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Angela Watercutter is a senior editor at WIRED covering pop culture.This year, the bloodletting seems particularly noticeable. Thursday morning, as the con opened with its first big Hall H panel, Comic-Con programming director Eddie Ibrahim took to the podium to give his usual address to the crowd. It's the convention's 50th, and Ibrahim took a moment to thank the crowd for showing up and making the event what it is. What he said without entirely saying it, though, was that its popularity is also its detriment."The first [Comic-Con] had 300 people. This room alone way outdoes 300 people. So it's really exciting to see how it's grown," Ibrahim said. "But I think, more so, what's exciting is the fact that we have always been fans of these things. We've been fans of comics, movies, television, games. And now it's cool to be a fan of that, and a lot of you out there are a lot of the shepherds that let that happen. We are now the shepherds of stuff that is cool. We hope that Comic-Con will continue to help spearhead that."
Now that's a new hope.
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