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Comic-Con: No badge? Here's how you can still have fun

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - When it comes to Comic-Con, no ticket, no problem. Every year it seems like the free stuff outside gets bigger and better.

We went downtown Saturday and got a taste of what there is to see and do if you're on a budget.

You could make the argument that outside Comic-Con, is just as happening as inside.

"This is awesome man, it's like being in the picture,” said Carlos Puentes. “For us being here with some friends, it's a blast. Real treat."

Puentes or Wolverine, took advantage of one of the many displays outside the Convention Center. He got to pose with his heroes -- and the best part -- it was all free.

"You don't need to have a ticket to go into the Convention Center,” Puentes said. “It's fun everywhere you go. We're outside and gonna be here the rest of the day. It's a blast. Just come over and you'll have a fun time."

Just walking around we saw Sin City simulators, classic cars, face painting, and a Ninja Turtle tank that launched pizzas.

"This is my first year since ‘98 coming back to Comic-Con, so it's exciting to see how much it's changed that's for sure," Sammy Bisharat said.

Bisharat and his family tried out their aim.

"I thought it was really fun to shoot, I couldn't even see if I hit two of them," one girl said.

"This is fantastic - they offer this because we don't get to go inside. But being out here and sharing this experience - it's fantastic for the kids to get a hands-on approach to all the stuff they see everyday. Just a great time," Bisharat said.

Of all the displays, one stood out among the rest.

"Some people are a little freaked out at first because they think it's actual bodies hanging there,” said Brad Bertoli. “But once we actually explain what we do, everyone's actually been really excited."

Bertoli is with the company Loved Ones, featured on the HBO show 'The Leftovers,' and they bring back your lost loved ones.

"We can actually recreate the likeness of a person down to the smallest detail,” Bertoli said. “The skin texture, color, we use actual human hair. Through the entire body each hair is individually planted one by one."

The realness was eerie.

"We can recreate scaring, moles, freckles, tattoos, piercings," Bertoli said.

And the reaction was mixed.

"It's cool. I had no idea what it was. I thought it was something real," Dustin Sher said.

You can call it just another day at Comic-Con. Another exhibit, another surprise.

"We can also do pets as well," Bertoli said.

If you haven't made it down to Comic-Con yet you still have time. Sunday is the last day before everyone packs up for the year. Just know that if you go, parking will be hard to find.

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