The Top 3 Tips For Surviving Comic-Con 2014


Want To Survive Comic-Con 2014? Use These Tips

Comic-Con 2014 is coming up fast, boasting appearances from some of TV’s biggest stars. From a panel on everyone’s favorite HBO show Game of Thrones to Entertainment Weekly’s Women Who Kick Ass Panel, this year’s Comic-Con is one of the most promising years yet. Don’t get me wrong—last year’s panelists will be pretty hard to beat (can you say: Sherlock and Doctor Who panels? I sure can!). Luckily, this year’s Comic-Con is packing a major punch, especially if you’re a cable TV fan. With so much to do, it might seem difficult to decide which panels to attend, where to go, and how the hell to navigate the ever-growing Exhibitor’s Hall. But never fear! Though Comic-Con might seem intimidating—especially if it’s your first time—it is manageable if you know what you want to do, who you want to see, and which way you want to go. Here are my top three tips for navigating Comic-Con 2014.

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1. Know What You Want To Do

The single most important rule of Comic-Con is: know what you’re doing and where you’re going. Plunging head first into throngs of men in spandex costumes and women with shields is not the best way to conquer Comic-Con 2014, especially if you’re trying to get into Hall H (more on that later). So, I’d recommend making an action plan, preferably one with long breaks in the middle so that you can figure out where you’re going, make a quick pit stop, get something to eat, or just sit on the floor in the main lobby in a sleep-deprived haze. With that said, I’ll spare you the trouble of looking through the scarily long Comic-Con 2014 Master Schedule and give you some of the highlights:
Panel Time/Place Description
Game of Thrones Panel and Q&A Friday, July 25th1:40pm – 2:40pmHall H Coming back for another year, the Game of Thrones panel is always fun. This time around, panelists include Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister).
AMC’s The Walking Dead Friday, July 25th12:20pm – 1:20pmHall H With a special sneak preview of season five and appearances by executive producers Scott Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert, and a host of the show’s stars, this panel is perfect for any and every Walking Dead fan.
Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment: The Flash, Constantine, Arrow, and the World Premiere of Gotham with Special Appearances by Casts and Producers, Hosted by Arrow’s Stephen Amell Saturday, July 26th8pm – 11pmHall H “Epic” does not do this panel justice. In three hours, you’ll see the world premiere of Gotham, a pilot episode of action drama The Flash, video presentations of Arrow, and videos of the new thriller Constantine. This panel also includes guest appearances by the stars of each of these shows. It is definitely not a panel to miss.
Entertainment Weekly: Women Who Kick Ass Saturday, July 26th4:10pm – 5:10pmHall H Featuring kick ass women from Orphan Black, Sons of Anarchy, Game of Thrones, and Sleepy Hollow, this panel is a must for all feminists and lovers of badass women.
Once Upon A Time Saturday, July 26th11:00am – 11:45amBallroom 20 Remember Elsa from Frozen? Well, in the next season of ABC’s Once Upon A Time, she’ll be moving in to Storybrooke. With Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas, and Jennifer Morrison on board, you cannot go wrong.
George R. R. Martin Discusses In the House of the Worm Thursday, July 24th4:00pm – 5:00pmIndigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront Those who actually read the Game of Thrones books are bound to love this panel. Everyone’s favorite author, George R. R. Martin, discusses his current projects and his new comic book series, In the House of the Worm.

2. Avoid Hall H At All Costs

Despite the fact that four out of the six panels I just listed are in Hall H, I would avoid it at all costs. You cannot fully understand why I call Hall H “the hall of the nightmarishly long line” until you attempt to line up for a Hall H event. Don’t expect to line up at 6am the day that you want to get in and still make it to all your favorite panels. People start lining up for panels in Hall H as early as 10pm the night before. It’s like Black Friday, but for TV binge watchers. Despite the fact that Hall H is the largest hall used in Comic-Con (seating 6,500 people), I’d wager that at least double that amount waits in line the night before. Translation: waiting in line is futile and a waste of your four and a half days at Comic-Con True—you could use the better part of a night waiting in line to see if you get a Toucan Tracker, Comic-Con’s new system for estimating if you will get into Hall H for the first panel of the day, but I’d rather be sleeping. Plus, there are plenty of other awesome things to do at Comic-Con. Take, for example, the HUGE exhibit hall. While everyone else was burning the backs of their necks outside last year, I was wandering around all the booths in the exhibit hall, getting free gear from some of the biggest names in TV and movies, meeting some of my favorite stars, and just generally having fun. To me, that’s what Comic-Con is all about.

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3. Bring Supplies

Whether you’re waiting in a 10 hour line or perusing the exhibit hall, supplies are a must for a successful Comic-Con. But, what do I mean by “supplies?” Here is a list of things that will make your Comic-Con 2014 a breeze:
  • Food: this includes meals, like sandwiches, that won’t perish easily and are also easy to repackage.
  • Bottled beverages: cans, cups, or anything without a screw-on lid are not fun to bring around the Con, trust me.
  • Sun block: if you’re going to be wandering around outside or are in lines for panels, you’ll need some SPF 30 or above.
  • Comfortable shoes: walking around Comic-Con in heels or open-toed shoes is not a fun experience. The same concept goes for clothes.
  • Money (cash and card): you will spend more than you would like to spend at Comic-Con. Even if you don’t buy any exclusives or memorabilia, you will spend a small fortune on transportation, food, and other necessities.
  • Cell phone and charger: Bring a completely charged cell to the con. There are wall outlets (which are only occasionally unoccupied, but still), so a charger can also be useful
  • A backpack: Sure, Comic-Con gives you a snazzy bag. Usually, though, they fall apart from wear and tear, are not zip-up, and are EXTREMELY awkward to carry. Zip up bags will keep all your belongings securely tucked away.
And last, but certainly not least
  • Your badge and ID: You CANNOT get in without either of these things!!! DO NOT forget them!!
Those are the most important things to know before heading to Comic-Con 2014. If you’re attending, keep an eye out for me! Happy Con everybody! Got more tips and tricks to survive Comic-Con 2014? Tweet me @unlevind. Follow me on Twitter or Instagram (@InMyArea) for live updates on the best stuff to do and see at this year’s Comic-Con.

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