This is the week! San Diego Comic Con officially starts this week, although many off-site events have already started. In fact there are dozens of them. So many that they make an entire convention all on their own. And with exibits like Game of Thrones, Laika, Kong Skull Island and Blade Runner 2049, these off-site events promise to be just as exciting as the convention proper.
Here’s a quick summary of some San Diego Off-Site events from the SDCC Unofficial Blog.
Game Masters – The Exhibition: July 1 – January 15th 2018 – Fleet Science Center
Game Masters: The Exhibition showcases the world’s best video game designers, from the arcade era to today’s console and online games. And with 100+ playable games, it’s game on! (No quarters needed.)
The work of more than 30 designers who have made a significant impact in the field is explored through rare concept artwork, newly commissioned interviews and interactive digital displays. This is the first large-scale exhibition to take visitors behind the scenes of how video games are made as well as spotlighting the people who actually make them. From Nintendo’s iconic worlds featuring Mario and Link, to the obsession that is Minecraft, to the immersive experiences of Blizzard Entertainment, this is a landmark collection of the most popular video games on the planet, as well as independent games with a cult-like following.
San Diego: The Chuck Jones Gallery—San Diego, now celebrating its 40th anniversary, line-up of incredible talent during Comic Con Int’l 2017, July 19-23. In addition to artist receptions the gallery will commemorate their four decades of bringing the art of American Pop culture to the people who love it with special games, prizes, and raffles on Thursday evening, July 20, from 7 to 10 PM. Be there or be square!
The Chuck Jones Gallery will host activity filled receptions for multiple Pixar, Marvel and other prominent pop-culture artists during Comic Con. All events are free and open to the public. RSVP is suggested for artist appearances at 888-294-9880 or SanDiego@ChuckJones.com. The gallery is located at 232 Fifth Avenue, San Diego 92101, in the heart of the Gas Lamp. The gallery will be open 9 AM to 10 PM throughout the days of Comic Con.
Animation studio LAIKA (the minds behind Coraline, Kubo and the Two Strings, The Boxtrolls, and more) are bringing their pop-up shop to the Gaslamp (520 Fifth Avenue) from Friday, July 14th to Sunday, July 23rd . Stop by the free exhibit to check out props, puppets, monsters, and sets from LAIKA’s award-winning films . There will also be fan art, a photo/GIF booth with LAIKA characters, daily drawings for a pair of Nike’s LAIKA-themed shoes designed by Tinker Hatfield, social media activations, LAIKA merchandise for sale (including a new limited edition Coraline doll and display case), giveaways, and more.
Travis Knight, President & CEO of LAIKA and director of Kubo and the Two Strings, will autograph merchandise purchased at the exhibit on Friday, July 21st at 3pm.
In addition to the pop-up exhibit, LAIKA’s walkaround costumed characters will appear at various locations in the Gaslamp Quarter for fan interaction and photos.
Upon entering the “winterized” entrance, fans will be registered with their own Dragonglass RFID wristband that will capture each touch point of their journey throughout the immersive experience. The journey will take fans through Winterfell, Dragonstone, King’s Landing and North of the Wall and give them ready-to-share content at every stop. Every guest that goes through the experience will be given a custom SDCC Night King Funko Pop! Figure, a t-shirt featuring the Night King key art, and an exclusive Robert Ball Episode 701 mini-poster.
HBO returns to their usual site at 628 L Street (across from the Omni Hotel) for the Winter Is Here experience.
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, Sonic The Hedgehog Augmented Reality, as well as mixed reality and 360 domes courtesy of FulldomePro (a relaxing way to enjoy fully immersive entertainment). 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!
For a complete list of offsite events, visit the SDCC Unofficial Blog here.
For the full San Diego Comic Con events schedule visit the SDCC official website here.
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