If I had a penny for every person who asked me about San Diego Comic Con International – I would be one rich bitch! Yes my pop culture fiends and party goers, summer hasn’t even officially started, and the buzz around Comic Con is going strong! Unfortunately I do not have any passes for you, but luckily for you the off-site events and parties have gotten a million times better! Were you there for Adult Swim’s industry only party at Quality Social last year w/Girl Talk? No? It’s probably because you weren’t updating yourself with our 3rd annual, TheMixster.com’s Official Comic Con 2012 Events Party Guide!
**And yes, we will be updating this page frequently, so bookmark this page and check back regularly for up-to-the-minute party updates!!!!
Warner Bros. Presents: Extra at Comic Con
Couldn’t get into Comic-Con but still want to enjoy the fun? Thank God for major studios expanding beyond the convention center and giving everyone an opportunity to catch the madness! For the first time ever, Warner Bros. Entertainment will present Extra at Comic-Con®, a free outdoor entertainment festival happening in San Diego’s Bayfront Park July 12–14. Bayfront Park is located between the San Diego Convention Center and the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel. So even if you are going to #SDCC – you can walk on over and catch a break w/all of us badge-less folk! For more information and schedules, please visit WB’s Comic Con site.
Bringing back the spirit of creativity in comics, animation, graphic design, fine art and more, Tr!ckster is back and taking over Wine Steals/Proper in East Village (795 J Street – next to the ballpark)! Their mission? To promote creator-owned art, a feature of Comic-Con that seems to have been lost in the shuffle of recent popularity. The shop is free and open to the public w/events and signings throughout the week.
In addition to the pop-up shop is Tr!ckster Symposia, a series of creative workshop discussion groups held twice a day, Thursday through Saturday. This is no ordinary sit-down panel – expect to be fully engaged in discussions and debates about film, comics, and art. And for you alcohol lovers out there, wine will be readily available! For ticket and schedule info, visit the Tr!ckster Symposia website.
Zombie Walk: San Diego
Oozing wounds, rotting body parts, and a taste for brains – who doesn’t love dressing up as the undead and scaring off the living?! 2012 marks the 6th year of Zombie Walk: San Diego at Comic-Con, and trust that this Zombie Walk will be one to remember! With each walk, the number of zombie attendees increases – and one can only imagine what horrifying presence they will bring to the Gaslamp Quarter this year! For more info, check out their website or their Facebook Invite page. And yes kids, there will be an after party you will NOT want to miss! Scroll onto the parties in this post for more info on the after party at Voyeur!
The Walking Dead Escape
In all seriousness – what would you do during a zombie apocalypse? Would you run? Would you seek higher ground? Do you think you’d be prepared for a world overrun by zombies? Find out at The Walking Dead Escape – quite possibly the most exciting and terrifying offsite event this year at #SDCC! Zombies will invade San Diego’s Petco Park for 3 days, and you have the option of becoming a survivor, walker, or spectator. Survivors get to navigate through the extensive obstacle course (complete w/FEMA resupply depot!), walkers become the undead, and spectators get to party and watch the devastation (think if Hunger Games were about zombies). Tickets are rather pricey, but well worth it! For tickets, information, and to see the obstacle course – check out their website.
Just a few blocks away from the famous Comic-Con is Gam3rCon! Held at the 10th Ave Theater, Gam3rCon is a great alternative for those who are more about gaming (from video games to traditional card games) or for those who were not quick enough to snag Comic-Con passes! Gam3rCon has all the essentials: exhibitors, panels, parties, and even live theater. Visit the Gam3rCon website for more information on registration!
PARTIES!!! PARTIES!!! PARTIES!!!
THURSDAY, JULY 12TH
Wikia + LA Times Hero Complex + IMAX Party
6pm at Hard Rock’s 207
COST: Free w/RSVP RSVP BY 7/10!!!
Wikia – together with the Los Angeles Times’ Hero Complex – is throwing a party at Comic-Con on Thursday, July 12th and you’re invited (plus a friend)! That is, if you RSVP in time to be added to the guest list! Once added, details will be sent to you. RSVP does not guarantee admission, once the venue reaches capacity – you’re out of luck! Last Hero Complex party I attended included open bar and an appearance from Stan Lee! Cross your fingers that you get to rub elbows w/more comic and pop culture industry greats!
