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Comic Con kicks off in San Diego with a bang

SAN DIEGO (NBC) - All sorts of costumed characters have taken over the annual pop culture mega-convention known as Comic Con in San Diego for the next few days.

The summer ritual for the past four decades has become the go-to place for fans of the fantastic, and the people who create it.

Since Monday, fans of the Twilight saga have camped out outside the convention center.

Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner are all expected to take part in the panel discussion of the next installment of the "Twilight" saga, Breaking Dawn, which opens in November.

The four-day convention celebrates all things science fiction, fantasy and super heroes, both in print and on the big screen.

"At this point, Comic Con is about every aspect of pop culture," said Entertainment Weekly's Darren Franich.

Some 130,000 people are expected to attend, many dressed for the occasion.

"Comic books didn't sell out to pop culture. Pop culture kind of found its way to comic books," said Franich.

In fact, one of the biggest comic book heroes, Spider Man, will grab the spotlight Friday when Andrew Garfield appears to tease next summer's big screen reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man.

"They're going to give it the full 360 degrees, like, 'Here's what you can expect from the movie, now love us and forget about the earlier movies,'" said Franich.

It's a part of what annually makes San Diego the place to be for all things fantastical.

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