Day One at San Diego Comic-Con International

Out & About

It was a dark and stormy morning….

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You thought I was going to say “stormy night”

That was 5:00 a.m., the start of the first day of San Diego Comic-Con International, July 9. It didn’t look promising. While it was partly cloudy all day with dark, stormy clouds, it didn’t rain.

Police were out in force to protect the crowds from, uh, the crowds.

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Many of the ubiquitous fire-engine red cars of the San Diego Trolley had been turned into rolling advertisements.

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Petco Park was a huge advertisement.

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The advertisement says “Evil isn’t born. It’s made.” Petco Park is where the San Diego Padres attempt to play professional baseball. Coincidence?

At 6:00 a.m., the line for the great H hall, which seats just over 6,100, had just over 6,100 people under the tents. The first person in line said that he had camped out since 6:00 p.m. the day before for an event that wasn’t occurring until 10:00 a.m.

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Lines were long everywhere.

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San Diego’s most beautiful skyscraper hotels had been turned into advertising monoliths.

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Once the convention got under way, crowds seemed to multiply exponentially.

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Even the Coaster, San Diego’s heavy rail commuter train, got involved in the action.

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Santa Fe Depot in San DiegoThe Coaster normally stops several miles away at the historic Santa Fe Depot, but it was bringing trainloads of people into the downtown area.

I thought it was interesting that people standing in lines weren’t wearing anything special other than Superman and Batman shirts, Sharknado caps, and such. But once convention proceedings got underway, costumes seemed to come out of the woodwork. Here are the first four I saw:

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Tomorrow’s post is “Music on Mondays” but on Tuesday, I’ll have a wide selection of the best costumes from my two days at San Diego Comic-Con International.

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