Comic-Con International is Coming to San Diego!
San Diego will once again play host to Comic-Con International. From July 20-23, attendees, vendors, retailers, and volunteers will come from all over the world flock to Downtown San Diego. According to OverMental, this is one of the top geek culture conventions in the entire world. Here’s some information on how to get there, and what to expect once you arrive. Please note that badges for 2017 are sold out and are not available through third-party vendors.
With more than 130,000 attendees at last year’s Comic-Con, it’s a good idea to plan your route in advance. Here are all of the possible ways you can get to Comic-Con.
Free 24-Hour Shuttle
For visitors, this is your best method. Comic-Con will be offering a free shuttle service to 63 locations throughout Downtown San Diego, Mission Valley, and the airport, 24 hours a day. This includes all official Comic-Con hotels. Simply show your Comic-Con badge, and you can be on your way! Schedule and maps can be found here.
MTS Public Transportation
For residents of our communities in University City, you can take the 41 Downtown Express bus to Fashion Valley Transit Center. There, you will get on the UTC Trolley’s Green Line, heading towards 12th & Imperial. You’ll get off right in front at the Convention Center station.
Downtown, you’ll be able to get to the Convention Center via the Green Line. If you are staying along the Orange or Blue Line, you can transfer at 12th & Imperial. Commemorative passes are available, or you can use Compass Cloud to buy your ticket directly on your phone.
If you plan on bringing your car, use ParkWhiz to reserve your space ahead of time. If possible, drive to a location where you can take a shuttle or MTS bus or trolley station to avoid the frustration of trying to find parking downtown. Leave yourself plenty of time if you plan on driving, as not many spaces will be available.
What’s Happening Where
The San Diego Convention Center (pictured above) is the headquarters for Comic-Con and is where you will go to pick up badges. It is also host to the exhibit hall, which hosts numerous vendors showcasing their latest products. You can find the exhibit hall map here. Some events are held at hotels and other places located within walking distance of the Convention Center. A full list can be found on the Comic-Con website.
Getting Around Comic-Con
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It can be a bit overwhelming the first time you look at the schedule and see what’s going on. Fortunately, the Organizers at Comic-Con will put together numerous print and digital resources to help you plan each day.
The app is available for iOS and Android devices, and does not require an internet connection. You’ll get a complete program schedule, along with an interactive exhibit hall map, links to comic-con social media, bios of special guests, and more. Also, all updates are done automatically.
You can create your own schedule that features the events you want to go to! Create your account at sched.com, and mark what panels and events you’d like to attend. You can then send your schedule straight to your favorite calendar and share with friends.
This is the official blog for Comic-Con San Diego. You’ll find the “Toucan Tip of the Day” which offers special advice for attendees, along with special announcements.
While supplies last, attendees can find a map of the exhibit hall, along with where other events will be held, and even a restaurant guide.
This is a free daily newsletter that’s available throughout the Convention Center. Comic-Con today provides schedule updates, photo galleries, and other information to keep you aware of what’s happening.
This is a free guide given out to every attendee, and features the complete programming schedule, including descriptions of each panel and event, exhibitor lists, special products, and appearances.
A collectible paper-back book given to all attendees, along with articles, fan-created art, this year’s award winners, and more.