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10 Tips To Help You Survive Comic Con This Year

By on July 13, 2017

By Pauline Perenack

ScreenSpy is coming to San Diego Comic Con!

Hey guys! I’ve been attending Comic Con for years now, and as a San Diego local, I’ve learned a number of valuable tips for surviving the 5 day show. Since you’re part of the ScreenSpy family, I wanted to share those tips and tricks on how to make it through the Con and still have fun.

Also, if you’re on the grounds, feel free to tweet me, or find me to say hi. Just keep your eyes peeled for that ScreenSpy press badge.

  1. Pre-plan your schedule. There’s nothing worse than missing a panel you wanted to see because you didn’t know when it was on. So first things first, download the Comic Con app. Why? Because you can log in to personalize your own schedule. Go through each day of the schedule, and star the events you want to see.
    1. Pro Tip – Click on the menu on the left, and choose My Favorites. Suddenly, every single thing you wanted to see is in one easy list.
  2. Pack the essentials. Bring your phone, a charger/extra battery, a water bottle, snacks, sunglasses, sunscreen, sharpies, anything you want autographed, and aspirin. Buying water and snacks at the convention center is really expensive, so try to avoid doing so if you can. Also, it’s July in San Diego, and a lot of events are now outside in the downtown core. If you’re not used to the weather, you will burn, so load up on that sunscreen.
  3. Take the trolley to the convention center. Not only can you buy a Comic Con exclusive multi-day pass, but you won’t have to worry about trying to find parking, or waiting for your Uber to get through traffic. It’s quick and convenient, and goes to many locations throughout the city.
    1. Pro Tip – If you’re going North on the train, this is usually the busiest train. As such, catch the train near Hall H, and you’ll be much more likely to get a seat.
  4. Ditch the Comic Con exclusive bag after the first day. The giant bag you are given when you check in on your first day is awesome. You usually can find one of your favorite show. However, they’re big, and bulky, and you end up getting caught on someone else as you’re squeezing through the crowds on the tradeshow floor.
    1. Pro Tip – Buy all of your merchandise on your first day when you have the giant bag to hold everything. Then, leave it all in your hotel room for the rest of the Con, and instead use a smaller backpack for the remaining days.
  5. Bring a sweater. I know this sounds completely counter-intuitive to one of my above points where I mention how hot it is, BUT, the temperature inside the convention center ranges from the frozen tundra upstairs where the panels are held, to the temperature of, well, Lucifer’s home on the tradeshow floor. So, dressing in layers is always smart.
  6. Wear comfortable shoes. This should be obvious, but it’s true. Running shoes are the best, because while sandals are comfortable, your toes will get stepped on. A lot. So unless you know you’ll be avoiding the tradeshow floor on a certain day, wear those close toed shoes that you’ve already broken in.
  7. Avoid convention center food. Yes, it’s convenient. Yes, it’s easy to find. But, the lines are long, and the food isn’t that great. And, it’s expensive. Instead, explore the Gaslamp District, or Seaport Village. Both have great little restaurants and you’ll be dealing with less people and will get way better food.
    1. Pro Tip – Be on the lookout for food trucks. If you can find them, they’re cheap, and they’re awesome.
  8. Hotels are great for seeing celebrities. They need places to stay too, right? I’ve seen more celebrities while waiting for friends at various hotel entrances than I’ve seen anywhere else.
  9. Pace yourself. Comic Con is a marathon. If you have the full 5 day pass, you’ll be on your feet for up to 15 hours a day, for 5 days, and you’ll be walking a lot. By Sunday, you’ll feel like you’ve been hit by a bus. So make sure you get a lot of sleep, drink a lot of water, and just do what you can. Don’t over extend yourself.
  10. Have fun. Comic Con can be overwhelming, but just make sure you have fun. Focus on the experience, and look around. You’re going to have a great time.

 

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