#10: What’s New and What’s Changed at Comic-Con!
Yesterday, we revealed this year’s Comic-Con Campus, the collection of programming venues in and around the San Diego Convention Center downtown. And with every new year comes some changes (and additions) to the Comic-Con experience. We’re going to try and list them all for you here.
One thing that has gone away: Marriott Hall. That venerable programming venue, which hosted Anime and Film Festival screenings and the Fulfillment Room for the past few years, has been torn down by the Marriott Marquis and Marina Hotel to make room for a bigger and better convention facility, which is still under construction. Because of that, some changes have been made to locations for various ongoing Comic-Con programs and events.
Our three Anime Screening Rooms have moved back to the Convention Center for 2015! You can find them on the Mezzanine level of the Center, in Rooms 16AB, 17A, and 17B. As always, Comic-Con will offer a complete schedule of Anime screenings into the wee hours of Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, plus screenings on Sunday and a few on Wednesday evening during Preview Night. The Mezzanine is accessible from the back of Exhibit Hall B2 (take the stairs, escalators, or elevator up on one floor), or from the upper level of the Center via the stairs, escalators, and elevator on the Bay side.
The Comic-Con International/Robert A. Heinlein Blood Drive will be located in the Manchester Grand Hyatt in Grand C, on the lobby level of the Harbor Tower. As in years past, you can visit the Blood Drive information desk in the Sails Pavilion at the Convention Center for more info, or schedule an appointment online to donate blood by clicking here to visit our Blood Drive page.
Comic-Con International Film Festival (CCI-IFF)
The screening room for the CCI-IFF has moved to the Manchester Grand Hyatt (Grand D, on the lobby level of the Harbor Tower). Once again, Comic-Con will offer 4 big days (and 3 big nights!) of screenings of the very best in genre films, plus panels (including the popular Comic-Con Film School each day) and the Sunday Awards ceremony.
Fan Group Meeting Rooms
A series of Fan Group Meeting Rooms are located in the Manchester Grand Hyatt, on the third level of the Seaport Tower of the hotel. To schedule a session in one of these rooms for your fan group, please contact email@example.com. Please email your day and time preferences with second and third choice options. You will receive an email confirming your time and room or a notice that all rooms are full within a few days of your submission.
In addition to nighttime film screenings in Room 4 at the Convention Center, Films has moved to the Manchester Grand Hyatt in Coronado DE on the 4th level of Harbor Tower, where they will be showing films from 10:00 AM until the proverbial wee hours on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Games has moved (big-time!) into the Manchester Grand Hyatt with a massive set of rooms at that hotel. You’ll find most of the tournament action at the Hyatt. Room 15AB at the Convention Center is still devoted to Games onsite at Comic-Con.
Comic-Con’s Hospitality Suite has also moved to the Manchester Grand Hyatt in Coronado AB on the 4th level of the Harbor Tower. The Hospitality Suite is open from 5:00 PM–2:00 AM, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. It’s the perfect place to connect with your fellow Comic-Con goers!
Programming Premiums (formerly the Fulfillment Room)
We’ve even changed the name on this one! In previous years, you went to the “Fulfillment Room” if you got a ticket for premium freebie items during a program or event. Now you can go to the Programming Premiums room at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. It’s located in Grand AB on the lobby level of the hotel. The Programming Premiums room will be open Thursday through Saturday, 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Sunday, 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
Other Manchester Grand Hyatt Events
The Manchester Grand Hyatt is also the home of the Her Universe Fashion Show on Thursday evening starting at 6:00 PM in the Harbor Ballroom on the 2nd level of the Harbor Tower, and the Xbox Lounge in the Seaport Ballroom, also on the 2nd level of the Harbor Tower. The Xbox Lounge is open Thursday through Saturday, 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Sunday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
NEW THIS YEAR!
Comic-Con is expanding our campus to the San Diego Central Library. This picturesque location will be home to two new panel rooms, which will run specific programming tracks featuring targeted content. In addition, the 9th floor Gallery is showcasing The Art of Comic-Con exhibition, running during Comic-Con 2015, and continuing through August 30.
The first new series of programs, devoted to education and literacy, will take place in the Shiley Special Events Suite on the 9th floor. This panel track will feature topics ranging from graphic novels for kids to using comics to teach math and science. There will also be panels geared towards librarians, looking at everything from community engagement to protecting comics in libraries. This track starts on Wednesday, July 8 and continues on Thursday, July 9, and Saturday, July 11. The room is closed on Friday and Sunday.
The second track of panels, dedicated to podcasts and web series, will take place in the Neil Morgan Auditorium, on the 1st floor of the Library. This state of the art space will feature comic and fandom podcasts on Thursday and Saturday, and a series of panels devoted to some of the most popular sci-fi web series on Friday.
The San Diego Central Library’s official address is 330 Park Blvd., but the quickest way to get there is to take the pedestrian bridge next to the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, which exits onto Park Blvd. Walk up to 11th Avenue and make a left and the Library will be in front of you, on your right. The entrance opposite 11th Ave. and K St. is where the Neil Morgan Auditorium is located. The 330 Park Blvd. entrance is on the opposite side of the building, adjacent to the trolley tracks.
Stay tuned for our complete programming and events schedule, plus the online version of our Quick Guide publication, which will answer all of your questions about the schedule and the locations of specific programs!
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