Don’t have a Comic Con Pass? YOU CAN STILL BE AT CON!

By David Burrola

Many people don’t have passes to Comic Con this year due to pre-sales going like the dodo before you could blink. But there’s still plenty to do down there in the downtown area even if you don’t have a pass.

 My colleague and I went about to see what was going on, and no not just in restaurants. We found several booths or awnings set up out and around the convention center with games and things featuring things that you’d see in side normally on the show floor. But it was all accessable to the public and there where many people promoting their restaurant’s there sure(free drinks!) but much of the other things outside where viral campaigns for movies, games and comics that you could actually see elsewhere.

 In one instance, you had people handing out flyers for the new Cowboys and Aliens film, with a link to a twitter account that if you followed it, you’d be updated with locations of people handing out t-shirts and possibly passes for a screening this weekend. In addition to that, we also found a bar that had been turned into a Saloon for the film. They had good beer.

 Sega had a building made out for them to showcase new games of various kinds including Sonic, Spiral Knights, Shinobi just to name a few. And Right next to them was a Marvel building with many other things going on there. But we didn’t have a chance to hit that one up at the time.

 Bioware also made a showing down by the trolly station right across from the convention center, where they are premiering the forthcoming game Mass Effect 3. That i’m stoked about.

 Near by there, was a stand that had a life sized model of a new cop car being used for the new Total Recall film with Colin Farrell.

 While a lot of these did lead themselves back into the Convention Center, there where still plenty to do outside and many places offering free drinks for a certain time to those who are 21 and older and also big geeks.

 If you don’t have passes don’t frett, there’s still plenty to do down here by the Con. Just take a trip down here have fun around, and talk to some geeks out here. Maybe even drink with a few. Responsibly.

 I can’t give any guarantees about myself in that situation though…

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