Comic Con 2014 Pre-Registration (only open to those who obtained a 2013 single or 4-day badge) has come and gone. The internet was filled with varying emotions; cries of anger, last minute efforts, tears, joy, satisfaction, and elation all very common. Which emotion did you succumb to? Did you get your 2014 badge?
If the answer to the above question is a resounding “No!” then I’m here to tell you… “Fear not!” You still have a chance with the upcoming “Open Registration,” which, as the name implies, is open to the public (as long as you have a Member ID). The worst part of that last sentence is that Open Reg is an even worse experience than Preregistration. Random page refreshes, time-outs, and any number of things can go wrong and boot you out of the waiting room, a waiting room that you may or may not even be able to enter due to scheduling/work conflicts.
So what if you don’t get a badge at all? Is it worth traveling to sunny San Diego? Can you still have fun at Comic Con without entering the Con? Of course the answer is “Yes!”
For the past three years I have flown out to San Diego without a badge. Every year I try. Every year I fail. Maybe it’s my ISP. Maybe I’m not the “fastest nerd in the West” on a keyboard. Who knows where the fault lies. What I can tell you is that with or without a badge (I’ve managed to get one each year after making it to the Gaslamp District thanks to some amazing people!) San Diego Comic Con is something I couldn’t imagine my life without.
What can I do WITHOUT a Comic-Con Badge?
Of course, I am a champion for Nerd HQ. That’s my main attraction each year. With fantastic panels (which are also hard to score tickets for), video games, dance parties, free giveaways, drinks, a ton of like-minded people, and a fantastic volunteer staff that is incredibly welcoming, you cannot go wrong here.
But Nerd HQ isn’t the only off-site location. There are a TON of these little pocket-cons popping up all over the place. 2013 saw Geek and Sundry’s first appearance, taking over Jolt’n’Joes giving nerds a chance to play board games with the likes of Wil Wheaton, try out new video games from developers new and old, and so much more. There has never been a better place to profess your love for all things geek/nerd/gamer than the Gaslamp District during San Diego Comic Con. The local shops get in on the fun as well, often hosting TV shows and theming their establishments out accordingly.
And that’s just during the day. At night, as it is with any downtown location, the Gaslamp comes alive. Now, admittedly, you’re going to get the club crowd. People who don’t really mesh well with your Captain Mal cosplay. But when have you ever let that crowd ruin your fun? There are after parties EVERYWHERE. Walking around the Gaslamp and discovering new locations is an incredible experience that I’d recommend every one do each year. You’ll find nerdy low-key and chill areas at various hotel lounges, elbow-to-elbow tech on every table bars and restaurants, and video game paradises all throughout. There is honestly something for everyone here. And these are just the FREE things you can do.
There are plenty of paid-to-enter events like the Walking Dead Escape Zombie Run where volunteers dress up as zombies and are tasked with “killing” you before you make it out of a pretty decent obstacle course. Glenn and Rick cosplayers welcome.
The moral of the story here, folks, is that if you didn’t score your badge yet and you continue to come up short, it’s not that big of a deal. There’s so much more to do at Comic Con than JUST Comic Con. Get a group of your closest nerd friends, what some might call your “Contourage,” and get your butts down to San Diego for what will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your year, every year.
As a side, you’re also traveling to San Diego, one of the most beautiful cities in the continental United States. If you don’t have a badge and somehow run out of things to do, or if you stick around after the Con, there are a multitude of places you can go just to check out the scenery that are also FREE. And, if you’re lucky like I’ve been, you might just find yourself inside the Con anyway. Basically, come to San Diego, you won’t regret it!
