Whether you have San Diego Comic-Con passes or not, going downtown during this event is quite an adventure!
This blog will include getting to Comic-Con, exhibits to see if you don’t have a badge, and an interview from a friend who attended the Terry and Bear panels.
Here are some tips on getting downtown and enjoying Comic-Con.
Getting downtown for Comic-Con
Of course you could drive to downtown San Diego in order to attend Comic-Con, but you’ll be fighting traffic and paying quite a bit for parking- if you can even find any!
Our preferred method to get to Comic-Con is taking the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) trolley.
The trolley schedule is altered for Comic-Con in order to accommodate the amount of riders headed to the event. Trolleys usually arrive within 7.5 to 15 minutes (depending on the time of day and station) so waiting for a trolley car isn’t a big deal. For SDCC 2016, this was the trolley schedule.
We drove and parked our car at Qualcomm Stadium. We find that this station has plenty of parking and is well-lit at night for our return to the car. It’s our go-to station.
Also, while riding the trolley we noticed the further we go west, the trolley car became crowded; so boarding at the stadium offers enough room to board. The Hazard Center station is another good one with ample underground parking.
You can purchase your ticket at the trolley station or buy a mobile ticket by using the mTicket app on your phone, as we did. The mTicket app is free, but there could be standard data and usage charges.
By using mTicket you can bypass the lines at the ticket machines/booths. According to the MTS website, “One-, two-, three- and four-day Trolley passes can be purchased for mTicket-supported events. Day passes are valid for the entire service day.” This is great for ComicCon whether you’re lucky enough to have purchased the full 4-day SDCC badges or are just going for one day. A one-day ticket costs $5.50. Even though you can buy the mTicket prior to getting to the trolley station, mTickets are to be activated just prior to boarding the trolley.
You can purchase mTickets for up to 5 people on one device, but ALL riders must board together! Be sure your device’s battery doesn’t die as you will then be responsible to pay a cash fare or you may receive a citation. Maybe a screenshot of the activated ticket would be a good idea, just in case your phone dies during the day!
Mobile tickets are available for other special events in San Diego such as Charger, Padres and Aztec games. The mTicket app has an up-to-date list of events.
If you don’t want to use your phone to purchase tickets, you can get your ticket at the automated ticket machine for $7 or the cash car for $6.
Get off at the Convention Center station and you’re at the scene of Comic-Con!
So Much To Do Outside of SDCC
Of course, pubs and restaurants are open during Comic-Con, many with Comic-Con specials. There are also special booths, photo ops, and events going on around the downtown area!
We visited the Batman vs. Superman Fan Experience in the Gaslamp Square. There were photo ops with the Superman statue and Batmobile.
There were several free items being passed out- we just HAD to get the Wonder Woman headband!
Then we were ready to head over to find the Wonder Woman Invisible Jet Display at Island and 6th Ave. The Wonder Woman movie is scheduled to be in theaters on June 2, 2017.
With a simple #WonderWoman75 hashtag post on Instagram you could get a sticker print-out of your photos!
In addition to the invisible jet, they also had a few Wonder Woman paintings. A group of female superheroes came by to pose with fans as well!
While walking down the sidewalk we spied a sign for a free Star Trek art exhibit.
The window at Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts studio read “Star Trek: 50 Artists. 50 Years. Art Exhibit.” Well, since Outlander Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore had worked on Star Trek: Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and other Star Trek projects in the past, we went in to check out the art work!
This following piece was one of our favorites: an illustration of the sad fate of the “Red Shirts” that tend to die on Star Trek expeditions.
Of course, people watching is always great fun at Comic-Con! There are so many different and creative costumes and show/movie promotional characters out and about.
At Comic-Con many shows and movies are being promoted. Characters walk around the streets attracting attention, such as Sharknado above. Others have specific billboards and even interactive events and displays, such as Wonder Woman’s Invisible Jet Display and the Batman vs. Superman Fan Experience we described earlier.
We were excited to see one up-and-coming television show that carries our own name: Timeless! It premieres October 3 on NBC.
As described by Movie Pilot, “The Timeless Experience casts Comic-Con guests as new employees at Mason Industries, a fictitious company from the show responsible for creating a time machine. As you enter the experience, you’re shown a series of documents referencing famous historical events, but it looks as though they’ve been slightly altered. You learn that one of the company’s time machines has been stolen, and are tasked with traveling through history to track down the culprit. After a quick trip through time, you learn that history has in fact been changed. Naturally, you’ll have to watch Timeless to see exactly what happens — and to see if future world-changing events can be prevented.”
