Weekend crowds are expected downtown as the first post-COVID Comic-Con continues

Crowded Comic-Con Exhibit Hall
Crowds in the main exhibit hall at Comic-Con on Thursday. Photo from the time of San Diego

International Comic-Con continues Saturday with a full slate of events, appearances and reveals at the annual pop culture convention’s first in-person gathering since 2019.

There are over 1,000 exhibitors this year on 460,000 square feet of floor space. Pandemic related measures are in place, including a mask policy for all attendees over the age of 5 and proof of vaccination or a negative test within 72 hours of entry.

Tram and train service was extended to handle the crowds, and police closed Harbor Boulevard.

In addition to San Diego Convention Centerseveral nearby sites offer over 2,000 hours of comics, anime, movies, games, TV shows, workshops, and events.

Saturday’s events include:

  • Warner Bros. Pictures will host a panel with DC Movies to discuss upcoming “Black Adam” and “Shazam!” Fury of the Gods,” with actors Dwayne Johnson and Zachary Levi.
  • HBO will host a panel focused on its “House of the Dragon,” an upcoming series based on George RR Martin’s “Fire & Blood” and set in the “Game of Thrones” universe 200 years before the show’s events popular, which ended in 2019. Martin, showrunners, and cast will be featured on the panel.
  • A Star Trek panel will feature the cast and creators of ‘Star Trek: Picard’, ‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’ and ‘Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’.
  • A video presentation of Neil Gaiman’s live-action film “The Sandman”, which will be released on Netflix in August. Actors and producers will speak.
  • Marvel Studios President and Producer Kevin Feige will discuss “Thor: Love and Thunder” and upcoming Marvel projects.

The complete program is available on the free site Comic-Con App and will include live updates, full program, interactive map, special guest biographies and more.

The San Diego Police and Fire Department has committed additional resources to the event, which will close vehicular traffic on Harbor Drive from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

According to convention center officials, bicycles, scooters, Segways, hoverboards and similar modes of transportation will not be permitted in any of the indoor or outdoor areas of the center due to congestion in the area.

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System extends its service throughout the weekend with a special event trolley line with additional late-night service and discounted multi-day passes for attendees. The North County Transit District has increased commuter rail service.

City News Service contributed to this article.

David H. Henry