If you are a fan of science fiction, comic books, or video games, the annual "Comic Con" convention in San Diego is where you want to be.
Comic Con is also big business, as fans spend millions in the latest video games and products.
As fans prepare for their yearly pilgrimage for all things "sci-fi", a Lynchburg business is preparing to be featured on that international stage.
Tony Smith from Laser Tag Source in Lynchburg still can't believe he's going, saying excitedly "There are other Comic Cons, but this is THE Comic Con."
Mike Kirby is a pastor at Lynchburg Church of God, and founded the Laser Tag Source just four years ago. He started while trying to rent equipment for a youth event. He says the other companies " were unavailable, and so I said 'Well, I can go out and buy guns', and so I started out with 48 laser tag guns."
From humble beginnings, Kirby's company is now one of the top laser tag rental companies in the world. Starting with just Kirby doing 4-6 rentals in the first year, he estimates they now ship 50 rentals a week.
For Comic Con, the crew is working to help promote a new game, "Borderlands 2".
They are converting Part of Petco Park Stadium into a futurist arena, designed to simulate the game's intense action. Kirby estimates that more than 5,000 convention attendees will get a chance to play with his equipment.
50 guns are going out to San Diego right now for Comic Con. For Tony Smith, this is one he can cross off his bucket list, saying this Comic Con "will be the apex event. I'm a little bummed I don't have my Boba Fett costume, but I'll take one for the team."