The official kick-off party for JoCo Cruise 2018!

Saturday, February 17th | 6-9PM

The 1st Annual ‘Sea Monkey Send-Off’ is a one-of-a-kind exclusive festival in the famed San Diego Comic Art Gallery featuring hand-selected local craft beer, authentic Mexican street tacos, live music and large format video games. Best of all, proceeds for the event benefit Traveling Stories, a San Diego non-profit that provides books and reading experiences for children in need.

Tickets include

  • Unlimited 4oz craft beer samples
  • Legit street tacos
  • Hosted at the San Diego Comic Art Gallery
  • Mike’s HOP-CADE video games
  • Live Music by IDW house band, Gentlemen Ghost
  • Proceeds benefiting charity, Traveling Stories

The San Diego
Comic Art Gallery

Could you ask for a better venue? We’re taking over the entire ground floor of IDW Publishing headquarters, one of the top comic publishers in the US! Hobnob amongst rare and amazing comic art in their San Diego Comic Art Gallery. All located in a historic decommissioned naval base.

Craft Beer

Arguably one of the craft beer capitals of the world, it wouldn’t be a San Diego event without including some local breweries. Featuring multiple pouring stations, you’ll be able to appreciate some of the best that San Diego has to offer.

Legit Tacos

The best Mexican food in town isn’t found at a restaurant, it’s served up at family backyard events via classic taco carts. We’re bringing in our hometown heroes to grill up fresh tortillas and traditional Mexican fare with authentic salsas. Trust us, you’re going to love it.
*Vegetarian/vegan options available.


A tribute to 80s arcades made from beer barrels and kegs. Go head to head on arcade barrels displayed on projection screens! The crown jewel of Mike’s HOP-CADE is the Super Battle Arcade, a beastly custom welded double tower of kegs that pits two players in six classic arcade challenges.

IDW House Band

Not only are they comic book mavens, but they also rock out! Comprised solely of IDW staff, Gentlemen Ghost, will be jamming some surf rock on their in-house stage at IDW Headquarters. Yup—they have an freakin’ in-house stage! Song requests accepted only in Klingon.

Good times become great, when there is a community benefit involved. By attending the Sea Monkey Send-Off, you’re helping to put books into the hands of kids around the world who can’t afford them. Be a mensch by drinking beer with  Founder, Emily Moberly, and learning about her mission and collaborations with IDW. Get yourself informed and verklempt by visiting