All smiles-sporting black shades and dressed business-casually in trousers, a shirt, and tie-San Diego’s Republican Mayor Kevin Faulconer gave a “woo-hoo!” and a thumbs up as he zip lined over Gotham City to officially kick off the 45th annual Comic-Con International at the San Diego Convention Center on Thursday.
City Council President Todd Gloria accompanied Mayor Faulconer on a parallel zip line. Both men took off for the 200-foot adventure at precisely 9:30 am, according to local Fox News affiliate in San Diego Fox 5.
After a few reporters observed the successful landing of Mayor Faulconer and Mr. Gloria, one reporter confirmed, “It has officially started. Comic-Con is now underway.”
This year’s convention highlighted the 75th anniversary of Batman. A new television series called “Gotham,”slated to run on Fox beginning in September, is based on DC Comic’s characters. The show will feature many of the original Batman villains, but not necessarily Batman, writes Fox. It will draw upon the darker side of superheroes.
Also being celebrated was the launch of a new Mike Tyson series which is to be featured on Adult Swim this fall. The series is called “Mike Tyson Mysteries.” In it, a cartoon version of Tyson teams up with a pigeon to solve cases, reports the Associated Press.
The convention also featured a panel on transgender issues in the comic book industry. Comic-Con will be running between July 24-27.