Comic-Con Lodging and Accommodations in San Diego
Dates: o7/18 – 07/21
Location: San Diego Convention Center, Downtown San Diego
There’s nothing quite like the original Comic-Con, which takes place in the heart of downtown San Diego each year and will be coming to town July 18 – 21st in 2013.
Each year during Comic-Con, the city of San Diego pays homage to the superhero culture. Although Comic-Con has drastically expanded to include almost all forms of the latest and greatest entertainment, at its heart it is still a much beloved celebration of nerd culture.
Attendees of the show continue to exude their love of the fanboy (and fangirl) culture by dressing up as their favorite superheroes, comic book characters and media personalities. It’s not at all odd to see storm troopers, X-Men, Enterprise crew members and more walking down San Diego’s famed Gas Lamp district on their way to the San Diego Convention Center where Comic-Con is held each year.
While Comic-Con started out as a small event dedicated to selling and trading comic books, it has exploded into a multi-media frenzy that attracts A-list movie, television and music stars to its panels. Blockbuster celebrities, such as Johnny Depp, Robert Downy Jr., Colin Ferrell, and Kristen Stewart are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Hollywood personalities who make the trip down to San Diego each year.
While actors usually attract the most notice, there are many different classes of celebrities that make an appearance at Comic-Con, including top authors, comic book writers, producers, comic book artists, athletes, video game designers and many more who draw their own dedicated fans.
One of the most compelling aspects of Comic-Con is its heavy schedule of panel discussions and presentations, many of which include attendance by top celebrities. It has become commonplace for movie studios to use Comic-Con to offer first looks of a new movie or the next season of a hot show. Often these panels are staffed with lead actors, writers and directors who give hungry fans a look behind the scenes and answer questions.
It’s easy to get caught up in the glam, but Comic-Con tries to stay true to its original spirit by offering plenty of smaller panels that include discussions of comic books, fiction, action figures and many other topics. Many of the most ardent fans of the convention eschew the big name panels and seek these smaller, more intimate panels that dig deep into classic shows or niche topics within the comic book genre.
The Comic-Con exhibit hall is just something that needs to be experienced to believe. The crowds can be overwhelming, but it’s truly amazing to see the huge and ornate booths that many of the top media companies, like Sony, Nintendo, Disney, the CW, and more create. There are also plenty of booths that still hold true to the original intent of Comic-Con and sell used and new comics as well as action figures, figurines, t-shirts and just about everything in-between.
Comic-Con is truly out of this universe and worth attending at least once no matter what level of fan you consider yourself to be. Where else can you be the first to see the trailer to the biggest upcoming summer blockbuster, ask your favorite television star a question about the series, rub shoulders with storm troopers, and hear some of the greatest inkers talk about their craft, all on the same day?
Still looking for Comic-Con accommodations? If you’re planning on attending Comic-Con, don’t pay the high rates of nearby hotels. San Diego offers plenty of public transportation, which means you can find a great rental vacation property away from the madness and easily take the train or trolley to the convention center. Visit our vacation rental listings to see all the great lodging and vacation rentals that will make your Comic-Con vacation even better!