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San Diego SF&F Events July 11 - 15

From: Allison L.
Sent on: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 4:28 PM


Wednesday, July 11

7:00 PM - Ted Chiang, Clarion teacher, signs Stories of Your Life at Mysterious Galaxy
http://www.meetup.com/scifi-31/events/70162812/

Friday, July 13

6:00 PM - Play Games...Games That Could Save...The World! at the World Resource Simulation Center
http://www.meetup.com/scifi-31/events/72777282/


HAPPENING ALL WEEK

Gam3rcon: Wednesday July 11 through Sunday July 15
https://www.facebook.com/events/151423838302381/

EVENTS HAPPENING AT GAM3RCON AT THE 10TH AVENUE THEATER DOWNTOWN

Spider Baby the Musical: Tuesday July 10 through Sunday July 15
https://www.facebook.com/events/307921209297399/

Gam3rs: The Play: Tuesday July 10 through Saturday July 14
https://www.facebook.com/events/383556678373295/

Comedy Night with Andre "Black Nerd" Meadows: Thursday July 12
http://www.meetup.com/scifi-31/events/70345232/
https://www.facebook.com/events/311053112323033/

I Wish My Life Was An RPG: Friday July 13
http://www.meetup.com/scifi-31/events/70337072/
https://www.facebook.com/events/287612558004541/

GIANT LIST OF THINGS HAPPENING DURING COMIC-CON OUTSIDE OF COMIC-CON, MANY OF THEM FREE

https://www.facebook.com/events/437221572977432/
[see link for most updated info]


Runs 7/07/12 to 7/15/12 (with some events spreading out before and after).

You say you couldn’t get Comic-Con tickets this year? San Diego is still the place to be Comic-con weekend. Activities running around the con, open to non convention members, are almost as many and varied as in the convention itself: parties, art exhibits, panel events, zombies, podcasts, shows, concerts, meetups, even a separate gaming convention.

Multi-Day Events:

The San Diego Automotive Museum Presents Steampunk (Jun 1 – Sep 30, 10 am – 5 pm)
http://sdautomuseum.org/exhibit/steam-punk
The Museum has collaborated with local artists, Starburner Galactic Courier Service, to interpret the growing art form of Steampunk through automotive design and technology.
Cost: General Admission: $8 for adults (age and military discounts) + $2 for special exhibit
Where: San Diego Automotive Museum, 2080 Pan America Plaza in Balboa Park.

Hero: Comic Art of Mark Richmond (Jul 6 - ?)
The artist will be painting live during Comic-con
Cost: Free
Where: Coffee and Art, 777 6th Avenue

Unmasked! Comic Art in San Diego Revealed (Jul 7 – 31, Tue – Sat 12 -7, Sun 12 - 5)
http://www.facebook.com/events/200484090077967/200681120058264/?notif_t=plan_mall_activity
Exhibit of art by San Diego area comic artists
Cost: Free
Where: Artlab Studios, 3536 Adams Ave.

Darkness and Light: Art Inspired by Heroes & Villains, Hope & Heroism, (Jul 9 – 15, 9 am - ?)
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/original-fine-art-inspired-by-the-universe-of-dc-comics-super-heroes-kicks-off-a-multi-city-tour-2012-05-23
A collection of original artwork inspired by the universe of DC Comics and its characters, raising Awareness of DC’s “We Can Be Heroes” campaign fighting hunger in the Horn of Africa.
Cost: Free
Where: Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts 363 Fifth Avenue Suite 102

Gam3rcon (Jul 11-15, 2012, noon – midnight)
http://www.gam3rcon.com/
Gaming Convention: Games, Panel Discussions, Art Exhibition, Rooftop parties
Standup Comedy Jul 12, 8 pm – 10 pm with Andre Meadows “The Black Nerd”, A. J. Salas, and Ron Swallow
https://www.facebook.com/events/311053112323033/
Concert: Londale and Brooks, Jul 14, 8 pm
https://www.facebook.com/events/407204499331149/
Cost: $30, $10/day (Buy Tickets at http://www.gam3rcon.com/tick3ts.html)
Where: 10th Avenue Theater,[masked]th Avenue

G33k Theater (at Gam3rcon)
http://www.gam3rcon.com/g33k-theatre.html
- Gam3rs: The Play (Jul 10, 8 pm; Jul 11, 3 pm; Jul 12, 7 pm; Jul 14, 7 pm) – Free with any Gam3rcon membership
- Spider Baby: The Musical (Jul 8, 8 pm; Jul 9, 8 pm; Jul 10, 10 pm; Jul 11, 7 pm; Jul 12: 10 pm; Jul 14, 10 pm; Jul 15; 7 pm) - $20 or $10 with any Gam3rcon membership
- I Wish My Life Was An RPG (Jul 13, 7:30 pm)
All events have limited seating. Seats may be reserved for “Spider Baby” at[masked]-4492.
Where: 10th Avenue Theater,[masked]th Avenue

TR!CKSTER (Jul 11, 3 pm – 1 am; Jul 12 – 14, 11 am – 1 am)
http://trickstertrickster.com/
Comic book art event: Symposia, animation and live-action short film screenings, signings, drawing events, rooftop terrace with full restaurant menu, DJs, and live music.
Cost: Free, but there is a $40 fee for individual symposia
Buy Symposia Tickets –
1) Plot Construction - http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/255623
2) Character Development - http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/255624
3) World Building - http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/255625
Where: WINE STEALS/PROPER, 795 J. Street

Cartoon Network’s 20th Anniversary Exhibition (Jul 11, 11 am – 5 pm; Jul 12 – 14, 11 am – 6 pm)
http://murphydesign1.blogspot.com/2012/04/cartoon-network-20th-anniversary.html#!/2012/06/cartoon-network-gallery-and-exhibition.html
75 Artists take a close look at cartoons from Hanna-Barbera to the Cartoon Network
Super secret good time party and artist reception: Jul 14, 6 pm – 11 pm)
Cost: Free
Where: JETT Gallery, 989 W. Kalmia St.

