Comics/Graphic Novels

Guide to San Diego Comic Con Outside Events

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The San Diego Convention Center may be jammed packed every summer with the annual San Diego Comic Con International , however for those who did or didn’t manage to get tickets there is still plenty of events to see and do outside the Convention Center. Below is my guide to the outside events happening this year, please check back as this will be updated regularly as and when more information is released.


Update (30/06/15) You can check out our guide to Comic Con 2015 by clicking here or the image below.

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Update (4/7/14) Keep an eye on our Twitter during San Diego Comic Con International as we will be giving away tickets to some of the outside events listed below.


Event: Adult Swim Fun House

Date: Thursday 24th-Saturday 26th July, 2014

Location: Petco Park parking lot, at Park Blvd and Tony Gwynn Drive. Bottom of the pedestrian bridge, opposite of the Hilton Bayfront

Time: 3pm-10pm

Cost: Free with a ticket.

Age: 18+

It’s back! For the second year in a row, Adult Swim’s bringing along the Fun House.

The Fun House is a ticketed event– they’ll be distributed at noon each day it’s open, and like the signings, it’s first come first served. 

So get your tickets ASAP each day if you want in.

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Event: Adult Swim MeatWad Full Dome Experience

Date: Thursday 24th-Saturday 26th July, 2014

Location: Petco Park parking lot, at Park Blvd and Tony Gwynn Drive. Bottom of the pedestrian bridge, opposite of the Hilton Bayfront

Time: 3pm-10pm

Cost: Free with a ticket.

Age: 18+

Like the Fun House, tickets for the Meatwad dome will be distributed at noon daily, first come, first served, 

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FREE RIDES FROM ADULT SWIM AND LEXUS!

From July 24th-27th, Adult Swim and Lexus will give you a free ride. Yep.

During the con, there will be special Adult Swim Lexus CT hybrid cars driving around San Diego. Need a lift? Flag one down, and they’ll take you anywhere within the service area. You have to be 18 or older to get a free ride from Swim and Lexus. For more information on the service area click these shiny words here.

  • Must have specific destination within service area
  • Tipping not required
  • Passengers must be 18 and older
  • No Eating or drinking
  • Not responsible for items left in vehicle

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Event: Ubisoft Assassin’s Creed Obstacle Course

Date: Thursday 24th-Sunday 27th July, 2014

Location: Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade at Harbor Dr (Near Hilton Gaslamp Hotel)

Time: 10am-6pm Thurs 24-Sat 26

10am-5pm Sun 27

Cost: Free

The Assassin’s Creed Experience allows fans the opportunity to become a Master Assassin and try free-running techniques such as rolling and vaulting, including a separate 25-foot “Leap of Faith.” Fans who complete the course will receive a free limited edition Assassin’s Creed Experience T-shirt (while supplies last) and bragging rights.

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The latest single-player demo of Assassin’s Creed Unity, showcasing the new hero, setting and features will also be shown at the Assassin’s Creed Experience. Additionally, consumers who pre-order the game on-site will receive a free Assassin’s Creed guillotine T-shirt (while supplies last).

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Additionally, Assassin’s Creed is teaming up with Schick Hydro for the second year in a row to extend the Schick Hydro Challenge to Assassin’s Creed fans and help them discover a shave so smooth it could start a revolution. Attendees visiting the Assassin’s Creed Experience can get a free, customized shave by professional barbers and French-Revolutionary-inspired swag to inspire their sharpest selfies yet. For the duration of the Assassin’s Creed Experience, Schick will offer shaves with the cutting edge Schick Hydro 5 razor, along with giveaways and prizes.


Event: Blacklist

Date: Thursday 24th-Sunday 27th July, 2014

Location: Tin Fish restaurant across from the Convention Center

The Blacklist is taking over the Tin Fish restaurant across from the Convention Center, where fans will be able to get on “The Blacklist” via a custom photo opportunity and also receive The Blacklist swag.


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Event: Borderlands Laser Quest

Date: Thursday 24th-Sunday 27th July, 2014

Location: Top Floor at Petco Park

Time: 11AM to 5PM daily (They will be running 3 games per hour)

Cost: Anyone is welcome to come and hang out, but those of you with a San Diego Comic-Con 2014 badge will get priority access. 

They will also have a moon-ready oxygen bar, a stage with live performances, interviews, tapings of Nerdist News with Jessica Chobot, and flash mobs roving the streets to bust out their best Moon Dance, but you can also fire lasers at fan favorites like Chris Hardwick and other very special guests (like Randy Pitchford, President of Gearbox).


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Event: “Constantine

Date: Thursday 24th-Sunday 27th July, 2014

Location:  At Gaslamp Square (Between the Hard Rock Hotel and the Convention Center)

Time: TBA

Cost: Free

This event will be a- 3-D experience that will immerse fans in the world of “Constantine.”

Limited edition souvenirs will also be given away.

