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Comic-Con 2014

July 10, 2014
Comic-Con 2014

Comic-Con 2014  

 

Comic-Con, the annual festival of animation and the popular arts begins with the super-powered “Preview Night” on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014, continues with the full convention on Thursday, July 24, 2014, and ends on Sunday, July 27, 2014.

EDITOR’S NOTE: We will be adding more information to our visiting guests from around the world in the coming days. Lots of press releases are flowing in every day announcing confirmed panels and guests. Thank you for attending Comic-Con 2014 in San Diego!

As we’ve reported in the past, a supernatural influx of people comes together to commune with each other. Thousands of people, many dressed as their favorite comic or video game characters, descend on downtown San Diego to interact, to buy and trade collectibles, and to hear the latest news on their favorite forms of entertainment, whether in print, online, or in 3-D.

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Comic-Con 2014 – Photo Credit: David Schmidt

 

Comic-Con is a science fiction and animation utopia. Everyone is free to be themselves, whether in costume or not. This international convention is a feast for the eyes and all the other senses. Be sure to bring your cameras/smart phones as many of the costumed wonders will pose for you in character.

There is something for every fan boy and girl at Comic-Con. From the massive Hall H to the small lecture rooms, people flock to lectures from industry insiders and celebrities alike. For those lucky enough to have a ticket, entrance to “The Con” is access to a world beyond their current position in life. It truly is fantasy made into reality!

The San Diego/Comic-Con Connection

Why is this convention in San Diego? It started here many light years ago and although the organizers have toyed with the idea of going to other magic kingdoms, San Diego has continued to lure them back. The Comic-Con experience extends beyond the San Diego Convention Center as it literally spills out onto the streets and sidewalks of the Gaslamp District. In fact, all of San Diego gets into the Comic-Con experience because it’s good for tourism, business and it’s 100% fun.

TIP! San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter has put together a very nice listing of where to find what in the Gaslamp.

Celebrity Spotting at Comic-Con

We’re very excited about a certain panel at Hall H that is sure to have people saying, “Holy smokes, Batman!” Why? Because, Warner Brothers Home Entertainment will officially unveil the details of its highly-anticipated November 2014 release of “Batman: The Complete Television Series” at a Comic-Con International panel on Thursday, July 24th from 6:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. in Hall H featuring special guests Adam West (Batman), Burt Ward (Robin) and Julie Newmar (Cat Woman)!

 

Comic-Con 2014 – Photo Credit: Lisa Schmidt

 

One of the most intriguing aspects of Comic-Con is that famous celebrities attend the convention in costume and sometimes even try out an act with the public. Major movie studios and TV networks have come to Comic-Con to show previews and make presentations that showcase cult, favorite and brand new shows. In fact, so many appearances are made that we don’t even have the final list at press time. If you want the latest information, be sure to go to Comic-Con’s ever-changing special guest list.

 

 

Autographs – Like every year, Comic-Con 2014 will feature a galaxy of guests that will be on hand to sign autographs. Located upstairs in the Sails Pavilion, the Autograph Area is the place to go for a special memento from a variety of artists, authors, and actors from every era of popular culture. The Autograph Area is open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

How to Get Around Comic-Con

The best way to get around Comic-Con is to walk, walk, and walk! Be sure to wear very comfortable shoes and bring a fresh pair of socks to change into. Sweaty feet are never fun for all-day marathons. If you’re in a wheelchair, you’ll be rolling, rolling, and rolling. Please come prepared.

A map of the various meeting rooms and halls can be found in the official printed catalog or online. Here is an Exhibit Hall Map that you can refer to during your Comic-Con experience.

When to Go to Comic-Con

Wednesday, July 23 (Preview Night) – 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (4-Day Memberships ONLY)

Thursday, July 24 – 9:30 a.m. to 7:00p.m. *

Friday, July 25 – 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. *

Saturday, July 26 – 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. *
Sunday, July 27 – 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

* Additional nighttime events and programming run until after midnight.

What’s Happening at Comic-Con?

The organizers of Comic-Con do their very best to update each day’s activities, lectures, panels, screenings, and events. Here is a link.

Have you downloaded the Comic-Con app? It’s a great way to keep tabs on each day’s event while you’re on the go. Best of all, it’s free. You can find it here.

How to Get to Comic-Con

Comic-Con Parking Information – Parking in downtown San Diego is limited but there are a number of paid parking lots that you can secure if you arrive early. Don’t bother trying to park at a meter because there aren’t enough long-term meters near the San Diego Convention Center, although you can always give it a try. You can purchase an official Comic-Con Parking Pass in advance and online through Comic-Con. There are various parking lots (both on-site and off-site) that are participating in this demonstration project.

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Comic-Con 2014 – Photo Credit: Lisa Schmidt

 
Public transit is a great way to get in and out of the area and this includes the many Comic-Con sponsored shuttles that bring conventioneers to and fro. Unfortunately, there is still no way for humans to materialize in and out of Hall H.

Comic-Con Can Shuttle You for Free – If you are one of the thousands that plan to travel to San Diego for Comic-Con, please take advantage of Comic-Con’s free shuttle service. This year, organizers are going to try a 24-hour shuttle service again this year. Why? Comic-Con knows just how impacted parking can get in the downtown area. In order to ease congestion and increase convenience, Comic-Con has chartered specially marked buses to shuttle between various convention hotels and the San Diego Convention Center. In addition to Downtown hotels, the Comic-Con organizers have now extended the shuttle service area to include Mission Valley, Shelter Island & North Harbor Island hotels!

