Comic-Con ends with star-packed weekend

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SAN DIEGO — Comic-Con will conclude its five-day run in San Diego Sunday with a schedule of events geared for children.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Characters of Comic-Con 2014

Among other things, the slate includes panels and presentations on Lego’s “Legends of Chima,” new animated comedies from Nickelodeon and a new “Tom and Jerry” film.

Panels are also scheduled for television programs for older viewers including “Supernatural,” “The Following” and “Sons of Anarchy.”

The annual celebration of the popular arts attracted to San Diego about 130,000 often-garishly costumed people, many from out of town and some from other countries, making it the largest trade show held at the convention center.

The convention has expanded into nearby venues, including the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, prompting city officials to plan for a major expansion of the area’s primary meeting facility. Other cities with larger convention centers have been tempting Comic-Con organizers to move for years.

Because of the large crowds, organizers encourage attendees to use the San Diego Trolley and the North County Transit District’s Coaster train. The Metropolitan Transit Systems says the Green Line trolley to the convention center and Gaslamp Quarter will run every seven and a half minutes — twice as often as normal — during Comic-Con.

The trolley system will also offer paperless tickets on its new mticket mobile application.

Pre-paid parking at the convention center and Hilton Bayfront is sold out.

Free shuttles will run between the convention center and hotels in downtown, Mission Valley, Shelter Island and Harbor Island. Shuttle service will run until 7 p.m.

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