San Diego Comic Con 2015

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? 

 

SDCC 2014: Plenty o’ Panels

It has been nearly a week since San Diego Comic Con wrapped up, and honestly, I can’t seem to shake off the sheer exhaustion that amazing week caused, so there have many binge-watching marathons on Netflix and binge-reading of Game of Thrones to help me recuperate.
But all this downtime has also given me some time to reflect on the awesome panels I saw this year.

This was my third visit to SDCC, and the panels are always an interesting cause of excitement/stress. Of course you want to hear the talent behind your favorite television shows, movies, comics, or books, but how much time (and comfort) do you give up to wait in line for the panels? How hardcore are you in facing down the eternal line of Hall H? How well can you sleep on the cold cement while waiting?

For me, panels are something that I look forward to, but I also look forward to sleeping in a bed and showering, so I know that Hall H and I will never become close friends. I have woken up around 3 am in the past to see certain panels (Psych, Sherlock), but that’s kind of the extent of my panel badassness.

But this year, something strange happened at SDCC. Yes, there were still lines for miles for Hall H, but I managed to just walk in to several large panels. I even heard from other friends that they were able to walk in to Hall H on Thursday and Sunday (which seems crazy). Con luck was on my side, and I was able to see not only great panels, but the panels I actually wanted to see! Even though I didn’t get to see a few that I wanted (ugh, The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, why do you have to be so popular??), I saw so many awesome ones. Here are some of the best ones that I saw:

1.Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog
This is the first year I’ve been able to participate in this panel. It’s one of my favorite Joss Whedon projects (that’s saying a lot), and when you can sing along with Nathan Fillion on the big screen, well that’s a glorious thing.

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2. Penny Dreadful
I loved hearing the creator John Logan’s insights into his characters and how they differed from the original source material. He also mentioned Wordsworth. It was like being in one of my favorite English literature classes in college, only hosted by Aisha Tyler.

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3. Marvel Television
This one was high on my list of “musts,” and I was shocked to get in so easily. The panel showed sneak peaks to the new Marvel series Agent Carter which looks incredible. Set in the 1940’s, it is the story of the beginning of SHIELD. The panel then switched to the cast and talent behind Agents of SHIELD. My mad crush on Clark Gregg (if we’re being honest here, the whole dang cast) raged on after seeing them talk about their show. (Seriously, how much do we all love Gregg/Coulson?)

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4. Brave New Warriors
This panel featured the leads from The Giver, Sons of Anarchy, Bates’ Motel, and Fury, but the real standout here was Tom Mison from Sleepy Hollow. He has all of Ballroom 20 laughing hysterically with his one-liners, funny anecdotes, and his facial expressions. Oh, and that British accent? YUP.

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And, finally, the best panel I have ever seen at SDCC…

5. Sesame Street’s 45th Anniversary
Chris Hardwick. Grover. Murray the Monster. Cookie Monster. ALL IN THE SAME ROOM. I was smiling throughout the entire hour, when I wasn’t crying from laughter at the spoofs “Numeric Con” and “Star S’mores.” Best moment? When Chris Hardwick took a selfie with Grover in the middle of the panel. I lost my phone that morning and couldn’t take pictures, but awesome Twitter user @HiddlesEducates graciously allowed me to use her photo. (Someone also miraculously returned my phone. Con goers are the best!)

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How about you readers? Did any of you go to SDCC or Nerd HQ? Which panels did you see? I’d love to hear from you!