When you’re a nerd, you’re very passionate about the things you love. Whether it be comic books, movies, TV shows, games, or anything remotely classified as “geeky”, us nerds can’t wait to talk about it!
The best thing about being so passionate about a certain subject is getting the chance to meet and talk with others who are equally as passionate. That’s why conventions are a thing! Comic Con is ! The biggest nerdy convention in the United States is without a doubt San Diego Comic Con.
SDCC is a yearly event that takes place in the beautiful city of San Diego, and it’s definitely a big deal. People from all over the globe travel to SDCC to experience it’s many offerings, such as panels, incredible cosplay, and collectibles!
I’ve always dreamt of going to SDCC, and this year, my dreams finally came true! I attended San Diego Comic Con for the first time this year, and I had an absolute blast walking around the convention center for four days!
Now that the convention is over, and I’ve gotten some much needed rest, I thought I’d share my experience with everyone who hasn’t yet made the trip to SDCC. Here’s my unofficial first-timer survivor’s guide for the biggest convention ever!
How To Survive (And What To Expect With) San Diego Comic Con!
1. Always Stay Hydrated!
This one sounds obvious, but it’s a lot easier to forget than you’d think. A lot goes on at SDCC. There’s panels, events, and many other things that you’re going to want to focus on, so much so that you may forget to drink some water every once and a while.
It’s extremely important to stay hydrated during SDCC for a number of reasons. One reason is that it’s in the middle of summer, so heat is expected, even in a by-the-coast city like San Diego.
Another reason you want to be drinking water all day is you’re going to be walking EVERYWHERE! Not just in the convention center, but around it too. Some panels and events take place outside of the convention center, and even though you won’t have to walk too far, it can still be tiring having to go on foot everywhere all day long. Especially since it can take several minutes just to get walk a couple of feet, since there’s so many people traveling all at once. Which brings me to my next topic.
2. Expect Some Serious Overcrowding!
SDCC isn’t just the biggest convention on paper, its hugeness can be seen in the amount of people that occupy its halls. This is actually an issue I and a lot of other people have with San Diego Comic Con, it’s seriously overcrowded. This is mainly because the convention sells a lot of tickets, possibly even more than it needs to.
Now, there’s nothing wrong with giving thousands of people a chance to attend the event, but it gets to a point where it makes hard for most of those people to enjoy everything the con has to offer. But since this is the hand we’re dealt with, we might as well all play it accordingly.
There’s going to be a lot of people around you, so be aware of your surroundings, and remember to keep moving. Never stop in the middle of traffic, unless you want to get trampled by thousands of people heading the same way as you! If you need to stop, just try and maneuver yourself to a place where you can get out of people’s way and stop safely.
3. Lines Are Loooooong!
This one is pretty self-explanatory. You know those stories about how long the lines are, and how impossible it is to get into the big halls like Hall H or Ballroom 20? Well, those stories aren’t exaggerated, it’s really that difficult!
When I went to SDCC, I saw people camping out in the Hall H line on a Thursday night for panels that wouldn’t be happening until Saturday! SATURDAY! While the Hall H line was massive, the other lines weren’t exactly small either. Unless you’re willing to camp out or wake up super early, expect a bit of a line for that panel you’re trying to get into.
4. Don’t Try To Do Everything!
Look, SDCC is full of amazing things, I know. From panels featuring your favorite actors and comic book writers, to movie screenings and more, there’s a lot to do at San Diego Comic Con. That being said, don’t try and do it all.
The SDCC schedule is so large, that you can literally drive yourself mad trying to figure out how to plan your day, but it is VERY IMPORTANT to plan it! Some panels happen at the same time, so hard as it is, you’re going to have to decide which one you want to go to.
You’ll also have to watch out for panels that happen pretty close to each other. Don’t make the same mistake I did, and try to attend two panels at opposite sides of the convention with five minutes in-between them, it just will not work out for you!
The line tip above also relates to this tip. Always take into account how long a line is. Speaking from experience, don’t spend your first time at SDCC waiting for a very slim chance to get into Hall H, when you can go check out another incredibly awesome panel in another room.
5. There’s Something For Everyone!
Worried that SDCC might not cater to your specific geekdom? Don’t worry, there’s literally something for everyone! Love comics? There are comic books and comic-related panels everywhere! Enjoy sci-fi? SDCC has got you covered! How about ? Indulge in your anime love all you want! Are you a ? Hey, I won’t judge you, and neither will SDCC!
Even if all you want to do is play Magic: The Gathering for the entire convention, SDCC has plenty of game rooms and events so you can do just that!
6. Shop On Sunday!
Here’s a little tip I learned from other Comic Con attendees; save your shopping for Sunday! The Exhibitors Hall at SDCC is full of exclusive goodies for you to get your hands on, but you may want to hold off on that.
Sunday is the last day of the convention, and because of this, it’s the day all the discounts, freebies, and sales come out. Exhibitors are there to sell, and if they’ve still got stuff to sell on Sunday, sometimes they’ll sell it for a cheaper price. This isn’t always the case, but it’s worth waiting ’til Sunday to find out.
The only reason you wouldn’t want to wait until Sunday is if there’s a really awesome SDCC exclusive that may not be available by then. I’m still kicking myself for not getting that sweet, sweet Conan the Joker Funko doll the first chance I got!
So those are my tips on how to survive San Diego Comic Con, as well as what to expect from it! All in all, my first time at Comic Con wasn’t bad, but I’m certain to have a much better experience next time around if I follow these tips, and so will you!
Thanks For Reading! What Are Some SDCC Tips You Have? And What’s Your Favorite SDCC Memory?
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