Adventure Time: Keyper Seeker Experience (Jul 11 – 15, hours vary)
http://thinkplaycreate.org/calendar/calendar-cartoon-network.html
The New Children’s Museum is re-conceptualized to a fully immersive Adventure Time experience, featuring a recreation of the Land of Ooo, riddles, puzzles, and, of course, adventure.
Cost: $10 (?)
Where: The New Children’s Museum, 200 West Island Ave.

Defiance Café (Jul 11 – 12 & 14, 6:30 am – 10 pm, Jul 13 – 14, 6:30 am – 3 am)
http://www.syfy.com/comiccon/
Syfy Channel transforms Maryjane’s restaurant into a café where fans can “Watch. Play. Eat.” and completely immerse themselves in the world of the show and game “Defiance”.
Where: Maryjane’s, Hardrock Hotel, 207 5th Ave

Cryptozoic Store (Jul 11 – 15, hours not yet available)
http://www.cryptozoic.com/articles/visit-cryptozoic-store-during-san-diego-comic-con
Cyrptozoic Entertainment will open special branch of their trading card/comic/gaming store for the length of Comic-Con. Events will include special guest appearances and a gaming schedule.
Cost: Gaming events’ costs will vary.
Where: 441 Market Street

Sega Arcade (Jul 11 7 pm – 10 pm; Jul 12 – 14, 1 pm – 9 pm; Jul 15, 11 am – 7 pm)
http://blogs.sega.com/2012/07/05/segasdcc-sega-comic-con-2012/
Come and play Sega games. Showcases the new Aliens: Colonial Marines, and Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed. Meet celebrities like designer Syd Mead.
Cost: Free
Where: 200 Harbor Dr., Suite 120

Nerd Machine HQ – (Jul 12 – 15)
http://www.thenerdmachine.com/nerd-hq/
Celebrity panels, videos, Video gaming, Vizio tech demos, DJs, Dancing
Cost: General Admission: Free; $20 for each “Conversations for a Cause” panel (money to benefit Operation Smile;
Where: Block No. 16 Union and Spirits, 344 7th Avenue (7th and J)
Conversations for a Cause schedule (http://www.thenerdmachine.com/conversation-panel-preview/) and tickets (http://www.thenerdmachine.com/store/conversations) now available
All ages until 8 pm, then ages 21 and up

Warner Brothers Presents “Extra at Comic-con” (Jul 12 – 14)
http://comiccon.thewb.com/
Outdoor entertainment festival Q&As, live performances, screenings and talent interviews, Lord of the Rings video games showcase, plus all 6 Batmoblies.
Cost: Free
Where: Bayfront Park, behind Convention Center

History Channel Cross-Country Cookout (Jul 12 – 14)
http://www.history.com/interactives/cookout
Sample free BBQ and enjoy History Channel entertainment and giveaways.
Local eats from SD favorites Hodad's and Phil's BBQ from 5:30 – 8:30pm on Jul 12th and 13th.
Cost: Free
Where: 80-foot Ultimate Smoker and Grill Truck, Parking lot at 100 Island Ave

C|Net Base Station (Jul 12, 11 am - Jul 14, 7 pm)
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1938138023/eorg
Relax and recharge with free food and drink, hot new video games, prize drawing for gaming systems, tablets and more, charging stations and laptops.
Cost: Free, but must register for a ticket at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1938138023/eorg
Where: Lou & Mickey's, 224 5th Ave

The Walking Dead Escape (Jul 12 – 14, hours vary)
http://www.thewalkingdeadescape.com/
Live the Walking Dead experience! (Or die) Become a survivor and try to make your way through Petco Park through the dead. Or become a walker. Or just a spectator.
Cost: Survivors: $80 to 7/9, $90 Walkup; WALKER TICKETS SOLD OUT; Spectators: $15
(Buy Tickets at http://www.thewalkingdeadescape.com/)
Where: Petco Park, 100 Park Boulevard

Geek and Sundry at Belo Restaurant (July 12 10 am – 2 am, Jul 13, 10 am – 4 pm)
http://geekandsundry.com/the-official-geek-sundry-san-diego-comic-con-schedule/
Felicia Day, the cast of The Guild and friends with sneak peaks, gaming, panels and a disco party Friday night
Cost: Free
Where: Belo, 919 4th Ave.

NBC presents Grimm and Revolution (Jul 12 - 15)
http://comiccon.thewb.com/
NBC transforms the Tin Fish restaurant into the world of Grimm with lush greenery encompassing it. Get your skin Grimmed by professional theatrical makeup artists. The Gaslamp Square park will feature Aunt Marie’s Airstream trailer, Wesen monuments and the ferris wheel from “Revolution”
Cost: Free
Where: Tin Fish restaurant, 170 6th Ave. and adjacent Gaslight Square Park

Hub Network Headquarters at Broken Yolk Café (Jul 12 – 15)
http://www.facebook.com/events/178735035590194/
Special menu items, giveaways, costume characters, photo ops, and live appearances from The Hub talent.
Cost: Free (except for food)
Where: Broken Yolk Café, 355 6th Ave.

