Welcome nerd to 2014!! The fact that we are not traveling in hover cars or have robot servants by now is very disappointing. Fortunately, we have another San Diego Comic-Con to look forward to. Even though we have 7 more months to go, it will pass faster than the “twerking” outbreak of ’13. However, successful planning for SDCC starts now- so here are a few things to be thinking about as you prepare for Comic-Con 2014. (Updated 1.15.14 Make sure to read the updated badge policies)
- Badges: The first round of 2014 badges will be available for those that previously purchased 2013 badges. A recent update went out last month saying that this sale will probably happen at the beginning of 2014. If you are brand new to SDCC, you will have to wait till after this sale to purchase your badge. If you are not sure which one you are, sign into your Member ID and it will tell you if you are eligible. If you don’t have a Member ID…
- 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 (or week) before the badges go on sale. You should set aside a few hours for the morning when badges go on sale. The very limited stock will go quick but processing could take a while. So save a ‘sick day’ for the morning of badge sales. Also, make sure to regularly check your ‘junk’ mail folder too so you don’t miss any notifications.
- PRESS: Applications closed on Dec 13th so it’s too late to apply as brand new press. Your Member ID will indicate what your Press status is if you are unsure. If your verifications are not due, you just need to wait for the update e-mail.
- Volunteer: Volunteering is a great way to participate in the convention as well as get passes to the show, however availability is also limited. If you completed at least one volunteer assignment for Comic-Con 2013, you do NOT need to sign up for the Volunteer Interest list. You will automatically be notified via email when priority registration opens in 2014 for returning volunteers. You can get more information on your Member ID page.
- 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. What’s important now is start figuring out what type of hotel is right for you- check out my previous post. 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. If you are interested in a time share or house rental, you need to lock that down right away.
- 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 @MnikaLee or @YayaHan
- 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 $400 is your goal, you just need to set aside about a dozen bucks a week till July! If you sacrifice going out to eat once a week, you can be stress free once you hit July.
- Nerd Swag: It’s never too early to shop for your nerd wardrobe- especially the right footwear. Time to spend all the Christmas money!
- Other Cons: If you can’t wait till July, there are some great Cons around the corner like WonderCon in Anaheim (April 18-20).
This is the beginning of many helpful posts about Comic-Con. Please leave a comment below with how you are preparing for SDCC.