To say this blog post is overdue would be the understatement of the century. I arrived in California to go to the convention on July 17. It’s now September 11.
Time flies, and all that.
Anyway, I just wanted to share my experiences with you guys as this was my first major convention. The only other one I’d been to before was Book Expo America, and I’m not even sure that counts. Well, I’m counting it. But still. It did not compare to SDCC in the slightest.
Going to SDCC is like going to nerd heaven. You can wear the craziest, most detailed, most outrageous costume and no one looks at you funny. In fact, you’ll get stopped about 300 times a day so people can take your picture. Isn’t that amazing? The celebration of nerdom is a beautiful, beautiful thing.
The costumes there were amazing. There were some strange ones that I didn’t recognize, and other ones that I didn’t know why anyone would dress up like them (a giant version of the orange ghost from Pac-Man, for example). Here’s a really neat Doctor Who costume!
I didn’t spend a lot of time taking pictures of people in costumes, but I sure did spend plenty of time marveling at them. There were some really amazing, really intricate ones. I love how much time and energy people put into things like that!
I got to see a lot of celebrities I really respect and look up to. Not all of them were up close, but one of the perks of working for Hypable is that it allowed me in as press. I got to do round tables with the cast of Teen Wolf, which was pretty much a dream come true. I also got to meet the cast of Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. How I got through those days without having a heart attack, I’ll never know.
I’m going to have tons of memories from my time in SDCC, from all the palm trees, to meeting so many of my Hypable co-workers, to being able to talk to the creator of Teen Wolf. Then there are the not-so-happy memories, like falling down in the parking lot (OUCH) or having several flights cancelled on my way home, that I wouldn’t trade in for the world, because they were still part of the experience.
I would suggest that anyone who thinks they may be into something like Comic-Con to try to get there at least once in their lifetime. It’s an experience that can’t be matched. But watch out! You might just catch the con bug. I know I definitely did, because I’m already looking forward to going next year!
Have you gone to SDCC? What were your experiences? What about any other cons, major or minor? If you haven’t been to any, which ones would you like to attend?