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009: Free Community Programming at Comic-Con 2019!

Comic-Con 2019 Toucan Tips

As we get ready to announce Comic-Con 2019’s complete programming schedule, we have some exciting news about two new venues for this year’s big event!

Comic-Con 50 is an incredible achievement, and that is, of course, credit to the fans both near and far who have supported the event through the years. But we also have to acknowledge the role the San Diego community played in helping to keep the show going and growing in its first 50 years. To give back to this wonderful and supportive community, Comic-Con has decided to add two new programming locations this year: The Comic-Con Museum and the Artists’ Loft at BarrioHaus.

The programming at these new locations will be FREE to the public.

That’s right, you don’t need a badge to attend any of the panels at the Comic-Con Museum or BarrioHaus. So go ahead and share this with all your friends who didn’t get badges this year or those who have been wanting to come and see what the show is all about.

Comic-Con Museum

The Comic-Con Museum is located in Balboa Park at 2131 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101. Over the past year, the Museum has opened its doors for several pop culture events to allow fans to meet, learn, and share their love of various fandoms. With a bit of sampling of the different types of panels we offer at San Diego Comic-Con, the Museum’s programming is an excellent idea for anyone who couldn’t get badges to the show! Want to learn about Ray Bradbury and his involvement in the world of comics? Are you intrigued by the laws of the MCU? Want to learn more about the science of the Acme product catalogue? How about celebrating 35 years of Ghostbusters? And that’s just Thursday’s programming! Come and get a taste of the types of things that are in store for you when the Comic-Con Museum officially opens its doors in early 2021.

Artists' Loft at BarrioHaus

The newest venue to Comic-Con programming is the Artists’ Loft at BarrioHaus, located at 1616 National Avenue. The lineup at BarrioHaus is intended to bring the cultural enrichment and educational aspects of our Comic-Con panels to the public, with a focus on Latinx culture and contributions to popular arts. Our Thursday panels for this location include “A Long Story Short: Mexican Comic Books” and “From Mexico to the USA, a Bridge One Comic at a Time.” Don’t forget to check the complete programming schedule as it becomes avaialble for more panels!

San Diego Central Library

Along with these new locations for community programming, we also have the Comic Conference for Educators and Librarians at the San Diego Central  Library returning once more to San Diego Comic-Con. These panels are also free but do require advance sign-up through the San Diego Library website. The full schedule for the library programming is now available on their site, and sign-ups are now open!

Remember: all the panels that are part of our Community Programming schedule are open to anyone with or without badges to Comic-Con!

Join us over the next few weeks as we post more Toucan Tips to help you enjoy and better navigate Comic-Con 2019!

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