The calm before the con

Updated 4:21 PM ET, Wed July 11, 2012
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A lot of work goes into preparing for the annual San Diego Comic-Con, and construction workers were plentiful downtown Tuesday, July 10. nicole saidi/cnn
Work continued near Comic-Con's Hall H, as fans waited to get into panels that wouldn't take place for two days. nicole saidi/cnn
Lines grow longer to check into the Hilton Bayfront Hotel, adjacent to the convention center, site of many officially sanctioned Comic-Con activities. nicole saidi/cnn
A store advertising one of many Comic-Con-themed events greeted early arrivals. nicole saidi/cnn
"Firefly" may be celebrating its 10th anniversary at the Con, but the "Serenity Restaurant" was closed Tuesday during the construction (good news, it's back open). nicole saidi/cnn
Street artists worked quickly to finish a "Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers" mural. nicole saidi/cnn
This spa has cleverly worked in zombie, comic book and vampire themes, plus a reference to "Game of Thrones," during the convention. nicole saidi/cnn
With the clock ticking, this ad for NBC's "Revolution" on the side of the Hilton Bayfront had to be ready by Wednesday night as Preview Night commenced. nicole saidi/cnn