Update: You can check out our interviews with the Constantine cast at San Diego Comic Con 2014 by clicking on the image below. 

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Event: Gam3rCon

Date: 24-27th July 2014

Location: 10th Ave Theatre, San Diego

Time: 12pm-12am

Gam3rCon announced that it is joining forces with the Geekie Awards and their team to launch another year of “affordable, family friendly convention for gamers, geeks, and industry professionals”. Attendees will be retreated to an old-school Retrocade, a community Tabletop Gaming Lounge, panels from industry insiders, a video game arena, geek-themed theatre, artwork based on beloved game series, rooftop parties, concerts, and much more.

Tickets are still available to the convention, ranging from $50 for a week-long pass to all four days of Gam3rCon, to $20 for a one-day pass. Children under the age of 12 can get a week-long pass for $30, or a day pass for $10.

Check out the official site for more information and tickets.


Event: Geek & Sundry

Date: Thursday 24th July to Friday 25th July 2014

Location:  Jolt’n Joes, 379 4th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 (J Street)

Time: 10am-2am

Cost: Free and you don’t need a Comic Con Badge.

This is the third consecutive year that Geek & Sundry will host a fan-dedicated event, which will be open starting at 10am on Thursday July 24th and Friday July 25th 2014 and will be located at Jolt n Joe’s on 4th and J Street in the Gaslamp Quarter, a block away from the convention center. Fans can expect to meet their favorite stars including Felicia, TableTop’s Wil Wheaton and other surprise guests from the network as well as check out new game first-look previews and geek experiences, not available anywhere else.

Plus, you can visit their merchandise table to find out how to win one of their 200 exclusive Comic-Con Loot Crates.

Thursday

10:00 am: Come on down bright and early to get our limited edition Geek & Sundry Comic Con 2014 posters signed by Felicia Day herself!

10:30 am: Mix and mingle with BioWare’s development team over coffee and donuts, and then sit back and watch their demo of Dragon Age: Inquisition.

12:00 pm: Welcome to Night Vale will have a one hour panel and merch booth, with Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor, Cecil Baldwin Dylan Marron, Jasika Nicole, Hal Lublin, Meg.

12:30 pm: Castles of Burgundy playthrough with Felicia Day, Nika Harper, Jesse Cox, Holland Farkas, Boyan Radakovich

2:30 pm: Play a round of trivia about “The World of the Witcher” for prizes, followed by a Q&A.

2:00 pm: Krosmaster: Arena playthrough with the creators at Japanime Games and the people behind Spooked: Felicia Day, Jesse Cox, Neil Grayston, Julian Curtis, Richard Martin, Michael Gene Conti, Jason Taylor, Shyloh Oostwald

3:30 pm: Playthrough of Smash-Up with the creators at AEG, as well as Nika Harper, Jesse Cox, Mia Resella, Omar Najam, Becca Canote, Mark Gagliardi, Hal Lublin, Naomi Kyle

2:30 pm: Espionage Cosmetics creates vampire bites on the patio to celebrate the newMorganville series

4 pm: Meet fellow fantasy fans at the Vaginal Fantasy Cocktail Hour with Felicia Day

5 pm: Meet your favorite Geek & Sundry vloggers at their panel and Q&A (Mia Resella, Omar Najam, Becca Canote, Holland Farkas, Neil McNeil, Tigermonkey, and Cristina Viseu)

5 pm: Dragon Age: Inquisition Demo

10 pm: Geek & Sundry community party presented by Logitech G, with special geeky cocktails themed around Blackmagic Design, Logitech G, Morganville Vampires, Dragon Age, and The Witcher. (ages 21 & over only)

Friday

10:00 am: Play Skullgirls on the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 all day

10:00 am: Get a sneak peek of the The Witcher boardgame: The Witcher Adventure Game, introduced by Felicia Day, with Jesse Cox, Mia Resella, Omar Najam

11:00 am: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt demo

11:30 am: Skullgirls artist Alex Ahad draws live on the Mircrosoft Surface

12:00 pm: Espionage Cosmetics creates Geralt’s (The Witcher) scar on the patio

12:30 pm: Get a sneak peek of Space Janitors season 3, episode 1 sneak with the cast: Brendan Halloran, Scott Yamamura, Andy Hall, Evany Rosen

1:00 pm: Skullgirls artist Mariel Cartwright draws live on the Mircrosoft Surface

1:30 pm: Gloom playthrough with Patrick Rothfuss and Keith Baker from Atlas Games, with Nika Harper, Boyan Radakovich, Pat Rothfuss, Tigermonkey, Neil McNeil, Becca Canote, Cristina Viseu, Craig Cackowski, Hal Lublin

2:00 pm: Dragon Age TM: Inquisition demo

2:30 pmMorganville panel presented by Blackmagic Design, with Amber Benson and the creators of Morganville talking about how to create a webseries from scratch

3:30 pmSpellslingers’ Magic: The Gathering Battle Tournament with Esper (Michelle Roberson), Joshua Ovenshire, David Moss (Lasercorn), Jimmy Wong, and Jesse Cox

4:00 pm: Skullgirls artist Richard Suh draws live on the Mircrosoft Surface

5:00 pm: Dragon Age: Inquisition demo and panel with BioWare

8:30 pm: Party of the Planeswalkers presented by Magic: The Gathering (ages 21 & over only) with Spellslingers and mana-themed cocktails

  For more information please follow @geekandsundry and visit geekandsundry.com


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Event: Godzilla Interactive Display

Date: Wednesday 23- Sunday 27 July, 2014

Location: On the lawn behind Hall H.

