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Comic-Con takes over Gaslamp Quarter starting with preview night this Wednesday! Check out below for special deals and fun happening around the district!

Featured Photo Credit: Rachel Kim

Fan Deals:

Le Parfait Paris

There’s nothing more refreshing than a Pokémon-inspired cocktail during an afternoon of Comic Con festivities! Stop by Le Parfait Paris in the Historic Gaslamp Quarter from July 19th to 23rd to sample their three featured sorbet mimosas: The Poké-Mango, Mew Berry, and Lemon Fennekin, each one made with Alain Milliat fruit juices and topped with a signature Le Parfait macaron. Meanwhile, look for house made chocolate superheroes popping up atop each of their other dessert selections throughout the weekend. Make your Comic Con experience extra sweet this year with Le Parfait!

When: Wednesday, July 19 – Sunday, July 23

Where: 555 G Street, San Diego, CA 92101

For more information, please visit: Le Parfait Paris

The Cat Cafe

As in prior years, admissions to interact with the cats at The Cat Cafe will be available for purchase. We are holding the price at the same level as last year. So, for $15, you will get a food or drink item and half an hour with the cats.

Spots will be available starting at 8:00 AM, and go for 30 minutes. We will then give the cats 15 minutes to relax without people being in the playpen, and we’ll begin the cycle again. The last spot will begin at 3:30 and end at 4:00.

Last year, most of these time slots filled up and we had to turn people away. So please make sure you avoid disappointment and book your spot early to get the one you want.

Where: 472 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

For more information, please visit: The Cat Cafe

Hard Rock Cafe

Calling all super heroes! We’re hosting the 4th Annual True Hero Comic Book Drive for the United States Marine Corps from Monday, July 17, 2017 – Sunday, July 23, 2017. The first 300 people who donate a comic book will receive a free limited-edition True Hero VIP lanyard that includes a San Diego Cityscape image. The San Diego Cityscape image is the perfect accessory to accompany the Superhero Girl Pin Set available for purchase on July 17th, 2017 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Hard Rock Cafe Rock Shop

When: Monday, July 17 – Sunday, July 23

Where: 801 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

For more information, please visit: Hard Rock Cafe

Cafe Sevilla

Spanish Tapas, Sangria and Live Music Every night!

Where: 353 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

For more information, please visit: Cafe Sevilla

Ciro’s Pizzeria & Beerhouse

Comic-Con Lunch special:
2 Slices & Craft Beer for $12
or 2 Slices & Fountain Drink for $9

Comic-Con Happy Hour:
$2 Slices & $2 Off Craft Beers from 3p-6p

When: Wednesday, July 19 – Sunday, July 23

Where: 536 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92101

For more information, please visit: Ciro’s Pizzeria & Beerhouse

Dusty Rabbit Cocktail Contest & Giveaway

The “Dusty Rabbit” is a signature cocktail contest wherein merchants will honor the pioneering spirit of legendary founder, Alonzo Horton, who transformed “Rabbitville” into the thriving dining and entertainment district it is today! We’re challenging mixologists, bars, and restaurants from around the Gaslamp Quarter to create a cocktail named the Dusty Rabbit. Each location’s recipe is open to interpretation and may include any kind of spirit or alcohol uniquely reflective of the establishment.

Local mixologists are competing to develop our signature anniversary cocktail and we need your help to pick a winner! The Top 5 locations with the most engagement on Instagram and email will be served at our 150th Anniversary Birthday Party (Date TBD) and ticket holders to that event will then vote for their favorite Dusty Rabbit! By supporting your favorite Dusty Rabbit, you will also be entered for a chance to win a special Gaslamp Quarter 150th Anniversary Package! Just post a picture on Instagram and tag your location and #DustyRabbit or email to info@gaslamp.org to enter!

Where: 24 Locations throughout the Gaslamp Quarter

For more information, please visit: Dusty Rabbit Cocktail Contest & Giveaway

Art Exhibitions:

Chuck Jones Gallery

Marvel Comics with Special Guest Artist James C. Mulligan

Mulligan, artist for Marvel, Disney, and Warner Bros will unveil his most recent original work and limited editions featuring all your favorite characters! Over the past several years, this multi-talented artist-singer-actor has created work that has touched the hearts and minds of collectors around the country. His boyish charm and innate talent have endeared him to legions. Join us this evening and fall under his super powers!

