FX’s “FXhibition” Terrifies Guests at SDCC (in all the best ways)
This year one of our favorite things about San Diego Comic-Con was the offsites! Networks put up all kinds of offsite experiences for attendees outside the convention center, no badge required. This year, FX put up what they called an “FXhibition” which thousands of guests enjoyed over the four days of the Con in their space at Hilton Bayfront Park. It featured larger-than-life art installations and interactive fan experiences based on some of the networks most coveted shows including Archer, American Horror Story, The Strain, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, and Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.
Some highlights included:
- The cast of Archer gave a special one-night only performance of the famed touring show ARCHER Live! aboard the Inspiration Hornblower yacht on Thursday, July 21st.
- It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’s reimagined Paddy’s Pub was brought to Comic-Con to rescue attendees from the heat by serving water on tap. Over four days, Paddy’s Pub poured over 12,300 drinks and distributed more than 3,000 reusable, collapsible FX cups.
- FXhibition became a space for all fans whether attending the convention or exploring downtown San Diego, providing the opportunity to capture memorable photos at Comic-Con. Art installations in the space were inspired by some of FX’s most beloved series including:
o The Strain’s 25-foot “infected” Lady Liberty statue.
o Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll’s massive smashed guitar with broken pieces several feet in size fan could pose on top of.
o The FX Sculpture Garden’s eerily life-like sculpted busts of iconic FX characters including Archer’s “Pam Poovey,” American Horror Story: Asylum’s White Nun, Man Seeking Woman’s Troll, The Strain’s “Quinlan,” Baskets’ Clown and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s “Frank Reynolds” as the “troll” character from The Nightman Cometh.
o Fans had fun posing for pics in special seating re-interpreted as notable props from various FX series, including the American Horror Story: Hotel Mattress as a Barcelona Bench and Archer’s Martini Olive as an Oliva Chair.
Our absolute favorite thing at the FXhibition was the American Horror Story “Fearless” Virtual Reality experience- which welcomed guests to immerse themselves in the show’s most iconic and frightening storylines. Virtual Reality experiences were big for offsites at this year’s con, with at least three shows offering their own VR experiences. None were so terrifying as what was presented here, though! FX has been pretty tight-lipped about the new season, and the VR experience just gave a brief hint. Take a look inside the experience with the photo and clip below!
Inside the white room, guests were invited to lie down before being “tucked in” with disposable white hospital sheets and fitted with virtual reality classes and headphones for a truly immersive experience. Check it out:
Kudos to FX for bringing us one of our favorite experiences all con. We can’t wait to see the new season of American Horror Story, premiering on September 14th on FX!