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Special Events Happening Outside of Comic-Con

Written By: Abel S. Pinedo

July 12th, 2017

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The excitement of Comic-Con isn't limited to the convention center. There's a ton of fun and exciting events happening outside of the con. I always try to make it a point to explore the area surrounding the convention center because you never know what you'll find. With that in mind, let's take a look at some of the cool happenings going on outside of Comic-Con.

Running all four days of Comic Con, Fandom Fest sponsored by Pepsi will be happening at the Petco Park Interactive Zone beginning at 10am daily. Featuring a lounge, food trucks, trivia games, and live programming as well as celebrity interviews, be sure to check this out at you never know who you'll see there.

Thursday through Saturday, Rotten Tomatoes will host “Your Opinion Sucks”, a daily show at the Omnia Nightclub. Consisting of critics versus fans, come voice your opinion (good or bad) and maybe walk away with some swag. The event is free but you must RSVP: (Link)

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Want to know if you really are human or simply a replicant? Then you'll want to head to the Blade Runner 2049 Experience. Happening all four days and located right across the street from the convention center, you'll experience a VR simulation of Los Angeles 2049 as well as tour props and vehicles from the upcoming flick. This is sure to be popular but you'll have the chance to make a reservation (or tough it out and stand in line). There will be giveaways throughout the weekend.

Need a few moments to recharge and collect your thoughts? Of course you will at some point during the Con. Well, what better way to do that than with a cup of a coffee and a cat in your lap? Yes, it's the return of the ever popular Cat Cafe. You need to make a reservation, so don't hesitate as spots are sure to fill up fast. As of this posting, there are still plenty of spots available each day. Information can be found HERE.

Also returning is the Game of Thrones 'Winter is Here' Experience. This is by far one of the most popular offsite events. Get there EARLY because the line for this event stretches around the block every day. Once you make it inside though, well I won't ruin the surprise but suffice it to say you won't be disappointed. You'll also come out with some custom made swag to boot! You can find this across the street from the Omni Hotel at 628 L Street.

Come pay your respects to the king. King Kong that is, as Warner Brothers presents Kong: Skull Island Activation. Come discover the ancient secrets of Skull Island and learn what is inside the Monarch Containment Zone. This will be located on the lawn behind the Omni Hotel and will be happening all four days.

Want to party like Diplo? Be on the lookout for the VICELAND Party Bus, located at 530 Island Avenue, for music, dancing, food, freebies and even a surprise guest or two. (Psst! I hear there's WiFi too!) Thursday through Saturday from 9am to 6pm each day.

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The popular Adult Swim On The Green, returns for another year of weirdness and fun. Located behind the convention center and operating daily, you won't want to miss the return of the Meatwad Dome 4D Experience as well as games and activities and a ton of giveaways. For you Rick and Morty fans, keep your eyes open for the rolling pop up shop, The Rickmobile, at various locations throughout the Gaslamp all week. The fun doesn't stop when the sun goes down as Adult Swim will host a variety of screenings each night as well.

FX Network returns to Comic Con in a big way, taking over the lawn in front of the Hilton Bayfront Hotel. Last year my single favorite moment of Comic Con was the American Horror Story VR Experience. I'm hoping to get a similar feeling as this year, FX will be presenting what sounds like a similar experience but this time for the new hit series Legion. Reservations are not required but are recommended. In addition, several other FX shows will be featured including Atlanta, American Horror Story and Archer. More information and reservations can be made HERE.

Fans of The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead won't want to miss AMC's Deadquarters. Located across the street from the convention center, come test your skill at the Negan Batting Cages. Various cast members are scheduled to make appearances. Final schedules are not available as of yet.

Laika, the animation studio behind such films as Coraline, The Boxtrolls, Paranorman, and Kubo and the Two Strings, will be hosting a pop-up shot at 520 Fifth Avenue. Open every day throughout the Con, you can see props and puppets from their various films, enter their daily drawings, purchase an exclusive Coraline doll, view fan art and so much more.

The Tick will be invading Comic Con with a full interactive experience located on the corner of 1st and J streets. Sponsored by Amazon, you can take part in a scavenger hunt/escape room, watch the pilot episode in the lounge,  and try your hand at controlling a giant 20ft tall animatronic Tick head. This event runs all four days of the Con.

The Chuck Jones Gallery located at 232 5th Ave. will be featuring a variety of artists throughout the week. A listing of their various events can be found on their Facebook page. (Link)

Finally, if you're still around on Sunday night after the Con has closed, there will be a gathering a fans to celebrate the life of Adam West. This is an unofficial gathering but is sure to be one of the more emotional moments of the weekend. You don't need to dress up; this is just a chance to gather and share Bat stories with fellow fans. More information can be found HERE.

About the Author: Abel S.Pinedo a.k.a. "Honest Abe" has written reviews for Dark Horizons, JoBlo and MusicTap.  He has worked in the entertainment industry for over a decade. He can usually be found at his keyboard ranting and rambling about the human condition or watching Beavis & Butthead.