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Updated Jul 19, 2013 - 7:57 am

Comic-Con kicks off in San Diego

SAN DIEGO -- Downtown San Diego has been converted into a "nerd mecca," according to comic enthusiasts.

San Diego Comic-Con officially gets underway Thursday.

Approximately 130,000 comic-book lovers are expected to take part in some or all of the festivities.

The lucky individuals who were able to land the much-coveted four-day passes are certainly in for treat.

"The attendance has gone up, which makes it darn near impossible to get four-day passes," said Jeff Pina of Samurai Comics in the Valley. "The last two years, four-day passes were gone in 30 seconds."

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Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

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