“I have cheered the uncheerable!”

Didn’t sell your soul for a San Diego Comic Con ticket this year? Take your neck out of that noose! There is still plenty to do around the convention center this year. Possibly the coolest event you could see this weekend is over to 520 5th Avenue, where you can take a tour through the Laika Experience. This extraordinary micro museum features dozens of puppets, models, and sets used on screen in the films Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, and Kubo and the Two Strings. Admission is absolutely free (although expect long lines all weekend long), and gains you access to a pop-up shop as well.

President and CEO of Laika (as well as the upcoming director of the Transformers Bumblebee film) will be onsite Friday, July 21st at 3PM to autograph any merchandise you hauled across the country. There is also an opportunity to win a limited edition pair of Nike sneakers, created by designer Tinker Hatfield and inspired by the Laika brand. Since you’ve saved your soul on Comic Con tickets you can spend it on snagging the Coraline Nike Dunk, the Nike Air Foamposite One ParaNorman, and the Kubo XV.

The Laika Experience opened early on Wednesday, but the remaining hours are:

  • Thursday, July 20: 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM
  • Friday, July 21: 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM
  • Saturday, July 22: 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM
  • Sunday, July 23: 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM

Below is just a sampling of the art on display this weekend. While not my favorite film from the studio (that would be ParaNorman), The Boxtrolls on display were easily my favorite pieces to get lost in. Laika Studios will be taking this exhibit on the road this year, their first stop being Portland, Oregon.

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