Tips For Surviving Comic-Con 2011

Tuesday, July 19 by
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Those of you who will be attending Comic-Con for the first time are probably expecting a glorious event the likes of which you have never seen before. What you’re not expecting is to stand in an overcrowded hall, waiting for hours to get a look at the guy who played Porkins in Star Wars. Sadly, the second scenario is a real possibility.

Don’t get me wrong, Comic-Con is a great event. It’s basically the Mecca for all things dork related. That said, at the end of the day, it’s still a convention, and like all conventions, there’s a lot of B.S. to deal with. However, a little preparation will go along way to making your Comic-Con experience an enjoyable one. Following these simple tips will ensure you don’t have the “worst Comic-Con ever.”

Read the Schedule/Plan Ahead

There’s a reason we’ve been posting the schedule for each day’s events. With so much to see and do, it’s essential for you to prioritize and plan ahead. Unfortunately, you’re not going to see everything. There’s simply too much going on, and events often conflict. Sure, getting your picture with Elvira: Mistress of the Dark would be kind of neat, but is she worth missing out on the cast of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia? Do your homework, and keep in mind that popular events fill up fast. It pays to be early.

Bring Snacks

You know that panel that you’re really dying to see? Well guess what; everyone else is dying to see it, too. This means you’ll be waiting in line for a very, very long time. Lunch? Forget about it. Yeah, you might be able to send your friend to buy some overpriced concession-stand slop, but you run the risk of losing his spot in line, or pissing off the people behind you. Your best bet is to bring your own grub: protein bars, bananas, or anything you can eat without making a mess. It will tide you over, and go a long way toward keeping you sane while you wait.

Bring Sunscreen

Many convention centers are completely contained within one building or connected by covered walkways. This makes sense in Chicago, where temperatures are unbearable for at least six months out of the year. But in sunny San Diego, this isn’t the case, and you may find yourself waiting in a line that is outdoors. If you’re prone to sunburn, it makes sense to bring some sunblock, or at the very least, a hat. Unless of course you’d like to be mistaken for Red Skull, in which case you can disregard this tip.

Chose a Costume Wisely

So, you’re going to try your hand at cosplay. I salute you (especially if you’re a young, attractive female). But keep in mind that while dressing up like a member of the Incredibles might look great, it might also be incredibly uncomfortable. Superheroes are able to pull off tights and battle armor for long periods of time, but are you prepared to go the whole day dressed as a marine from StarCraft? And even if you bring a change of clothes, are you prepared to lug your discarded costume around for the rest of the day? Obviously we’re all for cosplay, so by all means, go for it. All we’re saying is that a little preparation goes a long way. Have a plan in place, and you can avoid a lot of headaches.

Bring Extra Batteries

When attending an event of this scope, there’s literally something to photograph or tweet about around every corner. How long does your cellphone battery last? The same question applies to your freestanding camera or camcorder. It never hurts to have a backup battery on hand. After all, I’d hate for you to miss out on getting your picture taken with Romulan #3 from episode 27 of Star Trek: Voyager.

Consider Using The Stadium Pal

Speaking of long lines, do you really want to risk your spot just because you have to take a leak? Besides, have you ever been in a bathroom that’s been used by Wookiees? Trust me, it’s disgusting. But with the Stadium Pal, you can relieve yourself while you wait in line, and those around you will be oblivious. Yes, this all-in-one urine catching apparatus might be a little embarrassing, but with all the crazy cosplay going on, no one is going to be looking at you. Then again, if you can work an adult diaper into your cosplay outfit, maybe the Stadium Pal is unnecessary.

Speaking of cosplay…

Bring Condoms (Because You Never Know)

If the stereotypes are to be believed, your average Comic-Con attendee probably doesn’t have a lot of game when it comes to meeting ladies. Whether that’s true or not is debatable. Regardless, at Comic-Con, anything is possible. If a girl is willing to set foot in this convention of her own free will, chances are she’s into dorky guys. And if she’s walking around dressed as Power Girl or Slave Leia, she obviously needs a lot of male attention. Sure, the ratio of guys to girls will be against you, but who knows? Maybe you’ll be the lucky man who reminds her of the dad she obviously never had. And if that’s the case, the last thing you want is to catch a case of “The Stigma” from some Vulcan hottie. So, make sure your web slinger is wearing his mask.

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