For Dave Maass, covering Comic-Con International as a freelancer for the Rolling Stone is an endurance sport.

From the Wednesday through Sunday that the event takes over the San Diego Convention Center, the former CityBeat reporter books every hour of every day with events like round-tables with famous folks, parties, panels and gaming and virtual reality demonstrations.

Tasked with coming up with a list of the best of the best of Comic-Con for Rolling Stone, Maass told show hosts Andrew Keatts that one of his favorite things so far has been the Mr. Robot virtual reality experience. Virtual reality, Maass said, is everywhere in and around Comic-Con this year.

“One of the things that’s interesting this year I think is that Comic-Con has run out of space to a large extent,” he said. “But this year there is so much virtual reality. It seems like every single property has some sort of virtual reality component, and so almost in a way it’s seeing Comic-Con expand into this virtual space.”

With Scott Lewis out of town, Keatts is joined on the podcast this week by Sara Libby. They talk about the republican national convention that didn’t come to San Diego and all the related weirdness that eventually ended with San Diego adopting its “Finest City” motto, the continuation of Lincoln High’s leadership conundrum, the latest in the Lilac Hills Ranch development saga and an explainer on the Balboa Park revamp plan and which institutions are on board with it.

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Kinsee Morlan was formerly the Engagement Editor at Voice of San Diego and author of the Culture Report. She also managed VOSD’s podcasts and covered...

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