Doors at 8:45, Screenings at 9:30pm and 10:30pm at Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
COST: Free w/RSVP
EDM fans are you ready for this one-of-a-kind experience? This is THE event you are going to want to attend, and trust me you better get on this before space fills up! This is the IMAX Remix event featuring none other than progressive house producer Glenn Morrison! Watch as he spins LIVE to remixed IMAX movie scenes, inside the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. Yes! The dome! Not some dinkie IMAX theater – the DOME! And to pump you up for the night, there will be complimentary treats as well as OPEN BAR! IMAX will be hosting two screenings for this event on July 12th, so you have the option of viewing the screening at 9:30pm or 10:30pm. Doors open at 8:45pm – and if you need a ride, IMAX has scheduled pickups at six different locations. Seriously, if you want to kick off your Comic Con in a trippy house fashion, you’re going to want RSVP now!
To RSVP, click this link REQUEST AN INVITATION HERE.
Stan Lee’s Comikaze Celebrity Industry Party
9pm at Spin Nightclub
Come party with Stan Lee and all his pals at Comic Con! Stan Lee and his Comikaze Crew are taking over Spin and bringing in live musical performances by DJ GIGI, DJ J-Rocc from Beat Junkies, Devo cover band Smart Patrol and 80′s old school hip-hop icon Egyptian Lover. Special performances include Dazzler and Jem and The Holigrams. Show up in cosplay for a chance to win $500 – all those who dress up get a special prize as well! Free shuttle service is available. More info and tickets can be found here.
Rips Entertainment Presents: Red Matter, Misc. Ailments, The Young Rapscallions, and Her Crimson Love
9pm at The Griffin
I’m giving you a huge tip right now, and if you are a fan of the movies “Superbad,” “Kick-Ass,” and “Role Models” – you’re going to want to be at The Griffin on Thursday night! Before I go on, let me insist that you go to this event to support our local music. Taking stage will be newcomers Red Matter; good + familiar faces Misc. Ailments; and the lovely rockers Her Crimson Love (the headliners of the night). They’re ready to have a good time, and they want you to have a good time w/them! Which brings me to another band that is ready to party with you! If you haven’t already figured it out, Christopher Mintz-Plasse (aka McLovin) will be at the Griffin, performing w/his band The Young Rapscallions! Common courtesy would be to go to this show w/good musical intentions, not because of celebrity fame… but come on! Who wouldn’t be curious to see McLovin’ on the drums? But seriously, come support San Diego talent and check this show out. McLovin’ is the pop culture icing on the cake.
Versus World Presents “Heavy Metal” Magazine 35th Anniversary Celebration
8pm at Haunted Hotel
COST: Invite Only
If you’re looking for a comic industry party, head over to the Haunted Hotel for “Heavy Metal” magazine’s 35th Anniversary Celebration, presented by Versus World and Dig Deep Entertainment. This party is going to get weird – but what would you expect from the inside of San Diego’s Haunted Hotel? In addition to the Comic Con party standards (dancers and cosplayers) keep your eyes peeled for sideshow talent and little people roaming about the hotel! Creature cocktails, a Coffin Case giveaway (for your guitar), and special surprise guests are also to be expected. This is an “invite only” party – but if you’re really into science fiction and fantasy, “like” Dig Deep Enterntainment and see how you can get involved (or if they’ll let you in on the guestlist)!
VH1 Classic’s Official Comic-Con Attendee Welcome Party: “Dawn of the Con”
5:30-11pm at Petco Park
COST: Free w/Comic-Con Attendee Badge
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: with all of the offsite events and parties, a Comic-Con pass is not really necessary. That said, dammit! I wish I had a Comic-Con badge! Kicking off Comic Con w/style is VH1 Classic‘s first ever Official Comic-Con Attendee Welcome Party: “Dawn of the Con.” This event is free but is EXCLUSIVE to Comic-Con badge holding attendees only. So if you were lucky enough to score yourself a badge (or borrowed one from a friend) catch Rob Zombie host “Dawn of the Con” – a night full of fantasy, science fiction, monsters, and heavy metal. Expect music, giveaways, photo ops, and a Comic-Con favorite: a T-shirt bar where you can choose limited-edition custom shirt designs that will be pressed on the spot.
