So, you didn’t get tickets to this years San Diego Comic Con. You’re hurt, angry, and once again feeling like the chubby kid in glasses no one wants on their team. The same chubby kid who didn’t get to go to prom or homecoming, but stayed up every night practicing how to draw comics, or programming basic on an old 386, or writing his own RPG about space pirates! I get it, you feel bad. So here’s what I want you to do:

First: Write an angry letter to Comic Con. Make it your angriest letter ever. Say stuff that would make your mom cry to hear if it were to come out of her babies mouth. Unleash. Don’t threaten or say anything that could get a visit from the police, but other than that let the hate flow. Let them know Epic registration is terrible and that a great comic book convention is now a cluster fuck of celebrity gwakers. Yes, do that, but with a lot of cussing. Lots and lots of terrible curse words…

Second: Still go. Yup. I’m not kidding. Still go to the con, because now Comic-Con is so big and such an event that there are now dozens of things to do around the convention center (which is still in beautiful downtown San Diego! Usually a great tourist attraction by itself!) that you can still have a great experience without having to wait in line for 5 hours to hear Sheldon talk about his great life of being a sitcom celebrity. Ye Gods I hate that show and it very much helped to ruin Comic-Con! Fuck You Chuck Lorre!

Okay, I went off the rails a little there, but There is this fantastic Website to help you enjoy Comic-Con called Outside Comic Con! Click the link to that site and you’ll see a daily list of events held outside the con which don’t require a badge to experience or you needing to walk through a suffocating cloud of nerd funk! I’m going to post a small sample of some of the events below, but be sure to visit Outside Comic Con for the complete list! Thank you very much to the people who put this site together and I hope everyone has a happy and safe Comic Con this year!


  • Assassin’s Creed IV Pirate Ship Fri-Sat, 10am-7pm, 5th Avenue Pier (Behind convention center)
  • Disney Interactive 343 4th Ave. Open to the public Friday and Saturday 6pm-10pm demonstrating the upcoming Disney INFINITY game.
  • Ender’s Game Fan Experience
    Outside the Hilton Gaslamp Hotel An elaborate construction featuring rooms from Ender’s experiences, with props from the movie on display and exclusive giveaways.
  • FOX Animation Domination Experience
    Thurs-Sat, 12-8pm, 450 2nd Ave.
    Look for the 57 foot tall Axe Cop balloon! There will be a High School USA mini-golf course, 3-D printing stations printing exclusive Axe Cop figurines, and a pizza truck (Thurs-Sat, 12-4pm & 8pm-Midnight, and Sun, 12-4pm). See below for a screening on Fri at 8:30pm.
  • Gam3rCon A collection and celebration of original geek art, theatre, video games, board games and music. Runs Thurs – Sun. 10th Ave Theatre (930 10th Ave .) Tickets $16-$45
  • Geek & Sundry
    Jolt’n Joes, 379 4th Ave.
    Tabletop gaming all day, video game hands-on, evening parties, and more. See their complete schedule at the G&S web site and individual events, below.
  • Nerd HQ at Petco Park
    Moving to Petco Park for it’s 3rd year, we expect and even higher level of nerd fun and festivities. Visit the Nerd Machine web site for the latest.
  • Adult Swim Fun House
    Thurs-Sat, 5-10pm
    Free but tickets required (a limited amount will be given out each day starting at 4pm), 18+ Event
    More info
    East Village Tavern & Bowl (930 Market St. – Map)
    Trickster is a free venue which will be featuring artist signings, a retail space specializing in creator-owned work, and a Symposia area with panels. See the daily schedule below for specific panel times. Will be open Wednesday through Sunday.
    Trickster Info Page & Calendar of Events

Note: That was just the smallest sample of what’s going on around the con! Be sure to visit the Outside Comic Con Website for more events and info!

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