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Attend Comic Con
Originally showcasing primarily comic books and science fiction/fantasy related film, television, and similar popular arts, the convention now includes a larger range of pop culture and entertainment elements across virtually all genres, including horror, animation, anime, manga, toys, collectible card games, video games, webcomics, and fantasy novels. According to Forbes, the convention is the "largest convention of its kind in the world"!
Here are reasons to join the festivities:
This is where to see it first
Trailers, TV pilots and many more anticipated creations debut here — and often become the talk of the Internet in the hours, days and weeks to come.
And buy it first
Fans of Star Wars, My Little Pony and other franchises are expected to line up to buy exclusive , limited-edition collectibles (even if they wind up selling them on eBay).
There's an open dress code
Whether it's a homemade superhero costume, a pair of steampunk goggles or Game of Thrones T-shirt, anything goes at Comic-Con; differences aren't only accepted, they're embraced.
Every moment is Instagrammable
The only thing more popular than wearing a costume is snapping a photo of someone wearing a costume.
Frame-worthy art awaits
Pack a sketchbook and take advantage of the talent in Artists' Alley, where many folks are happy to draw whatever your heart desires.
Your heroes are ready to mingle
Aside from panels, Celebs can usually be found strolling the convention floor or sipping cocktails at a hotel bar. As long as you're not in the bathroom, It's generally OK to say hello.
Kids are welcome
And if you do bring 'em, make sure to stick around on Sunday, which is packed with family-friendly panels and events.
Your childhood lives here
You can discover the "next big thing" at Comic-Con, but you can also revisit fuzzy memories with everything from retro toy retailers to appearances by veteran talents from the '60s, '70s and beyond.
No tickets? No problem
Thanks to free local events and nightly parties, it's possible to have a great time in San Diego without even stepping into the convention center.
Go forth, find your tribe
Since nearly every pop-culture passion is represented at Comic-Con, it's likely you'll make a few new friends.