Philadelphia Comic Con 2014 Event Guide

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Philadlphia Comic Con
June 19- 22, 2014
Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Comic Con will take place in the heart of the city at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. This four-day event will span from Thursday, June 19 in the afternoon to Sunday, June 22 in the evening, and includes several of the biggest stars of the silver screen and comic book pages from recent decades.

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What to Expect

movie starThe City of Brotherly Love will be a battle of the strongest fans the weekend of June 20. Sean Astin visits from the Shire - just don't touch his ring - while Jon Bernthal takes a break from killing zombies to say hello to fans, and Marv Wolfman shares his comic genius with the whole of the city. Unlike most Comic Cons, this party lasts not three, but four days, so you have all the more chances to get that elusive picture or autograph. The Philadelphia Comic Con also includes a leg of the Wizard World Film Festival, with prizes for shorts, student films and music video submissions.

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Top Panels

No specific information on what panels or events will be lined up for 2014, but here's a hint of who you might get to see and talk to...

Expectations can run high at this year's Philadelphia Comic Con - there are plenty of VIP packages to be excited about! Celebrities like William Shatner, Lauren Holly and even Lou Ferrigno will be on the premises for the event. With the event expected to bring in up to 10,000 patrons over the four​-day period, this Comic Con is jam-packed with panel discussions from top actors, filmmakers, comic book writers and designers; film screenings, plenty of autograph signing and photo ops, and of course, lots of cosplay.

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Where to Buy Tickets

Tickets are available online, yet individuals who are unsure of their event plans can purchase tickets at the actual event. However, tickets may sell out, and all tickets, regardless of the day or type, are $10 more at the venue. Tickets are available via Ticket Leap.com:

  • Four-day passes, which provide entry for Thursday through Sunday, are available for $85
  • Thursday tickets are $35
  • Friday and Sunday tickets are $45
  • Saturday tickets are $55
  • VIP package and Four-day weekend tickets cost $249.99
  • VIP Experience ticket packages range from $225 to $299.99, and include James Marsters ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), Norman Reedus ("The Walking Dead") and Alan Tudyk ("Firefly") options.

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Costume and Weapon Rules

Weapons

  • No real firearms are allowed on the premises at Comic Con.
  • All bladed weapons must have sheaths and remain in them for the duration of the conference.
  • All weapons will be tagged upon entering Comic Con. Any individuals holding weapons that are not tagged will be escorted by security to the entrance of Comic Con to have their weapon tagged.
  • Weapons are acceptable for cosplay as long as they are simulated. No weapons that fire, shoot or spray anything will be admitted.
  • Individuals who have weapons that do not abide by Comic Con's rules will be asked to leave the premises.

Costumes

  • Costumes are encouraged!
  • Individuals must abide by state and federal clothing and indecent exposure laws with costumes.
  • Comic Con is an all-ages event, so costumes must be child-friendly.
  • Harassment of any kind surrounding a costume is not acceptable, and anyone who is harassing another Comic Con visitor will be asked to leave.

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Getting Around

Located just east of Philly's Chinatown, the Pennsylvania Convention Center lies in the heart of the city in close proximity to all major freeways, several SEPTA stops and within walking distance of a number of downtown vacation rentals.

  • Driving: From Philadelphia International Airport, visitors should take Interstate 95 to Exit 22, then follow Interstate 676 into the city. If you are heading to the conference from north of the city, Interstate 95 southbound is your best bet, as this is the main artery into the city and provides the most convenient access to the center and nearby parking. Both the Parkway Corporation and EZ Park, and the Philadelphia Parking Authority all have large parking lot options just a few blocks from the convention, with daily rates ranging between $20 and $30 for a 24-hour period.
  • Walking or biking: The Pennsylvania Convention Center is a nine-minute walk from city hall and the heart of downtown via North Broad and Arch streets, making it easy to walk to and from Comic Con. The city is notoriously friendly to pedestrians, so walkers should have no problem getting around.
  • Public Transit: A SEPTA line runs directly from the airport to downtown, so if you are flying in and don't want to rent a car, this provides an easy way to get into the city. The MFL line stops on 11th and 13th streets are close to the city, and the Arch Street bus line will drop you off directly in front of the convention center.

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Things to Do Besides Philadelphia Comic Con

philadelphia skylineThis is one of America's oldest cities, so it's had some time to build up quite a repertoire of fun activities for its visitors. Here are a few that are worth their hype - or deserve more!

  • Get your fill of Ben Franklin-esque fun at Independence National Historical Park. Head to Independence Hall to see where the ideas for the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were first put onto paper. While here, you can also ogle over some of Franklin's designs at the Benjamin Franklin Museum, then head to the Liberty Bell to check out its legendary cracked facade.
  • The Philadelphia Convention Center is just a few blocks from Chinatown, so it's hard to deny yourself a visit. Head to the Chinese Friendship Gate to enter the country's fourth-largest Chinatown, which continues to be a haven for new immigrants from Malaysia, Vietnam and other Asian countries.
  • If you love all things quirky, you can't go wrong with the South Street Headhouse District. Known for its small shops, cool cafes and eclectic residents, there is plenty of fun to be had here any night of the week.
  • If you get the shopping bug, head over to the Gallery at East Market, home to more than 130 shops!

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Where to Stay

Philadelphia vacation rentals come in all shapes and sizes. From houseboats that will gently rock you to sleep every night in Old City to vintage brownstones that show off the architectural nuances of the city, Philadelphia's lodging accommodations are as storied as the city itself. Visitors looking to take in Philly from a modernist perspective may want to rent a penthouse condo located just six blocks from the convention center. Outfitted with minimalist furniture and design elements, this rental provides access to a gym, pool and yoga studio, so you can rev up or unwind before and after Comic Con.

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