The Cost of SDCC (Start Saving Now!)

Great info for those wanting to see how much one should save up for a trip to Comic-Con!


Here’s the biggest thing to remember about San Diego Comic Con: start saving now.

Trust me, it’ll save you a lot of stress in the long run. The last thing you’re going to want to be thinking about when you get to the con is how much money you can’t spend because you haven’t properly budgeted up to this point. The rest of the Nerdophiles staff drove to Comic Con this year, but I’m from Maryland and I had to fly in – making for some unique challenges and some unique considerations when budgeting. I’m breaking down my expenses, so that you can better think about and plan for your own. After all, we’re less than a year away from San Diego Comic Con 2014!


The first thing you need to start your San Diego Comic Con adventure is your badge. If you were lucky enough to snag…

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BUTTERFINGER® Builds World’s Most Extravagant News Van, Reveals Roving ‘News Network’ on Yahoo! Screen

It’s the end of the world as BUTTERFINGER® knows it! Counting down the days to the Mayan prophecy predicted for December 21, 2012, Butterfinger today embarks on a nationwide tour with the Butterfinger BARmageddon News Network (BBNN) news van.

Built to collect evidence, the BBNN news van features state-of-the-art news equipment and never-before-seen devices with potentially supernatural capabilities. Armed with early evidence of BARmageddon, such as video of last month’s bizarre crop circle in Kansas to eyewitness accounts of the disappearance of Butterfinger candy bars, the BBNN is taking the strange tales from Manhattan, Kansas, to Manhattan, New York, the media capital of the world.

“Since April 1st, we continue to hear more and more stories about strange occurrences involving Butterfinger that seem to be related to the end of the world,” said Butterfinger brand manager Jeremy Vandervoet of Nestlé USA. “Butterfinger is on a mission to tell those stories and uncover who is laying a finger on everyone’s beloved candy bar. What better way to engage with Butterfinger enthusiasts, conspiracy theorists, and news hounds alike, than a real-life, roving news network that keeps us all connected and informed as the end of the world draws near.”

A news network like no other, the BBNN is dedicated to uncovering real-world footage of BARmageddon perils – any evidence of the end of the world and to uncover the truth behind the recent Butterfinger bar disappearances across the country. Interviews and incredible stories will be available to the public via exclusive BBNN reports within the BBNN on Yahoo! Screen, Yahoo!’s video destination. Viewers can access the BBNN subpage on

The BBNN news van will travel North America from coast to coast, making stops along the way at the United States’ kitschiest—and sometimes most revealing—roadside attractions and unexplained mystery sites, including Roswell, the Petrified Forest in northeastern Ariz., the waterfront Blue Whale structure of Catoosa, Okla., and the world’s largest basket in Newark, Ohio. The BBNN will operate with two expert conspiracy theorists, Jason and Adam, at the helm, ready to keep Butterfinger fans everywhere informed about potential threats to their beloved bars and reveal evidence of the end of times. Along the way, lucky consumers who spot the van will get a chance to try the new Butterfinger Bites, easy to eat bite-size pieces of the beloved Butterfinger candy bar, perfect for road trips.

The final stop for the BBNN will take place on the west coast in mid-July, when masked men and the true geniuses behind every known conspiracy theory in the world convene in San Diego, at the largest comic book convention of its kind. There, Butterfinger will reveal its latest BARmageddon news and findings.

Among the exciting news stories to be covered by the BBNN – strange weather patterns taking place the world over, a troupe of Silicon Valley moguls declaring intentions to extract water and precious metals from orbiting asteroids, a 150-pound, 450-million-year-old fossil nicknamed “Godzillus” that has scientists stumped over its ancient origins, and of course, the unprecedented disappearance of Butterfinger bars from four well-known cities – Milan, Moscow, Montezuma and Manhattan – coincidentally occurring as the world’s first crop circle featuring a Quick Response Code (QR Code) appeared in the center of a Manhattan, Kansas wheat field.

