Comic-Con is the most over-the-top, uncontrollable fan event of the year. It’s an absolute positive zoo filled with huge celebrities, screaming fans and obnoxious lines. Seriously. You’ve definitely heard about the Comic-Con lines before, but if you’ve never been there, there’s no way for you to know how truly insane they are in the flesh. So, let me do my best to illustrate what’s already happening.

You see that picture at the top of the page? That’s the official sign for the beginning of the line. It’s sleek, professional and unassuming. Right now, it’s not even hiding very much chaos either, but if you take a step back and think about what’s actually going on, it’s kind of shocking.

This is how the line behind that sign looked at 3:30 PM PST…

A few dozen people isn’t that bad in theory, but when you consider they’re here to see a panel that doesn’t start until 11:30 PST tomorrow morning, that’s pretty freaking nuts. That’s a full 20 hours early, and it’s not even for Marvel or DC or Game Of Thrones. All of the people I talked to in the front of the line said they were waiting to see Benedict Cumberbatch’s appearance at the DreamWorks Animation Panel for, of all things, Madagascar 4. At this point, it’s unclear whether the franchise will bring back the Afro Circus song, but even if they don’t, apparently Benedict Cumberbatch will put asses in the seats.

11:00 PM EST: This is what the line looks like now...

That, ladies and gentlemen, is a zoo. There are at least 1000 people in line more than twelve hours ahead of the panel.

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