If this is your first year at Comic-Con and you got your pass awesome! There are a few things that you need to know. If you have been to Comic-Con before then you know the madness that is in store for you. Comic-Con is such a fantastic and fun event, but one that can easily turn frustrating and hard. Here is a list of suggestions that I have to offer to help you in your Comic-Con experience.
First of all: If you didn't get your tickets way in advance, then you're out of luck my friends. I think the reason this year sold out faster than any other year, was because the Twilight fans knew that there was going to be a panel for New Moon.
Walking: You are going to be doing a hell of a lot of walking. No joke, every year I have gone, I have dropped at least five pounds. It's quite an incredible workout session. So if you're out of shape, I hope you've been training. If not, then just know your feet are going to hurt. Wear comfortable shoes! They will save your life.
Plan out what you want to see: Make sure you make a list of everything you want to see. Including: panels, celebrity signings,movies, and a few back up plans as well.
You won't be able to see everything: You might not make it into everything you want to see. Which is why you should have a back-up plan. The big panels and events will fill up. And unfortunately, not everyone will make it.
Waiting in line: Comic-Con is home of the longest lines you have ever seen or stood in. The line for Hall H is literally a few miles long! It runs off to the side and behind the convention center. I can tell you that if the line is as far as the Mariott Hotel and Marina you will still get in Hall H when it first opens. But if you really want to get in Hall H then you must wait in line, and you will need to get in line a few hours before the event to make sure you get in. You will spend so much time waiting line, make sure to bring some snacks, reading material, and an ipod.
Be Social: While standing in line for hours, don't be afraid to talk to people standing in it with you. You will meet some great people and have some fun conversations. Remember, you have a lot in common with the people attending Comic-Con, so you will have a lot to talk about. You never know who you will meet either, you might be surprised by who is standing in line with you.
Don't Scare the Celebrities: They will be all over the place, if you happen to run into any of them, be polite, have a manners, respect their privacy, and don't follow them around the convention. Sure, you can talk to them! Just be cool, you know what I'm sayin'? Celebrities are people too.
Don't Stare at the Booth Babes: Just don't. I know they are there to look at. But if you linger around way too long (staring at them for an unreasonable amount of time), this means that you are scaring the shit out of the them. These girls have a hard job, and it is a job. There is no need to make them more uncomfortable than they already are.
Bring Cash: Cash is king at the con, especially if you want to but some sweet ass toys. Some places will take debit and credit cards, but it costs them money to use it, so if you bring cash, everyone wins.
Bring Beverages and Snacks: You will be glad you did, so much to do, so little time to eat. I find I only eat one good meal a day while up at the con, because there is so much stuff to do.
People will be Handing out Lots of Stuff: Take it, it could be something cool, if not you can easily get rid of it. There have been many times these handouts ended up taking us to free food, and some really cool movie screenings going on around town that you may not have heard of.
Ghirardelli Chocolate Ice Cream Shop: This is a must go for everyone who goes to Comic-Con! So freakin good! We will be there every night getting our ice cream groove on.
Look for the people wearing GeekTyrant T-Shirts! If you see us walking around, stop us! We'll be happy to give you a free t-shirt, and hang out if time is permitting. If you see us in line, maybe we'll let you hang out with us while we are waiting to get in(if you know what I mean), we're all friends right?
Follow us on Twitter: So you are up to date on where we are at and to keep up to date on the latest and breaking news. We will also have little geektyrant meet-ups, where you will be able to pick up your free shirt.
See you at Comic-Con 2009!