Surviving the maddening H-Hall line, ignoring the trolls and immersing one’s self in various fandoms is just the tip of the iceberg at San Diego Comic Con. This year’s star-studded event delivered new content, SDCC exclusives, laughs, and a place for cosplayers and artists all over the world to showcase their skills. This was my first time there as Press, and only my second time there over all.
I was fortunate enough to attend a few panels in Hall H. The line zig-zagged at the edge of the convention center, but it was worth it to see the stars of The Vampire Diaries, American Horror Story, and Fox’s new Television series, Scream Queens. It was a great experience to see legends of the screen be down to earth and talk about something that they love to do. It was also very heartwarming to see so many fans support Jared Padalecki (Supernatural) in promoting depression awareness by turning on their candles. I may have gotten misty-eyed…or not…but I probably did.
Over the pass few days at the event I have learned a lot, and I would like to share them with you.
1. Be mindful of the weather. This year, we were lucky that the convention was at the beginning of July. Weather was in the mid-seventies, which isn’t too bad. The unrelenting sun, however, can be a huge determent of snapping photos of cosplayers and performers outside the convention. Sunblock is a definite must to protect you from sunny San Diego’s rays.
2. Don’t be afraid to go outside. Many people will take breaks outside, but local bars, restaurants and shops value Comic Con attendees. It’s not uncommon to see lunch and drink specials and even discounts from local businesses. Bring some extra cash and utilize those discounts.
3. If you want to see anything, anything, in Hall H, for the love of all things wonderful, get there early. I showed up, like the newb I am, 30 minutes before the convention opened to stand in that line. I overheard fellow attendees that staying in the line too long could turn you into a White Walker. But if I get to see my favorite actors on a panel, it’s worth it, right? Getting in line early will ensure better seats and the chance of receiving any goodies actors may be throwing out from the stage.
4. Get in touch with your feelings, babe. Not all the panels are about exclusives or new releases. There are some that tackle body confidence, how to pitch your graphic novel/film/book, etc., as well as panels that tackle diversity. Find something that will speak to you, spark your interest or boost your confidence. It’s great attending these because you get to learn about something that could help you do better at something in life, and we could all use a little extra help with that.
5. Explore. If you have time, make sure you don’t just stay in the exhibit hall. There are other parts of the convention center with other panels, booths, and of course, autograph signings.
6. Unlimited Power! Okay…not unlimited, because batteries in phones and cameras die. Bring extra batteries or a wireless charger, because any functioning outlets will be in use, either by fellow Con attendees or by vendors. Charge wisely, my friends.
I was very thankful to attend this year, and hope I can continue to learn and grow more at next year’s event. Excelsior!
Photos from SDCC 2015. Click on any image to enlarge.
Photos by Andrea Agosto [www.andreaagosto.com]. All rights reserved.