I’m not talking about the weather. I’m talking about avoiding a nervous breakdown over the life changing event that is San Diego Comic Con. Some of this will sound like common sense but when you’re in a sea of 150,000+ people, common sense can escape you.
1. Take Me Time
I don’t care if this is sitting in the bathroom in a corner or grabbing a drink away from the madness. You will need your “me time” and make sure you get it. This is San Diego Comic Con. You’ll be pushed. You’ll be shoved. You’ll be stepped on. It’s part of the game. You won’t enjoy that panel if you end up freaking out and in tears because you can’t handle the pressure.
2. Make A Plan. Then Trash It.
We all do it. We all make numerous lists of the panels, screenings and events we want to attend. It’s a good thing. It’s nice to see things on paper especially with something this big but remember, plans can change! Don’t be afraid to switch something out or completely saw “screw it!” and change a whole day around. The first year I attended, I had numerous lists and print outs and papers. Last year? I had a few items but I ended up saying “I do what I want!” and only attended one panel, roamed the floor for a few hours and then spent most of my time checking out off site events. Remember, this is YOUR Comic Con. Don’t let the Comic Con control you!
Trust me, before you know it, it’s already 3pm and you’re running on empty. I don’t care what you eat but make sure you eat something. There’s a Subway near the Convention that sells pre-made subs just for SDCC, that way you don’t have to wait in line too long. Grab one and take it with you. If your hotel has a fridge, pick up some food at a local grocer and pack your lunch. Yes, there’s food at the convention center but the lines are crazy and the food isn’t anything special. Don’t be afraid to actually leave and have a legit meal. Might you miss something? Sure. But you’ll miss a lot more if you pass out or end up in a shitty mood because you turn into a hunger monster.
4. Have A Group? Don’t Be Afraid To Split Up
There’s something for everyone at San Diego Comic Con but that doesn’t mean you enjoy everything is has to offer. If you’re with a group, don’t be afraid to split up. No one should miss something they enjoy because of someone else. If Bob wants to see the DC panel and you want to see Marvel, then make it happen. If you enjoy walking through Artist Alley but your two friends want to check out the toys, then let them. Just make sure you have a meet up spot planned for later. Be sure to check your phone for texts too. You won’t be able to hear your phone or probably even feel it vibrate. I try to check mine every few minutes if I’m separated from my people.
5. Be Nice
If you’re standing in a line be prepared to be asked what the line is for. You’ll be asked numerous times. I saw a woman one year actually get annoyed because people kept asking. The lines aren’t labeled and even when they are, it’s not very organized. Sure, most of us hate being asked the same thing over and over but kindness goes along way at things like this. If you see someone drop something, let them know. If someone leaves a phone on the bathroom counter, tell them. You never know when you’ll need that kindness returned. The less annoyed you get at things, the better time you’ll have.
See, told you most of this would be common sense. Just remember, this is your vacation. This is your event. It’s what you make of it. If you’re able to take things as they come and relax, then you have a better chance of having a great time. If you let small things get to you, then you’re already guaranteeing yourself a bad time.