Well, we've spent the past week giving you detailed previews about what to expect from this year's San Diego Comic Con when it comes to films, television, comics, and various exclusives, but now it's time to take a step back and look at everything else this show has to offer...as written by a man who admittedly has never been to any incarnation of Comic Con before.
But now that I've had an insane load of various panels, programs and events dumped into my lap to look at, it actually did get to me thinking that as a first-timer of sorts, what could the behemoth that is SDCC offer that tickles my fancy the most? Where would I go there, assuming I also had infinite money and could be in two places or more at the same time? Well, let's take a look and find out, and maybe highlight some places all of you had best check out as well...
1. The Ubisoft Assassin's Creed Obstacle Course
You may get to play some bits of Assassin's Creed: Unity at the show, but now you also get to experience the real deal (sort of) with a full-on parkour-ish obstacle course! Complete a full-on variety of obstacles including a 25-foot Leap of Faith (that disappointingly does not have you landing in a hay-filled cart) in order to win yourself an AC:U t-shirt and live the full assassin experience, which apparently consists of 50% parkour, 50% Wipeout obstacle course, and 0% actual assassinations. Come for the challenge & for what will no doubt be a large amount of female contestants determined to complete the course just to spite the hell out of Ubisoft (can't blame 'em)!
(MLK Promenade Park, taking place all day from the 24th to the 27th)
2. The Gotham Zip-Line
To help promote the upcoming Gotham live-action show, Fox has set up a 30-foot-high and 130-foot-long zip-line designed to send you zooming above the Gotham City landscape in order to help fans, in their own words, "channel their inner superhero"...which is kind of odd given how heavily they've tried to emphasize that this isn't a Batman show. Then again, maybe the GCPD in this incarnation just tends to use zip-lines in duty a lot more often. Oh great, now I've imagined a show in my head called Zip-Line Cops that I know is too awesome to exist. Happy now, Gotham?
(Between the SD Convention Center and the Hilton Bayfront Hotel, taking place all day between 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM from the 24th to the 27th)
3. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Laser Tag
Yes, 2K, Gearbox, and The Nerdist have teamed up to give you a chance to shoot Chris Hardwick in the balls! Even though, since this is laser tag, it won't do any actual harm. Oh well, nice effort. Anyhow, come celebrate the upcoming release of the new Borderlands game by participating in one of many 25-on-25 team battles and then sticking around for live stage shows and an oxygen bar which ties into the game's "moon" theme and will thus provide you with a new way to lift up your spirits after being crushed by an opposing team members who offed you & then pretended to shoot you in the nuts for humiliation.
(Petco Park, taking place all day between 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM from the 24th to the 27th)
4. Artists' Alley
Well, seeing as how deviantART is the other website I have open in my browser 24/7, I kind of feel obliged to point out that they're sponsoring Comic Con's Artists' Alley for the fourth year in a row. Come one, come all and meet some of the most talented artists and illustrators working in all forms of genre fiction today, and also Rob Liefeld for some damn reason. I could think of least twenty other artists from DA alone that deserve to be there instead, and I should be highlighting those artists, but that's kind of another story. Besides, DA has assembled their own legion of superstars for a panel on how to build your fan following amongst several other how-to events, including Stanley "Artgerm" Lau, Wenqing "yuumei" Yan, & Stjepan "nebezial" Sejic, among others. So come on down, prepare to have your eyes amazed, and make sure to have some tomatoes ready for Mr. Liefeld.
(Taking place from the 24th to the 27th, 9:30 AM to 7:00 PM (5:00 PM on the 27th))
[Editor's note: Rob's a friend, and I would only bring tomatoes to him as a juicy snack. Not responsible for the rest of you -LYT]
5. Mattel and WWE: Over-the-Top-Action!
Well, the last time we saw one of Mattel's WWE toys on the site, it featured Randy Orton wrestling a gorilla in a cage by slingshotting himself at it. So while Hulk Hogan and Daniel Bryan will be popping by here along with Michael Cole and Paul Heyman, I'm afraid I'm going to be disappointed unless either of them also debuts playsets featuring themselves where they wrestle gorillas. I will settle for them wrestling the yeti, the Jersey Devil, or a bear, though.
(Room 6DE, July 24th from 10:15 AM to 11:15 AM)
6. NASA's Next Giant Leap
Well, seeing as how this is the 45th anniversary of the moon landing, it only seems fair to pay tribute to one of the most defining moments of science that capped off the legendary Space Race and opened up doors for countless possibilities of things to come. I don't necessarily know if Seth Green was the best choice to lead this tribute, but whatever; you still get to hear about NASA's possible plans for the future from Dr. Jim Green and Bobak Ferdowsi, along with legendary astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Mike Fincke. So basically, even if we don't get around to discussing the likes of moon pizza and such, it should still be a stimulating discussion indeed.
(Room 6A, July 24th from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM)
7. George R. R. Martin Discusses In the House of the Worm
The legendary George R. R. Martin drops buys for a Q&A to discuss his upcoming In the House of the Worm comic book, his various novels, various projects in the works, & maybe his deep-seated desire to punch the one guy there who just has to make a joke about him being late. We get it, buddy, and we get that MTV doesn't play music videos anymore. Also, maybe he'll discuss wieners.
(Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, July 24th from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM)
8. The Fusion of Art and Style in Sunset Overdrive
YES, MAYBE I WILL MARRY SUNSET OVERDRIVE, THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!...*clears throat* Okay, I know I may have been a bit of a strong supporter of this game for the past year, albeit very slightly, but I have my reasons for believing in this game. And go figure, you get to see several of those reasons on display here as Sunset Overdrive's creative team gives us an insight into the game's acclaimed art style and signature look, complete with new gameplay footage and a truckload of Batman-style onomatopoeia. Come for the awe-inspiring visuals and then go check out the game and score some free energy drinks, classy t-shirts, and maybe one of those kick-ass Mondo posters! Fizzie demands that you celebrate consumerism anyway, so why not?
(Room 5AB, July 24th from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM)
9. MTV Fan Fest & Fandom Awards with Linkin Park
...Yeah, look, I'm basically contractually obliged to mention this (in other words, an MTV exec has a gun to my head), hence why it's here. In reality, best to avoid this show. The fact that MTV thought the band who performed the theme songs for every Bayformers film would be appealing to your average Comic Con attendee and that mtvU figured that The Fault In Our Stars, Glee and Pretty Little Liars have fandoms that could potentially be more deserving of praise than anything else geekdom has was bad enough, but having an award for the animated series with the best fandom and not including My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic?? Now that's just insulting. I think you made some people here cry, MTV. Shame.
(Petco Park, July 24th at 5:00 PM)