Annine Amundsen (left) and Amanda Haukaas, who are camping next to the convention center, are among the first in line for Hall H.
Annine Amundsen (left) and Amanda Haukaas, who are camping next to the convention center, are among the first in line for Hall H. Photo by Chris Stone

By Chris Stone

The first person in line for Hall H at the San Diego Convention Center said he set up camp Monday morning.

A female companion — who gave only her first name, Julia — said she got a half-hour sleep Tuesday night. All for a good seat in the coveted celebrity-filled room.

Comic-Con is here. Let the lines begin.

“I get to meet people. I get to be my geek self,” said Julia, 30, of San Diego.

Matt McGuire, 43, of New Jersey was one of the first in line for general admission Thursday. He flew into town, checked into his hotel, and got straight into line, he said.

McGuire only has one Comic-Con ticket, so he says he’s hoping to scoop up some exclusive items and make the most of his day.

Sitting in a lawn chair and planning to sleep on the grass, McGuire said he had been to numerous comic conventions in New York but flew across the country because “it’s the mecca.”

Comic-Con International — expected to draw tens of thousands of pop-culture fans — was under way downtown in advance of the annual preview night at the San Diego Convention Center Wednesday evening.

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At 6 p.m., Warner Bros. screened the world premiere pilot of its new series “Manifest.” There will also be an advanced screening of next week’s episode of “The 100.”

Later, at 9 p.m., New Line Cinema was to host filmmaker guests and screen previews from its upcoming slate of horror films at the Horton Grand Theatre.

Another Comic-Con event, a 4 p.m. workshop for teachers, will be held at the San Diego Central Library. Educators will learn how to incorporate comics into their lessons. The workshop will be led by Peter Carlson of Green Dot Public Schools, Antero Garcia of Stanford University and Susan Kirtley of Portland State University.

Attendance at this year’s convention, which officially opens Thursday, is expected to top 130,000 people.

With streets sure to be crowded through the weekend, many officials recommend using public transit to reach Comic-Con venues.

MTS trolleys on the Sycuan Green Line route will depart from stations toward the Convention Center at least every 7-1/2 minutes during the duration of Comic-Con, including from SDCCU Stadium, which will offer 5,000 free parking spots.

The UC San Diego Blue Line and Orange Line will run 15-minute schedules, with departures lasting until at least midnight in many cases.

The North County Transit District will also operate a special northbound train from the Santa Fe Depot on Saturday at 9:15 p.m.

— City News Service and Chris Stone contributed to this story.

Activity Wenesday at Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan Experience at the corner of 1st Street and Martin Luther King Promenade. Photo by Chris Jennewein