The Magic the Gathering Experience (Jul 12 – 14, 12 pm – 10 pm; Jul 15, 9 am – 6 pm)
http://www.wizards.com/magic/magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg%2Fdaily%2Farcana%2F1003&print=true
Cost: Free
Where: 413 J Street

Joe Phillips’ “Joe’s Boys” Comic-Con Exhibit (Jul 12 – 15)
http://www.alexandersalazarfineart.com/events.html
Reception on Jul 13, 7 pm – 9 pm
Cost: Free
Where: Alexander Salazar Fine Arts, 640 Broadway
Check with gallery regarding suitability for children

Invasion of the Pier (Jul 12 - 13, 4 pm – 11 pm)
http://invasionofthepier.com/
4+ food trucks, four bands and DJs, a beer garden and a VIP area
Benefiting the San Diego Air and Space Museum
Cost: $6
Where: Broadway Pier, Broadway and North Harbor Drive

IGN Oasis (Jul 12, 10 am – 5 pm; Jul 14, 10 am – 6 pm)
http://games.ign.com/articles/118/1182627p1.html
Media website IGN provides a place to chill, play video games and meet celebrities (schedule on web site)
Cost: Free
Where: 207 , Hardrock Hotel, 207 5th Ave

Samsung GALAXY S III “Meet & Play” Event (Jul 12 – 13, 11 am – 7 pm)
http://games.ign.com/articles/118/1182627p1.html
Sponsored by IGN
Cost: Free
Where: Jolt’n Joe’s, 1st floor, 379 4th Avenue

Gran Turismo Academy (Jul 12 – 13, 11 am – 7 pm)
http://games.ign.com/articles/118/1182627p1.html
Try the Gran Turismo 5, racing simulator Sponsored by IGN
Cost: Free
Where: Jolt’n Joe’s, 2nd floor, 379 4th Avenue

ShiftyLook Presents SDCC 2012 Freeplay Arcade & Stage
(Jul 12, 12 pm – 6 pm, Jul 13 – 14, 12 pm – 10 pm; Jul 15, 12 pm – 8 pm)
https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cd1bq63b1ur20qsi51854md1dps/108637856467556708411#events/cd1bq63b1ur20qsi51854md1dps/108637856467556708411
Video game classics like Pac-Man, Galaga, and Dig Dug, plus over a dozen more games, all on freeplay!
Cost: Free
Where: Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, 401 K Street

Yahoo! Movieland (Jul 12 - 15)
http://www.awn.com/news/events/yahoo-movies-comic-con-2012
A 2000 sq. ft. space transformed into the Yahoo! Movieland game board. Trivia, prizes, special celebrity appearances.
Cost: Free
Where: 520 Fifth Ave.

Geek and Sundry at the Youtube Fan Lounge (Jul 13 – 14, times to be announced)
http://geekandsundry.com/the-official-geek-sundry-san-diego-comic-con-schedule/
More activities with Felicia Day and friends.
Cost: Free
Where: 315 7th Street at K at the YouTube Fan Lounge

Haunted Hotel (Jul 13 – 14, 7 pm – 11 pm)
http://www.hauntedhotel.com/pages/comiccon2
The haunted attraction opens once again for Comic-Con
Cost: $16.99 (Cash only)
Where: 424 Market Street (4th and Market)

Superhero Pub Crawls (Jul 13 & 14, Midnight to 2 am)
http://pubcrawls.com/superhero-pub-crawl-san-diego.php
Dress up as your favorite superhero and join these expeditions to San Diego’s best watering holes.
Cost: Variable (Buy Tickets at http://pubcrawls.com/superhero-pub-crawl-san-diego.php)
Where: Registration at Taste and Thirst, 715 4th Ave. (See Pub Crawls web site for details)
21 years and older only.

Space Art Show (Jul 14 – 28, hours vary)
http://sandiegospace.org/2012/04/07/space-art-show/
Where: Space Travelers Emporium,[masked]th St.
Cost: Free
All ages are welcome.

DinoSoul: New Works by Enosh (Jul 14 – Aug 5)
http://ww2.thumbprintgallerysd.com/uploads/4/3/9/7/4397751/dinosoul_pr_-_corrected.pdf
Exhibition opening reception: Jul 14
Cost: Free
Where: 920 Kline Street, La Jolla



Wednesday:

Final Leg of the Course of the Force, 5 day run (Jul 11th, 7am – 12:30 pm)
http://www.courseoftheforce.com/
Join a Olympic Torch-like run (carrying a light saber) event to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish foundation
Where: Runs from Crystal Pier, Pacific Beach to Balboa Theater , 868 Fourth Avenue
Cost: $500 for ¼ mile segment (it’s for charity folks), Free to watch
(Register as runner at https://events.trustevent.com/templates/index.cfm?fuseaction=templates.home&eid=1011)
Runners will receive a Star Wars Ultimate FX lightsaberTM along with other gifts celebrating the Force.

