Thousands of fans dressed as their favorite superhero, fantasy character or cult comic gather in San Diego for the 2014 Comic-Con Convention. Phil Furey reports.
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Thousands of fans donning their best costume play outfits gathered at the San Diego Convention Center on Thursday (July 24) for the opening day of Comic-Con.
It is a social experience unlike any other, where loud and proud geeks share their love of everything nerdy, from anime to all-American superheroes to popular television shows.
Super-fan Matthew Tackett drove all the way from Dallas, Texas to attend his first ever Comic-Con.
SOUNDBITE: Matthew Tackett, saying (English):
"The entire culture. Being able to come out here, see a bunch of great costumes, hang out with my friends and look around and see a lot of great artwork, a lot of great figures and it's just a lot of fun."
In recent years, Comic-Con has turned from a fan gathering into something much bigger, often hosting blockbuster premieres.
Some fans see this mixture of cultures as an evolution for Comic-Con, like Analise Smith-Hinkluy
SOUNDBITE: Analise Smith-Hinkluy, saying (English):
"I think there's a good opportunity though for people, if they came for the big studios and they came for the popular culture and they're not as immersed in sort of the original comic nerd culture they'll be exposed to it and so I think Comic-Con is making true fans of people even if they didn't originally come for that, so I think that's one of those extra little, I mean I hope that's the case."
The annual four-day convention, now in its 45th year, attract more than 125,000 people to the city of San Diego.
The event runs through Sunday July 27.
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