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Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
333 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, California 92101
TORn will be doing a panel at San Diego Comic Con on Friday, July 21 at 5pm at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina in the Grand Ballrooms 1 & 2. The Grand Ballroom is located to the right of the main Lobby as you enter from outside, we are in sections 1 & 2.
Our panel is titled “Still Tolkien about it: 80 years of Middle-earth” and will include discussion about how Professor Tolkien is still influencing pop culture, especially in Art, Literature, music, cosplay, gaming and collectibles. And as always, there will be singing.
The panel will end just before 6pm, and then everyone who wants to gather together can do so at the Marina Kitchen restaurant, also on the Lobby level but down at the far end of the Southern building, closest to the Convention Center.
For anyone showing up in Tolkien cosplay, we will grab a group photo in the Hotel lobby before heading into the restaurant, or maybe just as we hang out waiting to get into the restaurant.
Please only RSVP going if you will be at either the panel (which requires an SDCC badge) or at the Moot at the Marina Kitchen restaurant within the Mariott Marquis (no badge required for this one).
Like with the Ice Cream social a few years back, this will be an informal gathering, stealth Ranger style. We are going to descend upon the restaurant and see if they will just seat everyone near each other. There is a bar/lounge area just before enterting the restaurant, so that may be where the bulk of everyone ends up. But those who want food, I highly recommend this place, even if it's just to share some appetizers.
Our panel ends before the main hall closes next door at the Convention Center, so there should be fewer people to compete with than after 7pm. Anyhow, looking to arrive between 6:15pm and 6:30pm or so and staying until 8pm or beyond, allowing people to then hit up any of the other parties, screenings, and late night activities you want.
The Hotel has not contacted us about trying to pre-book space, so like I said, we are just going to flash mob it, Middle-earth style.