Things I learned at SDCC

  1. If you purchased a Thursday pass, you can pick it up Wednesday night.  The Thursday line wasn’t terrible, but picking up badges ahead of time would have been great.
  2. You can bring your own food and drinks.  It will save you a TON of money, and it may save you from some lines and slightly less desirable food. (Disclaimer:  most of the food I had was decent to good for convention-type food; however, if you want something specific, you better bring it yourself.)
  3. Wear a backpack.  Even if you don’t bring one with you, use the one they provide.  It is very useful to hold things, especially when you decide to buy souvenirs.
  4. Buy souvenirs early.  People go nuts buying things, and if you need a specific size or item, it will probably be gone.  Also, some bargains can be found on Sunday.
  5. Hall H is nearly impossible to view.  People lined up for Hall H as soon as the queue opened Wednesday afternoon, slept there in sleeping bags, and only had a possibility of making it in on Thursday.  If you really, really want to see a panel, you might need to follow their example.  If you can live without it but would like to try, you might have a chance.  Might.  (I heard a few people managed to make it into a couple of afternoon ones without waiting all day Friday and Saturday.  Sunday was the easiest.  I walked right into the Supernatural panel.)
  6. Devise a game plan.  You need a strategy if you’re going to see and do nearly everything SDCC has to offer, including Petco Park.
  7. Convention hotels include bus transportation.  It is free and an excellent way to make it back and forth.  However, if you can afford it, staying in the Gaslamp Quarter would be the best, since it is across the street from the convention center.
  8. Don’t wear a costume with gloves if you plan to use the mobile app. (Duh)
  9. If you can stay awake or aren’t busy waiting in a line, the nighttime after-parties are fun.
  10. Plan at least one day where you are out of costume if you’re a cosplayer.  That way, you can take pictures more easily and peruse the main floor without your costume getting in the way.
  11. Give yourself extra days before and after the convention to rest or do other things in San Diego.

 

Most importantly, have a good sense of humor about everything and have fun!

Batman 75 panel

Batman 75 panel

Frank Miller at SDCC

Frank Miller

 

PS: Some San Diego natives and other Californians don’t realize how popular and well-known their convention is.  I overheard one group discussing how “absurd” it would be for people to fly to San Diego from other areas of the country (not to mention the world) to visit the convention, much less to put their lives on hold for a week, pay for a hotel, and take time off from work.  Considering I did all of these things, I must be extremely absurd! 😉

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First SDCC Experience

This weekend was the first time I attended the San Diego Comic Con.  While it wasn’t my first convention, it was definitely the largest with the most mid and upper-echelon professionals in comics, movies, and television.  Also, I was able to see merchandise from several companies I have only seen online.

The experience was somewhat different from what I expected–mostly in good ways.  For example, I read several complaints by female fans about other attendees groping them or making crude remarks.  I had only good experiences with fellow cosplayers and general people requesting photos.  Everyone was very polite, and no one made any crude or vulgar remarks while I was out in tight-fitting costumes.  The worst things I had were a “hugs” guy requesting a hug (he didn’t try to squeeze anything inappropriately) and a guy dressed as Deadpool commenting about my “Where’s my movie?” Wonder Woman sign (he made a smart aleck remark about the movie being on the way and “some random semi-famous model” playing her in the movie and not me–isn’t that completely in character for Deadpool?)  I don’t know how it was for other people, but I found the other attendees to be considerate and well-meaning.

I couldn’t believe how many events occurred outside the convention center!  Every day, I found something new to do.  Unfortunately, I had plans for the days when I didn’t have passes, so I couldn’t do everything in the Petco Park area.  The one thing I missed and wanted to do was the Gotham zipline.  I never used one before, and it looked exciting to fly over Gotham.  I did, however, get to run in the Walking Dead Escape.  I thought it was a bit expensive–$78.50 to be a survivor–but for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, it was fun.  I love the show and followed it from the first few trade comics and season 1 of the TV series.  The experience was very similar to what I would expect in a real-life evacuation–with flesh-eating zombies.  I have to admit, I made it through because I was scared to be in the last group.  Instead, I half-sprinted through it.  If anyone is considering going through the course, keep in mind the zombies will move toward you and kind of grab you.  Also, it is pretty rigorous.  Our course at SDCC went up and down a parking garage, through a stadium, and out in an open area on the ground floor.  You need to be able to at least walk quickly to make it through; however, I found running more fun.  (Actually, the zombies kind of scared me into running. :P)  At the end, they gave us prizes for finishing the course and had a sort of party set at the finish line.  My one beef with the Walking Dead Escape is that they erected a party area, set up merch tents, then wanted everyone–most of whom paid the survivor and walker rates of $78-100 to participate–to pay for a raffle drawing and all beverages, even non-alcoholic ones.  Come on, people.  There were about 40-70 people per group per run.  Yes, makeup, space, and props are expensive, but when you have runs going every fifteen minutes from 8-11, do you need to charge for every single thing?  Please, at least consider not charging for non-alcoholic beverages.  Some of us spent most of our money on the entry fee.

Sorry, kind of ranted for a minute.  Anyway, I’m going to make a few more posts with pictures about the convention, so keep an eye out for more.

SDCC welcome sign

SDCC welcome sign

PS: I was a bit sad to discover Chris Hardwick wasn’t there for the SDCC Walking Dead Escape.  I know he’s busy, but it was still a bit sad. 😦  If he was there, it must have been on the other night.  I still think he’s a very fun and energetic host, and the Talking Dead is lucky to have him.

The only way you’ll be discovered is to make yourself discoverable.

Listen to new ideas; they might springboard you to a newer, better model. (Or they may be fabulous all by themselves. )

Say hello. It’s the best way to open doors.

Fashionista

I’m working on a figure for my new business cards. Here are some random practice sketches. I borrowed some books from the library on fashion figure drawing, since I want to use a woman with long limbs. I have a pretty good idea what I want; I just need to draw & print it before SDCC.

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Deleting Contacts

I unused deleted contacts from my phone a few days ago.  Truthfully, I barely notice they’re gone.  It is now a lot easier to scroll through my contact list, and I felt a sense of relief getting rid of the excess baggage.

I also debated reinstating my Facebook account because I keep missing information only published there.  However, if I did start it again, I would have to delete everything and everyone from my page, and some people might be offended because I would refuse to add them.  It’s better for me to stay away from Facebook and miss a few things than to deal with people seeing posts I don’t want them to see.