Holy zip line, Batman!
Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Council President Todd Gloria opened this year's San Diego Comic-Con International in superhero-style Thursday, riding a 150-foot zip line down to a press conference kicking off the mega-popular event.
"It's awesome. It's awesome," Gloria said after his landing. The ride started from a 30-foot tower.
The two men slid down the Gotham zip line, in Bayfront Park behind the Convention Center, as their grand entrance to a press conference as the 45th year of the event officially opened.
The event, which Faulconer called an "iconic international convention," runs Thursday through Sunday with some 130,000 attendees expected.
"Everybody has such a great experience every year," Faulconer said.
The mayor said the convention brings a $175 million economic boost to San Diego, including 60,000 hotel nights booked.
"Comic-Con, thank you for believing in San Diego," Faulconer said.
Gloria, who represents the downtown district, said the convention brings "the very best of pop culture."
He urged convention-goers to venture into the surrounding environs, to explore restaurants, local craft beers and more.
David Glanzer, the event's director of marketing, said the city's "continued support" does not go unnoticed.
In recent years, the event has grown to become the largest of its kind. And this year, the event covers some 2.6 million square feet inside the Convention Center.
Oh, and as for that zip line ride, Gloria had more to say.
"It was exhilarating, a little unexpected, and a lot of fun," he said.
Just like Comic-Con.