Comic-Con kicks off in San Diego
A model looms over Comic-Con attendees during the Preview Night event on Day 1 of the 2013 Comic-Con International Convention on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 in San Diego, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The zombies, superheroes, space aliens, pirates and time travelers taking over the streets of downtown San Diego can only mean one thing: Comic-Con is here!
The 44th annual pop-culture extravaganza kicked off Wednesday with preview night, which grants early access to the show floor to attendees with four-day passes.
Lines snaked around both outside and inside the San Diego Convention Center with guests queuing up to collect freebies and have first crack at such limited-edition collectibles as a 2-foot-tall "Transformers" action figure and a Barbie doll depicting Julie Newmar as Catwoman.
CORRECTS CHARACTER SUBJECT IS DRESSED AS TO DEADPOOL INSTEAD OF SPIDERMAN - Jonah Duhe, dressed as Deadpool, waits in line during the Preview Night event on Day 1 of the 2013 Comic-Con International Convention on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 in San Diego. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Invision/AP)
"It's totally worth it," said 22-year-old fan James Chen, who sported a pink "Dragon Ball Z" headset that he picked up on the show floor. "I just bought this scouter, and I've had 10 people ask me where I got it. That doesn't happen anywhere else in the world."
Some fans began camping out on the grass near the convention center with hopes of being the first in line for Thursday presentations featuring the stars of TV shows like "Dexter" and films such as "Divergent."
Fans walks past blow up Team Titans figures outside the San Diego Convention Center as they head to the Preview Night event on Day 1 of the 2013 Comic-Con International Convention on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, in San Diego. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Invision/AP)
Inside on the show floor, attendees posed for photos with zombies on a prison set from "The Walking Dead" and amid a jungle landscape with the alien from "Predator." They also lined up to play the upcoming Xbox One and PlayStation 4 game consoles and gawk at such costumes as Tom Cruise's mechanized armor from "Edge of Tomorrow" and Superman costumes from various movies and TV shows.