At the beginning of 2012 a good friend of mine approached me about attending the San Diego Comic-Con. Neither of us had ever been and, until then, I honestly thought it was something reserved for industry and fame. With a lot of research and careful planning these two Texans were off to their first SDCC.
I’ve been a nerd as long as I can remember. I wasn’t into comic books really, but pop culture, TV, film and gaming have long been passions of mine and I am a collector (some might say hoarder) at heart. So, arriving at SDCC 2012 was like going home for the first time. Stepping onto the show floor was overwhelming, emotional, exciting and maddening all at the same time. How could we ever see it all, make it to all the panels, get autographs, come away with some sweet collectibles and, oh yeah, sleep.
It would be impossible to list all of the high points we experienced last year, so I’ll limit myself.
1) The Firefly 10th anniversary panel – Let me just say – I was meant to be there. To see Mal, Jayne, River and the gang on stage with my favorite director in the world (the one-and-only Joss Whedon)… no words can describe.
2) Expendables 2 – Schwarzenegger and Stallone on stage… TOGETHER. Come one. I am a child of the 80s and these guys were THE HEROES for every kid my age. I don’t think I blinked or took a breath for 45 minutes.
3) The people – I never thought a crowd could be so amazing. Every person I came in contact with shared our passion and amazement for what SDCC had to offer. I dreaded standing in line at 4am for a noon panel, only to come away with some amazing new friends!
The most difficult thing about SDCC was trying to squeeze in everything we wanted to do. Tons of panels, Nerd HQ, autograph sessions, a Marvel scavenger hunt …. There wasn’t time for everything and sleep simply became a nuisance.
Many, many times during our trip we said “Next year we have to ___________.” To help all you first-timers out there, here were the top things we vowed to do the next time:
- Research – no amount of preparation before the Con can be enough, but reading blogs, reviewing the schedules and following the right folks on Twitter is a MUST!
- Power – you WILL use up your phone battery so always charge when you can and makes sure you have some backups, like a Mophie or a FUL backpack.
- Camera – there are too many photo ops at SDCC so get a nice camera and learn how to use it. I was a total noob at photography but I’m learning more every day, in preparation for SDCC 2013.
Overall, my first SDCC was one of the most amazing times of my life and thanks to my good friend, hero and Comic-Con partner, Steve we will be returning to SDCC this year and every year for the foreseeable future.
About Chris Sully
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My Flickr gallery of SDCC 2012 – http://www.flickr.com/photos/socialsully/collections/72157630763378658/