Comic-Con: It’s Like Christmas in July

Giant life-like creatures from the Hobbit were a big hit at last year’s SDCC event./Photo by Loren Lavine

By LOREN LAVINE, TRT Contributing Writer

Comic book nerds and sci-fi geeks everywhere rejoice each year as the International Comic-Con event rolls into San Diego. For many it’s a pilgrimage from all parts of the globe, an opportunity to bask in the glow of their favorite crime fighters and villains. But even if you’re not a self-proclaimed comic book junkie, you’re sure to find something or someone of interest at this epic superhero wonderland.

July 18-21, 2013 marks the date of the upcoming SDCC and although the date may seem a bit premature, if you are at all interested in attending the 2013 show, you should plan ahead. Tickets go fast, hotels and rental cars go even faster and you may want to start your SDCC savings now as passes for the four-day event can cost you $150. Children 12 and under who are accompanied by a ticket holding adult are free.

There is much to see and do at SDCC, in fact so much that you may wish you had a clone to attend all of the event’s offerings. From the moment you arrive in downtown San Diego and see the city streets lined with people dressed in full costume, you know you’ve landed on planet Comic-Con.

The main floor of the convention center is packed with everything from book signing booths, meet and greets, gaming stations, demonstrations, movie merchandise giveaways, and wall-to-wall vendors selling everything from vintage toys to t-shirts. Keep your eye out for Mr. Marvel comics himself, Stan Lee. You never know which celebrity lurks around each corner.

Another section of the building offers patrons a chance to meet and greet their favorite stars. Last year’s big hit was a panel featuring the cast of Stars’ network series Spartacus and the popular television show The Big Bang Theory. Whether you are there to get the scoop on the upcoming season or to rub shoulders with your favorite star it’s worth the wait.

Be prepared to lug home gobs and gobs of free themed swag from nearly every booth at SDCC. Each day presents another opportunity to literally run into the likes of people such as Orlando Jones (How To Live With Your Parents For The Rest of Your Life), Jim Parsons (Big Bang Theory), Lucy Lawless (Spartacus), Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy) or Spiderman himself.

SDCC offers up something for everyone young and old. Don’t miss out on this spectacular event in ‘America’s Finest City’…it’s not Gotham but it is as close as it gets.

For more information about San Diego Comic-Con visit www.comic-con.org.

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December 13th, 2012

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