• Sarah Mason, The HMC

Take a tour of VR Con @ Comic-Con!

Just announced, Multi-platinum global music artists The Black Eyed Peas to debut their AR experience with Mira at VR CON @ Comic-Con

The HMC is excited to spotlight VR Con @ San Diego International Comic Con 2017!

HMC Correspondents and Podcast hosts, Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe (The Harold & Maudecast) will be on the streets, in the halls and all over San Diego for Comic-Con. The HMC is pleased to be participating as a media partner for one of the most significant and buzzworthy events at this year's Comic-Con, VR CON.

With VR projected to become a 2 Billion dollar segment of the entertainment industry (that's just entertainment), it's no surprise that this year's Comic-Con has doubled its VR blueprint. Leading the charge are the good folks at VR CON.

Sarah and Jake get a personalized tour of all these cool displays and attractions from VR Con Co-Founders, Scott Bobrow and Mark Murphy

VR CON @ COMIC-CON Expands Into FUTURISM & TECH PAVILION at San Diego International Comic-Con July 19-23

Official VR event of San Diego Comic-Con to kick off with Media event July 19th showcasing the latest innovations from Hollywood, the gaming industry, manufacturers of VR, AR, robotics technology, artists and more

VR CON @ COMIC-CON, the hub for Virtual Reality experiences and technology, expands this year to become FUTURISM & TECH @ COMIC-CON. This official event of Comic-Con International San Diego has added more space dedicated to Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) attractions from the likes of Paramount Pictures and NBC Universal, debuts other groundbreaking technologies, and infuses art and visual expression. Global superstars The Black Eyed Peas will present their new AR experience based on the graphic novel “Masters of the Sun - The Zombie Chronicles” (Marvel), with AR hardware partner Mira. The event takes place July 19-23 at the Omni Hotel in downtown San Diego, across from the Convention Center.

VR CON was created in 2016 in conjunction with San Diego International Comic-Con to celebrate the best and boldest in the exploding areas of VR, AR, and MR. This year under its new banner, FUTURISM AND TECH PAVILION @ COMIC-CON, VR CON has more than doubled in size (to over 10,000 square feet) and expanded its attractions to include the A.I. Innovation Fair by Mentor InSight, elements of the Fleet Science Center, and other tech experiences in robotics, wearable tech, and art.

VR CON’s FUTURISM AND TECH PAVILION @ COMIC-CON showcases the latest from the leading equipment makers, film studios, television networks, game builders, scientists, publishers, brands, artists, designers, influencers and innovators. Attendees will have access to the latest developments as well as hands-on experience with the attractions.

As pop culture and fan conventions have become a billion-dollar business, the biggest and oldest show of them all, San Diego Comic-Con, continues to stand apart from the rest not only because of its size (upwards of 200,000 attendees not including the spill over attendance onto the streets) and influence (billions of media impressions generated over the weekend), but because of its unique history and mission. Comic-Con began in 1970 as a fan-organized event, and in the 1970s became a 501(c)3 educational nonprofit dedicated to "creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms."



All events attractions will be held at -


675 L St. (between 6th & 7th Street, on L Street – next to Petco stadium)

San Diego, CA 92101

Phone: (619) 231-6664

Developers Mixer

Wednesday, July 19, 6-9pm

Presented by Qualcomm, Digital Domain, Survios, SaaSMax, Fleet Science Center, and ESA, this exclusive session allows for developers, designers, and other industry folks to get a sneak peek of the event. BONUS! Comic-Con badges/passes are not required for this session. No RSVP necessary, show your business card at the door.

Media Event

Wednesday, July 19 at 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Allows for media, bloggers and influencers a first experience of the event.

VIP Reception

Saturday, July 22 at 8:00 p.m.+ Presented by Qualcomm, Digital Domain, Sega, Survios, and The Macallan, this event is for speakers, special guests, social influencers, innovators, and leaders in VR-AR, AI, Futurism & Tech. The Macallan will be offering a whiskey tasting of four of their different casks: 12-year cask, 12 year double-cask, 15 year cask and rare cask, as well as another high-end brand.

General Event Hours

Thursday, Friday, Saturday (July 20-22) 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Sunday (July 23) 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m

For more information about VR CON’s FUTURISM AND TECH PAVILION @ COMIC-CON visit www.vrconevents.com

Official Press Release


Creating Your Own Universe: The Space Odyssey Experience

The Space Odyssey Experience will be an educational and entertaining interactive exhibition that will highlight some of the upcoming advances in Virtual Reality, as well as showcase the forthcoming Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Space Odyssey multi-platform franchise: including an immersive game, an animated series, a collection of comic stories and Virtual Reality missions that will accessible on home and mobile devices – and eventually at museums, science centers and in classrooms.

