After Wednesday night's previews, the San Diego Comic-Con officially starts today! From July 18-21, downtown San Diego turns into a geektastic fantasy land full of cosplay and sci-fi and celebrities and God knows what else. I don't know what else because I have never gone to Comic Con and if I did, I would probably just go to all the panels that look like college lectures. The Comic Con experience is hella expensive and the tickets sell out quickly, so this guide is for the few 130,000+ of you who somehow managed to get tickets. You lucky bastards. —Christina
THURSDAY: JULY 18, 2013
2-3 P.M. at Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
3:30-4:30 P.M. at Ballroom 20
Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny will be there! My khaleesi
and David Duchovny
! Worth the price of admission.
6-7 P.M. at Room 23ABC
One aspect of cosplay that you really only see at conventions is masquerades. They're costume competitions that can include skits, lipsyncs, and/or big theme groups
. This panel introduces you to masquerades and gives some tips on how to get started in costuming and how to compete - and win.
FRIDAY: JULY 19, 2013
10-11 A.M. at Hall H
Everyone knows that Simon Pegg's a big geek
but Nick Frost and Edgar Wright can surely hold their own. After all, Frost co-wrote Paul
, which begins at the San Diego Comic Con, and Wright . . . Edgar Wright might know everything there is to know about film. They're at the convention to promote The World's End
, the final movie in the Cornetto Trilogy
2:45-3:45 at Room 5AB
5:45-6:45 P.M. at Room 6BCF
I can't believe this movie is older than some of the people who: (1) read this blog and (2) work on this blog. Babies, the lot of you.
SATURDAY: JULY 20, 2013
11 A.M.-12 P.M. at Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Let's ignore Felicia Day's
acting credits for a second and focus on her business lady side. She created, wrote, and stared in The Guild
, a web series about six strangers who become friends due to a video game. She's an executive producer and co-creator of Tabletop
, a web series focused on board games hosted by Wil Wheaton
. (Dear Wil, thank you for teaching me how to play Pandemic
properly. I could not figure out why the game was so easy.) She also co-founded Geek & Sundry
, a Youtube channel that produces all kinds of geeky goodness. Be sure to check out this panel for what shenanigans the network will be up to in the future. Back to her acting credits: she's really successful
3-4 P.M. at Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Has Nerdist Industries become Nerdist Empire yet? Nerdist Industries started as a single podcast hosted by Chris Hardwick
. It is now a podcast network
, hosting about 21 podcasts at the moment; a Youtube channel
; a TV show
on BBC America; and a big ol' website
that will tell you pretty much everything you need to know about fun things. Who knows what Chris Hardwick and co. will conquer next? I'm guessing the people who attend this panel will find out.
6:30-7:30 P.M. at Room 24ABC
Ashley Eckstein, founder of Her Universe
, is going to school you all on geek fashion. I hope she does it while wearing this
. Take notes.
SUNDAY: JULY 21, 2013
11:15 A.M.-12:15 P.M. at Room 5AB
I lean DC. I'm sorry, I'm trying to correct it. This panel, a discussion about the women who work at Marvel Comics at every level, seems like a great start.
12:30-1:30 P.M. at Hall H
OMG DOCTOR WHO. You know what, don't bother with the rest of the con. Just camp out in Hall H starting Thursday to guarantee a seat for the Doctor Who panel. I'm sure everyone would be completely okay with it.
4-5 P.M. at Room 30CDE
One of my best friends once stumbled upon a LARP group at her local park. They gave her a foam sword and let her join the battle. I think she fought dragons or something? I don't know. I do know that she loved it and recommended it to everyone she knew. Why not try something new?