Thursday, May 25, 2023

Tips for in person Comic-Con, San Diego, 2023

  Comic-Con 2023 Great Tips--- Comic-Con welcomes you in person.

art by Rick Geary

1) Wear comfortable shoes with good padding.

2) Drink plenty of water.

3) Bring money to buy your special items. You can get some bargains at the end of the show, but you risk that the item is sold out.

4) Be ready to stand in line for many events and booths, you may need to get a get ticket prior to a signing at the Sails section on the upper floor--check the times, usually 6-9 am every morning.

5) Check the Covid status--check the SDCC website for rules.

6) You can buy SDCC merchandise online and then pick it up in person, including at the Cartoonist Across America & the World booth.

7) Look for cancelled appearances or events, pick up the update sheets or try the unofficial blog.

8) Harbor Blvd. may be closed off--plan ahead for your ride, check the site.

9) Check out the San Diego Zoo not just Comic-Con events, or maybe take a visit to the Comic-Con Museum.

10) There are many evening events, some at adjoining hotels, fields, theaters, and related areas.

11) Be kind and shower--many people everywhere. Be courteous and give folks room.

12) There is a child badge w/adult ticket, see the website for info., this is usually done onsite.

13) Bring pens and paper if you want autographs.

14) Be kind to artists, event folks, cosplayers, and each other--all here to have fun and stay safe.

15) Bring snacks--you will need them while waiting in line or sitting in halls, same with water. The coffee and snack lanes may be long.

16) Don't leave your items anywhere, including coaster, train, trolley, rooms, and convention center. Make sure to take your belongings with you--double check as you leave.

17) Do not carry big or heavy items--check them in to your hotel, or better yet, check them in at coat check at the lobby of the convention floor.

18) There are plenty of things to do outside of the convention. There are literally hundreds of giveaways, tents, and folks giving out great goodies outside the convention area. Check out the food in the Gaslamp district.

19) There are many, many panels full of actors, writers, artists, and fans. Take a look and attend a panel.
There is a panel by Emilio Soltero, Figure Drawing for Popular media---date and time to TBA. See the schedule for more info.

20) Take public transportation (Red Trolley, bus, shuttle), carpool with friends and family, walk, bike, ferry, or jog.


21) There is a souvenir book that you can download for free--at the Comic-Con website.