Comic-Con hasn't been exclusively about comics for a long time, but with the passing of each year, Comic-Con week becomes less about what happens inside the San Diego Convention Center.
A whole mess of venues will celebrate the arrival of the super-geeks with four days of Comic-Con-themed shows, some of which play up the nerd factor and some of which are only loosely connected. Either way, there's a lot of cool stuff happening during the course of those four days.
The Casbah will host 4 Nights of the Con from July 24 through 27, with headlining sets from Boris, Flying Lotus, The Muffs and Municipal Waste. More about all of these shows can be found in this week's "If I Were U." Likewise, The Aquabats will play their annual headlining show at House of Blues on Thursday, July 24; read Peter Holslin's feature here to learn more about the band.
If you're looking for something with a bit more razzle-dazzle, Crave Online will host a party aboard the U.S.S. Midway on Friday, July 25, featuring performances by Grimes and MGMT. For horror aficionados and metalheads, Metallica's Kirk Hammett will reunite with thrash-metal legends Exodus at F6ix, Downtown, on Friday, July 25, at the Fear FestEvil After Party. And if it's a different, kitschier type of Satanism you seek, professor-and-robot band Satanic Puppeteer Orchestra will deliver their humorous theatrics, also on Friday, July 25, at Tin Can Ale House.
Those who prefer their live shows paired with some yuks can catch musical-comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates on Friday, July 25, at House of Blues. And on Saturday, July 26, House of Blues will host Suicide Girls' Blackheart Burlesque, if you like your Comic-Con experience with a bit more skin.
And just in case these shows don't scratch your nerd itch, MC Frontalot and MC Lars will head up the fourth annual Comic-Con Nerd a Thon at The Merrow on Friday, July 25; the San Diego Symphony will perform Video Games Live on Thursday, July 24; and musical-comedy duo Paul and Storm will perform at W00tstock at the Balboa Theatre on Thursday, July 24.