(There are going to be two parts because SO MANY THINGS HAPPENED.)
I had the absolute pleasure of attending Comic-Con for all four days (including Preview Night) this year. I only went on Thursday last year – so I knew going in that this was going to be an even more wild ride. I had to prepare a lot more for this con, so I did a lot of research. Tony B. Kim’s blog, Crazy4ComicCon was extremely helpful. His “10 Weird Things You Need Before Comic-Con” list was hilarious and gave great context to what I needed to expect going into this behemoth of a week.
Here’s a list of things I ended up bringing with me each day:
- A backpack
- An umbrella (ESPECIALLY necessary for times where you’re waiting in long lines in the sun)
- A foldable chair for hellish lines (there are many)
*MTV gives tiny chairs out every year in easy-to-carry bags, so definitely head to their booth for this freebie next time!
- Bottled water/refillable water bottle (there are water fountains inside)
- A ball cap/sun hat (protect your face!!)
- Cardigan/sweater for the evening
- Two portable phone chargers + cables
- Poster tube
- List of exclusives I wanted to buy on my phone (SDCC Unofficial Blog has a tab exclusively for…exclusives, lol.)
I looked at the programming schedule and the Toucan Blog (also a fantastic source for tips on how to survive the con) on the Comic-Con International website and used the official Comic-Con app to save information about the panels I wanted to go to! They also provide quick guides for each day at the Convention Center itself so you don’t have to use up your phone battery.
Here’s a breakdown of what happened each day: