More Comic Con Common Sense.

Why don’t they look?

The San Diego trolley barrels it’s way through Harbor Blvd. approx. every blink of an eye so time your street crossing appropriately.  The traffic cops will stop you right on the tracks to allow the car cross traffic to snail by the convention center, so be careful that you aren’t ON the tracks or swung onto the tracks by some dudes ginormous swag bag.  The tracks have also become an inappropriate place for promoters to hand out freebies.  Avoid these at all costs as they’re usually just a postcard or flier promoting some horrible local San Diego nightclub or the like.  Also, you will be pummelled by the rest of the conventioneers in their feeble attempt to grab said freebie, so do yourself a favor and plan your route around these roadblocks to make your way even faster to the restaurants and hotels in the Gaslamp district.

Backpacks = more swag room, but also more personal girth

You might be the smallest/thinnest person tiptoeing your way around the exhibit floor, but once you put on that massive Hello Kitty backpack complete with water bottle side panels and an extension zipper compartment, you have now become a stomping Gamera who’s attention is distracted by the ADD-ness of the posters and flashing lights on the floor causing you and your Hello Kitty to swing like a wrecking ball at passersby.  Add an extra foot to your personal radius to avoid unknowingly hitting someone (me) in the face.

Bathrooms rule at SDCC

Yes, you heard me right – ladies, you have little to no lines at Comic Con….do the math.  And from what I’ve heard, the guys don’t need to stress either, the lines are short and fast as most of us take care of business quickly to race back to those panels and events (Wash Your Hands!).  That being said, you costumers (and you know who you are) that take up a bathroom stall for what seems like hours on end while you readjust your Wonder Women tights – do us a favor and CARRY ON!! That’s right, you have EVERY RIGHT to take forever in order to get your costume in tip top adjustment.  It’s Comic Con for goodness sake!

There’s chairs in the Sails

The Sails Pavilion, although busy with registration, autograph sessions, freebie table, blood drives, and artist portfolio reviews is actually one of the quietest and brightest locations in the convention center.  There’s tables AND CHAIRS in this room so it’s a great spot to meet up with your friends and family for a quick picnic lunch, dividing the swag, and planning the rest of the days events.

Autograph ticket distribution sucks

Not since we were 12 have Shawna and I devoted our precious comic con time to obtaining autographs, but on the few times I bothered to do so, I found the experience exasperating.  You now have to plan time in your schedule to line up for a ticket (only a certain number are handed out) which guarantees you a spot in line for someone’s autograph, but doesn’t necessarily guarantee you an autograph.  Yes, you read that correctly.  So if you REALLY want someones autograph, don’t miss the ticket distribution time (which is sometimes a different day completely) and just show up in the autograph line – you will be disappointed.  Shawna and I, however, will sign anything at anytime ticket stub or not.  So you’ve got that going for you…

Walking in groups

There’s nothing more intimidating or annoying than a group of half a dozen friends walking in a HORIZONTAL LINE like a group of Chorus girls throughout the hallways (not to mention the exhibit floor).  You’re rudely taking up space and this is not the opening sequence to West Side story.  Single or double file should suffice.  Really nothing more to say about that, but be on the lookout – happens all the time.

There’s usually a list a mile long of things that irritate or annoy us at Comic Con, but I think Shawna may have covered most of them at this point.  Who am I kidding…more to come!

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This post was written by Jules on June 21, 2009

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3 Comments so far

  1. Bentoboxx June 21, 2009 1:10 pm

    ..Also about Backpacks…The big dealers room is crazy…seriously….there are timed giveaways, random swag giveaways and a sea of people all over the place. You and your backpack will soon learn that you go the way the crowd goes and hope you can turn off into the aisle you want. If you are not careful you will be trampled by teenage girls trying to get the latest “Twilight” poster or Fanboys racing to see if they can see Olivia Munn’s Whaletail. So be patient and considerate of those around you. But also remember it may not be my fault if my backpack full of Chuck, Lost, BSG and Always Sunny Swag accidentally heads your way!!!

  2. Shaene Siders June 21, 2009 11:28 pm

    Okay, this is awesome, too. You and Shawna are talented writers and Comic-Con goers! 🙂

  3. B3 A H3R0 June 22, 2009 10:48 am

    Just wanted to say thanks for these brilliant guides. My friends and I are coming over from England for the first time and this stuff is golden! Cheers!!

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