Atlanta Comic Con 2014 Event Guide

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Atlanta Comic Con
May 30- June 1, 2014
Atlanta, GA

Atlanta Comic Con will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center from May 30 to June 1. Doors open at 3 p.m. on Friday and close at 5 p.m. on Sunday, with festivities lasting until 7 p.m. on Saturday. Hotlanta is in perfect form during late May and early June, so if you're ready to peel off the last of your spring layers and grab your boffer or your favorite spandex and head to Atlanta for Memorial Day weekend.

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What to Expect

captain america at atlanta comic conWhat better way to welcome in the summer than with some of your favorite comic book friends? Atlanta weather is at a premium during these months - a perfect amount of comfortable Southern heat. However, if you catch yourself with heart palpitations when standing next to Robert Knepper or Michael Rooker (both of whom will be at the event), you're on your own.

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Top Panels

Panels for the 2014 event are still to be determined.

However, if you'd like a taste of what's to come, consider the amazing guest list of Atlanta Comic Con for this year: actor Jason David Ferank from Power Rangers, actor James Marsters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, actors Norman Reedus and John Bernthal from the Walking Dead,  cartoonist Micahel Cho, and Attack of the Show! host Sara Underwood.

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Where to Buy Tickets

A variety of ticket options are available for all budgets and fandom-levels. Tickets are available online via Ticket Leap, as well as through the Wizard World website. It should be noted that all tickets can be purchased at Comic Con; however, tickets may sell out prior to the event. Passes that are bought online can also be up to 15 percent cheaper, depending on how far in advance they are purchased. Here is the current online breakdown of prices:

  • Friday tickets are $35
  • Saturday is $45
  • Sunday tickets are $40
  • 3-Day tickets are $65, providing the best value even if you are only attending two days.
  • Children 10 and under, when accompanied by an adult, are admitted free.
  • Tickets are non-refundable.
  • VIP Package tickets, which includes entry to Comic Con all three days, a VIP badge and entry to GWCC 30 minutes prior to opening, an official limited edition lithograph, as well as a coupon for a CGC Graded Comic for $199.99.
  • VIP Experience Packages, which provide intimate meetings with some of your favorite sci-fi and fantasy celebrities, include all of the options of the VIP tickets, range in prices from $199.99 to $325.00. Options include the Boondook Saints, Norman Reedus and James Marsters.

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rules

Costume and Weapon Rules

Weapons

  • Weapons can be used during cosplay. However, all weapons must be simulated; no actual firearms or other weapons will be allowed.
  • All weapons will be checked by security upon entry to Comic Con and will be tagged if deemed appropriate. If a tag is removed during Comic Con, the holder will be asked to return to the entrance to get the weapon re-tagged.
  • All bladed weapons must be kept in their sheaths for the duration of Atlanta Comic Con.
  • Individuals carrying weapons that do not pass security's inspection will not be allowed entry.
  • If you are unsure about whether your weapon will pass inspection, it is better to leave it at home.

Costumes

  • Costumes of all stripes are welcome at the event. Atlanta Comic Con will be holding a costume contest on Saturday.
  • Since Atlanta Comic Con is an all-ages event, all costume choices should be appropriate for guests of any age.
  • Any guest found harassing other Comic Con visitors because of their costume will be asked to leave. Harassment due to age, disability, race, religion, sexual orientation, sex or gender will not be tolerated
  • When taking pictures of other Comic Con guests' costumes, please be sure to ask for their permission. If you are caught taking pictures of other guests without their permission more than once, you will be asked to leave the event. 

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getting around

Getting Around

The George World Conference Center is located just north of downtown Atlanta, and is easily accessible whether you are coming from in-state or across the country to the conference.

  • Driving: From Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, head north on Interstate 85, then merge onto Interstate 75 toward Atlanta. Take exit 249D into the city. Six parking lots are available around GWCC, with daily parking rates ranging from $15 to $50 per day.
  • Walking or biking: From downtown, take Capital Avenue heading north, then take a left onto Decatur Street. In the warm spring air, the walk will likely be incredibly enjoyable.
  • Public Transit: GWCC has two different MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) stops within walking distance - the Dome GWCC Philips Arena - CNN stop and Peachtree Center are both close by. If you are heading in from Hartsfield-Jackson, take the Red metro line from the Airport Station to the Five Points Station, which is located about half a mile from the GWCC entrance.

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Things to Do Besides Atlanta Comic Con

Located right next to the CNN Center, Atlanta Comic Con is also within close proximity to some of the city's finest green spaces. Here are a few other particularly enchanting haunts around town:

  • Beer snobs have met their match at the Brick Store Pub. Known for its impeccable beer selection, the pub regularly picks around 15 different drafts that range from full-bodied porters to deliciously hoppy IPAs. Even the most seasoned of drinkers may be caught off-guard by the wide selection of brews - don't feel bad if you have to ask what the beer is like. Of course, if you're more of a fan of non-alcoholic beverages, The World of Coca-Cola is also located in town.
  • While there are plenty of art and history museums in town, one of Atlanta's most unique is the Center for Puppetry Arts. The permanent collection houses more than 350 puppets from across the globe, while rotating exhibits feature unique marionettes, hand puppets and even some Muppets. The center also regularly puts on productions, including live-action adaptations of shows like the stop animation "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," and marionette versions of "Great Expectations."
  • Southern cuisine is a highlight of Atlanta, so after a long day of cosplay, head to South City Kitchen in Midtown. Options here include perfectly fried green tomatoes, sweet smoked pork belly and even Southern oysters. Bring your appetite.
  • From sea otters to beluga whales, it's all right here in Atlanta. One of the country's biggest and most exquisite aqariums - the Georgia Aquarium - is fortunately located right by Comic Con!

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vacation rental

Where to Stay

From Southern estates that sit golf course side to cozy studio apartments located amid the downtown buzz, vacation rentals range from charming to luxurious. Most provide access to a full kitchen and a living area, so you and all of your cosplay partners can settle in while still giving each other some space. One luxury house downtown features a cozy yellow interior with gorgeous stained wood floors, a gorgeous gourmet kitchen and three bedrooms, each with its own the perfectly fluffy bed.

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