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    Costumes Optional: Comic Con Opens, Fans Invade
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    Fans invade New York Comic Con at the Jacob Javits Center on February 6, 2009 in New York City.

    Don't be surprised if you see a Storm Trooper on the streets of Manhattan.

    No, the Empire isn't invading -- it's probably just a fan of the Star Wars franchise dressed for the New York Comic Con.
        
    The three-day love-in devoted to pop culture began Friday, promising hordes of fans the chance to geek out on the latest comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies and TV shows.
        
    The event runs through Sunday at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
        
    Costumes are optional, but encouraged.

    The show’s hundreds of panels and autograph sessions give fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators and its screening rooms feature sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit either big or small screens. It's all at the Javits Center in New York City.

    Nearly 70,000 people showed up last year, and comics are hoping the crowds will pour in despite the poor economy.

    Guests of honor include Michael Uslan, executive producer of "The Dark Knight," Geoff Johns, writer of comics like "Superman" and "Green Lantern" and superstar Jim Lee, know for his artistic runs on titles included "Batman" and "Wildcats." Johns and Lee will also be there to sign autographs.

    Tickets cost $60 for the entire weekend or between $40 and $50 per day. And Kids Day -- Sunday -- is free for children 12 and younger. The show is open to the public from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.