Comic-Con Travel GuideIt’s been about a week since I had the pleasure of travelling to San Diego, California (my new favourite city in California!) for the largest Comic Convention on earth. It was an experience I had on a list and I’m overjoyed that I was lucky enough to attend such an event.
I only had a 2-day pass so my friend Jenny + I attempted to cram as much in as possible to the event that had over 100,000 people attending. Looking back on my time there now I’ve compiled a list of 5 things I learned from the experience to hopefully help next years attendees or anyone who’s on the fence about going to such an event.
1) There is a lot to do at Comic Con.
It is no longer just a couple of people in a basement talking about Dungeons & Dragons, it’s much beyond that with multiple levels of nerd you can partake in and join.
Check the whole 4-day schedule and pick 1 thing above all you really want to do/see/participate in while at the Comic Convention and plan to do that.
Once you’ve chosen, don’t half-ass it and think showing up 5 minutes before will make your 1 thing happen cause everyone has the same agenda so take the initiative or lack of sleep and line up that hour earlier or wait that extra x amt of time and do it.
2) Talk to people.
I’ve never been somewhere that I found so easy to talk to anyone. Everyone there I spoke to was insanely nice and they’re all nerds too from waiting in lines to hanging out on the exhibition floor, or folks in costume you take pictures with and even the awesome artists/celebs/booth babes = all awesome.
If you can’t be yourself at Comic Con, where can you? You’re among friends and no judgements will be made, it felt like a very safe environment.
3) You’re going to wait and wait a long time.
You’ll probably wait for the bathroom, then wait for food, then run to a line for free stuff, then wait in line for the autograph you’ve been dying for and THEN wait in line for the bus home.
Bring snacks + liquids, something to hold you over while ‘queuing’, it’s also a great ice breaker if you share said snacks with other folks who didn’t think ahead as you will now.
4) Don’t get all wrapped up by the “free” stuff you can get.
That sign went up and I saw folks look different, and like they would push me out of the way for a free flyer – someone did actually. You’ll stand and wait in long lines with pushy people for a pin.
I found a lot of times those lines were not worth it and where the pushiest people were.
5) Be Super Nice to Folks in Costume.
They went to a lot of work to create quite possibly their masterpiece and have been asked all day to “take a picture” over and over again. I found if I stopped them and was over-the-top nice and rocked a few “how are you holding up?” or “thank you so much for taking time to take a picture, I really appreciate it” then folks were a bit more receptive. They know people are going to want pictures with them, of course, but just be nice about it.
OH! Please don’t sneak photos either, you’d see a hot girl Catwoman (or something like that) walk by and all of a sudden it was like paparazzi were around, some of them had “handlers” of sorts that had to cut-off the photos.
So those are my top 5 tips from my first Comic Con and hopefully not my last. If you’ve been to Comic Con please comment below. I love to hear stories and experiences or any other tips you have too 🙂
Update 2018: This post was written in 2011 and the con has changed and evolved in that time so be sure to check out this updated Comic-Con Travel Guide!