Butterfinger fans and conspiracy theorists with any BARmageddon stories to tell or end-of-the-world mysteries should submit their news tips to the BBNN at

About Butterfinger
Butterfinger is a one-of-a-kind candy bar with the crispety, crunchety, peanut-buttery taste people love. No other candy bar comes close to the intense flavor and texture of a Butterfinger. Keep up with the latest news about Butterfinger at or follow its sweet tweets at
About Nestlé USA
Named one of “The World’s Most Admired Food Companies” in Fortune magazine for fourteen consecutive years, Nestlé provides quality brands and products that bring flavor to life every day.
From nutritious meals with LEAN CUISINE® to baking traditions with NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE®, Nestlé USA makes delicious, convenient, and nutritious food and beverage products that make good living possible. That’s what “Nestlé. Good Food, Good Life” is all about. Nestlé USA, with 2011 sales of $10 billion, is part of Nestlé S.A. in Vevey, Switzerland — the world’s largest food company with a commitment to Nutrition, Health & Wellness — with 2011 sales of $94 billion. For product news and information, visit or
About Yahoo!
Yahoo! (YHOO) is the premier digital media company, creating deeply personal digital experiences that keep more than half a billion people connected to what matters most to them, across devices and around the globe. And Yahoo!’s unique combination of Science + Art + Scale connects advertisers to the consumers who build their businesses. Yahoo! is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. For more information, visit the pressroom (
Contact: MEDIA REQUESTS ONLY – GolinHarris – Jessica del Mundo, 213-623-4200
via Yahoo! Press Release

HISTORY Brings the Cross-Country Cookout to Comic-Con 2012!

Having a humongous 80-foot Smoker & Grill on wheels at San Diego Comic-Con 2012 will definitely be a fun thing to have! Not only that, but sampling free BBQ? Now THIS will be the HUNGER GAMES for Comic-Con 2012!

This summer, HISTORY® is taking BBQ to the next level with the Cross-Country Cookout, a nine–city tour of the hottest festivals in America, featuring the 80–foot Ultimate Smoker and Grill. This is no ordinary backyard BBQ – the giant grill has the capacity to cook up to 2,000 pounds of BBQ at once!

Check out the schedule below and make your way to one of our events to sample free BBQ and enjoy great HISTORY entertainment and giveaways. You might even spot some of your favorite HISTORY stars along the way.

Date (2012) Event Location Event Details
May 26 – 27 HISTORY 300
Fan Zone at Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Parkway South
Concord, NC 28027
  • Ticketed event
  • For more information, visit History 300
June 7 – 10 CMA Music Festival
Broadway and 2nd Avenue
Nashville, TN 37201
  • Grill is located in public lot
  • Attending concerts at CMA requires ticket purchase
  • For more information, visit CMA Music Festival
June 23 – 24 National Capital BBQ Battle
Pennsylvania Avenue NW
(9th – 14th Streets)
Washington, DC 20004
June 26
11:00am – 6:00pm
Union Square Park
Corner of 17th Street &
Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10003
  • Open to the public
July 8 Rose Bowl Flea Market
Entrance area
1001 Rose Bowl Drive
Pasadena, CA 91103
  • Grill is located in public lot
  • Entering Rose Bowl Flea requires admission purchase
  • For more information, visit Rose Bowl Flea Market
July 12 – 14
11:00am – 8:30pm
Island Ave
between 1st and 2nd Streets
San Diego, CA 92101
  • Grill is located in public lot
  • Attending Comic-Con requires ticket
July 21 Pawn Stars Cookout
Gold and Silver Pawn Shop
713 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89101
  • Open to the public
July 27 – 28 Cheyenne Frontier Days
Frontier Park
Cheyenne, WY
  • Grill is open to public; rodeo and night shows require tickets
  • For more information, visit Cheyenne Frontier Days
August 5 – 10 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
1st Street and Lazelle Street
Sturgis, SD 57785

Follow HISTORY on Foursquare and check in to the Cross-Country Cookout to unlock the Historian Badge!