AI Innovation Fair, Curated by Mentor InSight

Mentor InSight created the world’s first conference dedicated to the intersection of artificial intelligence and the entertainment industry earlier this year, is now hand-selecting the most paradigm-shifting advances in robotic technology, machine learning, self-driving/self-propelling transportation, mood recognition holograms, and AI-generated storyline creation to be showcased at VR CON.

Visitors to the AI Innovation Fair within VR CON will be able to talk, teach, argue, compete and even dance with robots and sentient beings of every persuasion. From humanoid robots to reconfigurable robots, machines, bots and even human hybrids of the not so distant future. The robots are bringing their human inventors, who will be revealing AI of tomorrow. Also experience AI-enabled car tech, interactive 3D holograms, and more.

Here is a list of more of the companies showcasing their amazing VR technologies @ VR Con

Attractions & SPECIAL EVENTS

VR/AR Attractions

  • Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul in VR - VRWERX presents its “scary as hell” VR attraction based on Paramount Pictures’ movie franchise.

  • Mission Impossible VR - VR WERX teases its next VR project with Paramount Pictures.

  • The Mummy Prodigium Strike VR - A new location-based experience by VR pioneer Starbreeze Studios, in conjunction with NBC Universal, based on the recent Universal Studios film.

  • Digital Domain’s Monkey King VR - An action-packed cinematic VR adventure born out of 16th Century Chinese mythology and explored through 21st Century technology. From Digital Domain, the leading-edge digital and visual effects company, with its own virtual production studio.

  • Raw Data VR - Feel the rush of battle, awe of exploration, and exhilaration of new experiences -- as only Survios can create, and did so in this VR smash hit.

  • Qualcomm - Mobile VR is shaking up the entertainment industry as a bold technology platform and San Diego native Qualcomm is at the fore. A sponsor of this event, they also assembled experts for a special panel spotlighting their Power Rangers VR project.

  • Mars Odyssey - An interactive single-player VR educational simulation that takes you to the distant red planet to repair NASA’s Mars Exploration Rovers – including Viking, Pathfinder, Curiosity, and Opportunity – which have fallen under disrepair.

  • Exit Reality - A creator of pop-up VR experiences, their VR Cubes allow for instant virtual arcade fun.

  • Stimuli VR - Stimuli glasses replace big, bulky VR headsets to make VR more accessible. Get ready to nab some being given away.


  • Sega Zone - Gaming giant Sega brings the “Sonic Jump” interactive attraction, and is taking over one of the 360 Dome Pro theaters in the event on Saturday for screenings of Sonic content. They are also hosting a live performance of Sonic music, and an autograph session with creators of the latest Sonic game.

  • Bandai Namco’s Project Cars 2 - The sequel to the hit game developed by Slightly Mad Studios and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment, get your motor revving in this racing simulation video game. Also available in VR – with both forms being demoed.


  • 360 Dome Pro - They revolutionized immersive theaters with pop-up domed theaters in which people enter, lay down, look up, and experience stunning short films airing across the entire structure. Sega will be taking over one of the domes, all day Saturday, July 19, to screen content from Sonic. Space Odyssey, the PC downloadable game now on Kickstarter will be taking over another of the domes; it will showcase the mind-blowing game engine it is testing as part of its game build.

  • MediaMation - Sitting was never so much fun… their one-of-a-kind, interactive 4D and VR technology makes for bleeding-edge cinema seating, which reacts with motion and special EFX.

A.I. Innovation Fair

  • Hanson Robotics – Introducing Professor Einstein™, the amazingly expressive and playful robot who trains your brain and teaches you science. Hanson Robotics will be offering an exclusive Hanson Robotics lab coat numbered from 1 to 100 to the first 100 purchasers. Also interact with Sophia, one of the company’s most advanced and celebrated robots with an expressiveness that the world has never seen on a robot.

  • Brain2Bot - Meet Spurlock, a robot with a brain! With a mission to take the artificial out of AI, they are building software for autonomous robots that learn, show emotion, evolve, and engage dynamically based on how you interact with them.

  • Hyperloop Transportation Technologies – CEO Dirk Ahlborn is debuting their VR experience for the station and boarding and their AR collaboration tool Beem on the Microsoft HoloLens. The Microsoft HoloLens allows visitors to interact with holograms in mixed reality, which in turn enables you to visualize and work with your digital content as part of your real world.


  • Fleet Science Center - The acclaimed San Diego institution, which is now hosting the Game Masters exhibit, is bringing fun stuff and its celebrated “Two Scientists Walk into a Bar” experience -- which means dozens of the best and brightest of the area scientists and innovators will be on hand!

