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Con-X: lots of freebies and short lines

Con-X: lots of freebies and short lines

There's an unwritten rule at Comic-Con that any line for free merchandise or food is a guaranteed three-hour wait.

Not so for the attendees who found Con-X this weekend.

The "free hangout" for Con-goers and the general public in Embarcadero Marina Park South was handing out free T-shirts, water bottles, souvenir photos and Krispy Kreme doughnuts to all takers on Saturday morning, with lines ranging from nonexistent to 30 minutes max.

Con-X, hosted by Entertainment Weekly magazine, is one of this year's new off-site events. Besides giveaways, the event - which will continue from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday - also features two stages of live entertainment with music...