Cosplay is back on display in downtown San Diego.
After a two summer absence, the Comic-Con Special Edition (#CCSE21) made its its 2021 premiere today. The show's unique show dates are November 26-28.
COVID precautions are in full force and being strictly monitored at the doors of San Diego Convention Center. Attendees have to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test.
When has wearing a mask, however, been a downer for Comic-Con fans who love to dress up for the occasion?
Pre-COVID, the fun and cosplay of Comic-Con would spill out of the convention center, across Harbor Drive and onto Fifth Avenue and the Gaslamp Quarter.
Those were the days of 130,000-plus in attendance. Organizers are expecting less than half of that crowd size this year. On Friday's opening day, a convention center security guard estimated more than 10,000 people had entered the building to check out the exhibit hall.
That security guard glanced at lines outside and predicted another couple thousand people were waiting to get in. She effusively predicted that attendance would grow on Saturday and Sunday.
Right outside the convention center, cosplayers were happy to be back in front of willing photographers. Here's a sampling:
[COVER PHOTO: Miguel and Lucy Capuchino have been to 16 Cons. "This will be one from more like the past," Miguel says. "More comics. Less Hollywood-ish. More fans who really love what they do and are more into the community of Comic-Con."]
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