Comic-Con 2010: The Start of Something Strange

Preview night was just the beginning of Comic-Con 2010.

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Wednesday, July 21 was preview night at the 41st annual San Diego Comic-Con international.
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The first regular day of the annual convention of all things pop culture begins at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.
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Preview night is an opportunity for Comic-Con members to grab a sneak peek before the convention officially begins.
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Anime never gets old at Comic-con.
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San Diego MTS got in on the fun and temporarily changed trolley signs to Klingon.
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Costumed characters big and small waited in line to get into preview night.
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One of the most buzzed about films at this year's Comic-con, Tron has one of the year's most popular booths.
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The annual convention is one of the highlights of the year for the convention center, nearby businesses and hotels.
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Lines formed for the evening’s free screenings.
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The "Green Hornettes" are buzzing around Con.
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By far my favorite costume so far, the sock puppet.
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Fans can take photos posing in the very realistic set of The Walking Dead, premiering October 2010 on AMC network.
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Studios do anything to promote their films. This year's Comic-con finds many downtown buildings with a new look.
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The evening featured various events, including special programming and games.
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The massive exhibit hall also opened as well, showing off old favorites and the latest in comics, movies and pop-culture.
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Members also had the opportunity to check out the new home for anime and films in the Marriott Hotel and Marina.
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Screenings included a sneak peek of Fall pilots such as Nikita, starring Maggie Q.
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Members also had the opportunity to screen Jon Woo’s Red Cliff and the award winning indy film, Moon.
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Vamplet owner and creator Jaryl LaMort surrounds herself with her creation.
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Comic-Con runs through Sunday, July 25.
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Some convention attendees donned costumes to kick off the tradition of comic characters parading around San Diego's downtown area.
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While Shepard Fairey's art is on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art, his products (and a ton of knockoffs) can be found at Comic-con.
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Despite the fact that it was preview night, that didn’t stop attendees from going all out with their costumes.
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Riding the vampire trend, meet the Vamplets.
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Flynn's Arcade is glowing bright by nightfall.
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A view of one of a few Green Hornets outside the Candy Factory as crews worked to convert the space into Britte Reid's Garage.
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Woody and Buzz Lightyear got the Lego treatment.
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Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters!
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Promoting the film "Scott Pilgrim vs The World", the Hilton Bayfront got wrapped with "Scott Pilgrim vs. Comic-con".
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Wonder Woman still gets around.
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A delivery truck loaded games into "Flynn's", an arcade from the movie Tron.
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Half a car. Part of Britt Reid's Garage which took over the Candy Factory at Petco Park for the upcoming Green Hornet flick.
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A closeup of a gun on the Green Hornet
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Comic-Con fans in line.
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