It’s that time of year again. That time of the year where comic book lovers make their pilgrimage to the mecca of nerd-vana, San Diego Comic Con. But SDCC is no longer just a gathering of comic book lovers, SDCC has turned into a major Hollywood event. The scale of SDCC is an intimidating site to behold, so here is a quick & easy survival guide for first-timers.
1. Pace Yourself
First and foremost, Comic Con is a marathon, not a sprint. The convention floor is huge & overwhelming and will take a lot out of you, mentally and physically. So take your time. Your badge works all day, so don’t feel like you need to cram everything into an hour or two.
2. Be Prepared To Wait
The amount of people attending the convention is overwhelming. And there will be periods of time where you are waiting in line. Certain booths will have a line to get in, i.e. Lego, Marvel etc.
But a good way to pass the time while waiting is to strike up conversations with your fellow convention goers. You’re all here for the same reasons, so don’t be afraid to say hello. What’s the worst that can happen? You make a new friend?
3. Keep Your Devices Charged
SDCC is a battery killer when it comes to your devices. The endless amounts of photos/tweets/status updates and text messages will drain your smartphone quickly. So it’s a good idea to invest in extra batteries or portable battery chargers.
But don’t forget that there are things you can do to make sure your battery life lasts all day. For example… make sure the brightness on your screen is turned down, this is a huge drain on your battery. Close out apps running in the background. Turn off wifi, or switch your phone to the 2G or 3G cell network. These networks are still supported, and your phone won’t have to continually try and connect to a very crowded 4G LTE network.
July is one of San Diego’s hottest months. So make sure you are drinking water and staying hydrated. If outside, find a shady spot to relax and rest for a while. The convention does allow for outside food to be brought in. So I recommend bringing a backpack and throwing in some water and snacks.
5. Leave The Convention Center
There is way more to Comic Con than what happens on the convention floor. The whole city embraces it, so don’t be afraid to wander around outside and see what’s happening. Who knows, you might stumble upon something incredibly awesome. Like a zip-line through Gotham City.
6. Gaslamp At Night
The fun doesn’t stop when the convention floor closes. Make sure you spend some time in the Gaslamp Quarter. Almost every place you walk into will have some kind of event related to SDCC. Whether it’s a Street Fighter tournament, a Cosplay contest or an epic Stormtrooper vs Predator dance battle (shown below), there won’t be any shortage of fun.
7. Have An Awesome Time
San Diego Comic Con is an amazing experience. Take tons of pictures, collect all the free swag your arms can carry and just enjoy being able to take part in an event that celebrates all the things you love.
So soak it all in and have a blast.Energy 103-7’s Topless Summer presented by Jeep Cherokee. JEEP CHEROKEE. With up to epa estimated 31 highway mpg. Visit jeep.com today!