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    San Diego Comic Con Preview Night

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Weszor is attending his third San Diego Comic-Con: 'Definitely great so far! Seems a little note relaxed than last time. "The Flash" screening was pretty fantastic.'
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    Thousands of comic and pop culture enthusiasts swarmed San Diego tonight for Preview Night at Comic Con International’s flagship convention.

    Though the official kickoff of the country’s largest fan convention is tomorrow, lines wrapped around the San Diego Convention Center for attendees with access to the Wednesday events. While there were no official panels schedules, the exhibit hall was already packed as buyers grabbed up exclusives toys and merchandise.

    Upstairs, Ballroom 20 held its annual screenings for Warner Bros. pilot series with 'The Flash,' 'Constantine,' and a new episode of 'Teen Titans Go!' A screening of 'iZombie' had been cancelled due to extensive recasting of the pilot episode. At the start of the screenings, Ballroom 20 reached about half its capacity, a number sure to grow in the upcoming days.

    Outside the convention center, the atmosphere of the Gaslamp Quarter was in full SDCC mode. Several bars and shops were decked with signs, special events, and complete overalls. SyFy decked out a building in 'Ascension' artwork while, next door, a 'Pixels' arcade sign lit up the mild night.

    Offsite events this year include a parkour course directly across from the convention center, created for the 'Assassin’s Creed' gaming franchise, and a zip line for Fox’s 'Gotham.' Most buildings were completed as Preview Night kicked off, but a few still remained off-limits, such as a dome promoting NBC’s 'Constantine.'

    As the convention gets underway, over 130,000 people are expected to attend this year’s convention. Panels will offer a wide selection of interests, with comics still taking the top spot, according to SDCCBlog.com

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