The press release said I was here to see an invisible jet. More specifically, Wonder Woman's famed mode of transport. In theory, they could've just put me on an empty street coer, told me the jet was in front of me, and I'd have had no grounds for argument.
And that's the fun of San Diego Comic-Con, which unofficially started Wednesday with a preview night for press. The 46-year-old event attracts 130,000 attendees every year to the San Diego waterfront for a half-week binge of comics and pop culture. So I went to see the jet.
Fortunately, the Wonder Women event, held by Waer Bros. Consumer Products, was not just an emperor's new clothes kind of stunt. The installation, on a street coer in San Diego's historic Gaslamp Quarter, looks like this: There's a backdrop of the sky and clouds, with what looks like half a jet protruding out of it. The aircraft is made of clear plastic -- similar to how toy versions of the jet look, just a lot bigger.
The installation is part of a 75th anniversary celebration of the iconic comic hero. Wonder Woman had a part in this year's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," and she's getting her own movie, due out in 2017. She even graces the cover of this year's official Comic-Con souvenir book.
For Comic-Con, installations like this, which entice photographs and Facebook and Twitter posts (and, yes, news articles) are some of the biggest draws. Others this year are from HBO's "Game of Thrones" and Comedy Central's "South Park."
Wonder Woman fans were invited to line up and have their picture taken inside the jet's cockpit. The first fan to get inside was April Meneghetti, 39, an environmental health specialist from Sacramento, Califoia. She said she thinks the organizers picked her to go first because of the bright red Wonder Woman shirt she was wearing.
"I love everything about Wonder Woman," she told me after the photo. "She's the ultimate woman -- strong, powerful, doesn't need a man. She's just awesome."
As for the invisible jet, "It's pretty cool," she said. "But it's a little hot in there."
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