When: Wednesday, July 19 7-10PM

Where: 232 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

For more information, please visit: Chuck Jones Gallery

Sparks Gallery

Over the last decade, 3A has commemorated benchmark achievements with the incredibly diverse Venture art showcases across the globe. With every Venture, fans are invited to a massive gathering of 3A’s art, toys, sculptures, and unique blend of DIY culture along with a selection of like-minded artists – all curated by Ashley Wood.

The summer of 2017 brings with it the first ever Venture in the United States, and will bookend this era of 3A with US Venture Epilogue in San Diego to celebrate the culmination of all that has come before and to welcome the next exhilarating chapters to come!

Ashley Wood is thrilled to be joined by returning Venture artists Siuyin, William Wray, Seattle artist Syd Bee, as well as renowned comic book artists and designers Paul Pope and Geof Darrow!

When:

  • WEDNESDAY JULY 19TH 4PM – 8PM. OPENING RECEPTION (Requires Invite)
  • THURSDAY JULY 20TH 10AM – 6PM. OPEN TO PUBLIC
  • FRIDAY JULY 21ST 10AM – 6PM. OPEN TO PUBLIC
  • SATURDAY JULY 22ND 10AM – 6PM. OPEN TO PUBLIC
  • SUNDAY JULY 23RD 10AM – 4PM. OPEN TO PUBLIC

Where: 530 Sixth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

For more information, please visit: Sparks Gallery

Entertainment:

SDCCBlog.com at McFadden’s

2 Blog 2 Furious

We’ll be taking over McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon (731 Fifth Ave, easily within walking distance of the convention center) on Wednesday, July 19 from 7PM-11PM (and maybe later!) for the Official Unofficial Blog Meet-Up. Entry is free, and first come/first serve. So stop by, have a drink, say hello to the UBlog and to fellow readers, and just have fun! It’s a great alternative if you didn’t get a Preview Night badge, or a fun way to cap off your evening even if you did. We really hope you can swing by, and we’d also appreciate if you could let us know on this Facebook event page if you plan to attend, so we can gauge interest.

Where: 731 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

For more information, please visit: SDCCBlog.com 

 

House of Blues – Games of Bloggers Season 3

Game of Bloggers Season 3 returns to San Diego Comic-Con 2017! Once again, geek houses will gather to tell tales of victory, loss, and glory- at the House Of Blues on Preview Night!

Why Game of Bloggers? San Diego Comic-Con is so much more than just seeing an amazing show. It’s an opportunity to join forces with allies, meet revered social media warriors and forge new life changing alliances. After Preview Night, I invite you to revel with myself and the Nerd/Geek/blogger/YouTube/Social Media/Photography/Comic-Con community- as well as fellow fans.

Game of Bloggers will feature the most talented group of fashion designers at Comic-Con! Exhibiting their latest apparel, not only will you have a chance to get a sneak peak at what is next but you’ll also be able to purchase onsite as well! Make sure to meet and interview these amazing designers!

When: Wednesday, July 19 9PM – 12AM

Where: 1055 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

For more information, please visit: House of Blues – Games of Bloggers Season 3

 

American Comedy Co.

Comedian Doug Benson (“Super High Me” and Comedy Central’s “The High Court”) hosts a podcast where he talks to his hilarious special surprise guests about his first love…movies! To have a chance at winning some prizes, bring a movie themed name tag!

When: Wednesday, July 19 – Thursday, July 20 8:00 PM

Where: 818 B 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

For more information and tickets, please visit: American Comedy Co.

Conan at Spreckels Theater

Conan O’Brien returns to San Diego Comic-Con and The Spreckels Theater with an all-star lineup of guests this year for his Wednesday – Saturday tapings.

Where: 121 Broadway, Suite 600, San Diego, CA 92101

For more information, please visit: Conan at Spreckels Theater

 

Activations:

Nerdvania Pop-Up Shop at Atomic

Nerdvania.net will be at Atomic in Downtown San Diego during Comic Con. Just a 10 minute walk from the San Diego Convention Center and located in the heart of the historic San Diego Gaslamp.
Shop for Funko Pop, vinyl toys, comic books, Pokemon, Marvel, DC Universe, and more!
The pop up shop is open to everyone. That means SDCC badge holders and non badge holders.
Thursday night we will be open late to party and will be giving Funko Pop! Chases along with chances to win freebies all weekend!
All ages are welcome until 9pm.
This is a free event and does not require a ticket.
Come in and shop at the Nerdvania pop up shop (located on the 2rd floor in the Tiki Room) then enjoy a nice cold drink with some tasty tacos at Michos (located on the 1st floor).
Feel like staying out late? Michos is open til 9pm Mon-Fri. Atomic is open till last call 7 days a week and has an assortment of great beers and cocktails.

