For years, I have wanted to go to the infamous San Diego Comic Con. The ultimate nexus of all things pop culture. This year, thanks to my cousin agreeing to go with me, I made my way. This is the account of my 4-day experience at the center of all things nerd.
The last day of Comic-Con was a more relaxed day. After two early mornings of lining up, my cousin and I had decided to get in a little more sleep and have some actual food for breakfast Sunday. Although we had wanted to check out the Breaking Bad panel in Hall H, we figured it was a hopeless cause, as it was situated right in between the Supernatural and Doctor Who fans. Let me tell you, I didn’t realize this until I started planning for SDCC, but Doctor Who is RIDICULOUSLY POPULAR! And those fans were uber-committed to camping out for this panel, which had the added bonus of being the 50th Anniversary panel. Yeah, there was no way we were getting in. With not having much to do that morning, we FINALLY made our way over to Petco Park and Nerd HQ. We didn’t get to see any of their “Conversations With A Cause” panels over the four days and we missed out on their crazy fun parties (man, we’re such non-party-goers! Next year, changing that!). Having never been, we didn’t know what to expect. Nerd HQ had an awesome set-up though: laptops with video games, a multitude of old school arcade games were made available to play, couches to relax with charging tables for your electronics – it was awesome.
Both my cousin and I weren’t much of gamers so a quick tour of Nerd HQ, and a purchase of a shirt later, we were off and headed back into the exhibit hall. We made it our thing for the day to get our shopping done. Some things were gone by then, but we still managed to get stuff we wanted to take home with us. Like I said, pretty laid back day.
After sitting down for some lunch (and by that I mean, just finding a place to sit outside of the convention centre), we went back into the Hall H line. Why? Well after all the Doctor Who fans went in for the panel (and subsequently left after the panel finished), there were plenty of seats for the following panel – Community! Like my wait to get into Ballroom 20 on Friday, we only had to wait the length of the Doctor Who panel to get into Hall H. Lots of fun was to be had at the Community panel, as expected. Unfortunately though, both Joel McHale and Donald Glover were no shows (that info was already made known beforehand – Joel’s filming a movie and couldn’t make it, Donald’s only doing 5 episodes this season so wasn’t really expecting him to show up anyways). Bonus: we got swag for being at the panel! A solid (re: not your regular) red solo cup with the Community logo on it. Regardless of what it is, I love swag.
After the Community panel, we headed for one more go-around the exhibit hall, finish up our shopping, try and see if there was any swag we could pick up, and catch any more autograph signings going on and try to get a picture. Before we knew it SDCC was over, we bid adieu to the convention centre and headed on back to our hotel.
Going into this whole process of attending SDCC, I both had an idea and no idea what I was getting myself into. It was a fantastic four days of getting to see some of my favourite actors in person. Although I didn’t get to do everything I wanted (ie. MEET the Nikita cast) or wish I had done things a different way (ie. re-word my question to the Nikita cast), I still managed to do a lot of things I wanted to and had lots of fun. Plus, what I learned this year will help me be more successful in my ventures next year.
Until then, I’m just going to stare at my pictures/videos from the Nikita panel =D
See y’all next year at SDCC!