COMIC-CON 2013 IN SAN DIEGO STORMED BY OVER 130,000 FANS AND CELEBRITIES DURING FOUR-DAY CONVENTION

Set phasers for fun! Comic-Con fans and celebrities take San Diego by storm

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.

 
Beam them up: People in Star Trek -themed costumes attend Comic-Con 2013 in San Diego Beam them up: People in Star Trek -themed costumes attend Comic-Con 2013 in San Diego

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.

 Not confined to sci-fi favorites like ‘Star Trek’ or ‘The X-Files,’ mainstream TV shows such as ‘Big Bang Theory’ have also begun to embrace the convention, with stars appearing on panels, signing autographs and taking pictures with endless streams of fans.
 
Escape Plan: Sylvester Stallone already looks be eying a way out of his appearance with Arnold Schwarzenegger at Comic Con 2013Escape Plan: Sylvester Stallone already looks be eying a way out of his appearance with Arnold Schwarzenegger at Comic Con 2013

 

 
Don't tell: Lars Ulrich of Metallica performs a secret concert during Comic-Con2013Don’t tell: Lars Ulrich of Metallica performs a secret concert during Comic-Con2013

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.

 
Star studded: Actress Bai Ling attends Star studded: Actress Bai Ling attends “The Walking Dead” 10th Anniversary Celebration Event during Comic-Con 2013

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!

 
When you wish upon a star: Fans dressed as Disney princesses pile into Comic-Con 2013When you wish upon a star: Fans dressed as Disney princesses pile into Comic-Con 2013

 

 
Gatchaman!: Linda Le is dressed as anime character Jun the Swan at Comic-ConGatchaman!: Linda Le is dressed as anime character Jun the Swan at Comic-Con

 

 
Hold out your hand, Frodo: Wilfred Harris, dressed as Gandalf, walks out of Comic-Con 2013Hold out your hand, Frodo: Wilfred Harris, dressed as Gandalf, walks out of Comic-Con 2013

 

 
Something for everyone: Costumed attendees wait to cross the street outside Comic-Con 2013Something for everyone: Costumed attendees wait to cross the street outside Comic-Con 2013

 

 
Dog of Steel: Beckham the dog sports a Superman costume during Comic Con 2013Dog of Steel: Beckham the dog sports a Superman costume during Comic Con 2013

 

 
Trick or treat!: This elaborate costume frightened more than a few children at Comic-Con 2013Trick or treat!: This elaborate costume frightened more than a few children at Comic-Con 2013

 

 
Family affair: Jamie Craig (L) and her husband Sam Craig (R) and son Aidan Craig wear Star Wars costumes at Comic-Con 2013Family affair: Jamie Craig (L) and her husband Sam Craig (R) and son Aidan Craig wear Star Wars costumes at Comic-Con 2013

 

 
Cool as ice: Amanda King wears an Ice Queen costume during Comic Con 2013Cool as ice: Amanda King wears an Ice Queen costume during Comic Con 2013

 
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2371558/Comic-Cons-celebrities-costumed-masses-San-Diego-storm.html#ixzz2ZcCCt9mf
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