There are tons of really awesome blogs and websites out there that offer tips and information for San Diego Comic Con. Instead of making you search all over for them I’m going to share them here. I found most of these last year when I was doing my own planning. Even if you’ve been to SDCC 5 times, there’s always something new to learn!
San Diego Comic Con Unofficial Blog is a great place to find a ton of information but if you’re trying to figure out what to do when Con hours are over, this is the place to look. They have a great page filled with off-site and after hours events. This can be very useful if you only managed to snag passes for a day or two. Right now the posts aren’t frequent but once it gets closer to the big event the posts are pretty much daily.
I found the 2010 San Diego Comic Con Guide at Shouting Into The Wind last year. She not only shares tips and tricks but answers questions as well which is great. She mentions tips such as making sure you pick up the Daily Comic Con ‘Newsletter’ every day as events are always changing. You’ll also find information on how to be a better Con attendee, like making sure to take into account that the backpack you have on expands your personal space.
The Comic Reporter offers 100 tips for attending San Diego Comic Con. The article was written in 2009 but the advice is still solid. What’s nice is they have the article broken down into sections like “Ten Tips For Saving Money On A CCI Trip” and “Packing & Preparation.” If you’re going to SDCC you need to read this! I know 100 tips sounds like a lot, and it is, but they are all useful.
If you want something to carry around with you I’d recommend picking up a copy of the Unauthorized San Diego Comic-Con Survival Guide. It’s a pocket sized book filled with a ton of information like where to park, how to get around town and how to get all your swag home without breaking the bank. I bought a copy last year and found it very helpful. It’s only $4.99 plus shipping and comes in an E-Book version as well!
One you might not think about is TripAdvisor. I use it all the time when looking for reviews and information on hotels. It’s important to know if your hotel is near a Metro stop or not. Is it within walking distance? What about wi-fi? Do they have a mini-fridge in the room? It might not sound important now but it will be. Speaking of the Metro, you’ll want to check out the Metropolitan Transit System website. They have a nice little trip planner that might come in handy and of course information on stops, time tables and fares. They actually sell a day pass for $5 which might be worth looking into depending on where your hotel is.
Of course there a ton more blogs and articles out there and if you do a simple search you’ll be able to find plenty. Be sure to check them all out! Yes, some might repeat information but you might find that one tip or trick that you haven’t found anywhere else. Hey, it’s better to be over prepared than under!