Comic-Con 2019, Day 1: Sleepless In San Diego
Added 07-19-19 07:06:01am EST - “San Diego Comic-Con kicked off Thursday, with more than 130,000 attendees expected. Big draws of the day were Lin-Manuel Miranda and Arnold Schwarzenegger ?" and a surprise appearance from Tom Cruise.” - Npr.org
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Godzilla — who's celebrating his own 65th birthday this year — watches over convention-goers on preview night at San Diego Comic Con. Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images hide caption
Godzilla — who's celebrating his own 65th birthday this year — watches over convention-goers on preview night at San Diego Comic Con.
A good convention is almost a ritual space — a time and place away from time and place. Once you step through that glass door and swipe your badge, you could be anywhere, anywhen; the hours pass by outside and you don't notice. It's almost as if the rest of the world doesn't exist — you are at Comic-Con. You have always been at Comic-Con. What I'm trying to say, here, is that I've barely been here 24 hours and I already don't know which way is up or really what day it is. Mallory, I hope you're less disoriented than I am.
Wednesday is usually fairly quiet here. The convention's not officially open yet, although Preview Night starts at 5:30 and almost immediately the show floor is swarmed with fans lining up for autographs and merch; one of my roommates scored an ultra-limited edition resin sculpture of an adorable dumpster fire. (One of only 12 available per day! Ah, the joy of the hunt.)
And of course the real hard-core fans are already lining up for the panels in Hall H, the massive 6500-seater venue where all the really big stuff happens. Official line-camping begins at 6am Wednesday — and I do mean camping; people show up with sleeping bags, coolers, shade tents and portable speakers. I heard a lot of excitement about the Marvel Studios panel on Saturday, but the big draw is Lin-Manuel Miranda, who's here with his castmates in the new HBO adaptation of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series. Apparently this is his first Comic-Con — poor guy, I hope he makes it through.
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