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Comic-Con In Full Gear

Photo caption: Zombies practice their walk at AMC's "Walking Dead" booth before Preview Nigh...

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Zombies practice their walk at AMC's "Walking Dead" booth before Preview Night at Comic-Con International held at the San Diego Convention Center, July 8, 2015.

This year's edition of Comic-Con International will mark its first full day Thursday by presenting a huge collection of exhibits at the San Diego Convention Center and hosting panels with film stars and producers.

Two of the major scheduled panels taking place in the center's largest room — Hall H — will be on "The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2" at noon and the BBC America favorite "Doctor Who" at 2:15 p.m.

The cast and filmmakers of the final installment of "The Hunger Games" franchise will present footage from the upcoming movie and participate in a question-and-answer session.

Actor Peter Capaldi, coming off his first season starring in "Doctor Who," will make his first Comic-Con appearance. Fellow cast members Jenna Coleman and Michelle Gomez, plus lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat are also set to take part in the session.

Among other sessions Thursday:

— Amazon will introduce its new television series, "Hand of God," at 10 a.m. in Room 6A

— actor William Shatner is scheduled to read excerpts from "The Autobiography of James T. Kirk" at 10:45 a.m. in Ballroom 20

— the 65th anniversary of "Peanuts" will be celebrated at 11 a.m. in Room 5 A and B, featuring Lex Fajardo, managing editor for Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates, and Cesar Gallegos, archivist of the Schulz Museum

— at 6 p.m. in Room 29 A and B, a 30th anniversary panel for the "Miami Vice" television show, with cast members Michael Talbott, Olivia Brown and Edward James Olmos

Around 130,000 attendees are expected during the weekend, providing San Diego with a major economic boost.

Because of the large crowds, officials urge those heading downtown to use public transportation. Green Line trolleys are running every 7 1/2 minutes for most of the day and evening hours, with large amounts of parking available at the El Cajon Transit Center, Grantville, Qualcomm Stadium, Hazard Center and the Old Town Transit Center.

Passengers can also ride the Orange and Blue lines to the 12th and Imperial station and transfer to the Green Line for a short ride to the Convention Center stop.

Comic-Con transit information on the MTS is available online at Comic-Con is also offering shuttle buses to hotels in downtown San Diego, Mission Valley, Harbor Island and Shelter Island.

The buses will run 24 hours a day until Sunday at 7 p.m. The buses will run every 15 minutes between 8 a.m. and midnight, and every half-hour during the overnight hours.

Details on the bus schedules are available online at

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