It's kind of hard answering that ultimate question from people that didn't attend San Diego Comic Con. "How was comic con?", they say. "Uhhhh..", I say. The actual answer afterwards is usually filled with words like fun, amazing, exhausting, stressful, tiring, ridiculous, and whatever else that will make people understand that SDCC is no walk in the park, ever. Now that I got that out, SDCC for me was incredible as usual!
SDCC usually consists of my mom and sister, so we're basically a little team that explores the exhibit hall together. The only weird day was Preview Night. There was a little checkout snafu with Blizzard's blink sale, but their excellent customer service at the booth made things right without hesitation. Preview Night for us was just scoping out booths and routes since we had a soft plan each morning.
One of the main struggles each year is having time to hang with friends. I'm running a tight schedule once those morning plans dictate what happens each day. Most of these scheduling things are about signings and swag/booth experiences. Some happenings I had to skip due to having zero time getting from one end of the convention center to the other. Signings can have a delay in starting on time, especially if those guests are coming directly from a panel. Booth staff could have media interviewing guests prior to signings, which is another perfect way to extending a waiting time. Getting swag from booths (WB and Netflix in particular) can take forever. Booths that offered experiences of sorts (Cartoon Network to name one) required a chunk of time during peak hours.
I'm not the biggest exclusive buyer anymore, so that definitely changed the way I tackled SDCC over the past few years. It's also kept my bank account from being emptied easily. There was an era where SDCC exclusives were really, really awesome to me. That aura isn't there for me anymore. I buy things here and there, and some of these products are just exclusive to conventions in general, not strictly SDCC.
Something I didn't really focus on this time around is cosplay photography. The only day I really tried was Sunday. This is kind of my only event this year that I'm attending as a fan, so it wasn't that much of a priority. However, cool cosplays that I saw when camera-ready got shots. I definitely packed too much gear, even knowing I probably wouldn't get much done the way things are planned.
That easygoing approach to this madhouse weekend has made the experience much more enjoyable in general. It also allows me to slow down and be with my mom and sister, and see all the things SDCC offers at their speed. Luckily we basically like the same stuff, so I'm never feeling disinterested if they want to look at something. We're a seasoned SDCC family, and we adjust each year to make sure it's the best time ever. That's why SDCC is always incredible for me.