Monday, July 21, 2014

10 Things to do Outside of San Diego Comic Con

Hey everyone! My name is Colin K. Bass and I am proud to be a guest blogger on Cynthia Dial's blog. As much as I love travel, my expertise is in the comic book industry. For those of you who don't know, San Diego Comic Con is just around the corner. Tickets have been sold out for months, but that doesn't mean you can't get in on some of the fun.

There are hundreds of options of exciting things to do outside of the convention. But I am going to limit this list to ten so that you guys know where to get started, then you can explore from there. Click the titles for more information!

1. Petco Park Interactive Zone

"Petco Park Events was kind enough to provide us with a map and hours for the annual Petco Park Interactive Zone, held just across the street from the San Diego Convention Center.

This year the Interactive Zone brings us booths from upcoming movies like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Sin City 2, TV series including the Sleepy Hollow Headless-Horseman bridge, and a number of other activations, including the return of the Adult Swim Fun House. And good news for foodies- the local food trucks will be on hand to help curve those convention-going appetites as well."

2. Comedy Central-Con

"Comedy Central is returning to San Diego Comic-Con, in a bigger way than ever before. Not only will the network have panels for three of their series — Key & PeeleBrickleberry, and new animated series Moonbeam City — but on Friday and Saturday, Comedy Central is offering a special offsite event, #ComedyCentralCon. The event is free and open to the public, and doesn’t require a badge, so head on down to The San Diego Wine & Culinary Center (200 Harbor Dr. #120) from 11AM-8PM on Friday and Saturday."
3. Geek & Sundry Returning to Jolt’n Joes

"Geek & Sundry
, the YouTube channel created by Felicia Day and home of popular internet shows such as Spooked, the Day’s Co-Optitude, and  Wil Wheaton’sTableTop, will be returning as an offsite during San Diego Comic-Con.The popular Comic-Con offsite will be returning to its 2013 location, Jolt’n Joes in the Gaslamp (4th Avenue and J Street), where it will be hosting two packed days of programming, giveaways, and parties on Thursday, July 24, and Friday, July 25."

4. Hard Rock Cafe turns into 
Hard Rock Cafe turns into 'Ascension Cafe'

For the last several years, Syfy has taken over Mary Jane’s restaurant at the Hard Rock Hotel to rebrand it as something related to their series. In years past, the restaurant has been everything from CafeDiem from Eureka to the Defiance Cafe, but so far, there’s been no word on if the cafe what the cafe might be transformed into for this year.

Thanks to our very own 
Shawn “The Con Fluence” Marshall, though, who is currently on the ground in San Diego, we know what 2014′s theme will be: The Ascension Cafe.Ascension follows a 1960′s government-ordered covert space mission, sending hundreds of men, women and children on a century-long voyage aboard the starship “Ascension” to populate a new world, assuring the survival of the human race. The six hour event series will air in November on Syfy.

Attendees can also catch a panel for the series, with stars Tricia Helfer, Brian Van Holt, and Andrea Roth on Saturday at 3:15PM in Room 6DE.Here are some photos of the Syfy restaurant makeover:"

5. Nintendo’s Gaming Lounge at SDCC 2014

the Nintendo Gaming Lounge will be at the Marriott Marquis and Marina, in the San Diego Ballroom on the main floor off the lobby. This is the same location at which it’s been for the previous two years, so attendees who were there before will be familiar. The hours of the event are 10 am to 7 pm PT, Thursday July 24 to SaturdayJuly 26, and 10 am to 5 pm PT Sunday July 27. It is open to the public, meaning you do not need a badge for entry.
There will be tons of playable games for both the Wii U and 3DS available for attendees of the lounge."

6. Adult Swim Dives into Comic-Con

"In addition to the 
Fun House and Meatwad Full Dome in the Petco Interactive Zone, Adult Swim has joined forces with Intel, Lexus, and State Farm to create the “ultimate fan experience” at San Diego Comic-Con with offsite installations and offers throughout the convention.
State Farm will sponsor an Adult Swim branded “Cool Treats” ice cream truck that can be found at both the Petco Interactive Zone with the other events, as well as at various locations within the Gaslamp District over the week. There will also be State Farm branded lockers at the Fun House, where attendees can drop their bags and swag off for free while the participate in all the Fun House has to offer."

7. HBO Pop Up Shop Headed to Gaslamp

HBO is heading to San Diego Comic-Con not only with panels for two of its series (Game of Thrones and True Blood), but for the first time, it will be bringing the HBO Pop Up Shop to Comic-Con attendees.
The Pop Up Shop will be located at Market St. and 8th Ave in the Gaslamp, and 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. Attendees can stop by during the shop’s open hours, which are:
Thursday: 10AM-6PM
Friday: 10AM-6PM
Saturday: 11AM-7PM
Sunday: 9AM-3PM"

8. X-Box Lounge

At Xbox’s Booth (#100) and at thepreviously-announced Xbox Lounge at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, attendees can swing by for a chance to try out upcoming titles that won’t be heading to Xbox One consoles until later this year, includingSunset OverdriveMadden NFL 15Skylanders Trap Team, Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, Evolve, and many more." 

9. MTV Fan Fest And mtvU Fandom Awards

MTV has just added a few more reasons to attend the MTV Fan Fest and mtvU Fandom Awardscelebration at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday, July 24. In addition to a performance from Linkin Park, the free offsite event has just added another musical guest, taped appearances from celebrities, and more.
In a press release, MTV announced that Oakland-based hip hop artist G-Eazy will be joining Linkin Park in treating attendees to free musical performances, as he will take the stage to sing songs and to promote his new album, These Things Happen."

10. Under The Tents 

"We have news about lots of things happening on the show floor, from a 
Bates Motel-themed booth,Peanuts sneak peeks, exclusives, artists, and more. Plus, we’ve got word that one of attendees’ favorite offsite events from last year is returning, and with a level up, all the way to Disney Infinity 2.0.
Don’t forget to check our Offsite Event calendar, presented by Eventbrite. New events addeddaily. Like news of our VIP tickets for Enchantment Under The SDCC 2014.
If you’re interested in getting a few autographs while in San Diego, check out our Announced Autograph & Signing Schedules page, compiling all the announced autographs at the booths and tables."

That's just ten of the hundreds of options for offsite activities during SDCC! A special thank you to SDCC Blog
for all of the listings and quotes. Have a great time at the con!


  1. These are some absolutely definite places that I would love to visit in San Diego. I have been searching web for must things to do in san diego for a week. Thanks a ton!

  2. You're so welcome. Please let me know if you discover additional Comic-Con opportunities.