Course of the Force Presents The Dan Band (Jul 11, 12:30 PM)
http://www.sandiegotheatres.org/eventstickets/eventdetails.cfm?eventID=2427
Concert benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation
Cost: $10, $20 for premium viewing areas
(Buy Tickets at http://www.sandiegotheatres.org/eventstickets/eventdetails.cfm?eventID=2427)
Where: Balboa Theater , 868 Fourth Avenue
Ages 18 or over only

Doug Loves the Movies Podcast Live (Jul 11, 7:30 – 9:00 pm)
http://douglovesmovies.com/
Comic Doug Benson and friends discuss the movies
Cost: $20 (Buy Tickets at http://malhall.ticketleap.com/Jul11th/)
Where: The Tipsy Crow, 770 5th Ave.

Nerdioke (Jul 11, 9 pm - ?)
http://www.thenerdmachine.com/community/topic/7346-nerdioke
Nerd Meetup with Karaoke.
Where: McFadden's, 731 5th Ave between G St and F St
Ages 21 and over only.


“Dredd” in 3D Screening (July 11, 10 pm)
http://judgementiscoming.com/
Exclusive advanced showing of new Judge Dredd movie starring Karl Urban
Cost: Free, Register at http://judgementiscoming.com/, First come, first serve
Where: Reading Cinemas Gaslamp, 701 Fifth Ave.

Thursday:

Comic-con Dive and Clean-up (Jul 12)
http://roddenberrydiveteam.com/events/events.html&emode=M&E=110&1601
Roddenberry Dive Team leads discovery dive and beach and underwater clean-up
5:30 am early bird gathering
7: 30 am and 9:00 am dive times
Cost: Free (RSVP here)
Where: La Jolla Shores, La Jolla

Playstation Racer X Challenge (Jul 12, 10 am – 4 pm)
http://blog.us.playstation.com/2012/06/25/gt-academy-national-finals-racer-x-challenge-win-a-humanracing-gt-chassis/
The final 32 contestants have been chosen in Playstaitons GT academy. But today, all eligible individuals may sign up to try for top lap time on the Gran Turismo 5, racing simulator. The individual with the best time will be Racer X, and compete Friday to replace one of the 32 current contestants in the final rounds. The last 16 competitors will compete in actual race cars for a chance to become a professional race car driver.
Cost: Free
Where: Oasis Bar, Hard Rock Hotel, 207 5th Avenue

Readers Day at the Wired Café (Jul 12, 11 am – 5 pm)
http://wiredcafereaderday.splashthat.com/
Wired magazine fans are invited to an event featuring gadgets and gaming, specialty cocktails, WIRED WiFi and charging stations, new arts and entertainment releases.
Cost: Free RSVP for tickets to [address removed]
Where: 6th floor of Omni Hotel, 675 L Street

VIP Tour of Birch Aquarium (Jul 12, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm)- THIS EVENT IS FULL
http://roddenberrydiveteam.com/events/events.html&emode=M&E=124&1602
Tour for 10 Roddenberry Dive Team members.
Cost: Free to applying dive team members.
Where: Birch Aquarium at Scripps La Jolla

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Kelp Tank Dive Show (Jul 12, 12:30 pm)
http://roddenberrydiveteam.com/events/events.html&emode=M&E=125&1602
Rod Roddenberry is special guest diver for this show.
Cost: $14 admission to Aquarium, $9.50 for children 3 – 17.
Where: Birch Aquarium at Scripps La Jolla

Lotitas Meetup and Picnic (Jul 12, 1 pm) – TIMING SUBJECT TO CHANGE
https://www.facebook.com/events/397092273660922/
Will include a costume contest
Cost: Free
Where: Meeting: In front of San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina, 333 West Harbor Drive, then proceeds to picnic area of the Embarcadero Marina Park North.

SoCal Bronies Meet Up (Jul 12, 1 pm)
http://www.meetup.com/SoCalBronies/events/54800272/
Meetup for guys into the My Little Pony franchise
Cost: Free
Where: Location known only to members. Sign up on web site.

Instawalk in Balboa Park (Jul 12, 5 pm – 7 pm)
http://www.pacificyo.com/instawalk
Photowalk where the walkers are encouraged to post their shots on instagram in real time so people can "follow" each other
Leads to POP Thursday event at MOPA (Below)
Cost: Free
Where: Reflecting Pool at the Botanical Garden, 1550 El Prado, Balboa Park

Wikia Live Party (Jul 12, 6 pm – 10 pm)
http://www.latimes.com/extras/events/email/HC/12HC136/jumppage/lat2.html
Cost: Free, but must join Wikia at http://www.wikia.com/Wikia and RSVP to http://www.wikia.com/Entertainment/ToMoro
Where: Bar 207, Hard Rock Hotel, 207 5th Ave.
21 years and older only.

Comic-Con Beer Bash (Jul 12, 6 pm – 9 pm)
http://www.asifa-hollywood.org/san-diego-comic-con-2012-2/
Party sponsored by the International Animated Film Society along with Technicolor, One Plus Hub, The Producer’s Guild of America/New Media Council and the Summit Talent & Literary Agency.
Cost: No Cover
Where: The Yard House, 1023 Fourth Ave.

iFanboy/Graphicly Cocktail Party (Jul 12, 6 pm – 9 pm)
http://www.facebook.com/events/445331153167414
Cost: Free
Where: Andaz Hotel roofdeck, 600 F Str.

