Now that Comic-Con badges and hotels are secured, it’s time to start developing the battle plan. in three months, we will be descending into the downtown Gaslamp District like the Chitauri from space. However, a successful invasion means effective planning first. Three months will pass before we know it so here are a few things to consider as you develop your plan of attack:
Make sure you have your e-mail badge confirmation in an easy to find place folder on your computer. I would highly suggest you print out multiple copies just in case. I have heard many attendees panic days before the event because their e-mail confirmation got deleted. Don’t be a statistic. Also, make sure that Travel Planners has charged you the two nights deposit on your credit card. Regardless of what confirmation you have, payment is the ultimate reservation. Nothing is real until they have processed your money. Also, you have till April 30 to cancel your hotel, so don’t forget to take care of that.
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After the return deadline on April 30, there should be another sale of downtown hotels by Travel Planners. Like the last one, inventory will be limited so you will need to search other options. Friends of CCI has a great forum with options, those seeking roommates, etc. If you plan on spending all your nights in the Hall H line, then invest in a great sleeping bag.
One of the most important resources you will need at Comic-Con is power. The drain on your electronics like your phone is more than expected. The network congestion makes your phone spool for longer times than normal. Even a simple tweet could take minutes or multiple attempts- causing your phone battery to die sooner. Not to mention all the photo snapping, video, and dropped calls, all result in you stranded mid-day without a phone. There are many options on the market and I would suggest an external Mophie case charger as well as a separate juice pack. Good ones are not cheap so you don’t want to be scrambling to order online a week before the show.
You Got a Pen???
One of the best ways to connect with new friends at Comic-Con is by having personal business cards with your social media information on it. If you make an important connection then the last thing you want to do is not have your info readily available. Sometimes connections happens in just seconds so you want to be prepared. Moo Cards are an affordable and creative way to express your geek self- I’ve been using them for years.
Not Cosplaying Around
If you are new to the costume world and plan on making San Diego the first time you step out of the cosplay closet, then you want to plan now. While a simple store bought costume from a Halloween store is efficient, it won’t gain admiration from your fellow fans. Remember, you don’t have to go big or expensive, you just need to be unique. Hard work is really appreciated even if you are just starting out. However that takes planning. There are tons of resources online like Cosplay.com that have forums for your questions. If you are going to dive into the world of worbla or crafting foam, search YouTube for some great tutorials. Cosplay Tips on Tumblr is pretty awesome too. You will want to give yourself plenty of time to order supplies and fine tune your costume well before Comic-Con arrives.
Deal With Your Baggage
Another important purchase is the right type of bag for your swag. Like a trusted companion, your bag will be with you everyday, all day- so you want to choose wisely. Some go with backpacks, some go with side-satchels, and some just rely on the Warner Bros Swag Bag. There are more options than you might think to consider, especially when it comes to supporting electronics, carrying food, or protecting exclusives. I’ll be posting more about this later but you want to give yourself time to find the right option.
Social media has probably been the best invention to impact Comic-Con in the past few years. Not only is it a great way to meet other like-minded fans but it’s the best way to get news, tips, and tricks from con veterans from all around the world. Even if you are not big into Twitter, it would be good to create a ‘list’ of a few accounts to help you prepare for the show. Some suggestions (but certainly not all):
@TheNerdyGirlie @EnglishmanSDCC @SDCCNerdsAttack
@FriendsOfCCI @The_Con_Fluence and @SD_Comic_Con to name a few.
Comic-Con International’s very own Toucan Blog will have a lot of great tips and announcements so you will want to check that regularly.
Happy planning all! 3 months will pass in a blink of eye so don’t get caught scrambling around. Let me know what you are doing 3 months out by leaving a comment below. Thanks!