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Comic Con opens to big crowds

A LIFE-SIZED Iron Man toy and larger-than-life Transformers - in both car and robot form - welcomed fans to the 40th annual Comic Con in the United States.

The pop-culture convention opened at the San Diego Convention Center in California on Wednesday.

Thousands of fans swarmed the oceanfront center when the doors were opened to weekend-pass holders. Fans immediately lined up for freebies and raced to snap up the most in-demand toys and comic books.

It was standing room only at the Comic Con preview, as fans wearing Spider Man T-shirts and G.I. Joe caps checked out the offerings from movie studios.

From immortal bloodsuckers and 19th century forensics pioneers to flying suits of armor and an all-new breed of live-action 3-D, the essence of this year's hottest properties at Comic Con can be found deep in the past, or far into the future.

"Twilight" proved to be the most rabid fan-feeding frenzy at last year's Comic-Con, and its sequel, "New Moon," based on the second novel in the vampire series by Stephenie Meyer, stands out among the savory offerings being presented.

Other highlights include "Tron," a reboot of the 1980s sci-fi classic, Tim Burton's take on "Alice in Wonderland" and an early look at "Iron Man 2." James Cameron will also preview "Avatar," a futuristic adventure that promises a new level of 3-D based on technology the "Titanic" director helped develop.

The festival began as a comic-book convention in 1970 and, over four decades, has evolved into an expansive pop-culture buffet that includes video games, TV shows, major movies and A-listers from the worlds of film, television and publishing.

"It's the Las Vegas of conventions for this type of material," said Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, owner and chief executive of the Gotham Group. "It's an opportunity for fans to meet artists and buy artwork and see new stuff that's coming out... Plus it's a circus in terms of the people who show up there in full regalia."


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