Art & Visual Expression

  • We Are Exhibit - Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Foundation and Red Bull Media House will showcase We Are, an educational photography exhibit, in the Diversity in Gaming and Tech Lounge. The exhibit shines a light on incredibly talented women contributing to the gaming community Rob Prior Gallery - The official artist for Game of Thrones and Star Wars will displaying his artwork and painting live!

  • Shape Space - Academy Award winning visual effects pioneer and artist Kevin Mack shares his artistic visions as immersive virtual reality art experiences.

  • Galactic Gallery VR - A virtual reality “visionary” art gallery where you can interact and go inside the art. A fully immersive experience in the cosmos using the HTC Vive VR platform, SUBPAC, and headphones. .


  • GlamGlow - This cosmetics company partnered with Sega and Sonic the Hedgehog to create an exclusive Sonic Blue facial mask, featuring gravitymud™ firming treatment in the exclusive Sonic Blue. Gaming has never been so sexy.

  • Survios - The VR game studio behind Raw Data and Sprint Vector will be giving away cool stuff through the run of show.

  • Golden Ticket - Attendees have a chance to win the ability to skip the lines of the attractions at the event, and also take home some goodies like Stimuli VR glasses. This will run throughout the show.

Media Spaces

There will be some unique media lounge experiences, including:

  • Space Odyssey Studio - Space Odyssey, the PC downloadable game guided by astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson and his StarTalk All-Stars, and featured currently on Kickstarter, will have a studio in which innovators and creators will be interviewed.

  • Diversity in Gaming & Tech Lounge, presented by Electronic Software Association (ESA) Foundation in partnership with Red Bull Media House - The association dedicated to serving the needs of video game companies and produces E3 each year, is committed to expanding diversity in the field. ESA Foundation, the U.S. entertainment software industry’s charitable organization, highlights here the contributions and perspectives of a dynamic and vibrant gaming community. It also serves to inspire others to enter the video game industry and STEM-related careers.


The event is also curating dynamic panels with industry leaders and special performances at COMIC-CON. These are:

  • World Creators - Crossing Platforms (Film, TV, VR, AR, Gaming and Comics) Friday, July 21 at 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Venue: Horton Grand Theatre - 444 Fourth Avenue A discussion of what it takes to make worlds come alive across a multitude of platforms, featuring some of the greatest creative minds in the business. Panelists include: Ted Schilowitz (Paramount Studios’ Futurist), Kiki Wolfkill (Head, Halo Studios, Microsoft), Randy Pitchford (CEO, Gearbox), Colum Slevin (Head of VR, Oculus), Wayne Kennedy (Digital Domain), Nathan Burba (Survios), and Marlene Sharp (Sega).

  • Rising Stars in Tech: Drivers of Innovation and Entertainment Saturday, July 22 at 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Venue: Horton Grand Theater – 444 Fourth Avenue This panel spotlights contributors from the worlds of virtual reality, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, sustainable tech, and robotics. Features innovators from Mira, Survios, Skydance, Bandai Namco, Hanson Robotics (including its robots Sophia and Professor Einstein), Hyperloop, and 360 Dome Pro on a panel moderated by Anastasia Staten, Executive Director, Electronic Software Association (ESA) Foundation.

  • Power Rangers VR – Case Study Saturday, July 22 at 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Venue: Horton Grand Theatre – 444 Fourth Avenue This cutting edge panel presented by Qualcomm describes the journey of adapting the explosive narrative of one of pop-culture's most exciting franchises, The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, from the splendor of cinema to the rad immersion of Virtual Reality, an experience powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon tech. A collaboration between Qualcomm, Saban and Lionsgate. The panel features: David Edwards (SVP Digital Marketing, Lionsgate), Patrick Costello (Senior Director Business Development, Qualcomm); and Jen Cadic (Project Manager, ReelFX).

  • Sounds of Sonic Thursday, July 22 at 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Venue: Indigo Ballroom, inside the Bayfront Hilton – 1 Park Boulevard

A live performance of Sonic music by master-producer, composer and guitarist Shota Nakama with a special band. As a musical guest, legendary Sonic Sound Director and Guitarist Jun Senoue, famed for penning many of the game series’ most popular songs will perform with them. This spellbinding experience will feature video footage as well as special arrangements of both classic and new Sonic themes, for a one-night only free performance for Comic-Con badge holders.

Additionally, on Saturday, July 23, members of the Sonic Mania Development Team will be signing copies of the exclusive Comic-Con Sonic Mania instruction manual in the autograph zone at Sails Pavilion.

Special category events within FUTURISM & TECH PAVILION include:

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