Camping in hell: the endless lines of Comic-Con 2014

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It was 3:55 a.m. when we reached the end of the line. We’d already walked a full 1.09 miles, past people fast asleep in sleeping bags and lawn chairs, camped out from midday the day before. Doors wouldn’t open for another six hours. As we walked down this snaking mass of people behind the convention center, looking for the end, staffers in yellow polos gave us bemused looks. A few gave sympathetic nods. They were dealing with what might be longest line Comic-Con had ever seen. All for Hall H, where fans hope to catch glimpses of upcoming blockbusters like Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Interstellar.

Even for an event famous for large crowds and long waits, this year’s endless line may represent a tipping point.

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