Are you ready for SiliCon, the premier comic con event of Silicon Valley? If not, you should be, especially if you’re a fan of cosplay, comic superheroes, pop culture, high tech and gaming. In fact, SiliCon with Adam Savage 2022 is just one week away! With this in mind, if you’re haven’t already gotten your tickets, now is the time to act fast.  But who’s going to be there and what is there to do you ask? Please read on to get more details. Equally important is that you use the SiliCon website as another form of reference.

About SiliCon with Adam Savage

San Jose McEnery Convention Center
150 W. San Carlos St.
San Jose, CA  95113
www.siliconsj.com

Dates: August 27-28, 2022
Hours: Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m

First held in 2016, SiliCon with Adam Savage was originally known as the Silicon Valley Comic Con. As a matter of fact, some of you still recognize this popular convention by that name. The original iteration was founded by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, tech entrepreneur Rick White and the late Stan Lee. Capturing the excitement of the San Diego Comic-Con albeit at a smaller scale, SiliCon remains the Bay Area’s largest comic con. Furthermore, SiliCon’s attendance has grown steadily since that inaugural event. Each of the past gatherings have been held at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in downtown San Jose. Among the celebrities who have made appearances are Arnold Schwarzenegger, William Shatner, Krysten Ritter, Jason Momoa, Lea Thompson and Michael J. Fox.

Adam Savage (credit: SiliConSJ.com)

About Adam Savage

Adam Savage is a celebrated American special effects designer and former host of the Discovery Channel’s “Mythbusters”. Over his nearly 30 year career in the special effects industry, he worked as a model maker most notably with ILM. Among the notable science fictions films he has worked on are “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and Episode II: Attack of the Clones. In addition, his work can be also found in such films as “The Matrix Reloaded” and “Galaxy Quest”. Today, he is the host of his YouTube channel “Tested.com”, among other endeavors. In 2020, he was named Creative Director of SiliCon, occupying the position formerly held by Steve Wozniak. He also serves as the co-producer of this popular comic con. Originally from New York, he now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and their dog Maggie.

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SiliCon Celebrity Collage (credit: SiliConSJ.com)

Who’s Appearing at SiliCon with Adam Savage 2022

Several special guests are already set to appear with more to be added as the event draws closer. This year’s celebrity guest list includes Star Trek icon George Takei, actor Christopher Lloyd, actress Karen Gillan and actress Emma Caulfield. If that’s not enough, actress Gigi Edgley will appear, along with Mythbuster’s host Kari Byron and actor Michael Shanks. One other notable guest making an appearance is actress Javicia Leslie who stars in the CW series “Batwoman”. To be clear, this is not the same actress who was in the recent Warner Bros.’ project, “Batgirl”. Please check the official SiliCon with Adam Savage website for additional special guest appearances.

But Wait, It’s Not Just TV and Film Stars, Right?

That’s absolutely correct. Not only will there be stars from TV and movies but makers, designers and industry executives. For example, Oscar-winning Star Wars/Jurassic Park visual effects producer Phil Tippet will be on hand as well as director Angus MacLane. Also appearing among the many other special guests is Alasdair Allan, Head of Documentation of the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Of course, there will also be well known cosplay professionals on hand. For instance, Beverly Downen, Crafty Sorceress and Melanie Hunsucker will all appear next weekend. That’s to say nothing of the many talented artists, tech experts, scientists and authors who are also coming to San Jose.

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Are Tickets and Autograph Sessions Still Available?

Yes, advance tickets, autograph sessions and photo opportunities are all available online for purchase. Single day adult passes are $50 on Saturday and $40 on Sunday. For children ages 6-12, the price is $25 on Saturday and $20 on Sunday. In addition are may other options, like two-day passes, Family Fun packages and VIP passes. In like manner are discounts for people ages 64 and over and military members with ID. You may also be interested in a Q&A with Phil Tippet and a special screening of  the 2021 animation horror film “Mad God”. This event will be held on Friday, August 26 at the Tech Interactive.

Autographs and Photo Ops

Autograph sessions and photo opportunities will be held on Saturday and Sunday. At this time, tickets for either option remain available. On the high end for photo opportunities are for actors Karen Gillan, Christopher Lloyd and George Takei. Similarly, a full slate of autographs from special guests, including the aforementioned actors and more.

SiliCon San Jose (credit: Randy Yagi)

What Else Can I See At Silicon With Adam Savage 2022?

From the time the doors open, workshops, panels and other events will be happening each day. That’s to say nothing of more than 150 exhibitors and artists who will also be on hand. If you are going, be sure to check with the daily schedule posted online. This will allow you to know the times, places, events and guests on the schedule. Please know that there will be a greater demand of seats available in the Grand Ballroom for the biggest names. Lastly, don’t forget to take plenty of pictures, not only of the guests but the attendees. You will have plenty of great photo opportunities of cosplayers. You might even see someone dressed in your favorite superhero or sci-fi character. After all, this is the biggest comic con in the San Francisco Bay Area.

How Do I Get To SiliCon with Adam Savage 2022?

Parking

As with previous SiliCon/Silicon Comic Con events, it will be held at the San Jose Convention Center in downtown San Jose. Public parking for a fee will be available at many locations, including onsite. At the Convention Center, the current parking rate is $1 per 20 minutes and $25 per day, although it may change for the event. Another option is at the South Hall, where all day parking is just $7. In addition, there is a large parking lot on the west side of the Convention Center on Almaden Boulevard. The daily rate there is $7 although possibly subject to change due to a special event surcharge. Many other city lots will also be open, including near the San Jose Civic Auditorium and Children’s Discovery Museum. If that’s not enough, additional parking can be found a bit further along Santa Clara Street.

Light Rail

The VTA light rail will be a very convenient form of transportation to and from SiliCon with Adam Savage 2022. In fact, there are inbound and outbound stops directly across from the Convention Center main entrance. What’s more, if you’re taking BART or CalTrain, you can use your Clipper card or app for fare payment. Although wearing a protective face mask is no longer mandatory, it’s still recommended by local transit systems. On the other hand, wearing a mask on BART is currently a requirement. Please check the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA.org) for routes and fare information.

What About Covid Restrictions At SiliCon with Adam Savage?

This may be the most important item you read. As a matter of fact, there is a set of Covid-19 guidelines in place for this Silicon Valley comic con event. Please visit the latest information via the SiliCon website. It’s important that you must either be fully vaccinated or provide proof of a negative test result within 72 hours. Furthermore, event staff just sent an email to remind everyone who has already registered for the event. While at the event, you are not required to wear a mask. However, it’s not a bad idea to do so anyways, especially with large crowds all weekend.

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About The Author

Randy Yagi is an award-winning freelance writer who served as the National Travel Writer for CBS from 2012-2019. More than 900 of his stories still appear in syndication across 23 CBS websites, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco. During his peak years with CBS, Randy had a reported digital audience reach of 489 million and 5.5 million monthly visitors. Additionally, his stories have appeared in the Daily Meal, CBS News, CBS Radio, Engadget, NBC, NJ.com and Radio.com. He earned a Media Fellowship from Stanford University in 2012

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