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How To Enjoy San Diego’s Comic-Con Without A Badge

How To Enjoy San Diego's Comic-Con Without A Badge

How To Enjoy San Diego's Comic-Con Without A Badge


James Hay, creator, San Diego Comic Con Offsite Events List

Nina Garin, arts calendar producer, KPBS

Belle Benson, costumer


Gone are the days when everyone who wanted to go to Comic-Con International could do so easily. Badges sold out within an hour this year.

But fans still know how to have a good time at Comic-Con, even if they were not one of the lucky 130,000 winners of the ticket lottery.

San Diego Comic-Con veteran James Hay created a comprehensive list of events that anyone can attend without Comi-Con membership. This marks the fourth year for his San Diego Comic-Con Offsite Event List 2015. And the interactive version of the list on Facebook.

Hay said the number of events outside of the San Diego Convention Center have increased because of the limited number of badges sold.

“Comic-Con got big enough that you couldn’t walk up and get a ticket so people started expanding outside of it,” Hay told KPBS Midday Edition on Wednesday. “There were a lot of people who wanted to come down and have the experience but couldn’t go in.”

Hay lists more than 200 events on his website including kid-friendly festivities.

In addition, there are exhibits and events around town that aren't officially part of the convention, but are comic or pop culture themed. For example, the San Diego Symphony is holding two concerts this week celebrating the music of Pokemon and Star Trek.

And maybe the most fun you can have at Comic Con is dressing up, or if you're more of a people-watcher, you can enjoy the spectacle of costumes that parade in the streets, and fill the shops and restaurants around downtown.

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