POP Thursdays Goes Comic Crazy (Jul 12, 7 pm)
http://www.mopa.org/pop
Museum of Photographic Arts’ party featuring costume contest, comic book cover portraits taken, live body painting and photography showcase, drinks and food by the Alchemy Restaurant. Galleries open for viewing.
Showing of “Sin City” at 8:30 pm
Cost: Free for MOPA Members, $8 Students, $10 General.
Where: Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park

W00tstock 4.0 (Jul 12, 7pm)
http://w00tstock.net/2012/02/11/w00tstock-4-0-san-diego-during-comic-con/
A night of Geeks and Music with Will Wheaton, Adam Savage, Paul and Storm, Bonnie Burton, Marian Call, The Doubleclicks, Rob Reid and more
Cost: $44.65 including Ticketmaster fee
(Buy Tickets at http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0A004849DC314148?brand=balboatheatre&CAMEFROM=CFC_SDCIVIC)
Where: Balboa Theater , 868 Fourth Avenue
Ages 6 year and older

Doctor Who Fans Unofficial Meetup (Jul 12, 7 pm)
Cost: Free
Where: Rockbottom Brewery, 401 G. St.

The RPF Meetup (Jul 12, 7 pm)
http://www.therpf.com/f68/rpf-meet-up-comic-con-2012-a-149700/
Costumes and Replicas Group Meetup
Cost: Free (not counting dinner)
Where: The Dragon’s Den,[masked]th Ave

Trek Nation Screening (Jul 12, 7 pm) – THIS EVENT IS FULL
http://www.treknationmovie.com/specialscreening/
Showing of documentary and discussion with producer Rod Roddenberry.
Cost: Free but must RSVP
Where: The Birch: North Park Theater, 2891 University Ave.

National Cartoonists Society/Southern California Cartoonist Society Party (Jul 12, 7:30 pm)
http://northcentraltooners.blogspot.com/2012/06/ncssccs-comic-con-party.html
Cost: $15 cover (Drinks extra)
Where: Buster’s Beach House, 807 Harbor Dr.

League of Extraordinary Ladies (LxL) Meetup (Jul 12, 8pm)
http://www.facebook.com/events/394924123876710/
Geek women’s friendship and support group meetup
Cost: Free
Where: Top of the Hyatt, Manchester Grand Hyatt, One Market Place.
Ages 21 and up only.

San Diego Symphony Summer Pops - The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddess (Jul 12, 8:00 pm)
http://www.sandiegosymphony.org/calendar/view.aspx?id=3081
Cost: $20 - $76 (Buy Tickets at http://www.sandiegosymphony.org/calendar/view.aspx?id=3081)
Where: Embarcadaro Marina Park South, Foot of Marina Park Way behind convention center.

Munky King Carnival (Jul 12, 8 – 11 pm)
http://www.vinylpulse.com/2012/06/munky-king-sdcc-luke-chuehs-target-and-more.html
Party featuring games, shooting gallery and artists.
Preceded by the Designer Toy Award Nomination announcements from 7:30 to 8 PM
Cost: Free
Where: Bar Basic, 410 Tenth Ave.

Patton Oswalt Stand-Up Show (Jul 12, 8 pm)
http://www.pattonoswalt.com/index.cfm?page=events
The Actor and Comedian gives his perspective on popular culture and social issues
Cost: $46.45 (including Ticketmaster fee) at http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0A0048A3D32C3562?crosssite=LN_US%3A865357%3A81973
Where: Spreckels Theater, 121 Broadway

Dial M for Meetup (Jul 12, 8 pm – 10 pm)
http://www.facebook.com/events/327412764006308/
Film aficionado meetup from the people behind Battleship Pretension, the Warner Archive, and the CriterionCast.
Cost: Free
Where: Dublin Square Irish Pub and Grill, 554 4th Ave.

“Heavy Metal” 35th Anniversary Versus World Celebration (Jul 12, 8 pm)
http://www.pr.com/press-release/422633
Note: This event will be by invitation only, but fans can see the red carpet arrivals from 8 – 9 pm
Where: Haunted Hotel, 424 Market Street

Crazy Rattlesnake Treehouse Gang Live Comics Reading Event (Jul 12, 8 pm)
http://www.sdspace4art.org/2012/06/july-12-2012/
Cartoonists discuss their funniest work: Phil McAndrew, David King, Becky Dreistadt, Frank Gibson, Ed Luce, Tom Neely, Kent Osborne, Malachi Ward.
Cost: Free ($5 suggested donation)
Where: Space 4 Art,[masked]th Street

Avatar: The Last Airbender Meetup (Jul 12 8:30 pm)
http://atla-sdcc11.tumblr.com/
Cost: Free
Where: Lobby Bar, Marriott Marquis (North Tower), 333 West Harbor Drive

EB forum Meetup (Jul 12, 8:30 pm)
http://forum.expressobeans.com/viewtopic.php?f=33&t=86031&start=150
Art discussion Group
Cost: Free
Where: TBD

IMAX Remix (Jul 12, 8:45 pm)
Progressive house producer Glenn Morrison spins live to remixed IMAX movie scenes.
Shows at 9:30 pm and 10:30 pm
Cost: Free with RSVP to [address removed]
Where: Reuben H. Fleet Space Theater, 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park

The Fresh Yard, Armory and El Dorado present the Comic-Con Kick Off Party (Jul 12, 9 pm – 2 am)
Music by DJs P-Trix, Cros1, Norm Rocwell, and Daeta
Cost: Free Entry
Where: El Dorado Bar, 1030 Broadway

Stan Lee’s Comikaze’s Totally Geektastic Comic-Con Dance Party (Jul 12, 9 pm – 4 am)
https://www.facebook.com/events/487694294581443/
Music from Egyptian Lover, DJ Gigi, Smart Patrol, Dazzler, Jem and the Holograms
Cost: $15 (Buy Tickets at http://fla.vor.us/wafform.aspx?_act=eventview&_pky=130582)
Where: Spin Nightclub, 2028 Hancock Street

Cosplay Comic-Con Kick-off Party (Jul 12, 9 pm)
http://www.207sd.com/#/events/event1411
Ron Lynch, with opening set by DJ Dynamiq
Where: 207 , Hardrock Hotel, 207 5th Ave
Age 21 and over only.

