After a full day of panels behind me, I felt it best to explore the bounty of activities outside the San Diego convention center during Comic-Con 2013. This year, it seems as though there is twice as much to do than there was last year. It was a fun filled day full of video games, LEGOs, Comedy Central, and the SDCC Interactive Zone. Take a look at my Friday travels after the jump.
Since the Xbox lounge moved from the Hard Rock Hotel to the Manchester Grand Hyatt two hotels northwest of the convention center I figured that would be a great place to start the day. Since I wasn’t able to attend E3 this year, I made it a point to get my paws on the Xbox One. The controller did feel quite different and the game I played was Ryse: Son of Rome. It felt a bit unpolished and very much a demo, but the graphics were astounding.
Moving southeast to the Nintendo lounge, at the Marriott Marquis & Marina, I wanted to check out what sort of games they had available to play. The lines were way too long. So after a bit peering over the shoulders of gamers I moved onward toward the SDCC stronghold. And besides, I had to make it to Float atop the Hard Rock Hotel for Comedy Central’s Comedy-Con party to meet the Workaholics cast.
I had never been to Float before and it’s a pretty cool venue. i can see why San Diegans like to go here for Intervention Sundays. When I arrived the whole gang was there. Anders, Blake, Adam, and Kyle aka Carl were amongst the fans signing autographs and taking pictures while Key and Peele were walking around. I also got a great high-five from Yvette Nicole Brown who plays Shirley on Community.
After a nice afternoon of getting weird, I decided to mosey on over to the SDCC Interactive Zone. This little area next to PETCO Park had a smorgasbord of things to see and do. There was an awesome life-sized model of the Silver Samurai used in The Wolverine. I stopped first at the DC Universe tent which had tons of cool art and DC superhero themed cars. Next, I waited in-line for an exclusive early clip of Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity. The footage they showed looked unbelievable. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to check out the Adult Swim Funhouse; I’ll have to come back another day.
Capping off my day while the sun was still up, I stayed south of the convention center near the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. Here’s where I found the Teen Titans Go inflatables and the The Hobbit LEGO statues you can see below. (It makes me wonder how early they prepare and build all of these intricate LEGO setups.) With all sights seen, I noticed the Jackdaw, the pirate ship in the newest addition to the Assassin’s Creed franchise. The line was ginormous and it was getting late. Tomorrow will be a priority to see the ship.
That night was another evening full of parties, libations, and even a resident San Diego bum dressed as Captain America dancing in the middle of the street to “California Love” by the 2Pac. (Check out my buddies awesome video he shot and edited that highlights the shenanigans.) I attended Con of Darkness which was OK, but not as great as Con of the Dead from last year. I also stopped by The Chive benefit party where I had the fortunate chance to bump into the lovely Amie Lynn. The night ended with a platter of appetizers and new friends.
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