You aren’t leaving anything to chance for next year’s Comic-Con. You’re keeping your eyes open for preregistration alerts and are saving money for the big day. But that’s not all you need to plan for. After all, this isn’t your garden-variety convention experience. To make sure you are prepared for next year’s event, check out these tips to make sure you have everything covered. Your alter-ego will thank you.
Sign up for Your Member ID
If you’ve never attended this conference before, sign up for your Comic-Con Member ID so you can participate in the badge sale in early 2016. If you attended last year, register your badge to be eligible for preregistration sales. Unfortunately, if you lost your badge, you will have to pay for a new one. Whatever the case, don’t miss this important step, otherwise you will not be eligible for tickets.
Scout out Hotel Accommodations
Rooms fill up fast during Comic-Con, so you won’t be able to secure a hotel close to the convention center if you wait. Start researching San Diego hotels now to determine which ones offer a Comic-Con rate or early bird specials. Just make sure to book your hotel as soon as there is an opening so you don’t miss out.
Buy Tickets to San Diego
How are you getting to San Diego? Are your driving, taking a bus or flying to Comic-Con? Score reasonable airline tickets a few months in advance so you can keep costs down. Frequently visit sites like Yapta to receive emails when the fares are lower for San Diego, or set up a Google Alert for ticket prices.
Follow the Event on Social Media
If you haven’t started following Comic-Con on Twitter yet, you should. Comic-Con tweets updates for the event and information about signings. Staying in the loop also will keep you excited all year long.
Plan Your Costume
Cosplay is an important part of Comic-Con. If you are planning to dress up, start making your costume now. Many of the costumes are elaborate, detailed and larger than life at Comic-Con, so if you want to make an impression, you need to work on the moving parts of your cosplay debut. For inspiration, check out Racked for unique costume ideas.
Capture Your Memories
It is a bad idea to lug your giant camera and lenses to this convention. Instead, invest in a smartphone with a high-resolution camera like the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. With a 16-megapixel camera and a battery life up to 20 hours of talk time, you won’t sacrifice on picture quality or run out of juice during the convention. Plus, with a smartphone, you can take as many high-quality shots as you want and immediately share them with your Twitter and Snapchat followers.
If you haven’t gotten it yet, the key to having a good time at Comic-Con is to prepare in advance. If you want to catch signings or panels, you need to sign up prior to these events. Remember, it is up to you to be proactive.
Rudri Bhatt Patel, of Phoenix, is a writer, editor, former attorney and the mother of Nandini (10)