It’s the end of the Con season and it was definitely a great year for conventions. The San Diego Comic-Con can’t come soon enough and waiting 8 more months seems like an eternity. However, successful planning for SDCC starts now- so here are a few things to be thinking about as you prepare for Comic-Con 2013.
- Badges: The first round of 2013 badges went on sale already for previous 2012 badge holders. If you are brand new to SDCC, there will be a sale for you in the future. It will go fast and within minutes so if you are going to make an attempt, make sure to get a…
- Member ID: Sign up for a Member ID on the CCI website. Once you do that, make sure you ‘opt in’ to notifications. You should receive a notice a day or two before the badges go on sale (that could vary). You should set aside a few hours for the morning when badges go on sale. The very limited stock will no doubt go quick but processing could take a while. So save a ‘sick day’ for the morning of badge sales.
- PRESS: For new and returning PRESS, you need to apply by December 10th. There is no special access but it does provide you with a 4-day pass with Preview Night. More info here.
- Hotel: Don’t freak out if you have discovered that most SD hotels are already booked up. SDCC reserves a majority hotels all around SD for their hotel reservation system which will go on sale probably in the Spring. Similar to badges, this will go quick and will require a couple of hours in the morning. Check out my previous post about choosing the right hotel for you. It doesn’t hurt to have a backup hotel reserved- just make sure they have a ‘free canellation’ policy so you don’t get stuck with two reservations. If you know you are going ultra cheap- check out the Gaslamp hostels in the area.
- Airfare: It’s getting harder and harder to find cheap airfare these days but you will increase your chances if you book sooner than later.
- Cosplay: (Costume-Play) To cosplay or not to cosplay, this is the question. A solid costume can take months to research, create, and assemble. For novices to this world, there are some great sites and forums that can help get you started like Cosplay.com and CosplayTutorial.com . You can also follow a ton of great cosplayers on Twitter to like @VampyBitMe and @MnikaLee
- Finances: The amount of money you will need (food and memorabilia) to save depends on how you like to roll while you at SDCC. Some live large like it’s the last vaca of their lives, while others go ultra frugal. A little planning now will go a long way later. For instance, if you set a $400 goal, you just need to set aside $12.5 a week till July! If you sacrifice going out to eat once a week, you can be stress free once we hit summer.
- Nerd Swag: Since Christmas is around the corner, it’s not a bad idea to ask Santa for a few geeky shirts to add to your SDCC wardrobe. Also, having a couple of pairs of good shoes is critical for the survival of your feet. Starting shopping now.
- Other Cons: If you can’t wait till July, here is a list of some other great Cons in 2013.
Hope these tips helped- and please leave a comment about anything you are doing to prepare for the big trip in July.