San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) International
July 19-23, 2023
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA
One of a kind. The comic-con. A celebration of all things in pop culture of the highest caliber. It is larger than the Super Bowl and has often been compared to the Olympics in size and scope for the planners and the city. Extremely well organized. Programming includes comic book creators, popular TV shows, new movie previews, film school, film festival, live podcasts, and how to’s on everything from writing to costume design. A common problem is there are often too many choices – sometimes four programs all worth attending happen at once. A very large exhibit hall that is part comic book store, part toy store, part museum, part movie studio tour, and part cosplay party. The exhibit hall is the place to be if you are a completist-style collector. Many of the exhibitors have SDCC exclusives for sale from known brands such as Hasbro and Lego. The wealth of programming and things to do inside the convention center is only matched by the enormous amount of off-site events. The comic-con truly takes over the city of San Diego for that week.
TV and movie studios as well as all the major comic book publishers have embraced SDCC as a conduit to the fans. They present previews of new shows, sneak peeks of upcoming episodes, and panel discussions with show creators as well as the actors. It is rare for a show creator (aka showrunner/executive producer) to attend a panel at a con other than WonderCon Anaheim or San Diego Comic-Con International.
Ticket and Hotel Prices
NOTE: Discounts for junior, seniors and military. Children 12 and under are free.
Save this year’s hotel shuttle schedule PDF to use as a reference for next year’s hotel early bird sale to make your choice based on shuttle times.
If possible, do any participatory activity on Thursday or Friday. Each day the lines and wait times will grow.