The Fresh Yard x Armory x El Dorado Comic Con Kick Off Party
9pm at El Dorado
Alright, to be honest I saw “Giveaways from tokidoki” and I was already sold! I’m trying to hold in my girl-geek excitement here! Alright, I will say it, tokidoki is kawaii as fuck (super cute if you didn’t get that)! Yes please! Top it off, this party is at one of my favorite bars in San Diego! The Fresh Yard, Armory, and El Dorado present to you their Comic Con Kick Off Party at El Dorado sponsored by tokidoki. Aside from the giveaways, The Fresh Yard and Armory promise to give you a night filled w/music from special guest P-Trix and sets from local faces Cros1, Norm Rocwell, and Daeta.
6pm at Ivy Rooftop at Andaz Hotel
After you hit the con on Thursday, before you head to the million other parties, stop by the beautiful roofdeck at the Andaz Hotel for a drink, a bite to eat and a chance to see Josh, Conor and Ron from iFanboy as well as other members of the iFanbase. No RSVP required.
FRIDAY, JULY 13TH
Adult Swim Presents: Metalocalypse Dethklok Show
7pm at USS Midway
If there is one thing I know about Comic Con parties, it’s that Adult Swim knows how to throw the BEST ones! This year, Adult Swim is going big – and this is no event for the faint of heart! Metalocalypse fans get ready, because you’re about to get your face melted by Dethklok! And this is no ordinary performance, this show is set on the USS Midway! How many times can you say you thrashed on an aircraft carrier? This is pretty much your only chance! The Adult Swim event w/Dethklok is completely free, and completely booked! Did you get your RSVP in time? No? Sucks to be you! Just kidding! Keep checking Adult Swim’s Facebook and Twitter – they may release more RSVP’s soon or may do a giveaway.
IHEARTCOMIX + SPIN MAGAZINE Present: ANDREW WK (full band) + Peanut Butter Wolf + HOTTUB + Alexander Spit + Franki Chan
21+; 8PM at 4th&B
COST: $22 adv
Once upon a time, before Comic Con was insanely huge, I would attempt cosplaying as a Suicide Girl in the hopes of getting into parties for free. I think this plan only worked once. These days I leave cosplaying to the professionals – but when a huge party featuring Andrew WK, Peanut Butter Wolf, Hottub, Alexander Spit, and Franki Chan shows up to town AND there is a cosplay contest involved, you know I am down for it! This party is already set to get crazy (if you’ve never been to a IHEARTCOMIX Comic Con party – y’all be trippin’ balls), showing up in full on Stormtrooper, Disney Princess, Avatar (The Last Airbender or James Cameron alien) only seems appropriate! In case you haven’t figured it out yet, Meltdown Comics, Bubble Punch, and yes – the Suicide Girls will be hosting a cosplay contest at the IHEARTCOMIX + SPIN party. So if you aren’t going to be participating in the masqurade over at #SDCC, make your way over to the IHEARTCOMIX + SPIN party. You already know the music will be a million times better! BUY TICKETS
Comedy Central Present’s: Workaholics Happy Hour
2pm at Hard Rock’s FLOAT
I don’t know what kind of party this will be – but if it’s related to Workaholics, than it better be a rager complete w/Juggalos and Blake stripping out of a cop uniform! I also expect good drink specials – none of this “Comic Con Inflation Price” bullshit. Don’t call it a happy hour if it isn’t! ANYWAY – if you are a fan of Workaholics, get to Hard Rock’s FLOAT by 2pm! This event is free to anyone 21+, so it will most likely fill up! First come first serve, and remember: “… If you don’t sweat in your crack, you’re not doing it right!”
Roddenberry Comic-Con Party 2012
7pm at FLUXX
COST: Free w/RSVP – EVENT FULL
Science fiction entertainment company Roddenberry is throwing a huge science fiction bash at FLUXX on July 13th at 7pm. Unfortunately, this party was leaked early and the event is entirely full! But if there is a will there is a way, so if you want to be able to get your science fiction party on at FLUXX, might I suggest you visit the Roddenberry Booth inside Comic-Con (#2543) and make friends w/those at the booth? Who knows – they might be giving out passes out to the party!
FEARnet’s Con of the Dead #ZOMBIFYSDCC Zombie Walk After Party
6pm at Voyeur
COST: Invite Only **UPDATE** There will be 3hrs of OPEN BAR!