Time: 8am-8pm

Cost: Free

Come and view the 24-foot tall sculpture of the king of the monsters, along with fan art and a graffiti wall where visitors can memorialize their favorite Godzilla moments. Giveaways and photo opportunities will also be available.


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Looks like WBTV and DC Entertainment is going all out to celebrate their new show Gotham this year at SDCC.

Event: Gotham” Zip Line 

Date: Thursday 24th- Sunday July, 2014

Location: Between the SDCC convention center and Hilton Bayfront Hotel

Time: 10am-6pm

Cost: Free

Age: 18+

Participants will zip-line through the Gotham city landscape and receive a sharable photo of the experience and a commemorative SDCC Gotham badge.

Follow fox.com/comiccon2014 to find out when GOTHAM producers and cast, including stars Ben McKenzie and Donal Logue, will be making appearances at the experience.

Event: Gotham” Police Cars

Date: Thursday 24th- Sunday July, 2014

Location: Downtown San Diego

Time:

Thursday – 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Friday – 2:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Saturday – 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Sunday – 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Cost: Free (Restrictions, see details below)

Fox will recreate the pilot’s iconic police cars to pick up passengers throughout the convention weekend for free rides.  Cars will be outfitted with iPads offering sneak previews of “Gotham” content.

For the fans afoot at SDCC who are UBER users, specially-designed GOTHAM police cars will hit the San Diego streets to pick up passengers throughout the convention weekend – for free – via the UBER app, by selecting GOTHAM PD on the UBER “slider.”

Those fans who are new to UBER and who sign up for the app using the code GOTHAMPD will get a free first ride up to $30, wherever UBER is available.

Track the GOTHAM “patrol rides” on UBER’s San Diego Twitter @Uber

To download UBER app for Android click here

To download UBER app from Itunes store click here

Update: You can check out our interviews with the Gotham cast at San Diego Comic Con 2014 by clicking on the image below. 

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Event: HBO Pop Up Shop

Date: Thursday 24th-Sunday 27th July, 2014

Location: Located at Market St. and 8th Ave in the Gaslamp

Time: Thurs-Fri 10am-6pm

Sat 11am-7pm

Sun 9am-3pm

The Pop Up Shop will be made up of two shipping containers, one of which will be devoted entirely to Game of Thrones products. The other shipping container will highlight products from other HBO series, such as True Blood and Eastbound & Down.


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Event: Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary

Date: Thursday 24th-Sunday 27th July, 2014

Location: Petco Park parking lot, at Park Blvd and Tony Gwynn Drive. Bottom of the pedestrian bridge, opposite of the Hilton Bayfront

Time: TBA

Cost: Free

Hello Kitty will join fans at Comic-Con Interactive Zone at Petco Park to share hugs and photo opportunities. There will also be plenty of giveaways and activities including free temporary tattoos and custom nail art from Sanrio Tokyo’s resident nail designer.  Hello Kitty will continue promoting the global ‘Share a Hug with Hello Kitty’ campaign to spread the message of fun and friendship throughout the convention. Each hug shared with her fans will be added to the Global Hug Report, which is continually updated and displayed at http://www.sanrio.com/global-hug-report/ to track all of the hugs given during Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary.


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Event: Her Universe Geek Couture Fashion Show

Date: Thursday 24th July, 2014

Location: Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego Hotel

Time: 6pm-9pm

Cost: There are no tickets for this event. Entry will be first come-first served and admission is free with a San Diego Comic-Con 2014 badge.

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Hunger Games (Effie Trinket) inspired dress by Lauren Bregman

Her Universe™, have joined forces to bring the first-ever full-scale “Geek Couture” fashion show and design competition,The Her Universe Fashion Show, to Comic-Con 2014 – the premier comic book and popular arts convention in the world. This premiere event is scheduled to take place during the convention, July 24th, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego just a few minutes’ walk from the San Diego Convention Center. Fashion retailer Hot Topic, a Her Universe partner, will be providing two grand prizes for the winning fashion designers – an opportunity to co-design, with Ashley Eckstein, an exclusive Her Universe fashion collection for Hot Topic. The Her Universe Fashion Show will be hosted by Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein.

