If you are attending this year, remember to check in on Foursquare to “Outside Comic-Con” when you are near the convention center, and upload your own photos of offsite events.
Most importantly, enjoy the next few days, and:
Keep Calm and Comic-Con!
You’ll find the complete list of outside events in the menu on the left! Or Click Here. More events added daily as we lead up to Comic-Con.
The Heroes Brew Fest is taking place Saturday, July 20 from 1PM – 4PM at the Embarcadero Marina Park North (near the Hyatt and Seaport Village). The event will have dozens of craft breweries, live music on a 100% solar-powered stage, a costume crusader contest with prizes, and power-packed food trucks. The event also benefits the San Diego Coastkeeper.
General admission tickets are $40 and include a 4oz tasting mug and 20 tasting tickets. VIP admission is $60 and includes unlimited special selection tasters from each brewer that are not available during the GA portion of the event. VIPs also get access to the VIP lounge area with unlimited tastings of VIP area sponsored craft beer. There is also a $20 designated driver ticket for those who just want to experience the music performances.
Enter below to win VIP entry to the festivities, courtesy of Heroes Brew! VIP entry also allows you to get in an hour early, at 12PM. We have one pass to give away via the Rafflecopter giveaway, below, and we will also be giving out a VIP pass at the Enchanted Under the SDCC party on Wednesday (8pm, Harry’s Pub, 618 5th Ave).
Please note, you need to be over 21 to enter the event.
There is now an “Outside Comic-Con” listing on Foursquare. If you use the app, check in next week and upload photos of all the events and sights you come across during the con!
In our weekly post, we re-cap this week’s news from the outside SDCC world!
Video Games Live
Returning to Comic-Con is the concert/visual spectacular, Video Games Live, which will be a free event this year on Saturday, July 20. Held at the Civic Theatre (1100 3rd Ave.), the Pasadena Orchestra will perform epic video game themes, combined with a visual presentation and audience interactivity, including giveaways.
There are also $200 VIP tickets available to the concert, which include a backstage pass, pre-show tour, meet and greet, signed music notes, and other goodies. Those tickets are on sale here. Also on Amazon is a contest where you can win one of the VIP packages: Click here to enter.
A good alternative for those that did not get Preview Night tickets is the newly announced event on 7/17 celebrating the release of the Stone Brewing beer, Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout. The event is taking place at Stone Brewing’s newly opened restaurant on Point Loma (2816 Historic Decatur Road #116). This venue is about a 10 minute drive from downtown SD.
Tickets for the event are $49 and include 8- 4oz. beer samples, a limited comic strip bottle giveaway, hor d’oeuvres, and live performances by Wil Wheaton and Paul & Storm. Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets.
This beer is a collaboration between Stone’s Greg Koch, Wil Wheaton, and Fark’s Drew Curtis. It is an imperial stout brewed with pecans, wheat & rye, partially aged in bourbon barrels and is 13% ABV. The beer will be available in July to all areas where Stone Brewing distributes.
Munky King Party
Munky King, the “designer toy temple” out of Los Angeles, will be hosting a party at Basic bar & Pizza kitchen on Thursday 7/18. This looks to be a free event. More details to follow.
We finally received official announcement earlier today that Petco Park is the venue for Nerd HQ this year! Events will be held at Petco from Thursday through Sunday. We expect panel information much closer to SDCC, likely after the 4th of July when Comic-Con starts releasing their schedule.
Trickster, a home for creative works, artist interactions, shopping and seminars, has started adding some events to their Calendar. They will be taking over the East Village Tavern & Bowl this year with their 3rd annual event, called TR!CKST3R. The venue will be open Wednesday through Sunday afternoon.
There will be a number of debut art and other works at their events, including the release of Trickster’s 2nd book, “Childhood Heroes.” This art anthology is a limited edition of 500 and will be on sale at the event. More info here.
For announcements, follow Tr!ckster on Twitter: @TRICKSTERevents
House of Blues
Along with the just announced Aquabats show, the House of Blues will be home to several events during the con:
- Comedy Bang! Bang! Live Starring Scott Aukerman and Special Guests, Wednedday 7/17, Ticket Link
- The Aquabats, Thursday 7/18, Ticket Link
- Hollywood Babble-On featuring Ralph Garman and Kevin Smith, Friday 7/19, Ticket Link
- Adult Swim + iHEARTCOMIX Presents The Eric Andre Show Live! + Hot Package Live, Saturday 7/20, Ticket Link
The @OutsideComicCon Twitter account flew past 2000 followers this weekend. To celebrate, I am giving away some Comic-Con stuff!
Enter from now until 11:59pm PST on Wednesday, June 26. Two winners will be selected who each get an outside SDCC swag bag (well, most of the stuff came from outside the con). Winners can pick up swag items from me at our Preview Night Party on Wednesday July 17 at the Hilton Bayfront. Otherwise, I will mail the items if a winner is not attending SDCC.
Included in the swag bags are…
Mythbusters bags, Syfy bags incl. the Battlestar “Big Frakkin Bag,” Syfy shirt iron-ons (Eureka/Stargate/etc), Captain America preview screening T-Shirt, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles eye mask (Raphael), Tron paper item from Flynn’s Arcade, Transformers pin, Paul alien sunglasses, Haven button, Fright Night vampire teeth, Freaks & Geeks postcard, Dead Like Me stickers, Futurama comic, Serenity (2005) postcard and temporary tattoo, Dark Crystal postcard, Brisco County Jr. postcard, Coraline alphabet postcards, Last Mimzy glow-in-the-dark star set, a Watchmen Comedian button, a Heroes Vote Petrelli button, and more!
Winners will each receive a random selection of the items. If winners are both at the SDCC meetup, they are welcome to swap goodies as they like!
Enter via this Rafflecopter widget using Facebook and Twitter!