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Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II Roller Skating Tour previews this Saturday night

Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II Roller Skating Tour previews this Saturday night

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Given that 125,000 people are expected to attend Comic-Con International this week, chances are that at least a few of these folks have never been to a pop culture event quite like this. So they may not know quite what expect once they get to San Diego.

Not to worry, though. I’ve prepared a few visual aids (i.e. these are actually pictures I took while attending LA’s Anime Expo earlier this month. But they should still give some sense of what a day spent at San Diego Comic-Con will be like).

Comic-Con is being held inside of the cavernous San Diego Convention Center. Which features over 600,000 square feet of exhibit space (To give some sense of the size of the space that we’re talking about here, 600,000 square feet is the equivalent of 11 football fields).

Entrance to Anime Expo 2009
Photo by Shelly Smith

Mind you, the fun starts long before you get into the convention center itself. Out in the lobby area, you’re sure to spot cosplayers dressed as their favorite character …

Cos Players at Anime Expo 2009

Photo by Shelly Smith

… or perhaps someone will bring along a motorized version of their favorite character.

R2D2 aat Anime Expo 2009
Photo by Shelly Smith

That’s one aspect of an event like Comic-Con or Anime Expo that you really need to understand. Here the lines blur. You’re constantly surrounded by show – both in the aisles at the convention center …

Cos Players at Anima Expo 2009
Photo by Shelly Smith

… as well as behind the sales tables.

Even the sales folks dress up at Anime Expo 2009
Photo by Shelly Smith

And the smart performers / entertainment companies embrace this spirit. They create events and/or gatherings that then allow them to reach out & touch the fans. Which then energizes that show’s fan base.

Case in point: Seth Green and the rest of the creative / crazy crew associated with Adult Swim’s hit series, Robot Chicken. Green actually used his show’s Anime Expo panel to talk up what they’d be doing in San Diego a few weeks later. Which was launching the Adult Swim's Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II Roller Skating Tour.

Robot Chicken Roller Skating Tour
Copyright 2009 Cartoon Network. All Rights Reserved

To help get the word out about their show’s latest DVD (i.e. “Robot Chicken: Star Wars - Episode II,” which hits store shelves tomorrow) Green, Breckin Meyer and Matthew Senreich hitting the road on August 1st. They’ll be traveling around the country, stopping in eight major cities over a two week period and then staging a skate party. Which will feature Robot Chicken-themed activities & games as well as live performances by Gym Class Heroes.

As sort of a preview party (before the actual tour gets underway in LA next month), Seth has invited Comic-Con attendees to come join he, Breckin & Matthew at Skate San Diego (Which is located at 700 East 24th Street in National City) this Saturday from 8-11 p.m.. Where they’ll then be able to take part in this free for-all-ages event, listening to the DJ (Gym Class Heroes won’t actually join Adult Swim's Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II Roller Skating Tour ‘til this tour officially kicks off in LA) and/or shopping for exclusive Adult Swim merchandise.

And speaking of shopping, die-hard Robot Chicken fans may be interested to know that – if they purchase a copy of the “Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II” DVD – they’ll then find a voucher inside that allows them to gain access to this event a full hour ahead of the general public.

Robot Chicken Skate Tour
Copyright 2009 Cartoon Network. All Rights Reserved

As for the dates & venues of the official Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II Roller Skating tour, they are:

That – I guess – is the point that I’m trying to get across with today’s article. That there’s more to pop culture events like Comic-Con and Anime Expo than just attending panels & screenings. And that – if you dare to venture outside of the convention center every now & then – you can then take part in some pretty fun events.

Being open & flexible (as well as being aware of all the opportunities that surround you), that’s the real key …

Anime Expo 2009
Photo by Shelly Smith

… to enjoying yourself at an show like this.

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