Doctor Doom dress by Maggie S.Chan

Doctor Doom dress by Maggie S.Chan

Check out the official site for more information.


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Event: Hollywood Babble On with Kevin Smith

Location: House of Blues, San Diego

Date: Friday 25th July, 2014

Time: 11pm-11.55pm

For tickets please visit here

Please Note: 21 OR OVER WITH PHOTO I.D.


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Event: Homer’s Dome

Date: Thursday 24th-Sunday 27th July, 2014

Location: Hilton Bayfront Hotel lawn

Time: 10am-6pm

Cost: Free

Take a 4-D journey into Homer’s thoughts for a larger than life Simpsons experience.


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Event: MTV U Fandom Awards and MTV Fan Fest 

Date: Thursday 24th July, 2014

Location: Petco Park, San Diego

Time: 7-11pm

Cost: Entry will be first come-first served and admission is free with a San Diego Comic-Con 2014 badge.

UPDATE: Due to overwhelming demand for entrance, priority admission will be granted to Thursday and four-day Comic-Con badge holders on a first-come-first served basis.

For your chance to WIN VIP tickets to the show, check the details below on how to enter.

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The “mtvU Fandom Awards” honor the fans whose tenacious excitement pushes movies, TV, books and comics from subculture to mainstream worldwide success. To further honor the dedicated fans of Comic-Con, the “MTV Fan Fest” will feature a set from headliners Linkin Park, part of a free party at Petco Park open to all Comic-Con badge holders with food, drinks, games and giveaways. The “MTV Fan Fest” will lead into the “mtvU Fandom Awards” on Thursday, July 24. MTV and mtvU will premiere the 60-minute “mtvU Fandom Awards Special” on Sunday, July 27 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, celebrating the honorees and showcasing some of the best moments from the show.

Keep an eye on our Twitter and Nerdgeist.com as we will be bringing you press coverage of the event itself thanks to MTV.

Update: You can check out our interview with Actor Nathan Kress by clicking on the image below. 

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Check out our Guide to MTVU Fandom Awards at SDCC 2014

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Event: NERD HQ

Date: Thursday July 24- Sunday 27, 2014

Nerd HQ is a four day event held the same weekend as San Diego Comic Con and offers exclusive gaming and tech activations, nightly events, and intimate celebrity panels benefiting Operation Smile. The panels are ticketed events, which will be on sale closer to the event, donations of approx $22 is required per ticket.

 Location: Petco Park at 100 Park Blvd, San Diego

Time: TBA

Cost: Free except for the panels

For more info visit here

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Event: Nerdist Podcast live with Chris Hardwick

Date: Saturday 26th July 2014

Location: Balboa Theatre, San Diego

Time: 7.30pm

Tickets for this event at 7.30pm can be purchased here

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Time: 10.30pm

Tickets for this event at 10.30pm can be purchased here


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Event: Nintendo Gaming Lounge

Date: Thursday 24th-Sunday 27th July, 2014

Location: First Floor, Marriott Marquis & Marina

Time: 10am-7pm Thurs to Sat

10am-5pm Sun

Cost: Free

Come and play Super Smash Bros (Wii U and Nintendo 3DS) and upcoming 2014 games including Hyrule Warriors, Bayonetta 2, Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and more.


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Event: Orphan Black Tumblr Meet Up

Date: Friday 25th July, 2014

Location: SouthPaw Social, 815 J Street, San Diego

Time: 1-3pm

First come first served.  Comic Con Badge is NOT required for entry.


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Event: Pixels (Electric Dreams Factory Arcade)

Date: Wednesday 24th-Sunday 27th July, 2014

Location: Hard Rock Hotel

Time: The arcade will be open Wednesday July 23, 2014 5pm-9pm (competition not active), Thursday through Saturday, 9am to 9pm, and Sunday 9am-6pm.

Cost: Free

Arcaders 13 years of age and older with Comic-Con badges will have the chance to engage with original, 80s-era classic arcade games at the Pixels Electric Dreams Factory arcade at the Hard Rock Hotel – and expert gamers will have the chance to win a walk-on role in Pixels, starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad.Each day, the top-five scorers on the leaderboard by the end of the day on any of the eight participating games will be automatically entered in two drawings: a daily prize drawing for a chance to win a PlayStation 4, and the grand prize drawing for a chance to appear in a walk-on role in Pixels.


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Event: PubQuest Presents Super Video Game Land

Date: Thursday 24th July, 2014

Location: Mission Brewery

Time: 6pm-11.55pm

Cost: TBA

The event celebrates “the video games of our past”, including Zelda, Mario, Final Fantasy, Paper Boy, and many others. Over 50 unique works of art will be displayed and available for purchase, and attendees can also listen to music from their favorite games, play classic games on older consoles, and drink “the finest craft beer in town, brought to you by Mission Brewery.”

