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Offsite & Non-SDCC Fan Events in San Diego This Week

20 July 2011 by

There are a lot of great fan events in San Diego this week, July 19 to 24. And not just the San Diego Comic-Con. If you’re in town for the mega fan event and looking for some offsite parties, or a local not attending but looking for something to do this week, here’s a quick look at what’s going on.

Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog – Live!

Stage adaptation of Joss Whedon’s internet film hit Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog. A great production directed and adapted for the stage by Andy Lowe. Live music, good talent, excellent effects and surprises. For those of you unfamiliar with Dr. Horrible, it’s a musical tragi-comedy about a supervillian’s origin. It features, among other things, and evil horse with a theme song and a love song about a freeze ray. Very family friendly and extremely fun.

10th Avenue Theater at 930 10th Avenue, between E Street and Broadway.

Tickets are $30 online and $35 at the door. See our review for full details and showtimes.

w00tstock 3.0

w00tstock is a variety show for the internet age. Hosted by Adam Savage (Mythbusters), Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: Next Generation), and Paul & Storm (musicians, often play with Jonathan Coultan). One day only at the superdome! By which I mean Thursday, July 21, at the Balboa Theatre (868 4th Ave). Tickets are currently on sale and run $44.75 after fees.


Gaming convention held over at the 10th Avenue Theater located, oddly enough, on 10th Avenue (between E Street and Broadway). Features all sorts of games from dice and board to video games and LAN tournaments. July 19-24


A sequential art convention featuring indie and self-published comic books, toys, animation, etc. Free to the general public with two ticketed symposiums each day, one of which has Mike Mignola on it. Also has free events like the Pen ‘N Drink. Held July 19 to 24 over on Harbor Drive in the San Diego Wine and Culinary Center.


The Third Annual Comic-Concert will be Thursday, July 21, over at The Stage (762 Fifth Avenue). Featured bands are Kirby Krackle, a nerd rock band from Seattle, and geek comedy band Random Gibberish. Tickets are $15 and venue is 21+.

Super Hero Party

The Waterfront Bar & Grill is having their first annual Super Hero Party on Saturday, July 23. Gift card to the first 20 people with Comic-Con badges. Costumes encouraged and their will be a cosplay competition later in the night. 21+ with ID. The Waterfront is at 2044 Kettner Blvd.

Gam3rs: The Play

One-man show about a geek trying to run the mightiest raid in MMORPG history while at work at his tech support job.

10th Avenue Theater at 930 10th Avenue, between E Street and Broadway.

See our review for full details and showtimes.

The Time Machine – The Comic-Con Steampunk After Party!

The Time Machine is a multimedia steampunk concert/show/party being held Saturday night, July 23, from 7:00pm to 1:00am. Features bands Abney Park and Unextraordinary Gentlemen. Hosted by DJ Professor Greyshade of Chrononaut (San Diego’s local semi-monthly steampunk party, kind of our Dorian’s Parlor). The event is over at Queen Bee’s (3925 Ohio St). Parking is nearby on 29th Street.

This is an all ages friendly event. Tickets are $27.

Not Enough Events for You?

There are many, MANY more offsite events for SDCC 2011. You can see a really good list over at San Diego Comic-Con Unofficial Blog. Like Syfy Cafe Diém and the Comic Vine SDCC Meet-Up. There’s lots of fun to be had even for those who couldn’t or just didn’t buy Con tickets this year.


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