Follow HISTORY on Twitter and Tweet #CrossCountryCookout

via History Press Release

San Diego Food Trucks at Comic-Con!

Alright! The San Diego Food Trucks will be Downtown during Comic-Con! They also let us know that Warner Bros. and Disney will be doing something near their lot… Anyone know what they’ll be doing? Hmmm… Well here’s the Food Truck announcement below!

A “Food Truck Food Court” will be at San Diego Comic-Con this year!  Here are the details:

  • Location: The lot located at the 1st/Island/2nd/J lot.
  • When: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (some trucks will be there on Sunday but most won’t)
  • They will be selling from 10:00 am-10:00 pm, although most trucks will be gone by 8:00pm
  • The entrance will be off 1st Ave, right next to the Comedy Central interactive park.  Warner Bros. and Disney will also be doing projects in the lot.
  • Trucks scheduled to be there include: Chop Sooey, Patty Melt, Super Q, Asian Persuasion, Two For The Road, Devilicious, SD Street Eats, Flippin Pizza and Green Truck. This list may change!
  • Important note–there is NO public parking in the lot. is proud to be the resource for all food truck info in San Diego. Check us out on Facebook and enjoy Comic-Con!

Gourmet Food Truck Event in San Diego — Liberty Station

Sunday, June 19· 12:00pm – 7:00pm

NTC Promenade
Liberty Station
2640 Cushing Rd.
San Diego, CA 92106

Ticket Info

20 of Southern California’s top food trucks convene at San Diego’s Liberty Station for one large food truck festival. The San Diego Food Truck Festival will take place Sunday, June 19th from noon to 7pm.

General Admission tickets are $10, with pre-sale attendees having early entry from 1pm to 3pm. (UPDATE: SOLD OUT)

VIP tickets are $20, with exclusive entry from noon to 1pm, guaranteeing shorter lines for the hour. (UPDATE: STILL AVAILABLE)

Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $10 with admission beginning at 3pm.


Scheduled trucks are:

  • Bitchin Burgers
  • Ahn – Joo: A Korean Snack Bar
  • Super Q
  • The Gathering Spot Bistro Truck
  • Chomp Chomp Nation: More Than Singapore
  • Chunk-n-Chip Cookies
  • India on Wheels: Authentic Indian Food
  • Devilicious
  • MangiaMangia Mobile
  • Kona Ice: San Diego Coastal
  • Sweet Treats
  • SD Street Eats
  • Asian Persuasion Food Truck & Catering
  • Lime
  • Fry Smiths
  • Kal-bi-Q
  • Crepes Bonaparte
  • Pierogi Truck
  • Sea Bird: OC’s Original Veggie Truck
  • More?

Gourmet Food Trucks in San Diego


Friday, May 20
Boomers! San Diego
6999 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. SD, CA 92111
(858) 560-4211

Saturday, May 21
Boomers! El Cajon
1155 Graves Ave.
El Cajon, CA 92021
(619) 593-1155

Sunday, May 22
Boomers! Vista
1525 W. Vista Way
Vista, CA 92083
(760) 945-9474

This weekend only, 10 of the hottest gourmet food trucks from Los Angeles are coming to San Diego and meeting up with 10 of the hottest food trucks from San Diego for the first ever Food Trucks and Fun weekend at Boomers!

From Los Angeles

Grill ‘em All – The winning truck on Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race!
Lobsta Truck
Tapa Boy
Lomo Arigato
Lee’s Philly
Ahn Joo
Tropical Shave Ice
Vizzi Truck

From San Diego

Miho Gastrotruck
Chop Sooey
Ms. Patty Melt
Tabe BBQ
Sweet Treats Truck
Kalbi Q
Food Junkies
India on Wheels
Super Q
SD Street Eats

Trucks scheduled to appear, subject to change

Admission Fee:  $5 per person includes $5 in game credits at Boomers that can be used towards mini-golf, go kart racing, video games and more!

Parking:  Arrive early because parking is extremely limited.

Please go to the Food Trucks and Fun! website for more information and social media links!