Tuesday, February 26, 2013

SDCC Plan your attack Part 3

If you have never been to San Diego Comic-Con, the experience can be overwhelming and intimidating. There is literally a lot of ground to cover and a lot of things to see and do with a lot of people around you. And as the Con gets closer you get tense wondering when the schedules for the panels will come out. Well, maybe that’s just me. But it is a concern. God forbid the panels for your favorite TV show and Movie are at the same time. Or maybe the panel for you favorite artist is in one room and takes place right after the panel for your favorite show in a different room, which is all the way on the other side of the convention center. But if you go to the panel for your favorite artist you won’t make it back into the room where your favorite TV show was where the panel for the next big comic book movie is gonna be right after a panel for a a show or movie that you could care less about. Oh, did I mention while all that is going on, another panel that you really want to attend is happening not in the convention center, but at the hotel next door.

Yeah, it’s like that. SDCC will release the schedule before the con. Don’t worry about that. But be prepared to compromise. You may get lucky and all the panels you want to get into happen at convenient times and places where you can hit them all. But don’t be surprised if you have to sacrifice one or more to see another. So prioritize. And be ready to change your plan if your spot in line ends up too far back to get into the panel you want.

When you hit the dealer floor one side will be the big movie studios and publishers with their giant, fancy booths pushing the latest movies, titles, and merchandise.

On the other side will be the independent dealers where you can find your t-shirts, hard to find toys, posters, buttons, etc. and yes, believe it or not, people will actually be selling comics.

Some where in the middle and mixed into different places will be the writers and artist signing and selling their work.

If you want a celebrity autograph, be prepared to pay for it, wait in line, and possibly having to draw a number to see if you can even get in line. All that info will be released by the Comic-Con people ahead of the convention.

Oh, if you want a San Diego Comic-Con t-shirt, get in line as early as you can. I waited till Sunday last year and all the had left was XXL and XS sizes.

Now if I have not stressed you out enough, you can actually have a good time.

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