SDCC14: Adventure outside of the con and see some of the sights and sounds of a city transformed into a fantasy world


lyth-sdcc-logo-585-narrowerSan Diego Comic Con is known as the largest pop culture convention in the West. It’s an epic experience for anyone who enjoys movies, television, anime, video games and more. It’s a haven for those who may be known as nerdy elsewhere, a place to call home (for one week out of the year).

To an outsider, one might expect the excitement to be contained within the convention hall itself. However, for those who have experienced San Diego during Comic Con, it is evident that the former could not be more untrue. San Diego’s downtown area, known as the Gaslamp District, is transformed into a fantasy world of its own. Walking past the buildings wrapped in unique designs, restaurants turned into scifi locations and sets from movies or films, and installations such as a giant Godzilla and an Assassin’s Creed parkour course transport attendees to a world more like that which you would see in the media you’re there to celebrate.

Our team walked the streets of the Gaslamp District and the areas surrounding the convention center to document all of the goings-ons outside of the convention. From Sony’s Pixels Arcade and the Syfy’s Ascension Cafe to the numerous Terminus installations and the Gotham-styled trains, downtown San Diego was the place to be. Below is a gallery of the sights and sounds found during the convention:

For a closer look at San Diego Comic Con’s biggest attractions, ranging from the Assassin’s Creed parkour course to the Game of Thrones: Survive the Realm Experience, be sure to check out all of our San Diego Comic Con coverage.


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