Paintings for the event will be on display through Sunday, July 27


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Event: San Diego Symphony Comic-Con Concert 

Date: Thursday 24th July to Saturday 26th July 2014

The San Diego Symphony is offering three unique concerts themed on video games, Danny Elfman, and Star Trek.

Location: Embarcadero Marina Park South

Cost: $25-90

For more info and tickets visit here

John Cho (Sulu) will be attending the Star Trek screening on Sat 26th July.


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 Gemeni will be performing at the event

 


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Event: Sin City 2: The Sin City: A Dame To Kill For exhibit

Date: Thursday 24th-Sunday 27th July, 2014

Location: Interactive Zone at Petco Park

Time: TBA

Cost: Free

To promote the film, Dimension will be bringing out six of the classic cars from the film, including a 1985 Dodge Diplomat, a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air, a 1960 Chevy Corvette, a 1985 Cadillac Eldorado, a 1964 1/2 Ford Mustand Convertible, and a 1949 Cadillac Sedanette. Fans will also be take Sin City style photo booth photographs and try for a chance at giveaways, which include Sin City branded t-shirts, poker chips, playing cards, and books.

 The show will also exhibit LED TV screens showing the trailer and other content from the film, as well as a DJ providing Sin City music. The activation will have daily contests, giveaways and promotions, and a wall around the exhibit that features daily work by local street graffiti artists. In addition, there will be a green screen set up for attendees to photograph themselves into the movie.

There will also be signings, with more information still to be announced.


 

Event: “Sleepy Hollow” Virtual Reality Experience

Date: Thursday 24th- Sunday July, 2014

Location: Petco Park parking lot, at Park Blvd and Tony Gwynn Drive. Bottom of the pedestrian bridge, opposite of the Hilton Bayfront

Time: 9am-6pm

Cost: Free

Age: 14

Inside the “Sleepy Hollow” bridge fans will be transported via an Oculus Rift headset into a virtual reality “Sleepy Hollow” experience and chased by a headless horseman. This virtual reality installation transports the user deep into the heart of Sleepy Hollow where the fans receive an ominous warning from Ichabod Crane and then a terrifying encounter with the Headless Horseman. Participants will receive a personalized, souvenir image to share across their social media pages.

Follow fox.com/comiccon2014 to find out when SLEEPY HOLLOW producers and cast, including stars Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie and John Noble, will be making appearances at the experience.

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Event: Strain Screening Special event

Date: Saturday 26th July, 2014

Location: Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15

Time: 7.30pm

Cost: Free

FX Networks is hosting a screening of the first two episodes.

Guests to the event will be treated to “an exclusive, never before seen, sneak peek of the next unaired episode”, and receive free food and drinks. There will also be giveaways, one of a kind props, costumes, and devices from the series on hand.

To attend, you’ll need to visit the FOX booth (#4229), the Harper Collins booth (#1029) and the Dark Horse booth (#2615) to pick up a special The Strain wristband from each. The three wristbands must be picked up on Friday or Saturday from 1PM-4PM. Once you have all three wristbands, you can head to the theater on Saturday.


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Event: Survive the Realm (Game of Thrones)

Date: Thursday 24th-Sunday 27th July, 2014

Location: 628 L Street (Across from the Omni Hotel)

Time: 11am-5pm Thurs to Sat

10am-4pm Sun

Cost: Free

This will feature authentic show costumes and props and a chance for fans to climb the wall.

Exclusive giveaways will also be on hand for the first 2,000 attendees who enter the space each day.


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Event: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Date: Thursday 24th-Sunday 27th July, 2014

Location: Petco Park parking lot, at Park Blvd and Tony Gwynn Drive. Bottom of the pedestrian bridge, opposite of the Hilton Bayfront

Time: TBA

Cost: Free

Paramount Pictures will be providing a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles experience where guests can relax and watch the film’s trailer in the Turtle Lair Lounge, have their photo taken in the custom branded photo booth and receive a TMNT photo takeaway as well as instantly upload their pictures to their social media sites. Additionally, guests will have the chance to participate in a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Pizza Hut interactive game.

There will also be flying foam pizzas and Pizza Hut complementary slices.


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Event: Tim & Eric’s Bedtime Stories

Date: Friday 25th July, 2014

Location: Petco Park Parking Lot

Time: 11pm-12am

Cost: Free with RSVP, Sadly RSVP is now Full.


 

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Event: On the Set with VIKINGS

Date: Thursday 24th July  – Saturday  26th July

 Location: 450 2nd Avenue

Cost: FREE (You do not require a SDCC Badge)

Cast Autograph Signing on Friday 25th July from 1 – 2 p.m at 450 2nd Avenue


Fans will get a behind-the-scenes look at VIKINGS and have a starring role in their own custom video that can be shared on social media. From the moment fans enter the “back-lot” they will be treated as cast members. Upon entering, guests will create a character profile and choose a weapon of choice. Next, they will meet with hair and make-up artists to become transformed into a fierce Viking and be placed into three scenes complete with Vikings ships, battles, axes and villages. When fans have completed the experience they will have a 30 video to share via Twitter, Facebook or Vine.