Rips Entertainment Presents: Red Matter, Misc. Ailments, The Young Rapscallions, and Her Crimson Love (Jul 12, 9 pm)
Concert
Cost: $5
Where: The Griffin, 1310 Morena Blvd

Friday:

The Inner City Comics, Animation, and Games Art Panel (Jul 13, 1 pm – 4 pm)
http://www.facebook.com/events/489319461081428
Local animator Jerry Brice has assembled a panel of industry pros to talk to kids and teens about breaking into the animation, comics and gaming. Guests include DC Comics artist and television producer Denys Cowan, Sony artist/animator Brad Constantine, and more.
Cost: Free
Where: Tubman/Chavez Center, 415 Euclid Avenue

“Workaholics” Happy Hour (Jul 13, 2 pm – 5 pm)
Join the crew from the Comedy Central show for an extra early happy hour
Where: Float lounge, Hardrock Hotel, 207 5th Ave

March for Undead Rights (Jul 13th, 5:30 pm)
http://www.sdzombiewalk.com/?page_id=9
San Diego Zombie Walk stages a walk through the Gaslamp in protest of discrimination against the undead.
300 marchers will receive tickets to the Con of the Dead Party (Below)
Cost: Free (Come in zombie costume/makeup, bring protest sign)
Where: Walk starts at 4th and Broadway (do not arrive before 4:30 pm)

Sonic Boom 2012 (Jul 13, 5 pm – 10 pm)
http://www.facebook.com/events/293235520746268/ or http://blogs.sega.com/category/sonic-boom-2012/
Sega party featuring Crush 40, Jean Paul and Alex Makhlouf play live. Rock to your favorite Sonic songs.
Cost: $20 (Buy Tickets at http://www.livenation.com/event/0A00486DA8FA2759?camefrom=CFC_BUYAT_78888)
Where: House of Blues,[masked]th Ave.

Con of the Dead Party (Jul 13th, 6 pm – 8:30 pm)
http://www.sdzombiewalk.com/?page_id=9
Playable demo stations featuring Resident Evil 6, a VIP suite decked out by Dark Sky Films, music spun by LA's DJ Amanda Jones, go-go ghoul dancers, customized refreshments and 'zombie-fied' photo booth.
Cost: INVITATION ONLY EVENT: But . . . 300 participants in SDZombieWalk’s “March for Undead Rights” (see above) will get invitations. Additionally, you can try to get one of the five invitations being given away to those who put comments up on SDZombieWalk’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/sdzombiewalk/posts/435120869855986.
Where: Voyeur Night Club, 755 5th Ave
Ages 21 and up only.

Reddit Meetup (Jul 13, 6 pm)
http://www.reddit.com/r/sandiego/comments/vxruf/comiccon_meetup_on_friday_the_13th_at_600pm_in/
Reddit fans will have their second CC meetup then cruise the evening’s parties and events.
Cost: Free
Where: Meeting next to the merry-go-round in Seaport Village, 879 Harbor Dr.

Do Anything Opening Reception
http://www.sdspace4art.org/2012/06/july-13-2012/
Reception for show featuring work by individual artists and collectives who focus on do-it-yourself publishing and print projects.
Cost: Free
Where: Space 4 Art,[masked]th Street

The Nerdist Podcast Live! (Jul 13, 7pm)
http://www.sdcivic.org/eventstickets/eventdetails.cfm?eventID=2418
Chris Hardwick’s popular podcast on all things Nerdy does presented live with Jonah Ray & Matt Mira
Cost: $31.50 Reserved Seating advanced sale including Ticketmaster fee (Buy Tickets at http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0A00488AEAB74BAB?brand=balboatheatre&CAMEFROM=CFC_SDCIVIC)
Where: Balboa Theater , 868 Fourth Avenue

He-Man.org’s Comic-Con Power Party (Jul 13, 7 pm to close)
http://www.he-man.org/news_article.php?id=2603
Dance and hang out with fellow He-Fans and She-Ravers
Cost: General access is free, $40 for VIP tickets
(Buy Tickets at http://www.he-man.org/news_article.php?id=2603)
Where: Hennessey's, 708 4th Avenue

Roddenberry’s Comic-Con Party 2012 (Jul 13th, 7 pm) – THIS EVENT IS FULL
http://www.roddenberry.com/party2012/
Rod Roddenberry hosts a night of sci-fi food, drink and dance.
Cost: Free but must RSVP
Where: Fluxx Nightclub, 500 4th Ave.
21 years and older only.

Adult Swim Presents: Metalocalypse Dethklok Show – THIS EVENT IS FULL
Thrash away on an aircraft carrier.
Cost: Free but must RSVP at http://adultswim.eventbrite.com/
Where: U. S. S. Midway Museum, 910 North Harbor Drive
More RSVPs may be offered onAdult Swim’s Facebook and Twitter pages

White Collar Tweet Up/ Fan Gathering (Jul 13th, 8 pm)
http://whitecollarfansatsdcc.wordpress.com/
Party with other fans of the USA series.
Where: The Lime, 653 5th Ave.
Cost: Free. Get emails about event

Marked Men IV Party (Jul 13, 8 pm – 1 am)
http://markedmenparty4-es2.eventbrite.com/?srnk=1
Fourth Annual Pirate Party aboard a tall ship. Feast, sword fight show, costume contest, prop display and live band: The Dread Crew of Odd Wood.
Cost: $100
Where: HMS Providence, SD Maritime Museum , 1492 N. Harbor Drive.

