South Park is embracing superheroes, sci-fi, fantasy and general nerdiness at its 50th Walkabout Celebration on July 26th. Instead of trying to compete with Comic-Con on the same day, the community is jumping on the bandwagon with special events, displays and discounts aimed at geeks.
Here are some geeky tips!
1. Dance in the streets with a costumed flash mob
Meeshi Ravi of You’ve Got Soul will lead dancers on a South Park Comic-Con Dance-a-Thon. Meet at Captain Kirk’s Coffee (2031 Fern St.) at 5:30pm and then get jiggy through South Park. The group will stop every 15 minutes to do one or two flash mob and other random dances. You don’t have to know the steps to participate, but if you want to learn them ahead of time, you can take a look at their Facebook page. Meeshi encourages all dancers to come in costume to show their Comic-Con spirit.
2. Get on the FREE VW photo bus
Get your geek on in a vintage VW Photo Bus parked in front of the Tacos La Mezcla food truck (2221 Fern St. next to Junc.Life). Wear funny props, including superhero masks, as the camera snaps away. Printed and digital photos will be free for all visitors, courtesy of Gingerly Wax, Graffiti Beach Boutique, Jae and Leona Beauty Collective, Junc.Life, Station Tavern & Burgers, and Tacos la Mezcla.
Left Hand Black (1947 Fern St.) has a Creature Feature art show of one-of-a-kind creatures and monsters created from the minds of over 40 artists, tattoo artists, sculptors, and taxidermists. Several of the artists, including Left Hand Black owner Turk, have booths at Comic-Con. And Turk is the the Game of Thrones’ official sigil tattooer at Comic-Con.
4. Meet an otherworldly artist
Seattle-based artist Aaron Jasinski is flying in to meet and greet Walkabout visitors at Graffiti Beach ( 2220 Fern St). He will be selling some of his most coveted originals and limited edition prints along with signing his pieces. His work blends the futuristic worlds with social commentary and incorporates nostalgic elements from childhood video games.
Children who’ve learned to sew at Home Ec Studio are selling their projects in an annual trunk show at 2225 30th St. They’ll also come dressed as their favorite comic book character or superhero.
6. See Batman blown up
Bring the kids to So Childish and watch as an artist fashion balloons into popular superheroes. A face painter can also create fantastical designs on your muchkin’s face. Next-door at the Baby Garten Studio, take a look at the Doctor Who-themed Lego models built by the owner’s talented son. 1947 30th St. at Grape St.
7. Come in costume and get a doggy discount
Get a 20% discount on any purchase at the South Bark Dog Wash (2037 30th St.) if you or your pet come dressed in a Comic-Con-inspired costume.
Just Skin (1531 Fern St.) has a “Be a Geek, Not a Freak” promotion that night. They’re offering free brow services, including waxing and tweezing.