It’s been a week, and I have, no joke, just now gotten enough sleep where I feel like I have the energy to write this post. This year was my first adventure out to the fabled SDCC. The incomparable Kendall Ashley and I made a pact that we would go whether we got press badges or not after spending years dealing with Comic Con FOMO as all of our fellow journalists and friends covered the biggest show of the year. So, we booked our flights, found an airbnb probably a little too far from the site, and eventually packed our bags and made our way to the convention.
And then we hardly saw each other.
You will hear story after story of how insane San Diego Comic Con is, and no amount of preparation makes you ready for it. Despite that, we did a good job. “Ken and Amelia are doing the best they can,” definitely became the theme of the trip though. I’ll go over some dos and don’ts that this lil rookie learned on her first trip out, but first let’s talk about my favorite part of the show: my people.
Being an entertainment journalist in Colorado means that most of the people you work with and for are only known through the intertubes. I have worked with or known many of these people for years, and finally got to meet them fact to face at this year’s SDCC. There are many people that I missed, and some where we forgot to take selfies, but look at all of these wonderful people!
It was also filled with a lot of experiences, many of which aren’t captured in pictures because I was too busy, well, doing them. In addition to the too-packed fancy parties, and lots of amazing adventures with the BMD crew, there were these–
Then came the coverage. SDCC is the living embodiment of work hard/play hard. I’m a small part of an amazing team that worked way harder than me, but I still found myself exhausted at the end of each day. Friday was all interviews all the time. Things kicked off with Clare Kramer, and then we made our way to our round tables where we interviewed The Defenders, Marco Ramirez, and Sigourney Weaver. Then came Saturday, with the CW Television gauntlet. They did Riverdale, Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, Black Lightning, and Legends of Tomorrow all in one day.
Noticeably missing from that line-up is Supernatural. That’s because they get their own day, and aren’t in Ballroom 20. Some folks might be surprised that the boys are still big enough to occupy Hall H, but the gang came to the show with a stunt worthy of the biggest room at the con.
So, yeah. That happened. We were all very chill about our ability to get into Hall H Sunday morning. We figured if we didn’t get in, it would be fine. Thankfully we did with no issue at all, because HOLY SHIT KANSAS SHOWED UP.
This easily would have been my favorite non-friend-meeting moment of the show, had it not been for Stephen Amell and little Sarah making me ugly cry in the middle of Ballroom 20. Stand up dude. I’ll probably watch the show forever, even if it returns to S3/S4 levels of infuriating.
Here are some things I did right:
– Packed a water bottle and jerky each day.
– Stopped trying to plan outside of scheduled interviews/panels and just went with it.
– Packed comfy but cute shoes.
– Made exceptional memories.
Some things to learn from:
– Get an airbnb closer to the convention center.
– If you’re gonna be covering a room all day that isn’t Hall H, schedule a time to pee. You’re gonna have a bad time.
– Get in line earlier than you think you should.
– Get ALL of the pictures with friends.
It’s inevitable, roll with it:
– You will not get enough sleep.
– You will walk 25-40 miles.
– The press room closes at 7. You will be writing from a corner of the convention floor if your hotel isn’t close. You look a little crazy, its fine.
– If you’re an introvert, the parties will be stressful. Decide which ones are worth it and which ones aren’t.
Best advice I have to give:
– Find your tribe and have a blast. No one’s gonna tell you all the things you need to know. It’s going to be a trial by fire, and you will be busy ALL the time. Get the work done, then go have fun.
And that’s that! See you next year, San Diego!