The World Outside of Comic-Con – No Badge Required

San Diego Comic-Con Gaslamp Quarter

Just outside of the Convention Center, the Gaslamp Quarter and Downtown fill up with Awesome Geekery during Comic-Con

San Diego International Comic-Con returns to the San Diego Convention Center on July 24-27, 2014, for its 45th year (though not all of those years have been at the Convention Center)! As Comic-Con has grown in popularity and size, the largest comics and pop culture event in the nation has spilled out into the Gaslamp Quarter and beyond. The best part about this expansion outward is that almost all of these events do not require the coveted Comic-Con badge!

Here is just a sampling of the fun happening outside the con:

Outside the Convention Center

  • Nerd HQ, presented by The Nerd Machine, will return to Petco Park in San Diego July 24-27 with panels, upcoming SEGA Video Games, a Maker Studios stage, gadgets from Intel, and a table top gaming gallery.
  • The Geek & Sundry Lounge will once again take over Jolt N’ Joes for the whole weekend with everything from video games to table top games to spotlights on their new and returning shows.
  • On Thursday, July 24, Super Video Game Land at Mission Brewery will celebrate the video games of our past with over 50 unique works of art from many of your favorite classic games, music from the arcade days of the 80’s and early 90’s, classic video game consoles available to play, and of course, craft beer.
  • The Hard Rock Hotel will host not one but two Outside Comic-Con events. SyFy will take over MaryJanes Cafe, while Columbia Pictures is bringing a special “Electric Dreams Factory Arcade” in conjunction with the movie, Pixels (Comic-Con badge required for Arcade).
  • Gam3rCon, July 24-27, features four floors of gaming entertainment, including a Video Game Arena, Tabletop Gaming Lounge, gaming industry panels, live theatre, gaming-themed artwork, and rooftop parties.

Liquid Courage

Out of This World Music and Live Entertainment

Getting to the Comic-Con Extravaganza

With two stops located outside of the San Diego Convention Center and expanded service during the week of the convention, the light-rail San Diego trolley is the best way to access Comic-Con International. The rail line gets in the Comic-Con spirit with stop signage translated into Klingon and Dothraki for the run of the event.

> Check out Outside Comic-Con for a list of Comic-Comic related events

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Brent Bernasconi

About Brent Bernasconi

I am a local San Diegan (though surprisingly, I do not know how to surf). While not at work, I enjoy biking, running, soccer, bocce ball, craft brew (I hope to make a batch of home brew one day), reading, movies, and a video game here and there. My goal is to set foot in as many states, countries and continents as I possibly can (I have hit 14 states, 9 countries, and 3 continents), though I will always call San Diego home. How would you describe your ideal San Diego day?So after a good night's sleep, first I would take the puppy for a nice long walk. Then I would pack the bicycle panniers with a picnic lunch for the wife and I and we would ride over to Mission Trails for some trail riding and then a lovely lunch under the shade by the river. After the ride home, a shower and a nap would follow. Once rested, we would head out to the Blind Lady and enjoy a local brew and some organic pizza.If you were invisible, where would you go?Area 51! I would love to know what they are doing that is so top secret.What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?So many choices, but if I have to pick one I would choose bikingrunningsoccerbocceball. Though sitting outside with a good book on a sunny day would come in close second.Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?Nothing could be better than a San Diego Craft Beer (Hess, Stone, Ballast Point, Automatic, and many many more) and a burger with onion rings and BBQ-sauce. Though you will often find me boiling some pasta with a glass of wine in my hand and Ratatouille on in the background.Latest music purchases for my iPod/MP3 player are…A few albums by Jonathan Coulton, the ultimate geek musician. If you get a chance, listen to Code Monkey.If you like, you can follow me on Twitter @bernasconi.

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