Set phasers for fun! Comic-Con fans and celebrities take San Diego by storm
- Over 130,000 attendees are expected during the four-day convention
- Started in 1970 as a one day event attended by only 100 people
By Ryan Gorman Daily Mail PUBLISHED: 20 July 2013
Seemingly bigger and better every year, San Diego’s annual Comic-Con attracts movie and comic buffs, as well as the stars of their favorite movies and TV shows, there’s something for everyone at Comic-Con.
The four day celebration of all things pop culture, often called the ‘nerd prom,’ is chock full of autograph sessions, interviews, panels, photo ops and screenings filled to capacity with the costumed, caped and the beautiful.
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone even unveiled their latest movie Thursday night at the convention. ‘Escape Plan’ puts the two aging action stars in the roles of prison-escape artists locked up in the world’s most secure prison.
Started in 1970 as San Diego’s Golden State Comic-Minicon, the first Comic-Con had only 100 attendees on its only day, according to convention organizers. The four day event from Thursday to Sunday now attracts over 130,000 attendees and boasts an independent film festival and a comic industry awards show, both held at satellite locations.
Guests this year include Metallica’s Lars Ullrich, ‘Big Bang Theory’s Kelly Cuoco, WWE’s Rob Van Dam, comic book illustrators and writers, voice actors and more. Film critic Leonard Maltin, movie stars Bai Ling and Harrison Ford also make appearances at this year’s convention.
This year also features an ‘X-Files’ reunion and Metallica Day, among the near-endless scheduled events.
The best part of Comic-Con, most everyone will agree, is the costumes! From the geeky to the racy, the costume is king. Take a look at some of MailOnline’s favorite costumes below!