SDCC 2013 Wrapup- Part 0: ComicCon takes over San Diego
Each July, Comic Con International descends on San Diego, all but devouring the downtown area. There are ads everywhere, the more elaborate and creative the better, and every year, the offsite activities grow. This expansion is probably somewhat to blame for the unprecedented crowds we saw this year, with more and more would-be attendees heading to San Diego despite getting locked out from tickets to the actual convention. There’s Petco Park, taken over and transformed into the Walking Dead Escape (for a mere $75, see if you can survive this zombie obstacle course without getting turned. Or you can observe for $25). There’s the Petco parking lot, filled with attractions, including the Adult Swim Fun House seen above. There’s the lawn in front of the Hilton Bayfront Hotel, with food and attractions of its own, no ticket required. Then there are the numerous bars and local spaces, taken and converted into geek-friendly hangouts, from Nerd HQ’s charging zone and for-charity celebrity panels to Geek and Sundry’s board gaming and nightly parties.
The trolly stations are labeled in Dothraki, the bars are genre or network themed, and everyone from attendees to street performers get in the spirit of the week. Here are just a few of the various sights to be seen around San Diego at this year’s Comic Con. Next up, Preview Night and the pilots that come with it.