Comic-Con kicks off with Wednesday night preview

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SAN DIEGO — The 45th annual Comic-Con International celebration of the popular arts is scheduled to begin Wednesday evening with a preview night event.

The sold-out trade show, which runs through Sunday at the San Diego Convention Center and nearby venues, is expected to attract 130,000 attendees, many from out of town and out of the country.

Comic-Con is the largest annual event at the convention center, and is expected to generate an economic impact of  $177.8 million for the region, according to center officials. The convention also is responsible for $2.6 million in tax revenue.

Preview night will include world premiere screenings of four upcoming Warner Bros. television series:

  • “The Flash,” a superhero drama for The CW about a police scientist given the power to move at high speeds;
  • “Constantine,” a paranormal thriller for NBC;
  • “iZombie,” a show for The CW about a former medical resident who eats brains of the dead at a morgue and experiences their memories; and
  • “Teen Titans Go!”, with all new episodes of the popular animated series for the Cartoon Network.

The full convention begins Thursday. Organizers are also staging events at the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, the Grand Ballroom at the Omni San Diego Hotel and the Horton Grand Theater.

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 Wednesday from 3 p.m. to midnight, and 24-hour service will start at 4:30 a.m. on Thursday and continue until Sunday at 7 p.m.

Organizers encourage attendees to use the San Diego Trolley and the North County Transit District’s Coaster train.

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