5 signs San Diego Comic-Con is just weeks away

Comic-Con is less than one month away and San Diego is starting to show it.

With just weeks to go until the annual event which brings more than 150,000 people to the city, we wanted to give you a glimpse of how it’s unfolding in our own back yard. Literally. I can see the convention center as I type this from our downtown newsroom.

The San Diego Union-Tribune will be covering the event on our website and all over social media. Check back for live updates as Comic-Con 2018 unfolds from July 19 to 22.

We already have some coverage up and this is only the beginning.


As we wait for it to finally get here, we wanted to show you how the excitement is already building from the streets of San Diego to social media. Take a look.

1. How San Diego is looking

One of the most obvious signs that Comic-Con is nearly here shows up on what locals refer to as “the trolley.” San Diego Metropolitan Transit System wraps its trolley cars with advertisements and art from films and television shows.

As you can see from MTS’ Twitter account, the trolley is ready to go for Comic-Con.

You can also buy special trolley passes for the occasion, though the imagery doesn’t really reflect Comic-Con much.

2. The Con released some tips this week

When it’s about about one month away, Comic-Con begins releasing news, tips and information on its blog, “Toucan.”

It started pushing out updates on Tuesday, including a list of what to bring with you to the convention center in San Diego.

The list includes sunscreen, shipping materials, maps, batteries and chargers, autograph materials and more.

3. The exhibitor list is out

The Toucan blog has also published the official list of exhibitors and a map for how to find them. The massive exhibit hall is the place to find comics, art, action figures, industry information, video games and more.

The list includes AMC Networks, Cartoon Network, Comic-Con Museum, NASA, DC Entertainment, Lucasfilm.


4. Badges are on the way

For those outside of San Diego, getting your Comic-Con badge in the mail is the best indicator that it’s almost time for the big weekend. People are sharing photos of their badges to build the excitement.

5. Social media is full of #SDCC

Comic-Con’s presence on social media is becoming more an more apparent as the event draws closer. The hashtags to follow to see for yourself are #SDCC and #SDCC2018.

And speaking of social media, here’s what to follow to see the Union-Tribune’s coverage during Comic-Con.

Twitter: @sdut and @sdutideas


Twitter: @abbyhamblin

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