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How the SAG-AFTRA strike affects San Diego Comic-Con

SAN DIEGO (KYMA, KECY) - As San Diego Comic-Con wraps up this weekend, the convention felt the impact of the SAG-AFTRA strike on the event.

Greg Alba, a YouTube content creator for the channel Reel Rejects acknowledged the presence of the strike but it didn't affect his experience.

“It still feels like we're celebrating what Comic-Con is really about which is the art itself. And so I'm happy about that," expressed Alba.

On Friday, day two of San Diego's Comic-Con, local actors stood across the street on strike.

The move comes after weeks of negotiations between the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP).

One large concern for many actors is the use of artificial intelligence.

Reel Rejects YouTube Content Creator John Humphrey told us, “This is a strange state of things right now and it is fun to kind of be amidst all of this wildness and still in a big celebratory space like this.”

Many fans noticed that things were different and as some fans celebrated, they also expressed their support for their favorite Hollywood actors.

One comic con attendee dressed as Barbie shared, “I’m having a really wonderful time, you know, kind of dressing up as Barbie, because, you know, I had so much fun here at Comic-Con this weekend. And, you know, getting to kind of be Barbie for a little bit. But also with the strike, I totally understand why that's happening. And I would like to definitely show my support for the strike.”

Although Comic-Con still drew thousands of people, Graphic Novelist Matthew Southworth explained that he noticed a much calmer crowd, “The strike and everything has turned the temperature down just enough that it's a little more manageable."

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