Comic-Con 2015 a hit with attendees, local businesses

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SAN DIEGO -- This year's Comic-Con turnout was one of the biggest.

Convention spokesman David Glanzer said 130,00 people bought badges even though prices went up a bit this year too.  A four day full pass cost $225, but it was worth it for many who said the convention gets better every year.

"I've been coming to Comic-Con for 10 years, and this year, especially inside the convention center, everything ran very smoothly. I got into pretty much all the panels I wanted to," said convention-goer Aristea Lubar.

Glanzer said there were about 750 hours of panels, more than any other year.

Based on the most recent economic report, convention-goers spent $135 million. That number doesn't include other money the city benefits from, like the amount spent on building wraps, worker overtime or restaurant receipts.

Lolita's general manager Shannon Cagney said her restaurant made three times the revenue they normally do. And the crowds surpassed even what her business expected.

"We ran out of soda three times," said Cagney.

There were also 4,500 volunteers at Comic-Con this year, and that number is up from last year, according to Glanzer.

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