The lovely people over at IGN made an interesting connection earlier today. You may have heard that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (Fast and Furious, G.I. Joe Retaliation) has been tweeting about being involved in a new DC project, and there has been plenty of speculation as to what that role might be. However, the folks at IGN have postulated that he may, in fact, be playing one of the multiple human Green Lanterns, John Stewart, based off of an Instagram photo that Johnson posted himself back in November. See the image below:
With this upload Rocky also sent out the following: “Known this beast since he was 15. I was on the football field playing for Miami, he was leading the Hurricanes marching band as Drum Major. He spent years of working on my WWE story lines & Rock monologues. Then years of being on every movie set with me learning the film business from top to bottom. Today, he’s one of the best and most sought after producers in Hollywood. Brilliant, relentless and one big motherf*cker! Proud of you brother & thank you for all the hard work. #ProducerHiram #TeamRock #JohnStewartCanStillWhupSupermansAss”
The hashtag to take notice of here is very clearly: “#JohnStewartCanStillWhupSupermansAss” which may elude to the part he’s been referring to. Or it may be something completely unrelated. What are your thoughts on The Rock slipping on a Power Ring? Is this another misstep in the long line of recent DC casting? Is The Rock everything you could have hoped for in a John Stewart since Justice League Unlimited? His comicbook-esque proportions certainly help to physically sell the role. Only time will tell, or it won’t (you know, since it’s only speculation).
If you’re afraid of any spoilers for the upcoming global EVENT that is the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, turn away NOW!
Seriously. Do it. Don’t go any further.
Right then. Still here? Then CHECK. IT. OUT.
The Day of the Doctor (a special episode for the series) features both of the two most recent Doctors, David Tennant and Matt Smith, as well as a couple of their traveling “assistants” Billie Piper as Rose and Jenna-Louise Coleman as Clara. Among the confirmed SPOILERS for the episode is that John Hurt will be playing a previous regeneration of the Doctor, one that is presumably between Paul McGann’s 8 and Christopher Eccleston’s 9, who is also assumed to be the Doctor that locked both all remaining Time Lords and Daleks in a time lock, effectively removing them from the universe during the last great Time War. For a complete write up on the Time War I suggest clicking this link, it’s quite informative.
Until next time, readers! Allons-y!
So this weekend see’s us off to Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo up in LA. It’s only in it’s third year and while it doesn’t have the allure of Comic-con, if you are into comic’s then it is fun place to be. I tend to be a convention junkie, even the smaller conventions interest me. I love the art, costumes, displays and booth babes. Seriously though, it keeps me in touch with my creative roots and I always walk away feeling a little inspired. So if you are in SoCal and need something to do, you can’t go wrong with a day at Comikaze. Oh and they have a really cool octopus loge. Here is the website.
If you’re one of the many who have yet to preorder the PS4, or be guaranteed one by a certain date, Walmart has just announced they are offering a guaranteed system (plus one game or accessory) before Christmas 2013. You’ll want to act fast though, as these probably won’t last for long! If you’re still on the fence about which system to get you can always check out our detailed breakdown of the pros and cons for each “next-gen” system here!
Click on the link above, or just click here to be taken to Walmart’s pre-order page. The bundle isn’t really anything special, as it’s the exact same you’d pay for anything separately, at $459.99 (the same price as any system + game or accessory like a controller or the Playstation Camera) but you are guaranteed one by December 25th, 2013! So don’t delay! And, hey, if a helluva deal is something you’re looking for, we’re hearing that Target is offering a Buy 2 Get 1 sale on ALL new games the week the Playstaion 4 launches!
As you might have heard, the new X-men trailer released this morning and it is trending like wildfire all over social media. This year at San Diego’s Comic Con, if you were fortunate to have slept out in the Hall H line- you were treated to a very similar trailer. I’m excited to see what you all think. Leave your comments below.
I’ve been a gamer since I was a kid. I was very lucky to have owned the ps1, ps2, ps3, and soon the ps4. I also had NES, Genesis, N64, Gameboy (Original, Color, and Advance), Neogeo and the PSP Slim. My little brother had the Nintendo Gamecube and the Gameboy Advance SP. This video brings back so many memories but it also makes me feel incredibly OLD! What were some of your fondest memories playing games growing up?
According to Entertainment Weekly, Sherlock will return for season 3 on PBS Masterpiece starting on Jan. 19 at 10 p.m.
Video message from Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman shown at SDCC ’13 this past year.
What do you think? Are you ready for a sequel?