When you think about San Diego Comic-Con, you probably don’t think of it as being a battle, but it is. You battle for a spot in line. You battle for a seat at the bar. You battle to get into a party. Hell, the real battle begins when badges go on sale! That of course is followed up with the massacre that is Hotel Day. That’s why I love Comic-Con: The Art of War. I know you’ve seen it floating around. It’s a great resource no matter how many years you have under your belt, plus it’s hilarious. It was put together by House of Darkly who has nine years of Comic-Con foolishness under her belt. As a matter of fact, she’ll even be at WonderCon this weekend at Booth #481.
The guide is 40 pages long and touches on everything you can imagine. The best part is it’s put together like a book. It has chapters and even pictures! A few examples of the different chapters are “Battle Tactics: How to get in,” “Brass Rings: Snag that Swag,” and “Navigation Help: Con Landmarks.” As you can tell just by the titles, it’s a pretty humorous take on the situation but it has legit information. She touches on the different panel rooms as well which is really nice. Sure, we’re all familiar with the size of Hall H and Ballroom 20 but what about the smaller rooms? Yes, Comic-Con has smaller rooms and even non-TV/Movie panels! I know, it’s a little shocking to hear. The diagrams included are on point and would help even the most directionally challenged person find their way. Yes, I am on of those people.
If you want to know more about the person behind the PDF, be sure to check out her interview with SDCC Blog. She sounds like a great person who really just wants to help the rest of us out. I think that’s one of the nice things about Comic-Con. Most of us attending want to have a good time but we don’t mind helping out our neighbors. Remember this when attending any convention! I know it can be annoying to be asked 100 times what a line is for but just smile and be helpful. You were that first timer at one point in your life too. It might sound silly but someone being a dick at something like Comic-Con can really put a damper on someones day. We’re all there for the same reasons, to have a good time and celebrate being a nerd!