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Comic Con 2013 Recap
Posted by Alice Perez on Jul 22, 2013 - 7:30:02 AM

San Diego, California home to the annual Comic Con event.
SAN DIEGO—The streets of Downtown San Diego lied empty under the beating California sun on Tuesday, July 16, but later that night that changed with sci-fi fans from all around the world driving and flying into San Diego to attend the 44th Annual San Diego Comic Con at the San Diego Convention Center. Hollywood stars left movie sets and headed to San Diego to attend panels where fans can ask their dying questions, get their signatures, get their photos, and earn some free swag. Canyon News was there at the event giving the up-to-the-minute-news on Comic Con 2013.

Comic Con was a four-day event from July 18 to July 21, Jim Nutting, from Ramona, California said, “In my opinion, Comic-Con is one of the most important events in San Diego. It puts on a good face for our city and not just the city, but all the surrounding communities as well. It brings millions of dollars to local businesses as well. It's great to see folks in costumes and families enjoying themselves. I hear people say year after year that they are so glad to be in San Diego for Comic-Con.”


Alice in Wonderland fans can't wait from ABC's Once Upon A Time In Wonderland this fall.
People from all walks of life attended the event from bronies (bro’s who like My Little Ponies) to Trekkies, and even some Twi-hards from last year.  Surprisingly, the throngs of adoring fans weren’t lined up days in advance like last year and began trickling in Wednesday and Thursday. Sharron Lottes, 29, from Surprise, Arizona, said “I think the Twilight phenomenon helped to fuel the frenzy a bit, but part of Comic Con’s growth is also due to prevalence of social media. Twitter and Tumblr and fan devotion drive people to new heights of fandom and Comic Con is the ultimate expression of that. There is no better gathering of fans in the world. This is my happy place.”


Wind, rain, or shine, fans from around the world came to the corner of Park Boulevard and Harbor Boulevard to stand in-line for hours, and even days just to get a coveted spot stationing themselves under the white tents unrolling their sleeping bars, assembling their lawn chairs, and their pop-up stools to two of the top destinations Hall H and Ballroom 20. Sylvia Torres, 22, from Whittier arrived to the tents at Comic Con on Tuesday, July 16 two days before the event to line-up for Hall H. When Torres arrived low and behold she discovered she was the first one in-line for Comic Con. “I feel Dauntless (divergent reference) and Cold *hugs blanket.* This is my first year and I'm first in line!!! I cannot contain my excitement!  Let the nerd fest begin! I just hope I don't freeze to death!” said Torres.


Every fan for every fandom was in-line: “Divergent” fans, “Dr. Who” fans, “Sherlock” fans, “Game of Thrones” fans, you name it they were all there in San Diego. “This is my first year at comic con so I'm most excited for the experience.  As far as panels go I'm most excited to see “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.” Most of the cast will be attending,” said Torres. “I am most looking forward to “Sherlock” and “Doctor Who” panels this year. It’s Sherlock’s first SDCC panel and should be amazing!! With Matt Smith leaving Doctor Who I think this will be a very emotional panel for everyone as well as an exciting one as there are still lots of secrets to be revealed,” she added.


In Exhibit E the best of the best in the film and television industry show-off their over-the-top booths.
Attendees of the event received along with their badge around a Dexter lanyard, a backpack full of goodies that included: a Comic Con Events Guide, a Comic Con Collector’s book, and a cape! From dusk till dawn, on Thursday, July 18, attendees in-line all had groggy and sleepy eyes after camping out the windy and chilly night before with a Starbucks cup in one hand and a smartphone in the other. Once the clock struck 10 a.m. Comic Con 2013 kicked-off with everyone going to the hearts desires lining up for Hall H and Ballroom 20 again, lining up for autographs, and lining up for exhibitions in Exhibit Hall E.


In Exhibit Hall E was home to every television and movie franchise with their over-the-top booths and television screens all under one roof. It was also a steampunks galore, which is a combination of steam-powered machinery meets the turn of the century during Britain in the 19th century. “I think it's grown so popular because it’s not just about comics anymore. There are panels for all nerd/geek types. Movies, TV show books, anime, etc... There is something for everyone,” said Torres.


Comic Con is more than just running around in tights as your favorite superheroes, but about connecting with other fans from around the world. Jacob Schultz, 22, of Eagle Creek, Oregon said, “It’s a gathering of fans of all sorts of things that I like, and hanging with fellow fans is great fun.” So next year. gather your friends and click on the badge purchase at the same time to have a higher chance of getting a ticket and come down to San Diego next year for Comic Con 2014.


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