I felt like June passed by way too quickly. That said, we’re only weeks away from SDCC. One of my sources has some great info for first time attendees.
Today we are 2 1/2 weeks away from Comic-Con! If you’ve never been to SDCC- this convention is unlike anything you’ve experienced before. The planning and preparation is next level- especially if you want to maximize every moment. Walking into Comic-Con without a battle plan will only lead to catastrophic results. The next few weeks […]
I came across yet more contests to attend SD next month for either Comic-Con or the Star Trek premiere. Good luck to those of you who decide to enter.
SD Radio contests:
The following radio stations in San Diego are giving away pairs of single day badges to SDCC. Just text the code to the specified number and keep your fingers crossed! All of these are only open to San Diego County residents 16 and over until July 21st.
Fandango and Suicide Squad want to send a winner and a guest to SDCC. Prize includes 2 4-day with Preview Night badges, airfare, hotel, spending money, and VIP admission to Hall H for the Warner Brothers panels. Contest is open to US residents (except Rhode Island) until July 6th. You can enter via Fandango’s contest website here.
Are you good at deciphering codes? No seriously, are you? Then you might have a chance at winning 2 4-day badges for Comic-Con next month in San Diego. Check it out, and let the brain busting begin. No confirmation on area restrictions for the contest, but I’ll update as soon as I hear from them. Hopefully. Good luck!
Listen up, Trekkies! The premiere of the latest Star Trek flick will be shown at SDCC next month. Skydance is giving 2 winners and their guests tickets to this event, along with airfare, hotel, and spending money. Find more about it via the SDCC Unofficial Blog. Note that this contest is for the event during SDCC, not the convention itself, and is open only to US residents.
A war is brewing- a battle of preparation. Which side are you on? Tension is mounting and the past 10 months have been filled with many ups and downs and twists and turns. With badges, hotels, and parking mostly down, we can concentrate on the battle plan going into San Diego. In just two months, we’ll be heading into the battlefield of SDCC- so let’s review this checklist to make sure you will be ready:
1. JARVIS, make a list… Too bad we each don’t have our personal JARVIS to take care of all the details leading up to the con. The best way to think of Comic-Con is like going camping. You wouldn’t want to be stuck camping without matches or batteries, so make sure not to forget anything essential. Start making a master list of all the things to order, buy, pack, or create. I know, this sounds kinda…
Yesterday, one of my sources for SDCC released information for another contest. The prize includes a trip for 2 to the event with accommodations, a pair of 4-day passes, spending money, and VIP perks. All you need to do is fill out a short survey here to enter. The contest will end on May 30th, and the winner will be announced June 30th. Entry is open to US residents only. Good luck!
Although it’s still a few months away, one of the largest geek gatherings in the US will soon be here. Both advanced and general registration for the event have come and gone, with badges selling out in record time as they have in past years. Yet not all hope should be lost. There are still some ways you can try to snag a pair of them to this year’s event. Chances may be slim, but they’re there.
With that said, Kernel, Ubisoft, and the upcoming movie based on the Assassin’s Creed game franchise is hosting a contest to send 2 lucky winners to the convention. The contest is open to US and Canada residents until May 13th. Visit the Kernel website to enter. Special packages for the movie can also be purchased for an additional 10 entries.
This is just one of a handful of contests that will be held prior to the event. I’ll post more as I come across them. Good luck!
I tend to sleep in a bit the Sunday of SDCC, but this year I was actually able to get up and get ready earlier than usual. I started the morning by stopping by Nerd HQ one more time. My friend had told me earlier that there was a Coke vending machine where you could personalize the cans with your name, and also make one for someone else. This would probably be the only time I’d be able to have my actual name on a Coke can, so I wasn’t about to miss out on it. The second can was for another friend that I’d meet up with later.
The finished cans. I probably won’t ever drink mine though.
I then headed over to the Marriott to check out the Nintendo Gaming Lounge. Made sure to have my 3DS on to get a few Street Passes. As with past years, they had several game demos, and new to this year was the display of Amiibo and a photo booth where you could show off your best Amiibo pose.
Animal Crossing amiibo
Different colored amiibo for Yoshi’s Wooly World.
Finally it was time to head to the Convention Center. It would be 1 of 2 trips. First was to meet with friends and wander the exhibit hall. We headed back to the Petco Interactive Zone to grab lunch from the food trucks before returning again. It was more walking around inside before they announced that the Convention Center was closing. It’s always bittersweet when the loudspeaker announces the end of SDCC for the year. Everyone headed out towards downtown to either wait for their hotel shuttle or venture out into the Gaslamp area.
Amazing Bebop cosplay!
Giant Groot at the Funko booth. Can I take him home?
One of many LEGO statues scattered around downtown SD.
