Each year, whether or not we actually get tickets to go inside, we visit the phenomenon that takes over Downtown San Diego: Comic-Con International. Here are a few images from this year. Highlights: Meeting Funko Pop founder, Mike Becker, who autographed our Rosie The Robot set and videos from the NBC exhibit one of my new favorite shows, Midnight Texas. Enjoy!
Shoppers can enjoy additional savings by showing off their Comic-Con Badge
(SAN DIEGO, CALIF.) July 7, 2015 — Las Americas Premium Outlets® is getting into the superhero spirit this week by offering special savings and discounts to guests and locals in town for pop-culture mega convention Comic-Con International.
From Wednesday, July 8, to Sunday, July 12, shoppers are encouraged to show their 2015 Comic-Con badge at the center’s Information Center to receive a special offer sheet, with additional discounts on top of center’s regular savings of 25 to 65 percent every day.
Convention-goers can check out super savings including 10 percent off services at Amerinails for last-minute mani-pedi needs to put the finishing touches on the perfect cosplay outfit, 20 percent off your entire purchase of the perfect Matrix-inspired shades at Sunglass Plus NYS, and more. Comic-Con attendees who stop by Timberland will not only get 20 percent off their entire purchase, but will also score a gift with purchase for flashing their Comic-Con badge, while supplies last.
About a 20-minute car ride from downtown, convention-goers can also take a break from the crowds and grab a bite to eat at the center’s food court.
For extra savings, shoppers can also stop by the Information Center to sign up for the VIP Shopper Club to receive a complimentary VIP Coupon Book, or sign up online at https://www.premiumoutlets.com/vip/.
It happens every year at this time. Thousands of people flock to San Diego for the pop-culture event of the year. I’ve gone a few times a few years ago, but now you have know someone to even get a stab at pre-sale tickets.
I’m talking about the San Diego Comic-Con International (affectionately called “The Con” by regulars). This is the premier event during the 3rd week of July where movie buffs, geeks, video game enthusiasts and comic book readers gather to take a peak at the latest and greatest. During this time, it is not unusual to see people in full costume regalia. The characters you see on the streets of Downtown San Diego will depend on what the hit movie or trend is out that year. But I can guarantee that there is not a shortage of your Star Trek characters, especially the Klingon. Did you know they have their own complete language? It’s true, I think my sister even has the book.
Mei-Lin in wings from Comic-Con 2008
My sister, brother in law and now their daughter go every year. When I went with them, I got to meet Kevin Smith (“Clerks” and “Mallrats”), Wil Wheaton (“Stand By Me” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation”), and I received an illustration from William Tucci (“Shi”). I was also into Cyberforce because they have a character named Cyblade (they called her “Cy”), so I have a few Top Cow Productions comics. I even have the sealed issue of “The Death of Superman” that I purchased at The Con. What I’ve missed in these last 2 years is the “True Blood” panel. My sister will be checking that out for me tomorrow.
I hear through the grapevine that The Con may be relocated. I hope not! This event is such a boost to the economy, and it’s nice to know that we have an event synonymous with San Diego. I want to buy tickets for next year to take my husband and son.
I’ve included a picture of my niece from a year where she went in her fairy best, complete with wings, Comic-Con pass and Spider Man flip flops. As Olivia (“Nick Jr”) says, “Whatever the question, costumes are always a good answer!” I’m sure my niece and many Con goers would agree, whether or not they realize they’re agreeing with a cartoon pig.