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Outdoor Fun at Comic-Con 2014

Taking A Leap Of Faith

Evening Edition

Above: It's the first full day of San Diego's largest convention, Comic-Con. If the crowds on the floor are too much to handle, try exploring the events outside the Con. Some require badges, but others are open to everyone. KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando started with a "leap of faith" - and KPBS video journalist Katie Schoolov zip-lined over Gotham City.

Aired 7/25/14 on KPBS News.

Comic-Con's outdoor events help to draw some of the more than 125,000 attendees away from the crowded exhibit hall.

Each year Comic-Con expands its footprint in downtown San Diego. These outdoor events — some requiring a badge, others open to the public — help to draw some of the more than 125,000 attendees away from the crowded exhibit hall.

On Thursday, some lines for these outdoor activities seemed to be generating more people and interest than the convention halls.

At the Assassin's Creed Experience, attendees could make a "leap of faith" off a small tower or run though an obstacle course inspired by the Ubisoft video game Assassin's Creed.

Fox set up a zip-line over a miniature Gotham City to promote its new series Gotham.

And over by Petco Park, visitors could get behind the wheel of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pizza Thrower vehicle from Paramount Pictures and Pizza Hut.

There were also gaming lounges inside, away from the heat. But high temperatures didn't stop people from running around wearing layers of leather, latex and fur.

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