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San Diego Comic-Con 2015

San Diego trolley

San Diego bus

Super navigator

Gandalf

Walking Dead

Comic-Con cosplay

Portal

DC Comics

Comic-Con lines

Warcraft the movie

Merch table

Adult Swim

Makeup artist

Artists' Alley

Daenerys

The Flash

Lines at Comic-Con

People watching

Lord Vader

Cosplay

Outside

Taking a break

Around town

Around town

Gaslamp District

Heroes

Sharknado

The Expanse

Around town

Mobile Iron Throne

Petco Park

Petco

Walking Dead

Saved by beer

Cosplay

SAN DIEGO--What began in 1970 as a gathering of a few hundred comic book fans has grown into the largest convention of its kind in the world, a four-day celebration of pop culture in all its forms that is attended by more than 130,000 people. What is unique about San Diego Comic-Con is the way it takes over a sizable chunk of downtown San Diego. You don't even have to have a badge to enjoy the convention -- a lot of the action is outside the hall.

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Whether you arrive by trolley...

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...or by bus, the presence of Comic-Con is unmistakable.

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The convention can be hard to navigate. This fellow seems to have it under control, however.

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If you're lost, you can always ask a wizard.

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Inside the hall you'll find lots of advertising for films, TV and comics.

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...and, of course, many fans in costume.

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Displays by the big guns in pop culture.

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Lines for autographs, lines for merchandise, lines for giveaways.

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You'll see advertising for upcoming films.

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There's merchandise galore for sale.

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Here's cable network Adult Swim's display.

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You can get lessons on how to turn people into demons.

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This is just a portion of Artists' Alley, where creators can show off their work.

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A cosplayer's bold prediction of who will win the Iron Throne.

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The Flash is ready!

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It's more lines! Always lines.

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At least you are waiting in a beautiful place. (Pro tip: The Hilton Bar is a great place to celebrity- and people-watch during the con.)

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A mob of stormtroopers and sand people turned out to worship their lord.

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Team Fortress 2's Pyro and Payday: The Heist's Dallas keep calm and game on with a fan.

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When the convention center gets to be too much, there's plenty of action outside.

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Many Comic-Con activities take place outside of the convention center, spilling into the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village, including this elaborate presentation for Assassin's Creed (viewed from the convention center across the trolley and train tracks).

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Powdered Toast Man, spokesperson for powdered toast and superhero extraordinaire.

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The Gaslamp District is transformed.

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Heroes walk among us.

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Beware! Sharknado 3 is coming.

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This is for SyFy's upcoming series, "The Expanse."

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Another shot of "The Expanse"-ive building facade.

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Everybody wants to sit in the Iron Throne, especially those who've had quite enough walking for the day.

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Meanwhile, there's a lot going on at Petco Park, where the San Diego Padres play.

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...including "The Walking Dead: Escape"

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Thankfully, after being chased by Walkers, you have plenty of opportunities for refreshment.

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Just remember, what happens at Comic-Con...

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