Travis Fimmel (Ragnar), Katheryn Winnick (Lagertha), Clive Standen (Rollo) and Alexander Ludwig (Bjorn) will make an appearance on Friday 25th July from 1 – 2 pm at 450 2nd Ave. to sign autographs and take photos with fans.

VIKINGS Comic Book – Creator & Story by Michael Hirst, Written by Joe Brusha & Ralph Tedesco, Artwork by Giuliano Piccinnino with Cover Art by Anthony Spray.

Custom, limited edition VIKINGS comic book will be given to select fans who visit the “On the Set” activation on 450 2nd Avenue. In this exclusive comic book for SDCC, the character Floki entertains the Vikings with a humorous tale of Thor, Loki and other gods.


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Event: The Walking Dead‘s BBQ

Date: 25-26th July 2014

Location: TBA

Time: TBA

Cost: Free

“What tastes better than brains? Barbecue, of course! But to force one to choose between the two would be downright inhumane so AMC is throwing The Walking Dead‘s BBQ: Those Who Arrive, Imbibe event during next week’s San Diego Comic-Con. Attendees who wish to chow down simply have to tweet to eat. Entering is easy:

1. Find the Terminus map

Tweet a selfie in front of the Terminus map using the hashtag #TweetToEat

Maps located at: The Walking Dead booth #4237 or outside of the terrace entrance at Hilton Gaslamp Hotel

2. Pick up a wristband

The first 200 people to show up at the pick-up location below on Friday, July 25 or Saturday, July 26 with their posted selfie will each receive one (1) wristband to attend.

Wristband pick-up location:  Terminus map located outside of the terrace entrance at the Hilton Gaslamp Hotel

To attend Friday night’s The Walking Dead BBQ, pick up on Friday, 7/25 from 9am-11am

To attend Saturday night’s BBQ, pick up on Saturday, 7/26 from 9am-11am

*Supplies are limited (200 wristbands per day).  Must be 21 and over. Proof of posted selfie is required for wristband pick-up.  Wristband is for the sole recipient only on the specific date. Wristband holders can only attend 1 event during the 2-day promotion.”


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Event: The Walking Dead Escape

Date: 25-26th July 2014

Location: Petco Park,San Diego.

Time: 6pm-11.55pm

Cost: $20 to $125.

The Walking Dead Escape returns to Petco Park on July 25 and 26, this year running in the spooky darkness from 6pm to midnight each day.Tickets are $60 for Survivors and $80 for Walkers. A $125 VIP package is also available which includes option to run course twice – first as a Survivor and then a Walker, an event T-shirt, access to a VIP-only lounge, and exclusive behind the scenes access.

With the infection spreading and Walkers around every corner, a government evacuation center is your only hope. Or is it? Immerse yourself in the survival-driven world of The Walking Dead to climb, crawl, hide and slide your way through a series of gut-wrenching scenarios—in a team or as a lone survivor.

Your choices will determine whether you’ll clear quarantine or join the undead. For those who are already infected, professional Walker make-up from Greg Nicotero’s world famous KNB EFX will transform you into one of the undead, allowing you to terrify survivors in your path.

The Walking Dead Escape – it’s the ultimate interactive fan experience.

Register for the Escape at San Diego Comic Con International 2014, get a limited edition Issue 1 of The Walking Dead!

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Update: Get your tickets before the price increase on Sat 19th July, 2014.

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Event: Wooden Wisdom

Wooden Wisdom is what happens when Elijah wood and Zach Cowie play records together. Come see Elijah and Zach spin some tunes at Bang Bang.

Date: Thursday 24th July, 2014

Location: Bang Bang, San Diego

To RSVP and reserve your free tickets please visit ticketfly.com/purchase/event/618183

UPDATE: Sadly the Free tickets by RSVP have gone, Only the $10 tickets are still available.

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Event: w00tstock 6.0

Date: Thursday 24th July, 2014

Location: San Diego Balboa Theatre 868 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, CA

Time: 7-11pm

This is a special event that features Television host/special-effects artist Adam Savage (“MythBusters”), actor/author/blogger Wil Wheaton (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”, “Stand By Me”) and music-comedy duo Paul and Storm (The Internet, Da Vinci’s Notebook). It’s a high-energy night of music acts, readings, comedy, demonstrations, short films, special guests, and other clever widgets born from and dedicated to the enthusiasms, obsessions, trials and joys of geek pride.

To purchase tickets visit here


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Event: Xbox Lounge

Date: Friday 25- Sunday 27 July, 2014

Location: Seaport Ballroom at Hyatt Manchester Hotel

Time: 11am-6pm Friday

11am-8pm Sat-Sun

Cost: Free

There will be over 85 games available for you to play on Xbox One. They will also be hosting tournaments, special guest appearances and signings. There will also be photo ops available with Halo, Dragon Age and Evolve. There will also be complimentary phone charging stations.