Leading horror cable station FEARnet is teaming up w/Capcom and Resident Evil 6, as well as MPI’s Dark Sky Films to host “Con-of-the-Dead” a party and experience catering both to fans and industry insiders alike. Expect to see demo stations featuring Resident Evil 6, a VIP suite from Dark Sky Films, music spun by DJ Amanda Jones, a “zombie-fied’ photo booth and more! Sound exciting? Here’s the catch – this event is INVITE ONLY*.
*If you’re not industry enough to get on this horrifically exciting party, then you’re going to have to do the following: participate in the 6th Annual Zombie Walk: San Diego. FEARnet has teamed w/Zombie Walk San Diego, and is allowing 300 participating zombies to win admittance to this party. More details on how to win will be announced soon – so keep checking ZombieWalk: San Diego’s After Party Info for updates!
Super Magic Funtime Unit
7pm at 5&A Dime
One of our favorite neighborhood shops, 5&A Dime, has teamed up w/Arizona based Lulubell Toys to bring you a fun night filled w/food, drinks, and unique vinyl toys! Artists Grody Shogun, Paul Kaiju, and Veolcitron will be in attendance – so come stop on by and check out the cool art in the form of vinyl! Tip: If it’s anything like 5D’s other parties, drinks should be on the house ;)
World Famous Superhero Pub Crawl
12pm at Participating Venues
COST: $2 for Day All Access Pass $1 for Friday
I’m sure we’ve all seen our share of crazy pub-crawls in the past – but nothing quite beats seeing childhood superheroes struggling to hold their beer and liquor! Don’t superheroes know not mix their drinks? Take part in this two-day superhero drunken event brought to you buy PubCrawls.com and purchase tickets on their Eventbrite!
He-Man.org’s SDCC Power Party
7pm at Hennessey’s
COST: Free (Hennessey’s Main Bar Only) $40 for VIP
Who remembers He-Man, She-Ra, and The Masters of the Universe? If you were all about these cartoon heroes and their various offshoots – this is the party for you to attend! He-Man.org is hosting a party at Hennessey’s, w/live music from Past Action Heroes. VIP ticket holders will have access to the speakeasy, where guests will be allowed the opportunity to sit and enjoy complimentary finger foods and 5 drink tickets. To purchase VIP tickets, you MUST be a member of He-Man.org or be a guest or a registered member. For more information, visit He-Man.org.
Cotton Tail Massacre
Private Location Disclosed Upon Ticket Purchase
Remember those secret raves where you had to call a million people just to figure out the location? No? Alright, let’s pretend you do and you want to relive those days – or at least feel like you’re heading into a swinging speakeasy – by way of a Comic Con party of course! Located in a private warehouse 1 mile away from the San Diego Convention center (directions will be e-mailed to you) is the Cotton Tail Massacre. This semi-secret party will indulge all of your senses w/live art, performers, comic geeks, DJs, and whiskey bathers. Did you read right? Yes you did. I said whiskey BATHERS. This is a presale ticket only event, so if you want to experience weird art exclusivity, you best get on this! For more info click here.
SATURDAY, JULY 14TH
Nerdreactor.com + The Gamer Girls Present: MC Frontalot, MC Lars, Megaran, MC Chalkskin, and Devils Playground Burlesque
8pm at The Ruby Room
COST: $15 presale $20 at the door
If you’re not completely hungover from Friday’s parties and beat from the insanity that is Saturday inside Comic Con, then you must, must, MUST head over to Ruby Room in Hillcrest. It’s a bit of a drive away from the convention center, but Nerdreactor.com and The Gamer Girls are giving you a night you won’t ever forget! Nearly every geek dreams of having a Slave Leia show inside Star Wars’ Cantina – and on Saturday those dreams will most definitely come true! Devils Playground Burlesque is performing a special Star Wars show for you, and if you don’t believe the hype – then you best peep this video featured on G4! Tickets may be purchased at The Ruby Room site.
Club Sabbat: Hello Kitty vs Thundercats
9pm at Kitty Diamond
San Diego’s classiest gothic, industrial, and fetish night is hosting a Comic Con themed party fit for the feistiest felines! The claws are coming out at Club Sabbat, and they’ve got prizes ready for the best costumes (dressing in theme is encouraged but not required)! Both rooms of Kitty Diamond will be open to Sabbat this night. Front room DJs include: Robin Roth (91X, Sabbat, Ascension, Pussy Galore) and Liquid Grey (Sabbat, Spatuland, Cydonia) The back room DJ includes Diskdroid (Sabbat, Cydonia). For more information, visit their Facebook Invite.
