Sometimes I think these are the most frustrating weeks of the Comic-Con calendar. A month out from the Con, all the announcements on panels, exclusives and events make it seem like we should be walking into the convention center any minute now - but we still have these final weeks to get through. Time slows to a crawl.
So below is a list of tips on navigating SDCC for first-timers (or those of you who still feel you're getting the lay of the land.) I know you're smart, I know you can figure it all out on your own, but here's the thing - San Diego Comic-Con is really complicated. And figuring it out takes time. Yes, you can just show up and amble around but you'll miss out on so much magnificence if you do. To make sure you hit the right events, meet the right people and find the right nerd treasure, you'll want to make sure you're prepared on a number of practical levels. The SDCC devil is in the details - ask anyone who got derailed by a headache from Exhibit Hall noise or got incorrect directions and spent an hour in the wrong line.
These below posts can help you know what to expect and get the lay of the land in advance. Some of the particulars are outdated, but you'll get the gist of navigating the Con.
Common questions about the Con
The size of the convention center
Transportation at SDCC
Advice for first-timers
Doing SDCC on a budget
What people haven't liked about Comic-Con in the past
Why you should ask attendees for help
The care and feeding of security guards
Staying healthy at Comic-Con
Is SDCC summer camp for creatives?
Portfolio Review and other marketing opportunities
Designing your Comic-Con agenda
Eating well at Comic-Con
13 Tips for Getting in Line
Packing for Comic-Con
And if you're one of the people fuming over all the excited tweets and posts you're seeing, because no one told you about the badge sale! - here's how to join us next year.