When:

  • Wednesday, July 19 12pm-6pm
  • Thursday, July 20 12pm – Late
  • Friday, July 21 12pm-8pm
  • Saturday, July 22 2pm-8pm
  • Sunday, July 23 2pm-8pm

Where: 762 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

For more information and tickets, please visit: Nerdvania Pop-Up Shop at Atomic

Pinup Pop Up at Horton Plaza Park

The Oblong Box Shop, Spiffing, Misfit Menagerie and Match Accessories are proud to present our first-ever Comic Con Pop Up Boutique!
Open Daily from 10am-9pm, featuring:
-Original novelty print designs from The Oblong Box Shop
-Geeky & Cheeky jewelry, prints, and apparel from Spiffing
-Fanciful faux taxidermy, headbands, and plushies from Misfit Menagerie
-Vintage style brooches and jewelry from Match Accessories

-Daily raffles…
-Comic Con Exclusives
-Swag bags for the first 10 shoppers daily!
-Custom-made nerdy jewelry and art prints on-site

When: Wednesday, July 19 – Sunday, July 23

  • Opening reception 4-9pm on Wednesday! 
  • Friday 7/21: Misfit Menagerie Art Opening featuring Bless Your Heart Burlesque RSVP here: http://bit.ly/2u1f1J1

Where: 900 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

For more information, please visit: Pinup Pop Up at Horton Plaza Park

LAIKA

For a limited time, take a tour through LAIKA’s award-winning animation process, featuring extraordinary hand-made production puppets, sets, costumes and props. See special guests and buy rare merch.  Costume characters will roam the streets in and around the LAIKA Experience.

And while you’re there, don’t forget to enter for your chance to win a pair of limited edition Nike shoes* created by famed designer Tinker Hatfield: The Coraline Nike Dunk, The Nike Air Foamposite One ParaNorman and the Kubo XV.  See official rules below.

When:

  • WednesdayJuly 19: 10:00 AM-7:00 PM
  • ThursdayJuly 20: 11:00 AM-11:00 PM
  • FridayJuly 21: 11:00 AM-11:00 PM
  • SaturdayJuly 22: 11:00 AM-11:00 PM
  • SundayJuly 23: 10:00 AM-6:00 PM

Where: 520 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

For more information, please visit:  LAIKA

 

The Futurism & Tech Pavilion at The Omni Hotel

The Futurism & Tech Pavilion is excited to show off the latest in tech and innovation at this year’s Comic-Con. Augmented Reality takes center stage with the exclusive launch of Mira Lab’s new headset, accompanied by some exciting new content. We have a wide range of Virtual Reality with incredible companies providing it: Survios’ Raw Data, VR Werx’ Paranormal Activity, Steel Wool’s Mars Odyssey, Project Cars from Bandai, Star VR’s John Wick, The Power Rangers presented by Qualcomm, Arcslinger from Big Red Button, something cool from Framestore (The Avengers and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), VR cubes courtesy of Exit VR, Augmented Reality, as well as mixed reality and 360 domes courtesy of FulldomePro (a relaxing way to enjoy fully immersive entertainment). Sega is presenting an AR Sonic experience and a special concert with the awesome Shota Nakama on Thursday evening, and dome takeover on Friday! We welcome the “A.I. Innovation Fair “with its focus on artificial intelligence, sustainable tech and advanced robotics; Hanson Robotics will be sharing Einstein and their remarkable ground-breaking robots. With more than 9,000 square feet of futurism and cutting edge innovation and immersive entertainment, the Futurism & Tech Pavilion hosted by VRCon is a must-see event at Comic-Con 2017!

When:

  • Wednesday, July 19 6:00PM – 9:00PM
  • Thursday, July 20 – Saturday, July 22 9:30AM – 7:00PM
  • Sunday, July 23 9:30 AM – 5:00PM

Where: 675 L Street, 6th Floor, San Diego, CA 92101

For More Information, Please Visit:  The Futurism & Tech Pavilion at The Omni Hotel

 

Le Parfait Paris

The Cat Cafe

Hard Rock Cafe

Cafe Sevilla

Ciro's Pizzeria & Beerhouse

Chuck Jones Gallery

Sparks Gallery

McFadden's Restaurant & Saloon

House of Blues

American Comedy Co

Spreckels Theater

Atomic

Horton Plaza Park

LAIKA

Omni Hotel