Zero Fucks Given
7pm at 5&A Dime
They just don’t give a fuck! Host two parties during Comic Con weekend? Why not! 5&A Dime has always been a supporter of a good time and good art and design – having another event (in addition to the Super Magic Funtime Unit) would only be appropriate! On the evening of Saturday the 14th 5D along with Us Vs Them and Tribal, will be presenting Honkey Kong‘s first solo show. Kong’s self titled show is called “Zero Fucks Given” and he will be displaying an array of custom painted skateboards and prints. Food will also be provided (you bring the cash) by street cart Stand & Deliver, FREE BEER by Green Flash and a raffle. The festivities will kick off around 7pm so get there early because this is going to be a packed event. Peep the video to see what we’re talking about!
Indiegogo at Comic-Con
6pm at Wine Steals
It’s been a long day at Comic Con. You’re still wearing a costume and your fingers ache from blogging. Tired? Nope! Grab a drink with Indiegogo – the popular site that gets artists money to support their big dreams! Come hang out with Comic-Conners, past Indiegogo campaign owners, the folks from TR!CKSTER, and fellow artists and creators. It’s first come, first served — so RSVP now!
Wobble: Invaded by Unicorns
10pm at Spin
COST: $15 early bird tickets
It seems as if the world has been overrun by the zombie apocalypse – but must it always be about blood and gore? What about lights, music, and a little magic? Spin Nightclub is about to get mystical on Saturday night, and if the horror of the Con doesn’t seem to grab your attention, then perhaps a unicorn themed party will! Unicorns are invading Wobble – and they want to share w/you a world of underground music and fantastic visuals! The unicorns of art if you will. Wobble: Invaded by Unicorns promises to offer unique and mind blowing experiences w/special guest DJ Icey, Keith MacKenzie and Sue Cho of Illeven Eleven, as well as more fun from local acts and unicorn enthusiasts! Not only is Wobble set to be fantastically weird, but your attendance will also help make unicorn magic! Early bird tickets are available for $15 on their Eventbrite page, with profits going towards Charlie the Unicorn Art Car for Burning Man. Trust, Charlie the Unicorn Art Car looks quite impressive and if you want to learn more, please visit the Camp Charlie Facebook.
The Aquabats Super Comic-Con Show!
7:30pm at House of Blues (doors at 6:30pm)
COST: $18 Gen Admin, $20 Gen Admin Standing Day of, $54 Advanced 4-Pack
Those crazy Aquabats are back – and they’re ready to bring you their live action show right to you at the HOB! The Aquabats, a group of superhero rock musicians with their own television series on The Hub, are gearing up to bring you a night filled w/upbeat rock music that will get you jumping, moshing, and fighting evil alongside the superheroes! This will be a special Comic Con show, so if you’re a fan of The Aquabats! Super Show! – you’re not going to want to miss out on the crazy surprises they will have in store for you! It’s nothing but super hyperactive fun – and you can tell by my exclamation points! Tickets may be purchased right off of the House of Blues site.
Comic Con Odd Ball Party
7pm at JSix (rooftop of Hotel Solamar)
The event info claims that this party will be open to the public for the first time, which makes me wonder – is Syfy and Entertainment Weekly not having a party at JSix this year? Or have they bandwagon-ed the “Friday the 13th” Party Train? Either way, if you’re down for drinks and chilling w/other Comic Con odd balls, come check this party out! No lines, no cover, no pretense! Visit the JSix site for more details!
SUNDAY, JULY 15TH
6pm at Whiskey Girl
COST: $5 Donation suggested
When it comes to Comic Con after parties, there really aren’t any. Most of Hollywood has gone home, tourists are spent and want a chance to relax on the last day, and jaded locals impatiently wait to take back their city from the madness. But for those of you who want one last hurrah, there is the Comic-Concert! Celebrate surviving another year at the Con by listening to a night of geek rock at The Whiskey Girl. Live performances include zombie and Power Ranger favorites from Random Gibberish – and apparently there will be a SUPER SECRET MYSTERY BAND performing! I have no clue as to who this could possibly be, but if you’re looking to party with other pop culture enthusiasts on the final day of Comic Con, Comic-Concert is the place to be. For more info, please visit their FB invite page.
KEEP CHECKING BACK – We will be updating this guide as more event announcements are released!!!!
San Diego Comic-Con International 2012 Events listing & #SDCC after parties