Monday, June 26, 2017

SDCC N00B? 7 Ways To Simplify Your 1st San Diego Comic Con!


Everyone has a very first time at any con and San Diego Comic Con is no different! It can be a bit overwhelming. I hope that these seven tips can help you ease into your very first con!

1. Keep calm and carry! Let the con take you where it will. You can always have a plan but sometimes it's fun to deviate a bit. Don't get too upset about missing something. You might run into something even better!
2. Take your time. SDCC is only ONCE a year! Take it all in and just enjoy it! It also might be the only vacation you get this year, hit up the pool and beach. San Diego has a LOT to offer! See my top 5 places to hang out in San Diego.
3. If you are starting to get angry/upset/frustrated take a minute, soak in the sunshine and have a snack. Your probably just Hangry! Make sure your Comic Con Survival Bag aka backpack {a MAJOR must have} is fully stocked.

4. Walk the outer aisles of the con floor and find NEW things to nerd out about. My favorites are all the book publishers. This is such a great way to find new authors/artists and support other nerds {LIKE YOU!} works. Usually these booths are WAY less crowded than the middle of the con. Here you can interact one on one with people and learn more about what they are all about.

5. Downtown is a must! Do not spend your entire SDCC inside the convention center. It took me two years to learn this and now the Gaslamp is my favorite thing about SDCC. Yes it can get as crowded as the convention center floor, but there are so many gems to be found if you look take the time to look. The Hard Rock Hotel is my FAVORITE spot to see celebrities!
6. Pick and choose what you REALLY want to do and always have a back up plan. Some of the smaller panels are JUST as fun as the BIG ones!
7. Take time to meet and talk with other nerds. That is what SDCC is really about! Making lasting connections with people who love the same things YOU do! Start chatting and making friends on Twitter NOW and you will have a built in buddy system when you finally arrive at SDCC.

Comment below if you have any additional questions about San Diego Comic Con. You can also check out our San Diego Comic Con Guide for more useful tips and tricks!  If this post helped you, share please share it with your friends! 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Why You Should Be Creating Traditions at SDCC

I have always been a big fan of traditions.  For my birthday I decorate my own cake. Me and my best girlfriends meet once a week for Brinner. On Christmas Eve night we open one gift. SDCC is no different. Traditions make SDCC even more of a special time and spending it with family and friends makes it worthwhile. Here are a peak at The Nerdy Girlie's yearly SDCC traditions.
1. Photo before each day at the con. I am very keen on capturing special times in my life on film {or now digitally}. SDCC has become a huge part of my life and as such I LOVE documenting it with my camera. What started in 2009 on a whim, now is a mandatory tradition! We cannot leave for a day at SDCC without a group shot in front of the house! It is such a fun way to start the day and document our excitement and exhaustion as the days go by.
2. Photo with Futurama. I have always been a HUGE fan of Futurama and SDCC has only grown that love. When I found out about their exclusives in 2009, I thought "where has SDCC been my whole life?!" That first photo in 2009 sparked a tradition I look forward to every Preview Night, it is one of the very first things I do! I also do one with the HUGE Entertainment Weekly in the Hard Rock Hotel, but that didn't start until the first year we went downtown which was 2011.
3. Blogging each night. I cannot go to bed, no matter how late it is, before I have done a blog wrap up of the day before.  In 2013 I got a bit more lax on this tradition, per my busier schedule, but I did manage to share all my day's events before the con ended. I do this so I don't forget any of the awesome things that happened!
4. One REALLY early day.  2009 it was Twilight.  2010 it was Chuck.  2011 it was Being Human. 2012 it was Firefly and 2013 it was Sherlock.  Looking back, 2009's "early" was only 8 a.m.! Each year that time has gotten earlier and earlier. It wouldn't be Comic Con without the least amount of sleep possible.

5. Closing down the con on Sunday. This didn't actually begin happening until my third year at the con. The first two I was still getting my bearings. Sunday is the last day, I must make the most of it and leave as they are shutting the doors. SDCC only happens ONCE a year...you gotta make it count!

Comment below and share your traditions or if you have any additional questions about San Diego Comic Con.  You can also check out our San Diego Comic Con Guide for more useful tips and tricks!  If this post helped you, share please share it with your friends!


Saturday, June 24, 2017

5 Things To Do Outside Comic Con To Experience San Diego

I LIVE for San Diego Comic Con!  BUT I also LOVE San Diego!  There are so many fun and relaxing things to do, in and around the Convention Center, here are a five of my top favorites!

1. Coronado 
This my favorite place in all of San Diego! It is so classic and relaxed! You can catch the ferry at The Convention Center and take it across the bay for $4.75 each way. {Ferry Schedule}.

*Get fresh air and rent a bike and see the island! My favorite hot spots are:
*The Hotel Del and the beach in front of it. Coronado has the best beach in San Diego!
*Then stop and have lunch at The Brigantine. Right near the Del at 1333 Orange Avenue.

A short walk over from the Convention Center {open daily 10am - 9pm} and you can enjoy the many different shops and restaurants there are. There are plenty of places to relax as well in the warm San Diego sun and places to eat! The views of the harbor and Coronado are amazing. Next door is the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum, a sight to behold!

Both the Zoo and the Park are great ways to get out of downtown and get some space between you and the craziness of the con. Stroll through each area without a sense of rush. Enjoy the views and breath the fresh air.  

A one day Zoo Ticket is $52 adult, $42 child.
Balboa Park has quite a few museums, you could go there for days, here are my top picks:
4.  Sea World
If you are looking to get away from crowds, Sea World is not your place. But if you are a fan of amusement parks, Sea World is not to miss. They are growing bigger every year and now have a brand new roller coaster! This park is perfect for all ages. Tickets are $60 adults and children if you purchase online.

Belmont Park is located in Mission Beach, near Sea World. The park has many rides and games, plus a great view of the ocean. Admission is free, you pay for each ride. It is a fun place to walk around, or just hop over the boardwalk and chill on the beach.

BONUS TIPS near the Convention Center:

*The Walking Dead Escape. A zombie obstacle course, fun but a bit pricey at $75. You get 30-50 minutes inside the course and it is open at Petco park. 

*The Zombie Walk runs through the Gaslamp and is a free event that you can stand around and watch OR take part in!  There are always awesome zombies and they are so great at staying in character! Follow them on Twitter for more updates @sdzombiewalk.

***Last tip is just walk through the Gaslamp...one year I came across a Robert Kirkman signing and there were about 10 people in line. WAAAAYYY easier to get into than ANY signing on the show floor!!

Comment below if you have any additional questions about San Diego Comic Con. You can also check out our San Diego Comic Con Guide for more useful tips and tricks!  If this post helped you, share please share it with your friends! 


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