Comic Con International takes place annually in July in sunny San Diego. The tradition started as a humble comic book and Sci-Fi convention in 1970 and has since expanded into a multi-genre production that is the largest of its kind. 130,000 fans from around the world–many dressed in full costume–participate in this 4-day event that now encompasses several pop culture themes, including anime, video games, fantasy novels and horror.
SDCC will celebrate its 48th annual conference this year. The convention will host panels, seminars, educational workshops, film screenings, games and costume competitions all centered around its comic theme. Notable directors, writers and creators will make appearance for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Oscars of the comics world.
This convention is every comic lover’s dream and the event sells out every single year. Here is your guide to Comic Con 2017.
Comic Con 2017 Details
When is Comic Con?
July 20-23, 2017
Preview night, an exclusive evening of interactive workshops for ticket holders, will be held on July 19th. Tickets are available during open registration.
Where is Comic Con?
Comic Con Tickets
Securing tickets to Comic Con is no easy feat, but with some planning and determination, you just might be able to gain access to one of the most anticipated comic book events of the year.
Tickets go on sale Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 9am PDT.
Here’s all the important info about buying a ticket and Comic Con registration:
1- Create a Comic-Con Member ID
2- Check that you have the recommended browser settings.
3- Conference registration opens at 9am PDT on April 8th.
4- Every registration requires a unique member ID, so if you’re buying tickets for a friend make sure you have their ID.
5- Once registered, your badge will be mailed to you. It is required to enter the event.
6- Badges are non-transferable, but Comic Con offers a refund policy.
Adults – $30-$60 per day
Juniors (13-17 years) – $20-$30 per day
Children 12 and under are free.
Where to Stay for Comic Con
Hotel prices will be at a premium (if they aren’t already sold out) during the event. Don’t lag on this part, secure a room ASAP!
On a budget? Why not take advantage of everything this city has to offer and save money by staying at a local hostel? Check out these highly-rated options:
Beach Bungalow Hostel – $64/night
Ocean Park Inn – $90/night
USA Ocean Beach Hostel – $79/night
Getting to and from Comic Con
Parking – Parking passes will be available for pre-sale by a third party source.
Shuttle – The official Comic-Con shuttle will transport registered attendees between the San Diego Convention Center and nearby parking facilities and hotels.
Trolley- The San Diego Trolley is inexpensive and has a stop just outside the convention center.
What to Bring for Comic Con
Your amazing costume
Small backpack for your valuables
Snacks & water
Backup phone charger
Comic Con Pro Tips
Eat before you go- the breakfast line is not worth the wait
Carry cash to avoid ATM fees
Bring snacks because convention center food tends to be bland and pricey
Avoid driving if you can and use alternative transportation
Follow @Comic_Con on Twitter to get live event updates
Create a schedule plan before going
Always ask before touching someone else’s costume (yes, it happens)
If you’re hoping to secure some exclusive swag from the booths, may the odds be in your favor!