The wildly popular pop culture extravaganza known as Comic-Con International kicked off in downtown San Diego Thursday, luring celebrities to town to promote their projects to diehard fans, many of whom showed up in outlandish costumes.
Nearly 130,000 people are expected to attend this year’s sold-out Comic-Con. The event feeds tens of millions of dollars into the local economy.
Thursday’s highlights included a spotlight on The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2, featuring preview footage of the new film. Fans of the Twilight series began lining up outside the center on Sunday.