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Event: Agents of SHIELD Fan Party

The Official after party to close San Diego Comic International with fellow fans of Agents of Shield.

Location: Henry’s Pub (All ages till 9pm), 618 5th Ave

Date: Sunday 27 July 2014

Time: 5pm (21+ only from 9pm)

Cost: Free but must RSVP

For more Info and to RSVP visit ShieldTV.net


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Boom Studios  (NO RSVP Required)

Date: Thursday 24th July,

Location: Odysea Bar at Hilton San Diego BayFront

Time: from 9pm

BOOM! Studios Ninth Anniversary Drink-Up. RSVP IS NOT Required for this year’s event.

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Digital LA – Comic-Con Party (By RSVP)

Date: Saturday 26th July

Time: from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

Location: TBA

Details TBA for their annual Digital LA – Comic-Con party.
To RSVP for this party visit digitalla.net
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Digital LA organizes networking events for online entertainment, marketing and advertising friends and professionals around entertainment, strartups, movies, TV/web series, music, video games, VFX/3D, including content creation, development, distribution, marketing and social media. Digital LA is the founder of the Silicon Beach Fest, a biannual start up entertainment conference.

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Event: Ghostbusters Mass Hysteria Party

Date: Friday 25th July 2014

Location: Werewolf 627 4th Ave, San Diego

Time: From 7.30pm

Cost: Free

This is being hosted by the fans for the fans.

This event is for all ages until 9:00pm then its 21 and up.


 

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Event: Hero Complex (By Los Angeles Times)

Date: Thursday 24th July, 2014

Location: Hotel Solamar,San Diego

Time: 7pm-9.30pm

Cost: Free

Age: 21+

Hero Complex, IMAX and the Hero Initiative invite you to kick off your Comic-Con weekend with a rooftop party in the heart of the Gaslamp! Hang out poolside with your fellow Superfans for convention-exclusive giveaways, music, free drinks and more!

Comic-Con badge is not needed for entry. 

RSVP is now closed, a stand-by line will be created at the event.  No lineups prior to 6:30 PM.


Event: HitFix Star Wars Rebels Party (By Invitation Only)

 Hitfix and Lucasfilm present Comic-Con Kick Off Party, featuring an exclusive look at Star Wars Rebels.

Date: Wednesday 23rd July, 2014

Time: 9pm-Midnight

Location: Hotel Solamar

Age: 21+

Update: After Preview Night at SDCC 2014 we hit this party, it’s the perfect way to kick off SDCC.

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HitFix is running a competition to offer You a chance to get tickets to this event.

Prize:

Five of you (that’s five individuals) will be picked to win VIP entry into the party, and you each get a +1. You will also receive a Santa Cruz Skateboard and an action figure from Jakks.

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This one’s important… travel will not be provided to Comic-Con or to or from the party. Lodging will not be provided. Winners must be 21 years old and US residents.

Here are the official rules of the contest.

To Enter:
There are three radically different ways to enter.

1) Facebook: Post your cosplay selfie to HitFix’s Facebook page, tagged with @HitFix Entertainment News and #StarWarsParty

2) Twitter: Tweet your cosplay selfie tagged @HitFix and #StarWarsParty

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3) Instagram: Post your cosplay selfie to instagram tagged @HitFix and #StarWarsParty


Date: Friday 25th July 2014
Time: Doors open at 9pm. RSVP is currently closed.
YOU MUST BE 21 OR OLDER TO ATTEND.
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Update: You can enter a competition for your chance to WIN VIP tickets for this party.
Click on the image below for more info and how to enter.
All entries must be received on or before 10:00 a.m. PT on July 23, 2014
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Playboy and A&E Bates Motel Event (By Invitation Only)

Date: Friday 25th July 2014

Time: 8pm to Midnight

Location: Seventh Avenue, between Island and Market Street.

RSVP: By Invitation Only. 

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Playboy and A&E will throw the most talked about party of the weekend as they transform 40,000 square feet of outdoor space into their exclusive “Bates Motel” themed event.  Guests will enter through a “Bates Motel” check-in area and receive a pair of polarized sunglasses that, when worn inside, will offer a voyeuristic look into the “Bates Motel” façade on display. The party will also feature a taxidermy lounge; a “marijuana” field maze; photo booths; food trucks; Patron XO Café-infused ice cream sandwiches; cocktails by Patron Spirits and beer by Heineken; and Music by Mick.

Additionally, celebrities walking the red carpet will be given the opportunity to select one key from the “Bates Hotel” valet stand at the end of the carpet and attempt to start the engine of the Triumph Scrambler Custom on display, courtesy of Triumph Motorcycles America and South Bay Motorsports.  The three lucky celebrities who successfully start the engine will be able to make a donation to the charity of their choice on behalf of Triumph Motorcycles America.

