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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…

HBO Comic Con Product

The HBO Shop is back at Comic Con with an even larger selection of merchandise! Located at the IDW Booth #2643, the shop will be featuring new product from hit programs including Game of Thrones(r), True Blood(r) and Eastbound & Down(r)!

New Exclusive Product Includes:

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“V-MODA for True Blood” REVAMP Headphones: REVAMP, the new metal in-ear headphones from the V-MODA for True Blood line, will debut exclusively at Comic Con.

Convention goers will have the first opportunity to purchase these sleek, high-end earbuds, available in limited quantities, for a special discounted price of $99.99.  The pulse pounding synthesis of sound, style and comfort is designed for mobile beings whose lives begin at night.  The True Blood branded earbuds feature a host of detachable sport earhooks, four pairs of silicone fittings, carrying pouch and universal compatibility with devices with a 3.5mm port. More details available upon request.

True Blood “Show Your True Colors” Triptych Poster: Trubies can show their “True Colors” with this exclusive poster featuring all three sexy photos from the show’s fourth season marketing art.  The poster is

11×17 and retails for $10.

Game of Thrones Paperweight:  A limited quantity of this wonderful fan collectible will debut at this year’s Comic-Con. The Iron Throne is made of poly-resin, is approximately 5″ high and 4.75″ wide and weighs less than two pounds.  A perfect desk accessory, the paperweight will retail for $60.00.

 Game of Thrones Calendar: The Game of Thrones 2012 calendar will be available at the shop as a gift with purchase item.  Consumers who spend $30 on Game of Thrones merchandise will receive the calendar, which includes images of all the key characters and beautify scenery from the show, for free.

Eastbound & Down Kenny Powers Bobblehead T-Shirt: Is there anyone cooler than Kenny Powers?  Fans of the outlandish comedy series Eastbound & Down can now sport the new Kenny Powers Bobblehead tee.  The shirt ($25.00) features an image of the new Kenny Powers booblehead premiering at the BifBangPow! booth.  Made of resin and measuring approximately 6 3/4-inches tall, the bobble head features Kenny Powers on his “The Panty Dropper” watercraft wearing sunglasses and a white jacket with “Flama Blanca” on the back.  The bobblehead is an exclusive Comic Con preview selling at booth #2343 for $15.00.


*All product will begin selling at The HBO Shop online

(<>) starting on Monday, July 25, 2011.

CNET and GameSpot Invite You To The CNET Base Station

CNET and GameSpot are inviting Comic-Con attendees to recharge and refuel at The CNET Base Station featuring GameSpot, on Thursday, July 21st and Friday, July 22nd from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Located at Lou & Mickey’s restaurant across from the San Diego Convention Center, the CNET Base Station will give fans the chance to recharge their gadgets, refuel with complimentary food and drinks, and enjoy a special appearance from Star Trek’s Orion Slave Girls (11 AM to 12 PM on Thursday, July 21).

 Video game fans will also be able to play some of the hottest video games on PS3 and XBOX 360 in the GameSpot Game Room, including a first-look at Ace Combat: Assault Horizon, not scheduled for release until the fall.

 The venue will feature free Wi-Fi, a social media lounge and photo booths so fans can share their Comic-Con experience with friends everywhere. Additionally, fans who stop by will also have the chance to win one of eight raffle drawings, with prizes including tablets, gaming systems, cameras, and gift cards. Fans not attending Comic-Con still have a chance to win one of the prizes by logging on to CNET and entering the Superhero Sweeps:




  • LOCATION: Lou & Mickey’s, 224 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA


  • WHEN: Thursday, July 21 and Friday, July 22, from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Rock Band Annie Automatic Releases Limited Edition Comic Book


LA-based rock band Annie Automatic will release a limited edition comic book “Killer In Disguise” at Comic-Con starting Thursday, July 21. The concept for “Killer In Disguise” was created by French & Feldman, and the story and script was written by Sam Scott. The comic book gives fans an inside look to the heart and background behind the band.

 Lead singer and Annie Automatic visionary French stated, “‘Annie Automatic: Killer In Disguise’ is my way of diving into the story of our main character, and connecting with kids on another level. Getting it out there along with this new music too, I’m so excited to have been able to work with such talented friends and put something cool together that might be able to pull the readers and listeners into our world – where there’s never a shortage of action and mystery, and the soundtrack’s always moving in the background!”

 “Killer in Disguise” features a girl name Annie who faces a life full of conflict, running, hiding and revenge. The story illustrates Annie’s journey of rebellion from her mother and how she forms her own path. The comic book allows the audience to see another side to Annie Automatic and the story behind their music. Look for members of the Annie Automatic street team in San Diego this weekend to get a free, limited edition copy of “Killer in Disguise” at Comic-Con or purchase a copy online now at

 Annie Automatic’s lead single “Burn this Prison” is now available on iTunes and their first full-length studio album, Don’t Look Down, drops August 23, 2011.

 ANNIE AUTOMATIC is a colorful lunatic… She listens to her music loud, and takes her shoes off to dance. She’s the strange little animal inside all of us. The band strives for artistic honesty, and a level of fun and love that seems to be lacking in today’s Alternative Rock’n’Roll. ANNIE AUTOMATIC is about beauty, chaos and freedom. It’s about grabbing hold of the moment, and making it count. Let the madness in.

Live-Tout from Comic-Con – Send Live Video Updates from the Show in One Click!

The highly-anticipated comic and pop culture event of the year, Comic-Con, is this week. How are you going to keep your audience up-to-speed on all the exciting moments as they happen?

 We encourage you to consider using Tout to instantly share 15-second behind-the-scenes shots and sneak peaks of exclusive Comic-Con interviews on Twitter and Facebook.

 Tout is a social video platform whose mobile app (free for download on iTunes) enables iPhone (3GS or 4)/iPad 2 users to shoot 15-second real-time video status updates (or “touts”), which they can simply and instantly share on Twitter, Facebook, via email and SMS in one click. It’s the perfect social media video tool to enable you to share every Comic-Con notable moment with your audience…in real time!

 Tout catapulted to fame when Shaquille O’Neal used it to announce his retirement directly to his fans (view Shaq’s announcement on Tout here). Other early Tout adopters include a broad range of influencers, from ABC’s Good Morning America (view GMA’s first tout here on our FTP BowWow, QuestLove, Jabbawockeez and YouTube phenomenon Karmin, to Philippe Cousteau and Fran Tarkenton.

 For more information about Tout or how to use Tout, please check out or take a look at the two short videos that they put together:



WHEN:  Friday, July 22 6:45 PM

WHERE: HALL H, San Diego Convention Center

WHAT: Panel (presented with virtual drive-in and TUCKER & DALE vs. EVIL) and new trailer debut!

WHO:  The Vicious Brothers (written & directed by)




Locked in an actual abandoned mental hospital, the crew of a ghost-hunting reality show find themselves trapped in a psychotically endless and deadly labyrinth. Written and directed by The Vicious Brothers, Grave Encounters, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year, takes the found footage horror genre to a terrifying new level.