Shiver Your Timbers with Adult Swim at SDCC 2024

San Diego Comic-Con is little more than two weeks away, and today Adult Swim unveiled their plans for the event. A mainstay at the convention for a number of years, fans can usually count on Adult Swim to provide some stellar off-site content for those who want to escape the convention center. For a while, they did a carnival-themed offsite. Then a camp one. This year’s, it’s pirates all the way down!

This year’s activation will include an ongoing pirate-themed “parrrty” that will feature a series of special evening events, exclusive panels diving into key Adult Swim programs, and the kick-off of a cross-country mobile tour to celebrate Rick and Morty: The Anime.

“For reasons too long to get into, we at Adult Swim have always used a pirate ship (and, owls, but maybe we’ll do that at a later con) as a metaphor for how we operate,” said Michael Ouweleen, president, Adult Swim. “We thought, since we like to think of us, fans and network, as all one thing, that we should bring the pirate ship to the harbor of San Diego this year and let everyone join us on the – erm – poop deck.”

Adult Swim will crash onto the shores of San Diego with a shipwreck-themed adventure in their usual location, on the green space behind the convention center (5th Avenue Landing and Convention Way). The Pirate Parrrty will include custom games, exclusive first looks, giveaways, and evening entertainment including DJ laser sets. And the best part is, no badge is required! So if you only managed to score badges for one or two days, you can still partake in SDCC shenanigans with Adult Swim.

The full experience is open Thursday-Saturday from 1pm to 10pm. The first 1,000 attendees to join the Pirate Parrrty each day will receive a special giveaway!

As for the series of special evening events, here is what fans can look forward to:

  • AEW x Adult Swim “Battle for the Booty” Wrestling Tournament – Join a collection of AEW wrestlers who will face-off in a tag team tournament against famous Adult Swim faces for a no-holds-barred event as each competitor vies for the chance to win the “Battle for the Booty” title. Thursday (7/25) at 7:30pm
  • Adult Swim’s Night of New – Comic-Con attendees will be the first to experience a collection of brand-new Adult Swim series at this special screening event featuring the full-length premiere episodes of “Common Side Effects,” “Rick and Morty: The Anime,” “Invincible Fight Girl,” and “Women Wearing Shoulder Pads” alongside more never-before-seen Adult Swim content.  The screening will also be livestreamed in real-time on Adult Swim’s YouTube Channel. Don’t miss your chance! Friday (7/26) at 7:30pm
  • Fun with Zach and Michael – Fresh off the finale of the hit series’ second season, join “SMILING FRIENDS” co-creators Michael Cusack and Zach Hadel for a special live-draw and fan Q&A event. Saturday (7/27) at 7:30pm

Each evening event is followed by a DJ laser set from 9pm-10pm.

This summer will also see the return of the famed Rickmobile and Mortymobile to promote the upcoming Rick and Morty: The Anime. SDCC is the first stop on their “Anime-rican” tour! The Mortymobile will be parked at the Pirate Parrrty for photo-ops. But the Rickmobile will be roaming the Gaslamp District with special giveaways! After the convention, both the Rickmobile and the Mortymobile will set off on their nine-stop tour across the country, which ends in Adult Swim’s hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.

Don’t forget to check out Adult Swim’s panel offerings! The full schedule will drop later this week, as always, but here is what fans can expect to see from Adult Swim:

  • Adult Swim’s “Common Side Effects” Series First Look – Come experience the side effects of an incredible panel discussion about Adult Swim’s highly anticipated new series.  “Common Side Effects.”  From executive producers Mike Judge and Greg Daniels, and creators Joe Bennett and Steve Hely, this comedic thriller follows two former high school lab partners who take on big pharma and government agencies as they try to bring a medicine that cures everything to the whole world. Co-creator Steve Hely and writer/director Sean Buckelew will join the series voice cast including Martha KellyEmily PendergastJoseph Lee Anderson and Dave King to discuss the new series. Friday (7/26) at 11am, Indigo Ballroom
  • Adult Swim’s “Rick And Morty: The Anime” Series First Look – Go further into the multiverse of Rick and Morty with the new series “Rick and Morty: The Anime” as it lands at San Diego Comic-Con.  Writer/director Takashi Sano, producers Joseph Chou and Takenari Maeda, and Adult Swim’s head of action and anime Jason DeMarco will share details about the intergalactic adventure and show you the inner workings of the new series on Adult Swim. Friday (7/26) at 12pm, Indigo Ballroom
  • “My Adventures with Superman” Screening Presentation and Panel – Join executive producers Jake WyattJosie CampbellBrendan Clogher, and voice cast members Jack QuaidAlice LeeIshmel Sahid, and Kiana Madeira as they answer your burning questions from season two. Plus get the early scoop on all the action, comedy, and romance that awaits Clark, Lois, and Jimmy in season three. Airing on Adult Swim, “My Adventures with Superman” is produced by Warner Bros. Animation. Saturday (7/27) at 10am, Indigo Ballroom

This year’s SDCC is Wednesday July 24 through Sunday July 28, and our team is ready to bring you all the highlights, so stay tuned for our coverage of SDCC 2024!

Author: Jamie Sugah

Jamie has a BA in English with a focus in creative writing from The Ohio State University. She self-published her first novel, The Perils of Long Hair on a Windy Day, which is available through Amazon. She is currently an archivist and lives in New York City with her demon ninja vampire cat. She covers television, books, movies, anime, and conventions in the NYC area.

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