It's that time of year again, when people get in lines to see writers and artist. That time when people dress up even though it's not Holloween. That time when Twilight lovers and Twilight haters co-exist in one huge room for more than 300 different options of activities. That time for San Diego Comic Con!
So after that really cheesy intro, now I can get into the point this blog entry. I am very excited since once again I am going to Comic-Con, and hopefully get the chance to meet some of CV users too...
This is my 4th year and I have learned a few things during these past 3 years that should be remembered when going to Cons. Again I am very new to this so some of you might have others suggestions I know not of. So I have decided to write this blog and with the help of all of you create a Survival Guide to SDCC '10.
I'll start and if there's anything that needs to be added, please add it to the comments so I can add it to the guide.
- Backpack I always say this and emphasize this. Take a backpack. Comic-Con is very well known for free stuff, so you need a place where to put all those free stuff. Another thing is that you will be tempted to buy things, and just like the free stuff you need a place where to put all those things you buy.
- Water Another thing I emphasize even more than a backpack is to take water. It get's crowded, it's hot and you walk a lot. So keeping yourself hydrated is very important during the whole day. As long as you bring one water bottle is fine since you can later re-fill it in one of the water fountains inside.
- Comics There are chances where you could get a creator's autograph, so if you do your research you can figure out who is going to be where. This is the moment where you would take your comics to be signed by the creators, otherwise you will end up making the mistake I made and getting autographs on a piece of paper.
- Sketch Book Some people like to buy sketches from artists over at Artist Alley, so if you're one of those people then you can't forget the Sketch Book
- Comfortable Shoes Like I said you will be walking a lot so girls don't take heels! (Unless it's part of your costume)
- Toothpaste - Self explanatory (According to FoxxFireArt)
- Deodorant - Self explanatory (According to FoxxFireArt)
- Protein Bars One room a lot of comics, but there's not a lot of Hot Dog stands! (According to FoxxFireArt)
- Bring hat and sunglasses for those who have problems with sunlight and easily sunburn, since you have to be in lines outside. (According to jameswelch)
- Arrive Early! This is very important, there are a lot of people and if you get there by 9 am you are too late because it will take you a lot of time to get inside. SO if you get there early there's a good chance you will get dibs on a lot of things. Remember it's crowded.
- Sideshow Collectibles Visit the Sideshow collectibles first, take pictures and window lick the exhibits before noon, by that time, you would find it hard to see anything within that area. (According to MTHarman)
- WB Booth The first thing I usually do when I go down on the floor is going to the WB Booth since they give out HUGE tote bags, I call them "laundry bags" and everything fits there. (This year's Official Tote bags have been announced: Warner Bros Sponsors 11 Official Tote Bags for Comic-Con)
- Buy Comics to get creators' autograph, sometimes you'll run into a situation where some artists have very long lines and some have none...and you never know when an artist or writer will take off and be the next big thing (According to danhimself)
- Food in the Convention Center The food, is terrible and half-way made, unless your on the verge of going into canniblism, I would avoid the cheap hotdogs that this place has to offer. (According to MTHarman)
- Convention Center Parking If you're driving to the convention, it might be cheaper to park off site (like at Old Town transit center) and take trolly to SDCC. (SDCC also stands for San Diego Convention Center). It's about a 20-25 minute trolly ride from Old Town to SDCC. You can also take the trolly from Mission Valley. (According to jameswelch)
Also if you are going to SDCC this year let me know so we could have a CV reunion or something! ;)