun for all involved!!!

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mgt0331 July 24 2014 at 11:30 AM

Everything in life can't be taken so seriously. Gotta have some good clean fun sometimes. I can't wait to see who will connect Obama to this, please give it a try, I need a good laugh. It's usually me, but I'm tapped out.

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lletraw July 24 2014 at 6:29 PM

Have fun, goofy young ones. I wonder how many Leonards are there, trying to find a Penny? And vice versa, of course.

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coopdabomb July 24 2014 at 12:07 PM

This is nowhere near as much fun to watch as a gay rights parade.

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socraticknight July 24 2014 at 3:26 PM

Triumph the insult comic dog should be at this year's comic-con, not to mention every dnc event held during presidential elections. watch this youtube video of Triumph at his best>>>>>>>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RGohIKxc9M

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naes615 July 24 2014 at 2:54 PM

This is the annual celebration of virgins.

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Mike July 24 2014 at 2:45 PM

They have a pretty big convention here in Atlanta. Not so big into this stuff to pay to go into the venue, but I'd kind of like to see the parade. I think that would be fun.

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CHUCK July 24 2014 at 1:19 PM

Such a small world they live in. Wow.

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Sue and furballs CHUCK July 24 2014 at 2:25 PM

You've forgotten (or never knew) how good it fells to throw your everyday hassles away and enjoy some good old carefree childish fun. I'm a pensioner but I remember...and I envy them and pity you.

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sutt202 Sue and furballs July 24 2014 at 3:28 PM

I'm 73 and think Comic Con is the greatest. PS, Sue, my two furballs are dogs. But I love cats too.

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swc25 July 24 2014 at 10:52 AM

Nerds run amok!

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