Thursday, July 21, 2011

Comic-Con 2011 Preview Night

[Spectra and her cardboard look-alike are ready to greet fans during Preview Night at Comic-Con.]

The APS Outreach team is once again in San Diego for this year's Comic-Con International! During last night's preview night, the team passed out free
comic books about the laser superhero Spectra and the classic Tesla v. Edison comic.

[Classic comics on sale at Comic-Con 2011.]

Kids ran up to the real-life Spectra for hugs and autographs and the team handed out about 3,000 copies of each comic over the three-hour preview. Several visitors to the booth came for the third installment of the Spectra series, having collected Spectras one and two last year. One young visitor told the team about how her class read the Spectra comics aloud in school.

[About 130,000 people are expected at the 2011 Comic-Con International in San Diego.]

The local ABC affiliate's morning news showed people camped out at the entrance of the San Diego Convention Center early this morning. Tickets for the event sold out within minutes, the TV station said, and around 130,000 people are expected at the event which generates about $2.8 million in tax revenue for the city.

Check back at Physics Buzz for more from Comic-Con!

[A Cartoon Network character on the streets of San Diego's Gaslamp quarter.]

[The line lengthens before the start of Preview Night.]

[APS Outreach team member Flash is ready to greet Spectra fans.]

[Spectra hands out copies of the comic book series that feature her and her laser superpowers.]

[The Bone booth, APS' Comic-Con neighbor, has one sweet physics demo to draw crowds.]

[Jeff Smith, author of the RASL and Bone comic books, flips the switch to get his booth started!]

[Our favorite physics-related app was available in plush-toy form!]

[Preview night attendees walk in front of the DC Comics booth.]

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