For a lucky fellowship of fans, the US pop-culture convention Comic-Con in San Diego began early on a private train carriage.
The fan-centric social networking site Wikia picked 30 users to board a private vintage carriage transformed into the Wikia Fan Express. The special expedition from Los Angeles to San Diego included an assortment of unique on-board entertainment, including special sneak peeks and Q&A sessions.
“Comic-Con is supposed to be all about the fans, so what cooler way to get some of our fans to the show than to take them on this really beautiful train car?” said Wikia entertainment programming director Eric Moro while perched underneath the car’s domed glass ceiling.
The Wikia-sponsored railway journey included a preview of the upcoming video game Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor, a sneak peak at the fantasy-meets-reality TV series The Quest and a demonstration of Wikia’s new interactive mapping feature, which allows users to collaboratively annotate maps of both real and fictional places like Middle-earth.
Comic-Con, the four-day extravaganza that celebrates film, TV, video games, comic books and costumes, is at the San Diego Convention Centre with more than 150,000 fans expected to attend the sold-out event.