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Comic Con. returtns to New York

NEW YORK, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Tens of thousands of fans were kept in line by volunteers in storm trooper costumes at the second annual New York Comic Con.

The event featured big names such as Stan Lee, Stephen King and "Battlestar Galactica" star Tricia Helfer.

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"To find out after all these years, that the fans are still so enthusiastic," said Lee, 84. "I wish I could go to these conventions every day."

"It's awesome," adds Hayden Panettiere, who is a super powered cheerleader on NBC's "Heroes." "New Yorkers are just the best."

An estimated 20,000 fans attended the comic con. Saturday, the first of a two-day run at the Javits Center.

Organizers decided to use the Javits Center this year to avoid what happened last year -- when fire marshals ordered them to turn away guests who had already paid $25 for tickets.

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