So, today is the first day of SDCC ’15. And I’m jealous of everyone who’s there.
I’ve only ever been to one convention location, and that’s SDCC. And I’m here to tell you, it’s a madhouse: lots of people, lots of noise, lots of vendors, lots of lots. It’s basically a miasma of stuff. Yes, miasma is the correct term. After a while, it just becomes oppressive.
There are tons of panels to attend. You could literally go from panel to panel upstairs, and never have to go downstairs at all. Not if you don’t want to. (Well, of course you have to be downstairs in order to get upstairs, but that’s just semantics.) The larger panels will have a wait time, and if you’re trying to get in to see a celebrity, then you should get in line as soon as you step on the grounds, but for those of you who aren’t into that, you can avoid that hubbub entirely.
SDCC is not just about comics. It hasn’t been for decades. Comics is really now something of an afterthought to the convention. Sure, you can buy comic books, comic related books, memorabilia and accessories, but there are also tons of other things to see and do down on the main showfloor.
Movies, video games, booths where you can see nerdlebrities (I can’t believe I just used that word, but it’s also true), fantasy art, jewelry, fantasy weapons, posters, movie posters, and toys, toys, toys. Hell, one of the years I went, I saw a fantasy water wall for sale. A. Water. Wall. Dragon on top, mountains for the background, pool of water at the base, and it would go from floor to just about the ceiling in most houses.
There are two downfalls to SDCC. The first is the exorbitant cost of food. When a single bottle of water can run you five dollars, you know you’re being bilked. Leave the food alone. Pack your lunch. You’ll save yourself $30 on the con floor, easy.
The second thing is con crud. I got a case of it the last time I went. Nothing too severe—I went to sleep feeling run down one night, woke up to go back the next morning feeling queasy, lost what little was in my stomach, and then I went to the con feeling much better. How can you avoid it? Don’t go to a con. Really, that’s the only thing you can do.
Don’t think I’m grousing. Going to SDCC is a great experience. I suggest everyone does it at least once. Just go with your eyes open.