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Preparations Begin For Comic-Con International In San Diego

Preparations for Comic-Con International were in the final stretch as workers readied the San Diego Convention Center for the annual Preview Night on Wednesday.

On their "Toucan Blog," organizers of the celebration of the popular arts wrote that exhibitors were putting together their booths and program rooms were being built.

Around 130,000 people are expected to attend the largest annual trade show in San Diego through Sunday. Many are visitors from out of town, and some are from out of the country.


The first event associated with Comic-Con is set for this evening, when graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier, the best-selling author of "Smile, Sisters, and Drama," is scheduled to appear at the San Diego Central Library.

The free event begins at 6 p.m., and is presented by Comic-Con International, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the San Diego Public Library. The library will also host a workshop for teachers on how to use comic books in classrooms, beginning Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Preview Night, which begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, will feature world premiere screenings of pilot episodes of four series for the 2015-16 television season, including:

• "Supergirl," about a preteen who escapes from the doomed planet Krypton but arrives on Earth long after Superman, starring Melissa Benoist, Chyler Leigh, Mehcad Brooks and Calista Flockhart — it will appear Mondays on CBS

• "Blindspot," a one-hour action thriller about an FBI agent played by Sullivan Stapleton who has to unravel the mysterious discovery of a naked, amnesiac woman covered in a series of cryptic tattoos, including his name on her back — set for Mondays on NBC


• "Containment," a CW show about the fight against a mysterious and deadly epidemic that forces a vast quarantine of Atlanta, starring David Gyasi, Christina Moses and Chris Wood

• "Lucifer," about the reawakening of the fallen angel in Los Angeles, with Tom Ellis and Lauren German in the cast — scheduled for a mid-season run on Fox

The Preview Night slate also includes a new episode of "Teen Titans Go!"

The main part of Comic-Con International gets underway on Thursday.