Want To Survive Comic-Con 2014? Use These Tips
Comic-Con 2014 is coming up fast, boasting appearances from some of TVs biggest stars. From a panel on everyones favorite HBO show Game of Thrones
to Entertainment Weekly
s Women Who Kick Ass Panel, this years Comic-Con is one of the most promising years yet. Dont get me wronglast years panelists will be pretty hard to beat (can you say: Sherlock
and Doctor Who
panels? I sure can!). Luckily, this years Comic-Con is packing a major punch
, especially if youre 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 Exhibitors Hall. But never fear! Though Comic-Con might seem intimidatingespecially if its your first timeit 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 youre doing and where youre 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 youre trying to get into Hall H (more on that later). So, Id recommend making an action plan, preferably one with long breaks in the middle so that you can figure out where youre 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, Ill spare you the trouble of looking through the scarily long Comic-Con 2014 Master Schedule
and give you some of the highlights:
|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).
|AMCs 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 shows 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 Arrows Stephen Amell
||Saturday, July 26th8pm 11pmHall H
||Epic does not do this panel justice. In three hours, youll 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 ABCs Once Upon A Time, shell 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. Everyones 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. Dont 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. Its 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), Id 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
Trueyou could use the better part of a night waiting in line to see if you get a Toucan Tracker
, Comic-Cons new system for estimating if you will get into Hall H for the first panel of the day, but Id 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, thats what Comic-Con is all about.
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3. Bring Supplies
Whether youre 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 wont 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 youre going to be wandering around outside or are in lines for panels, youll 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 dont 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 youre attending, keep an eye out for me! Happy Con everybody!
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