Catching up with San Diego Comic-Con events: where are we?

17 JUNE 2019

So it's Comic-Con season. Our badges are making their way through the U.S. mail and our wish lists are filling up with exclusives and we're making actual choices on the offsites and panels we're willing to stand in line for - in theory.

We've still got 2 weeks before programming is announced and the Exhibit Hall map is released. But it's not too early to start planning our nights - so here are a few options:

Not a night event, but let's start with the source of half the questions in my inbox. Yes, Conan is coming; we probably won't have much advance notice for when tickets go live. Here's some advice if you haven't gone (or tried to go) before, but I'll also do a separate post. 

The company continues its global domination with a massive SDCC space for The Boys, Carnival Row and Jeff Bezos's favorite show The Expanse. Everyone is excited but I'm not feeling bullish on this. Maybe it'll be good; however, it could be one of those big name offsites that's kind of dull.

We know Game of Thrones will have a panel and that Westworld and Watchmen will have a presence too. What kind of offsite action will that translate to? This is the heart of my offsite interest, and maybe yours too. Get out your black hats and bloody smiley faces.

CCI Museum/The Gathering
The Preview Night fundraiser for the Comic-Con Museum has lots of tickets left. Note the "fundraiser" part; after-party tickets are only $50 but the next tiers are $250 and $750.

Animaniacs in Concert
Also still plenty of tickets left for their Thursday, 18 July show at Balboa Theatre.

If you have $75 to spend on beer, games and "commemorative glassware," HopCon still has tickets - and you can also be a designated driver for $35.

San Diego Symphony Cult Classics
The Symphony is always a great escape from Con madness and this year they're giving you Galaxy Quest and Back to the Future.

The EW Party
No, you're not hallucinating. The gilded gathering of Hollywood royalty could possibly open its doors to you - if you win 2 tickets.

Wild at Heart Party with Chantel Jeffries
Yes, you can register for this but remember that can still leave you waiting on the sidewalk like a chump for two hours.

The Upside Down Party at Fluxx
People seem to think this Thursday night Nerdist party is sold out but that's only VIP. General tickets are still available.

The IMDboat Party with Kevin Smith
Another contest offers you tickets to Comic-Con and the 3-story IMDB yacht with Kevin Smith.

Rooftop Cinema Club
If you're looking for something chill, you can watch movies from the Hyatt 4th floor terrace: Top Gun on Tuesday, 16 July and Labryinth on Wednesday, 17 July.

We're just a month away. Are you ready?

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