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Comic Con 2023: Preview Day

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Wednesday was a day of setup for Comic Con 2023. I call it preview day. The Studio installations were in construction or finalizing the last details for opening on Thursday. You can see a bit of those in the slideshow above. The wraps of the various buildings will tell you exactly what upcoming shows or current hits the studios want to publicize.

Of course, while things looked fascinating going up, I suspect the crowds will be extreme to get inside and thus keep me away from them since my tolerance for lines is practically nil. But seeing them on what I call Comic Con Preview Day was cool.

Sadly, lines were already evident inside. Preview Night started in the Exhibit Hall on Wednesday at 6 p.m. I hoped to buy something from the Studio Ghibli booth. Long line. The DC Booth was no better so that Sandman Death shirt will just have to wait. Loungefly/Funko was a madhouse as usual. I checked out the Star Trek: Strange New Worlds experience.

In short, I found Preview Night a bad night to get a look at the con floor as the crowds after exclusives rolled in. I would have better luck the next day. (More on that tomorrow.)

I also had better luck early in the day. As I was wandering about the back of the convention center, I stumbled across the ferry to Coronado Island, just about to leave. An $8 fare and 15 minutes later, I was walking around sunny Coronado, eventually stopping to eat lunch at a brew pub. It was relaxing, fascinating, and a good way to spend the afternoon.

Convention Center & downtown San Diego 2023
A view of the Convention Center from Coronado Island. Photo copyright Corrina Lawson

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