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Today was Star Wars Day at Comic-Con International, which always means stormtroopers on the move.
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A stormtrooper works day two of Comic-Con International in downtown San Diego.
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It seems like everyone has a camera at Comic-Con and anyone in costume comes ready to pose.
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Even superheroes on the move work it for the camera.
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A Comic-Con cosplayer dressed as Jack Sparrow breaks for a coffee.
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Skip works at the San Diego Convention Center and has worked Comic-Con for 20 years. He said this was the largest Friday crowd he's ever seen, rivaling the Saturday crowds of years past.
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Everywhere you looked, there were crowds moving in and around the convention center.
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The face of Mary Louise Parker, star of the Showtime comedy "Weeds," on the side of a bus in front of the convention center.
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Comic-Con attendees dressed as members of the Guild of Calamitous Intent, a supervillain collective from The Venture Bros., a show on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim.
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A group of young girls demo the Just Dance 2 video game on the convention floor.
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A little boy watches his parents get their picture taken with a corpse on a fake set for the new AMC drama "The Walking Dead." He was too frightened to join them.
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A young Spiderman demonstrates how he would shoot his web at Comic-Con International.
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Today I discovered that the Society for Creative Anachronism stages combats on the mezzanine level of the convention center during Comic-Con. The SCA is devoted to the study and preservation of the Middle Ages.
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SCA members fight with swords (made of rattan) and real armor (very heavy). They claim to recreate the fun parts of medieval society, like feasts, costumes and sword fighting, and leave out plagues, lice, and beheadings.
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After the combats, the participants invite the kids in the crowd to enter the ring and learn how to sword fight. They call it "Whack-a-Knight."
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A member of the Society for Creative Anachronism rests after a combat demonstration.
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A young cosplayer at Comic-Con dressed as the Mad Hatter from Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland."
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A crowd of photographers gathered at the sight of Disney heroines (see next picture).
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These were not the traditional Disney heroines, which explains the large number of male photographers.
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A steampunk couple at Comic-Con, International.
Today was Star Wars day at Comic-Con International, as well as day two of the popular four-day convention. As costumes go, stormtroopers were a common sight, as were your Spidermans and Jack Sparrows. One cosplayer told me today was about showing off one's second best costume and that tomorrow, Saturday, is when the creme of the costume crop is on display. Check out the photo gallery to see if there's anything second rate about today's costumes.
I continue to approach Comic-Con like an amateur anthropologist, more interested in fan culture than the celebrities and big movie panels. I did flirt with the idea of going to the "True Blood" panel, but then heard Ballroom 20 was closed almost four hours before the actual panel because the room was full of of "TB" fans.
Among my cultural discoveries - I'll blog about the others soon - I learned that a group of medieval enthusiasts, the Society for Creative Anachronism, hold sparring and combat demonstrations at Comic-Con every year (on the back mezzanine level). They fight with swords (made of rattan) and wear full body armor in the style of medieval knights (see gallery pictures).
I chatted up a woman dressed in Medieval garb who's really into medieval cooking. Apparently this includes baked eel in a pie and a chicken, tumeric and rice dish that was a favorite of Richard V.
Oh, and we here in San Diego live in the barony of Calafia, part of the kingdom of Caid, which includes Southern California, Nevada, and Hawaii. Just one of the many subcultural gems to be mined at the largest pop culture convention in the world.
I'll be going only one more day - Saturday - so check back for more pictures and observations throughout the weekend.