For the past few years, I’ve watched the remnants of SDCC slowly disappear from Altitude Sky Lounge. It has a nice view of Petco Park and downtown, plus there’s happy hour all day on Sundays. It was nice to see more if not all of my group here and at Bub’s at the Ballpark for dinner. Majority of them were heading back home on Monday. As for me, I always stay a few extra days afterward in order to get out of the downtown area and explore other parts of SD.
A friend was trying out their new camera lens and took some nice shots. Here I am with my friend/SDCC roommate Alexis.
With my friends Derric and Eileen
I’m actually still feeling some withdrawal despite it being almost a month since SDCC. Overall, this year will be a hard one to top, but it just makes me excited for what’s in store next year. I definitely enjoyed myself more since I decided to skip panels. That’ll most likely be my plan again.
With Preview Night and settling into the hotel I’d be staying at out of the way, it was finally time to take on Comic Con. I had arrived early Thursday morning with one of my group to join others at the Convention Center. For most of us, our mission was to hit up the Bandai and Hasbro booths. Bandai didn’t sell anything on Preview Night, so it was pretty much everyone for themselves. The only way to guarantee entry into these booths was either by 1) Getting a ticket with a specific time slot to return (Hasbro), 2) get one of the first 40 tickets to go immediately to the booth to make your purchase (Bandai), or 3) grab a raffle ticket for the item(s) you wish to buy and hope your number gets chosen for you to return for your purchases (Bandai). Of course, that’ll involve waiting in lines…again.
See how #LineCon fits into the equation now? Both lines move quickly each day, but your place in them determines how good your chances are of getting to the booths early, or even at all. A friend was nice enough to give me their raffle ticket for Bandai, which unfortunately was off by just 1 number. BUT another friend got a winning number, allowing me to buy the one thing I wanted from their booth. In return, I helped them with the LEGO raffle that was happening the same day. Yes, another line to get into. But these SDCC attendees love their LEGO, so it really wasn’t a big deal. Remember, I chose not to attend any panels this year, so walking around and standing in line did make up the majority of my 4 days here. LEGO had 2 raffles, one for an exclusive building set (a different one each day) and one for an exclusive mini figure (again, different one each day). So you can imagine how long this line could possibly be. Believe me, long is an understatement! Like the Hasbro and Bandai lines, it moved quickly once the raffles opened. I was lucky and won both the set and the mini figure (gave that to the friend who helped me with Bandai) for that day.
Once my friendly mission was accomplished, the only things left to do were head back to the Hasbro booth to get my exclusives, and then head over to Tokidoki’s booth for a signing with their creator Simone Legno. For the latter, wristbands were handed out every morning of the convention to the first 60 people who passed by the booth. 2 of us, myself included, were able to get them. These two things were a must for my Thursday since I would be too busy Friday and Saturday to fit this in. I was very happy to get them crossed off the to-do list.
I was about to dread having to drag around my ginormous Hasbro bag since the Transformers Devastator exclusive I got from them was pretty heavy, but friends headed back to our hotel room took it with them. Thank goodness! My friend and I then waited for the Simone Legno signing to start at Tokidoki. We were among the first 10 out of the 60 people for that day, so I was pretty much in and out of there. I had a plan to get the first vinyl figure I ever got from them signed. It was given to me by my best friend several years ago. I also managed to have a small conversation with him while he was signing it. Gotta love a guy with an accent! He even sketched Iron Man for another friend who was shopping around their booth. She loved it, of course.
My Mozzarella figure’s finally signed!
And with that, my second day at the Convention Center was done! My friend and I stopped over at the Petco Interactive Zone to check out the food trucks and other attractions. Grabbed my dinner from the Salt & Lime truck and ate while waiting for other friends to meet up with us before walking over to Petco Park for the MTV2 Fan Fest event.
Awesome display with a “blood” fountain for Dark Souls III.
Since SDCC is all about lines, it was shocking to see the HK Cafe truck without one.
Free Sanrio giveaways!
Al pastor and carne asada tacos with a Nutella chimichanga from Salt + Lime
Our now group of 4 headed to meet up with 2 more people at Petco Park. Unfortunately, they wouldn’t let portable chairs into the venue, which those 2 people had, so they ended up not coming back for the event (boo). Those in attendance were part of a taping for the MTV2 Fandom Awards ceremony, which also had live performances by Flo-Rida and All Time Low. Each person was given a pass that allowed them 1 free food item and 1 free drink item (non-alcoholic or alcoholic with ID). Since we attended last year’s event, we decided to avoid being near the stage. It was nice to chill out and watch the performances for the remainder of the night.
Looks like I’ll need to do a few more posts for the remaining days of my SDCC experience since there’s just too much to write about. Stay tuned for Part 3!