The 2nd League of Temporal Adventurers Society Gala (Jul 13, 8 pm – 12 am)
https://www.facebook.com/events/427965570559826/
Steampunk party featuring music from Miss Elisa Rickman, The Unextradinary Gentlemen, and DJ Professor J. S. Greyshade
Where: San Diego Auto Museum, 2080 Pan America Plaza in Balboa Park
Cost: $15 in advance or $20 at the door (includes admission to “Steampunk: The Exhibit”)
(Buy Tickets at http://sdautomuseum.org/events/steampunkopening-reception)
All Ages.

Cotton Tail Massacre Art Event (Jul 13, 8 pm)
http://www.industriacide.com/comiccon.html
30 live artists painting. Sketchbook lounge. Superhero body painting. SolSis Productions presents a new series of comic book themed art entitled “Welcome to the Slums.” Food and drink. DJs and musical performances including: Ricky Wrecks, ReichenFunk, Schugar, Man Du and many others.
Cost: $20 (on site)
WHERE: A private warehouse 1 mile from the San Diego Convention Center.
(Contact [address removed] and directions will be emailed to you)
Ages 21 and up only.

The Dark Knight Rises Tattered Tee fashion show (Jul 13, 9 pm – 2 am)
http://www.thenightlifers.com/events/dark-knight-rises-tattered-tee-fashion-show
Design by Humans celebrates the winner of its Dark Knight Rises t-shirt design contest. (Winner determined by Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas)
Cost: RSVP at [address removed]
Where: Stingeree, 454 6th Avenue San Diego, CA 92101

Nerdy Bar Hop (Jul 13, 9 pm)
http://www.meetup.com/SoCalALN/
Join the Active Lifestyle Nerds to sample the bars of the Gaslamp
Cost: Free (excluding your drinks)
Where: Starts at the Gaslamp Tavern, 868 Fifth Str.
Ages 21 and up only.

Screening: FDR: American Badass (Jul 13, 10 pm)
http://fdramericanbadass-es2.eventbrite.com/?srnk=28
A comedy version of history akin to the more serious “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer”
Cost: Free RSVP at URL above
(Event will be overbooked. First come, first served.)
Where: Gaslamp Stadium 15 Pacific Theatres, 701 Fifth Avenue

The Devil’s Carnival (Jul 13th, 11:55 pm – 3 am)
http://www.thedevilscarnival.com/roadtour.html
Showing of the experimental musical horror film (from the makers of “Repo: The Genetic Opera”) with Q&A, burlesque, costume contest and more.
Cost: $23.34 including internet fees.
(Buy Tickets at http://tdc_sdcc_2012.eventbrite.com/)
Where: Gaslamp Stadium 15 Pacific Theatres, 701 Fifth Avenue.
An unrated program. Parents should use discretion when bringing children to this event.

Saturday:

Cryptozoic Entertainment Non-sport Trading Card Comic-Con Event (Jul 14, 8 am – 9:30 am)
http://www.cryptozoic.com/sdcc
Win door prizes, meet sketch card artists, get a peak at the trading card process and sneak peeks of upcoming projects.
Cost: Free, but limited to the first 40 people to RSVP (presumably at the web site above).
Where: Cryptozoic Store, 411 Market St.

Cartoon Network’s 20th Anniversary Exhibition Super Secret Good Time Party and Artist Reception (Jul 14, 6 pm – 11 pm)
http://murphydesign1.blogspot.com/2012/04/cartoon-network-20th-anniversary.html#!/2012/06/cartoon-network-gallery-and-exhibition.html
Cost: Free
Where: JETT Gallery, 989 W. Kalmia St.

‘Fragments & Phantoms’ Exhibit Opening Reception (Jul 14, 6 pm – 10 pm)
http://subtextgallery.com/shows/tim-maclean/
Debut exhibition from artist Tim McLean
Cost: Free
Where: Subtext Gallery, 2479 Kettner Blvd.

Digital LA Cocktail Party (Jul 14, 6 pm - 8 pm)
http://digitallacc12-es2.eventbrite.com/?srnk=8
Party with LA’s largest digital entertainment networking group
Cost: Free (Cash bar)
Where: LOUNGEsix, Hotel Salomar, 435 6th Avenue

Ivy Entertainment Comic-Con Mixer (Jul 14, 6 pm)
http://ivycc12-es2.eventbrite.com/?srnk=47
Networking event for entertainment industry people who attended Ivy League Universities
Cost: Free (Cash Bar)
Where: Hotel Solamar, 435 6th Ave

Superheroes, Freaks and Villains (Jul 14, 6 pm)
http://www.facebook.com/events/456333411046427/
Event featuring comic book inspired work by artists Optimus Volts, Ezrock and chikle!, visuals by North Elevation and music by DJ Adamnt.
Cost: Free
Where: Voz Alta, 1754 National Ave.