As we walked around inside and outside of the Convention Center, a variety of freebies were being passed out, again to promote a show, movie or product.
At the end of the day we relaxed at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Pool Club. We had a beautiful view of the sunset and were able to chat with Outlander friends that had also made their way to San Diego Comic-Con 2016!
Until San Diego Comic-Con 2017…slainte mhath!
Inside Comic Con 2016: Seeing Bear and Terry’s Panel
Although we didn’t get a badge for any of the panels, one of our dear friends did. Here’s our interview of her experience.
Sass3: Hello Susie! Would you tell our readers a bit about yourself and when you found Outlander?
Susie: Well, to start off my name is Susie Young. I’m a Mom of four adult children and a grandmother of four. I work full time in the hospitality industry in San Diego. I started reading the Outlander books in 2004. Being part of the Outlander fandom has been a joy as I have met some fantastic ladies that share my obsession.
Sass3: We heard that you attended Comic Con 2016 this year. Would you share your Outlandish experience?
Susie: Why, yes! At Comic Con this year I was able to see Bear McCreary; he was solo so no panel which was outstanding! He gave us some insights as to how he comes up with his compositions for certain scenes. He went over four of them with us. We watched each one first without musical score. Then he asked the audience to tell him how we felt while viewing each scene. For example, did we feel anticipation, fear, anxiety, apprehension, and so forth? Then he went back and played the scenes with the music he had composed for each one.
Sass3: We know he composes for other shows. Did he share scenes from different shows?
Susie: Oh yes. He went over Agents of Shield, Battle Star Galactica, Outlander and a scene in the movie 10 Cloverfield Lane. It was so interesting to see his thought process and how he works. He explained to us how he breaks down the scene to compose his music. The scene he went over from Outlander was from episode 8, “Both sides Now,” when Claire sees Craig Na Dun and run towards it. Frank is also going up the hill and is going towards the stones. It was interesting to see it without any sound and then when it was played again with the soundtrack.
Sass3: How is Bear to his fans? Did he do a meet and greet?
Susie: Bear himself was very sweet, open and charming. After speaking, he took time to sign autographs and take pictures with everyone. I was able to take a photo with him. It was a great experience for me as I never have been a real fan girl. But, now with Outlander, what’s not to love about it? Even at my age, I’m having a blast! (Susie giggling)
Sass3: We also heard that you were lucky enough to attend Terry Dresbach’s panel. Tell us about that experience.
Susie: Terry’s panel was “Dressing the characters: The Designers behind the Costumes.” On the panel was Terry Dresbach from Outlander, Ann Foley of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Giovanna Melton of Agent Carter, and Luis Sequeria from Strain. The panel started with snippets of the costumes each designer had for their respective show or movie.
Sass3: Did Terry discuss or show any of her costumes?
Susie: (nodding yes) For Outlander she showed the following costumes: Master Raymond’s, THE red dress, the dressage dress, the beige and black cocktail dress, Jamie’s, and Comte costumes. The other shows were also shown, and Agent Carter had all the 40’s look to them. All the others were of the sci-fi genre.
Sass3: We heard Terry talked about how she got started in the industry. Would you tell us about that?
Susie: The panel went over how they all got started in the industry and how they first got their break into the business. Terry went over how she never sews and only designs as she stated she doesn’t really know how to sew. (Susie smiles) Terry went on to discuss her first sewing disaster which happened to be one of my own (see explanation below). There were many in attendance that were there to find out how to get into the business and wore costumes that they made. The audience was comprised mainly of Outlander fans.
Sass3: You had the opportunity to speak to Terry. What was your conversation like?
Susie: They later had an autograph signing and it was there that I was able to get Terry’s autograph and speak to her briefly. (Susie sits up proudly) I told her about when I was sixteen in the 60’s and would sew to make extra money. I had described to her that I had made a pair of psychedelic pants so they would glow under the black lights. I wore them to a teen dance. I told her I would never forget it as a popular group of the era “The Strawberry Alarm Clock” was playing. As I was out on the dance floor I felt a sudden breeze. (Susie laughs out loud) I then realized that I had forgotten to sew my pants and that they had a basted stitch holding them together. Needless to say, she (Terry) nodded and laughed as that was also her first sewing disaster: Forgetting to sew your basted stitch.
Sass3: Thank you for chatting with us. Let’s end the interview with three words that best sums up your experience at the panels.
Susie: (scratching her head) A great question, hmmmm…I was inspired by their talent. …amazed at their artistry and feel the anticipation of what’s to come. Those are my words: inspired, amazed, and anticipation.
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