In-person convention draws thousands in costume – KIRO 7 News Seattle

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Comic-Con 2022 flooded with pop culture fans Costumed fans flocked to Comic-Con in person for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began. (DTM)

SAN DIEGO — After two years of reduced conventions, Comic-Con is back with hordes of cosplayers, fans and stars at the San Diego Convention Center.

Thousands of fans swarmed San Diego on Thursday for the first day of the convention, nearly all wearing the required masks.

One of the biggest draws to San Diego Comic-Con are the previews and panels of upcoming movies and TV shows, sometimes with actors in attendance to talk about their work.

This year’s panels include:

  • Warner Bros. and DC Universe’s “Black Adam.”
  • “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” from Amazon.
  • HBO Max’s “Game of Thrones” spin-off “House of the Dragon.”
  • Marvel should tease “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” and “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.”
  • “Shazam!: Fury of the Gods” by Warner Bros.

According to AP, the pandemic necessitated virtual versions of Comic-Con over the summers of 2020 and 2021 and a scaled-down in-person version in November.

Before the pandemic, Comic-Con typically had over 130,000 attendees.

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