Art show of works by Lalo Alcaraz (Jul 14, 6 pm – 11 pm)
http://www.therootsfactory.com/Events.php
Solo exhibition from creator of the strip “La Cucaracha”. Live music from Puente and DJ Boxy Dee. The entire Factory Warehouse will be open with music from Puente and DJ Boxy Dee, screen printing, and art shows at Tusk and Tenon, Brandon Roth, and Bosh Studios.
Cost: Free
Where: The Roots Factory, 1878 Main St.

Aquabats Super Comic-Con Show (Jul 14, 6:30 pm )
http://www.facebook.com/events/172690412784438/
The Aquabats band presents its show of live-action adventure, a mix of animation sequences, television commercial parodies, and live concert footage to fight Evil.
Cost: $25.50 in advance (including fees), $20 day of show
(Buy Tickets at http://www.livenation.com/event/0A004892BA8C30C7?brand=hob )
Where: House of Blues,[masked]th Ave.

War of the Worlds: Goliath in 3D (Jul 14, 7 pm)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/wotwgoliath/
World Premiere of new animated steampunk movie followed by 20 minute Q&A with Adrian Paul, Peter Wingfield, David Abramowitz, Kevin Eastman.
Cost: Free, but must RSVP [address removed] for tickets
Where: Gaslamp Stadium 15 Pacific Theatres, 701 Fifth Avenue.

“Odd Ball” Party at Jsix (Jul 14, 7 pm)
Calling all “odd balls” to a poolside party at Jsix
Cost: No cover
Where: Jsix restaurant, Hotel Salomar, 435 6th Avenue

Marian Call (Jul 14, 7:30 – 9:30 pm)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/wotwgoliath/
Singer/Songwriter Marian Call will perform her songs on Geeky subjects.
Cost: Free, but a $10 recommended artist donation should be considered.
Where: Space Travelers Emporium,[masked]th St.
All ages are welcome.

Heroes “Return to Primatech” Meet-Up (Jul 14, 7:30 pm – 11:55 pm)
http://community.zacharyquinto.com/entry/6a0115711fa20f970c017615cc69e6970c
Meetup for fans of the show “Heroes”
Cost: Free
Where: Elephant and Castle, Holiday Inn on the Bay, 1355 N Harbor Dr.

Inept International Film Adaptation Showcase (Jul 14, 8 pm)
http://www.sdspace4art.org/2012/07/july-14-2012/
Highlighting attempts by foreign film markets to cash in on major Hollywood film and comic-books that, more often than not, fail miserably. Think Turkish Star Wars, Indian Superman.
Cost: Free ($5 suggested donation), popcorn and refreshments on hand
Where: Space 4 Art,[masked]th Street

WOBBLE: Inviaded by Unicorns (Jul 14, 10 pm – 4 am) http://www.facebook.com/events/235719963211812/
Dance party with DJ Icey, Keith MacKenzie, divaDanielle, Omega Squad, Philly Be and others.
Benefit for the Charlie the Unicorn Art Car at Burning Man
Cost: $20 (Buy Tickets at http://wobble.eventbrite.com/)
Where: Spin Nightclub, 2028 Hancock St.

Zagat Best Basement Party (Jul 14, 10 pm – 2 am)
https://sites.google.com/site/sdccparty/
Old-school video game consoles, classic board games, a DJ spinning retro tunes, a photo booth, free food and drink.
Cost: Free, but you must RSVP at the site above and post 10 Zagat reviews
Where: 315 7th Street at K in San Diego at the YouTube Fan Lounge

Hollywood Babble-on: Kevin Smith with Ralph Garman (Jul 14, 11:30 pm)
http://www.babbleonralph.com/
Comedy Show.
Cost: $35.50 general admission standing, $55.50 reserved seat (addition $5 day of show)
(Buy Tickets at http://www.houseofblues.com/tickets/eventdetail.php?eventid=74273)
Where: House of Blues,[masked]th Ave.

Sunday:

Avenge This: Superheroes gone wild (July 15, 2 pm - ?)
http://www.firehousepb.com/
Dance party. Costumes encouraged.
Where: Firehouse American Grill and Lounge, 722 Grand Ave, Pacific Beach (2 pm – 8 pm)
Bar West, 959 Hornblend Street, Pacific Beach (9 pm – close)

Comic Concert: The Comic-Con 2012 After Party (Jul 15, 6 pm)
https://www.facebook.com/events/354725411251050/
Geek Rock Concert featuring Random Gibberish and a Super-secret mystery band!
Cost: Free
Whiskey Girl, 702 5th Ave.
Ages 21 and over

Do Anything Panel Discussion
http://www.sdspace4art.org/2012/06/july-15-2012/
Discussion of Do-it-yourself publishing and print projects featuring comic-artists Ed Luce and Ed Piskor
Cost: Free
Where: Space 4 Art,[masked]th Street

Additionally:

The following trucks/vans/Buses are coming to Comic-con, but I have no knowledge at this time of where they’re going to be:
Umbrella Corporation Recruiting Truck (from “Resident Evil games/movies)
http://umbrellacorporation.net/index.php?ulang=en_US
Barmeggdon Van from Butterfinger
http://www.butterfingerbarmageddon.com/
CBS Buzz Bus (Jul 11 – 14)
http://www.cbs.com/buzz/

It looks like there will be another Food Truck Food Park, but no word on where as of yet.

Other groups trying to set up meetups but whose plans have not gelled as of this listing:
Doctor Who Tumblr
http://doctorwho.tumblr.com/post/25785768375/doctor-who-tumblr-meetup-at-san-diego-comic-con
Sherlock (the BBC series) Tumblr
http://sdcclocked.tumblr.com/

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