The FREE Comic-Con shuttle service, sponsored by NBC and coordinated by Seat Planners Incorporated, kicks in Wednesday, July 23 from 3:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. for Comic-Con’s Preview Night. On Thursday, July 24, 24-hour service begins starting at 4:30 a.m. and runs continuously until Sunday at 7:00 p.m.!

Comic-Con and Public Transportation – The San Diego Metropolitan Transit Service (MTS) will be providing special Green Line Trolleys as a special event service from Qualcomm Stadium to the Convention Center every 15 minutes all four days of Comic-Con. Parking is free and plentiful at Qualcomm Stadium (this is where the San Diego Chargers play).

Tip: MTS will once again offer a limited quantity of commemorative Comic-Con 2-day, 3-day, 4-day, and 5-day passes, which cost $10, $13, $16 and $20, respectively. The commemorative passes are sold at select Trolley Stations with ticket booths. Day Passes provide unlimited rides on all Trolley lines and most MTS Bus Routes for the day(s) valid.

BIG TIP & NEW FOR 2014! Get your pass directly on your smartphone! With SDMTS’ new “mTicket” app, your phone acts as a ticket machine and as the ticket itself. You can buy your pass in advance–like right now, from the comfort of your couch–and have it ready to go for Comic-Con in just a few minutes!
For all the details and the 411, please visit the official mTicket page for step-by-step directions on how to buy and use your mTicket from your smartphone.

Another novel way to get to and from the convention is to rent the little white and blue Mercedes-Benz Smart electric cars from Car2Go. Car2go will be hosting a special ‘dropzone’ to help Comic-Con attendees get to the panels on time. During the run of Comic-Con (Thursday-Sunday), from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., you can end your rental in front of their office located at 633 9th Avenue and they will park your Car2go for you.

Disabled Access & Childcare Services

Disabled Services – Comic-Con’s Disabled Services Department’s goal is to make everyone feel welcome and as comfortable as possible at Comic-Con. Special attention is paid to attendees who need assistance with mobility and language. Be sure to look for the Deaf and Disabled Services team for assistance.

  • Wheelchairs are available for loan in 2-3-hour increments on a first-come, first-serve basis at the San Diego Convention Center with a picture ID and a $20 deposit.
  • An enclosed nursing area for mothers with infants
  • A special rest area for the disabled, elderly, expectant moms, and parents with babies.
  • Cold storage of medications.
  • American Sign Language interpreters for the deaf during the large panels and the Masquerade.
  • Special limited seating for the disabled for large programming events and the Masquerade.

Child Care Services for Comic-Con – Comic-Con has a long-standing tradition (going on 28 years now) of providing a childcare vendor (KiddieCorp) to service those conventioneers who wish to give their kids a break from all the action.

KiddieCorp offers age-appropriate activities that include arts and crafts, group games, music and motion, board games, story time, dramatic play, and much more. KiddieCorp provides snacks and beverages, but parents must supply all meals, as well as diapers, baby formula, and a change of clothes.

What’s New in San Diego for This Year’s Comic-Con

(SAN)Diego – If you arrive by plane to San Diego for Comic-Con, you will see that the new airport terminal expansion project is now complete. The airport held a big public open house for all to see – we went on that day and were impressed with all the new amenities for travelers. One of the improvements that you won’t be seeing this year is a new rental car parking facility. This project is progressing and yes, it should be done by next year’s Comic-Con.

Special Discounts for Comic-Con Attendees in the East Village – Be sure to swing by East Village just outside of the Convention Center to take advantage of killer deals on food, drinks, and entertainment. Just show your Comic-Con badge or come dressed in costume.

The County of San Diego Administration Center Waterfront Park – How’s that for a sexy name? It’s actually part of the original design of this iconic waterfront building. Way back when, the official architectural plans called for open public spaces on either side of the Works Progress Administration (WPA)- era building. Instead, the parks became parking lots. The parking has now been moved below the building and two waterfront parks with drought-tolerant landscape (we live in a semi-arid climate) have taken over the space to great public acclaim instead of great public disclaim.

The County Administration Building is located on Pacific Highway, between Ash and Grape Streets. The park is open each day from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

New Central Library – At last, San Diego’s Downtown has a fabulous New Central Library! This main library is an architectural wonder with 9 floors (7 are accessible to the public) that offer not only stacks and stacks of books (and comics), but also an art gallery, a special event room, an historic baseball memorabilia collection, public art, cultural and performance event spaces, quiet study rooms, a rare books collection, and an outdoor terrace area with an expansive view of Downtown. The only thing that is missing is a bar with cocktails. If you need a break from Comic-Con, please find your way over to our new main library for a look-see. It’s worth the free cost of admission.

The Headquarters at Seaport Village – Located just north of Seaport Village, the old San Diego Police Headquarters recently reopened as a restaurant and retail center. It features various restaurants including The Cheesecake Factory, Seasons 52, Eddie V’s, Pizzeria Mozza, and Puesto as well as shops that feature local and imported goods. The other added benefit of The Headquarters is that it still retains the jail cells that once housed some of San Diego’s less than savory characters and general knuckleheads. Imagine the fun you’ll have taking selfies in a jail cell!

One Last Thing

Be sure to bring your patience with you and set your phasers to stun. May the Force be with you!

If you have any comments that you would like to share with us and the rest of the universe, please feel free to provide relevant comments below.

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