It was one week ago today that I said goodbye to San Diego Comic Con. This was my fourth year attending SDCC, and I feel like every year tops the previous one. There are really no words to describe those five days in San Diego- it truly is a very surreal experience. Yes, it is crowded and you wait in lines for pretty much everything, but it is such a phenomenal time. Here are the top five things that I did this year:
1. Camping Overnight in Hall H-
Hall H is famous to con goers. It’s a room that holds 6,500 people, but it’s so much more than that. It’s where movies stars and directors preview their work. A seat in this room is so coveted that people will spend the night outside the Convention Center for a chance. I have never camped out in Hall H, as I really feel like a warm bed and time on the floor and outside the convention center is usually more exciting than a panel I can see later online. But this year I decided to camp out for a chance to see Peter Capaldi and the writers of Doctor Who. I got in line around 8 pm on Wednesday night. Sleeping on the hard concrete wasn’t the greatest feeling, even though I did have a fluffy blanket. Eventually, we were moved to the tents, where I slept on soft, wet grass. “Sleep” is a bit of an exaggeration. I mostly stayed away, trying to keep warm and reading Twitter. But once we were in Hall H, there was a definite energy. I saw panels with Bill Murray, the cast of Mockingjay, Part 2, Doctor Who, and Con Man (which was one of the best panels I’ve ever seen). Throughout the day, it appeared that people could just walk into Hall H without having camped overnight, but I’m glad I had a chance to experience it. I feel like I earned my con cred.
2. Offsite Activities-
You hear it from everyone who attends SDCC, but it’s true that even without a badge, there’s so much to do in the Gaslamp District. This year, I did more offsite events than ever. I attended the annual Star Wars breakfast, where fans bonded over their love for the movies and bacon. They also had cute swag bags for all in attendance.
I also went to the amazing SherlokedCC party on the top floor of the San Diego Public Library. The party had it all: killer views, great swag, a fun photo booth, delicious food, and a surprise visit by Sherlock writer Steven Moffat. I even met the awesome Elle, creator of the Your Friend Elle blog.
I also went the Game of Thones Experience the Realm offsite, the Nerdist’s Conival (they had Lego velociraptors!), and the Agents of Shield Wrap Party.
3. Friend Time-
I was able to spend time with great friends who don’t live close to me and met many friends I have on Twitter and Instagram. It’s always so incredible to find that people you talk to on social media are just as amazing, if not more so, IRL. You make friends with people in lines, who become your friends online, who then become your friends in real life. I love it. This year, my Twitter friend Robert (he has a great blog called Legion of Sand) hooked me up with a VIP entrance to the Game of Thrones experience. His wife Stacey had an extra ticket, so I went with her. We geeked over Doctor Who, Supernatural, and obviously Game of Thrones. This is why I love San Diego Comic Con: you really do make friendships based on fandoms.
4. Photo Ops-
No, not the kind with celebrities. But I love taking photos, and SDCC Photo Hunt created by The Nerdy Girlie really had me on the lookout for cool photo ops. I didn’t complete all of them, but I love the ones I did.
5. Shopping and Swag
I love shopping for my friends who can’t make it to SDCC more than I love shopping for myself. That being said, I found great things for both my friends and me!
I also scored some great free swag on the exhibit floor, including a great Supernatural hoodie, a Game of Thrones t-shirt, novels, and posters.
I absolutely love San Diego Comic Con. The city is beautiful, the energy is palpable, and an unforgettable moment is always to be had. I’m already making plans for next year, and I can’t wait for July 2016.
How about you? Is SDCC on your Con bucket list?