How to Survive Comic-Con
Patricia Morris Buckley – Sr. Staff Writer
If you’re lucky enough to travel to San Diego for the Annual Meeting of Geeks and Pop Culture Nerds, you probably aren’t sleeping tonight in anticipation. But put in a bit of planning before tomorrow morning and the next four days will go smoother. Really!
- Pack something to sit or you’ll be standing in line for a long time. Taking a lunch will keep your costs down. Don’t worry about bottled water – there’s plenty inside the rooms.
- Want to get in Hall H for a morning panel? The new Toucan Tracker for Hall H is the way to go. You need a color-coded wrist ban if you’re waiting to get into the FIRST program in this massive room. BUT that doesn’t mean you can leave the line. Make sure you understand the policy – it’s all in your program guide.
- Before each day, comb the program guide deciding what’s most important to you. Then pick a second choice for each time slot, because there’s always a chance you don’t get into your first choice.
- If you want to get into a room, get in there for the program that proceeds it — or even two programs before that. And if what you want is in Hall H, stay there. You may even need to stay there for the entire day!
- Watch Twitter and Instagram for instant updates on line, star sightings and other events.
- Travel as light as you can because you’re going to be picking up stuff as you go. And the chairs are fairly close together, so you don’t want to intrude on someone else’s space.
- Don’t forget to make time for the exhibit hall. There are lots of fun booths and if you’re lucky, plenty of good swag as well.
- Comic-Con is all about the lines now, there’s no denying it. That means that you have to factor in a one to two hour wait (maybe even three for the hottest panels) for everything you want to see (well, not everything —some poor panel only get a small audience). So don’t plan to do more than two to four programs a day. Choose what is really important to you and really make the commitment.
- Pace yourself. It’s a long four days. Don’t try to do too much every day or you’ll never make it to Sunday.
- Get used to the crowds. They’re not going anywhere. But it’s still worth the time, isn’t it?
- If you’re into freebies in the Exhibit Hall, if you a line, get into it. You never know where it will go, but there’s always something free at the other end!
- If you want real deals on merchandise, vendors often don’t want to drag things home and the best pricing is Sunday in the later afternoon.
Relax and enjoy!