SXSW Offsite Installations Hold Potential for San Diego Comic-Con 2016

BY KERRY DIXON

SXSW – the annual festival held in Austin, Texas, which combines music, film, and technology for a mega event – has been a pretty good indicator of what offsite events will eventually be headed to San Diego in July for San Diego Comic-Con.

For instance, for the last several years, a pretty-close version of the popular Game of Thrones offsite, which changes a bit every year, has first debuted at SXSW, before heading west. So while none of these offsite installations are a lock for San Diego, there’s a lot of potential for what you might be seeing this summer.

Let’s take a look at some of our favorite SXSW events, that we’re hoping we’ll see at San Diego.

Mr. Robot

As exciting as the Game of Thrones offsite is, we’re not going to lie: The installation we’re salivating over is actually USA Network’s Mr. Robot. fsociety made big splashes this year at SXSW by transforming downtown Austin into Coney Island, complete with a ferris wheel and a replica of the arcade that serves as fsociety’s headquarters in the series (with actual working games to play). They also offered fsociety screen-printed t-shirts, and a chance to insert yourself into the action with a photo booth.

USA Network usually has a decent push for something at Comic-Con – last year featured military-style-officers in red berets from Colony roaming the Gaslamp, as well as free Uber rides for the series. In years past, they rented out an entire movie theater to screen the musical episode of Psych.

Although they didn’t bring Mr. Robot at all last year (though stars Rami Malek and Christian Slater did appear across the street at a Nerd HQ panel), the big pushes at both New York Comic Con and SXSW hopefully spell good things for SDCC. Let’s just hope those “good things” also include a ferris wheel.

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