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Reflecting on the Con Experience

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Angelina Jolie impressed fans when she came to Comic-Con to promote Tomb Raider in 2003 (Jim O'Donnell)

Comic-Con hasn't always been a hot spot for celebrities, but for me the reasons for the show's huge success can be found in small moments like this one. Five years ago, Angelina Jolie visited Comic-Con to hype a Tomb Raider movie. The appearance of such a well known actress prompted rumors spreading like wildfire. At one point, everyone seemed sure that she was going to appear in character and be lowered from a helicopter into the sails section of the convention center. That was obviously a ridiculous pipe dream, but not to a group of dedicated fans who lined up in the early morn for a chance to get Jolie's autograph.