Sac Girl at Comic-Con International San Diego

By Meghan Sullivan

Lucky for me I’ve been to San Diego plenty of times before, because when you attend Comic-Con  you have time for nothing else. You don’t visit the San Diego Zoo or Balboa Park and all of its museums. You spend a lot of time walking in, out, and around the Convention Center and the Gaslamp District.  Comic-Con is full of wonders whether you have an official badge to attend or not.  The spectacle has grown to encompass much of the downtown area with buses and trolley and pedi-cabs, restaurants and hotels all getting temporary facelifts for the event.  Parking lots are transformed with fun houses or Viking ships. And you can even find Godzilla roaming near the Gotham city skyline.  Where else does that happen?

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Godzilla roaming near the Gotham city skyline

Comic-Con is an amazing event, but it is also exhausting and stressful.  I’ve always said Comic-Con is the best place to learn the economic concepts of trade-offs and opportunity costs.  There are so many things happening at the same time you have to prioritize where best to spend your time and what you want to see most. Often times, you’ll be required to spend at least a couple hours in line and watch several other panels just to guarantee that you see the one you really wanted. Is it worth missing other smaller and generally very entertaining panels just to catch one more popular panel? Each person makes that decision for themselves and many choose to spend all day and even all night in the beast otherwise known as the Hall H Line to get into the biggest events of the convention.  But you don’t have to spend all your time in Hall H to have a good time, as I prove to myself year after year.

I caught a large variety of panels, from Paramount Pictures to Orphan Black, Bates Motel to Gravity Falls, and even made it to some fantasy fiction and comic book related panels too. I spent some time cruising the exhibit floor (admittedly I spend less time than most there because I tend to freak out and get claustrophobic when the crowds start to swarm over swag).  And because I did not have a full four-day pass this year, I spent some quality time at a variety of off-site events like the Assassin’s Creed obstacle course, the interactive zone, and more.

My Highlights from 2014:

Mathew McConaughey and Chris Nolan talking about Interstellar.

Do yourself a favor and check out the teaser  if you haven’t seen it yet and keep your eyes open for the release of the full trailer (which I saw and gave me chills).

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Benedict Cumberbatch. Need I say more? That voice! Those looks. And his teasing.

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Survive the Realm Game of Thrones Experience.

Because I got to sit on the Iron Throne and there isn’t much that is cooler than that. Plus, seeing the costumes (Emilia Clarke is super tiny!) and experiencing the climb up the wall via Oculus Rift was pretty sweet too.

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Great Post-Con Resources:

And for all you see while you are at Comic-Con, there is always so much you missed. For that, I’m always grateful for the myriad of cosplay galleries that pop up during and after the event.  Here are some of my favorites if you want to peruse just a small portion of the cosplay present in San Diego this year.

The Mary Suehttp://www.themarysue.com/sdcc-2014-sunday-gallery/

Coming Soon.nethttp://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=121135

Nerdisthttp://www.nerdist.com/2014/07/comic-con-cosplay-round-up/

And a majority of the big panels end up on the web in their entirety as well (minus the screened footage of course).  Do yourself a favor and check out the amazing women who made up this year’s Women Who Kick Ass panel, SDCC 2014 or check out Stephen Colbert as he nerds out at the panel for The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies.

All these sites really are useful to me as I attempt to deal with my post-con withdrawal.  Being surrounded by thousands of people who enjoy similar interests for four full days makes coming back to reality a very strange experience.

Is it time to go back yet?!?

 

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