Exclusive to Outside Comic-Con, we’ve got the details on several brand take-overs happening next week!
FOX Broadcasting is taking over a parking lot at 450 2nd Ave., next to where the History Channel will have its Vikings Interactive Waterway.
FOX will be installing a mini-golf course, 3-D printing stations, and a movie/TV screening area holding 250 chairs. Just what they will be showing there remains to be seen! A local pizza truck will also provide food and there will be tables set up. The FOX lot will be open Thursday through Saturday, 12-8pm.
[UPDATE] it is FOX Animation Domination with Axe Cop and High School USA per their Facebook Page.
Fandango is rebranding a store at 226 5th Ave and turning it to a 30s-style movie theater lobby. There will be a concession stand with prize giveaways, and photo and video booths where you can re-enact your favorite movie scenes. The Fandango Experience will be open Thursday, 12-6pm, Friday & Saturday, 10am-6pm, and Sunday 10am-5pm.
Disney Interactive is taking over a store (a salon, in fact) at 343 4th Ave. to promote Disney INFINITY, the video game to be released in August. The store will have private an public events demonstrating the game, and Disney music and decor. The Disney Interactive site will be open Wednesday-Thursday, 8am-11pm (private events) & Friday-Saturday, 6pm-10pm (open to all).
Already known, but we’ve gotten a better picture of the Petco Park Interactive Zone: The zone will feature the Hello Kitty Music Wonderland interactive experience and pop-up shop, the Adult Swim funhouse, The Smurfs (making a repeat appearance), Fear.Net and Walking Dead Escape booths, a 5-hour Energy drink display, and several food trucks, including the Elder Scrolls Online Truck (Thursday only). A large DC Comics exhibit will be there all weekend, and will also have Jim Lee creating the final Kia Sorento car art on Wednesday at 2PM, to complete the Justice League custom cars.
Last but not least, it has been confirmed that NBC will once again be taking over the Tin Fish, and SyFy will bring back their Defiance Cafe at the Hard Rock Hotel.
The Chuck Jones Gallery announced its line-up of special events and artist receptions during Comic-Con. As the end point for Course of the Force, the gallery will be home to all the COTF activities every day of the convention — including a Star Wars costume display — with art-related events in the evenings. See the full gallery schedule, below.
The Chuck Jones Gallery is located at 232 Fifth Avenue (Map Link).
Course of the Force: Everyday, 11 AM – 6 PM
Thursday, July 18, 7 PM – 9 PM:
Chuck Jones Extravaganza
Chuck’s grandson, Craig Kausen as the special guest. There will be raffles, games, prizes, and new art from the legendary animation pioneer Chuck Jones. Come test your knowledge of Chuck Jones trivia against Craig, during the gallery’s “Jeopardy” challenge.
Friday, July 19, 7 PM – 9 PM:
James C. Mulligan
Meet muralist, performer, and pirate, James C. Mulligan, Friday evening, July 19 from 7 to 9 PM. Jimmy’s quick wit and joie de vivre are apparent in each of his remarkable canvases. Enjoy his swashbuckling superhero sagas and his spot-on recreation of all of your favorite cartoon characters. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry “Uncle”, and you’ll have a great time!
Saturday, July 20, 7 PM – 9 PM:
An evening with artist Mike Kungl, one of the artists commissioned by the Jones family to pay homage to the art and career of Chuck Jones for his centennial celebration, continues to impress with his Art Deco-inspired
re-interpretations of classic characters and moments from Jones’s impressive oeuvre. Eat, drink, and be merry while enjoying a chinwag with raconteur extraordinaire, Mike Kungl.
Visit the Gallery’s web site at: www.ChuckJones.com
Each Wednesday from now until Comic-Con, we will post a weekly wrap up of any new outside events. Here’s what we currently know…
The Thrilling Adventure Hour announced they will be doing four live shows at Comic-Con. The old-timey, radio-style performance group will have 2 shows on Friday, and 2 on Saturday, at the Horton Grand Theatre (444 4th Ave). Various ticket levels range from $25 to $45, with the late-night performances having access to a VIP party. TAH’s past live performances in LA have included such special guests as Nathan Fillion, Clancy Brown, Karen Gillan, Alan Tudyk, and many other familiar names — so you never know who may show up!
For more information and to purchase tickets visit their Event Page.
Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) has two comedy shows on the Saturday of Comic Con, 8pm and 10pm. At least one of those shows will be a live taping for an upcoming album. All I can say, Mr. Oswalt, is there had better be Downton Abbey references. (Iron Man 3 totally stole your idea.)
The Balboa Theater (868 4th Ave) is jam-packed with shows during the convention: W00tstock 5.0 on Thursday, Amy Schumer and Bo Burnham on Friday, Chris Hardwick & the Nerdist Podcast Live and Key and Peele on Saturday. See the Balboa’s event calendar for ticket links.
Please be aware that a lot of these shows are 18 and up or sometimes 21 and up, so do read all the details before buying tickets.
Course of the Force:
COTF (courseoftheforce.starwars.com) has a mobile app coming soon which will track the relay’s progress and allow those of us not participating until San Diego to keep up with all their events. The end points in San Francisco, Santa Monica, Huntington Beach and Oceanside will feature a post-race “conival” fan event and celebration. Here’s the COTF schedule:
- Tuesday, July 9, 2013 – Skywalker Ranch (Private Event – Invite Only)
- Wednesday, July 10, 2013 – San Francisco (Conival)
- Friday, July 12, 2013 – Malibu to Santa Monica (Conival)
- Saturday, July 13, 2013 – Santa Monica to Huntington Beach (Conival)
- Sunday, July 14, 2013 – Huntington Beach to Oceanside (Conival)
- Monday, July 15, 2013 – Oceanside to Pacific Beach
- Tuesday, July 16, 2013 – Pacific Beach to San Diego
- COTF will be hosting events throughout Comic Con at the Chuck Jones Gallery, which is a hop skip and a jump from the convention center.
CNET will once again be taking over Lou & Mickeys, and they are actually taking up more of it than they were last year, which was their Basestation theme. Just how much space and what thy are doing, we don’t know yet.
The Tin Fish, located between the convention center and the Hard Rock Hotel is being taken over completely, likely by NBC again. Last year, the Tin Fish was the site of the GRIMM walkthrough and the Revolution ferris wheel.
The WIREDCafe will be happening again, however rumor has it that it will be toned down some for this year. Hopefully they still have another Reader Day like last year!
The Battleship Pretension website will have a free meetup on Thursday, 7/18, at Dublin Square (554 4th Ave.).
Outside Comic-Con & SDCCBlog!
And don’t forget the amazing, awesome, spectacular meetup for this website, along with the SDCCBlog! We will be at the Hilton Bayfront, taking over the decks of their Odysea Bar (to the right of the main lobby) on Preview Night. Come find us and say Hi! We will have giveaways! Details are here: sdccblog.com/event/first-annual-sdccblog-fan-meet-up/
Remember to check out our Event List for a day-by-day list of outside events!
Hot off the presses! As we previously tweeted about, it appeared as though the Course of the Force would be extending to a San Francisco starting point. Coinciding with a Late Night with Jimmy Fallon appearance by Chris Hardwick (@nerdist) tonight, the Course of the Force web site made the official announcement that the race will indeed be starting at the famed Skywalker Ranch in Marin on July 9th!
The first leg of the relay race will head to San Francisco, with several more stops throughout California, ending in San Diego a day before Comic-Con. Also new from last year: mini-conventions at each stop, plus events at the Chuck Jones Gallery in downtown San Diego during SDCC.
Read the press release after the jump:
Update: See the WB’s Events Lineup
For the first time ever, Warner Bros. will present Extra at Comic-Con, a free outdoor entertainment festival happening in San Diego’s Bayfront Park July 12–14. The park is located between the San Diego Convention Center and the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel.
The centerpiece of this 60,000-square-foot outdoor entertainment event is the Extra stage. Featuring Q&As, live performances, screenings and talent interviews presented by the long-running hit TV entertainment magazine Extra, the stage will be a constant — and free — place for fans to go beyond the Con.
On display in “The Batcave”: all six Batmobiles from television and film! For the first time ever, Comic-Con fans will have the opportunity to see all of Batman’s iconic onscreen vehicles live and in person, from Adam West’s 1955 Lincoln Futura to the Tumbler from The Dark Knight trilogy.
A full live event schedule will be posted at the Extra stage and online at www.thewb.com/comiccon
The CNET Base Station returns to Lou & Mickey’s, directly across from the convention center on 5th. Last year this place has some great giveaways, trivia games, and was a perfect place to relax and recharge (yourself and your gadgets).
You will need to RSVP on their EventBrite site to gain entrance.
Will be open Thursday at 11am through Saturday.