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Celebrities expected to attend include: “Bates Motel” stars Vera FarmigaFreddie Highmore,Olivia Cooke, and Nestor Carbonell; “Bates Motel” Executive Producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry EhrinPlayboy Playmates; and many more.

Other confirmed guests to attend include Paul WesleyPedro PascalBrittany SnowChris Daughtry, Dan WeissDavid BenioffEvan PetersIan SomerhalderNelsan Ellis and more.

Update: You can check out our interviews from the red carpet here or by clicking on the image below. 

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Tested Incognito Event (2)

Event: Tested.com Presents Incognito: a Celebration of Cosplay with Adam Savage

Date: Friday 25th July

 Location: Sidebar – 536 Market Street, San Diego

Time: 9 pm – 2 am

Cost: FREE. First come, first serve – no RSVP needed.  21+ only.

There will also be an open bar, food and a DJ.


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Showtime’s Penny Dreadful party (By Invitation Only)

Date: 24th July 2014

Location: US Grant Hotel, Palm Court, 326 Broadway.

Time: 7pm to 10pm

 Join creator John Logan and the cast for cocktails and appetizers.

Four lucky members of the panel audience will have the opportunity to win tickets to this party.

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Penny Dreadful Panel

Date: 24th July 2014

Location: Ballroom 20

Time: 6pm to 7pm

Creator and showrunner John Logan is joined by spellbinding stars Josh Hartnett(Ethan Chandler), Reeve Carney (Dorian Gray), and Harry Treadaway (Victor Frankenstein), as the monstrous new series possesses Ballroom 20. Enter the demimonde to find out what moments haunt the writer and cast from the first season and view a sneak peek to see what the cards reveal about the season ahead. The panel will be moderated by Emmy Award-nominated actress and host Aisha Tyler (Archer, The Talk), followed by a Q&A session with the “Dreadfuls.” Penny Dreadful returns to Showtime in 2015.

Sin City 2 (By Invitation Only)

Date: 24th July 2014

Location: Float at Hard Rock Hotel, San Diego

Time: from 8pm

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Event: Sony Online Entertainment Block Party

Date: Friday 25th July

 Location: 8928 Terman Ct, San Diego, California 92121

Time: 12pm – 6pm

Cost: RSVP on their Facebook Page


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Event: The OFFICIAL Walking Dead Escape After Party

Date: Saturday 26th July, 2014

Location: McFadden’s, 731 5th Avenue San Diego, CA 92101

Time: from 9pm

Cost: Free with a Walking Dead Escape ticket or RSVP at mcfaddenssandiego.com/events/the-official-walking-dead-escape

Walkers and survivors will will come together to celebrate the Apocalypse beginning at 9PM.

McFadden’s post Escape bash will be transformed into a haven for the living and the undead with Walker fans donning their most gruesome attire.

Participants in the Walking Dead Escape are welcome to show their badge for free access and exclusive drink specials.

Patrons NOT walking are urged to RSVP using the links below and arrive early.

RSVP at mcfaddenssandiego.com/events/the-official-walking-dead-escape


WIRED Café (By Invitation Only)

Date: 24th-26th July 2014

Time: 11am-5pm daily

Location: Omni Hotel, San Diego

A daytime oasis on the terrace of the Omni Hotel in San Diego’s Gaslamp District.

Guests Expected: Orlando Bloom, Elle Fanning, Hugh Jackman, Mikey Tyson, and “Expendables 3” cast including Dolph Lundgren, Kellan Lutz and Wesley Snipes

Click the image below for our Spotlight on Epilog Laser at at 2014

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HBO will be back as an official Sponsor at Wired Cafe. Why not enter for your chance to win an invite to their Beer Testing event? See details below.

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Update: Check out our review of the Wired Cafe at San Diego International Comic Con 2014 by clicking the image below. 

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Event: ZombieWalk & Zombie Prom Party

Date: Saturday 26th July, 2014

Location: Starts at from Children’s Park, at 1st & Island

Time: from 5pm

Age: Free & All ages

UPDATE: Sadly the Party has been canceled but the ZombieWalk is still happening.

More information can be found at sdcczombiewalk.com

Tickets available online at sdcczombiewalk.com/prom until July 20th and at the Zombie Apocalypse Store (424 Market Street).

The party features music, dancing, prom photos, drinks & hors d’oeuvres, a crowning of Zombie Prom Queen & King… and more.


Guide to Gam3rcon Parties during SDCC 2014

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Jenny

Nerdgeist Editor

Contact me for any Press, Reviews, Advertising or General Enquiries.

Email: contactnerdgeist@gmail.com

Twitter: @NGeistofficial

I love food, films, TV, photography and technology.

You can find me next at SXSW 2015 (Austin, Texas) & Emerald City Comic Con 2015 (Seattle).

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