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Comic-Con kicks off in San Diego

Posted at 10:05 AM, Jul 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-20 10:05:02-04

SAN DIEGO (KSWB/CNN) - Comic-Con is all set to kick off Thursday and run through Sunday.

That means more than 100,000 people, many of them in full costume or regalia, are in San Diego taking over the convention center.

Comic-Con is a mesmerizing experience, with plenty of things to look at and photograph.

"It's very crazy and kind of stressful, but in the end, it's like a great experience being with all these other people who are interested in the same things," said visitor Darcy Gillman. "You're surrounded by thousands of other people who are just as excited as you are. It's so much fun."

Believe it not, people here said waiting in long lines is all part of the fun.

"You get to meet people," said attendee Megan Coleman. "That's part of the fun."

Kids of all ages are here, and many dress the part even if it means wearing nothing but cardboard.

"Now, it's not just a nerd thing, it's pop culture and that's what makes it exciting," said visitor Dominique Castaneda. "All these eclectic groups of people together, and it's a great experience, see what it's like to engage in a movie or be part of super hero saga."

Castaneda is here from Colorado. She and many others are willing to sleep outside and count down the minutes as they wait to go inside, where they'll walk the floor, attend panels and meet exhibitors who are trying to make their mark in the industry - people like Joe Carroney.

"This is one of the biggest shows, if not the biggest aside from New York Comic-Con," Carroney said. "So yeah, it's all worth the effort."

Carroney said the exposure to all these people is why he comes here and maybe break even when the Power Rangers, Mystique and "the Woman in Red" all go home.

"The fans love to spend, there's over 100,000 fans here who love comic books, Star Wars, all the fun, geeky TV shows," Carroney said.

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