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jedibanner 7/9/2010 5:55:28 AM

Is there a way to emphasize TAKE A GO!$#$#AM SHOWER AND USE DEODORANT!!!

Hate it when people stink.

Wyldstaar 7/9/2010 7:15:46 AM

The notion of 'gamer funk' or 'geek funk' is famous enough for these smelly folks to theoretically know better.  Sadly, they are the sorts of people who think that it couldn't possibly apply to them.  No amount of signs or hints will be effective.  The only way to get through to them is to just tell them to their face in no uncertain terms that they reek.  Even then, it probably won't have any effect on them.  Smelly is as smelly does.

GLCorpsMember 7/9/2010 7:32:12 AM

Another item for your bag...Airborne!!!

Not a year has gone by that either my girlfriend or I haven't come home from Comic Con sick.  We call it the "Nerd Flu".  I'm not a germ freak but there's just so many germs when you get that many people that crammed in together.  So bring your hand sanitizer AND Airborne and take that Airborne at the first sign of a what always starts as a little lump in the back of your throat.  The kind that you go to bed with and just know it's gonna be a full blown sore throat when you wake up in the morning. 

Darkknight2280 7/9/2010 9:27:02 AM

Yeah when i walk past an UBER GEEK/NERD they usually smell like BO or a dirty wash rag...wtf How can you not smell yourself and say hmmm i think i should take a shower and apply acctual soap to my body. No i havent experience the stench that is Comic-Con..but i have been to 2 Star Wars Celebrations and you can still catch a whiff of UBER GEEK/NERD..I will be smelling that smell again for Celebration V.

DaForce1 7/10/2010 8:07:35 PM

 Make a plan:  Um, if you go to the Comic Con website, they have a nifty little feature this year which allows you to schedule all the events you may want to see, electronically, and then sync them with your Google and/or Outlook calendar which you can then access with your phone.

 

Water Bottle: www.waterbobble.com  Go to that site and find out where you can pick up one of these guys in your hometown. They cost $10 and are refillable. You'll thank me later when you see bottles of water going for $6 a bottle. 

Learn the area around the con:  Why? because the further away from the con, the cheaper things like food and other items get. Like the 7/11 and the Rite Aid hidden about three blocks away from the con. Those places are usually empty because no one knows they're there. I suggest downloading a few apps for your smartphone to find these. Yelp, Aloqa, Loopt, Google Goggles, and Layar are a few. Taxi Magic also works in finding a nearby taxi to take you back to the hotel should the shuttle be unavailable.

 

Don't Drive!: Unless you're an exhibitor or you're coming down from L.A. for the day, do yourself (and everyone else) a favor and leave the car at the hotel and take a shuttle, a taxi, or the red car to the con. Traffic is messed up so badly in that area and parking is so expensive that it's not worth the hassle. 

ultrazilla2000 7/10/2010 10:33:46 PM

Yeah, the body odor can get thick in there...but the fact is, by the time the day is coming to an end...EVERYBODY there reeks!  Sorry, but don't tell me your sh*t don't stink, cause it WILL!  But still, shower and pack lots of deoderant to help things.

This was a fun read, very true too.  I've enjoyed three visits to Comicon and can't wait for my fourth (though not sure when that will be.)  Definitely scope our the exclusive  item at the top of your buying list first thing...it's amazing how chaotic it gets so soon.  Toy collectors are a hardcore bunch!  I tried two mornings in a row to get into the Hasbro booth line first thing, only to be turned away because the line had gotten too long and they were dishing out stupid lottery numbers to see who could even get in line!  Luckily, my final attempt was on my Birthday, so with a flash of my ID and a cute, begging smile...I was let in to get my swag.

So yeah...if you're Birthday falls on one of the Comicon days...WORK IT!  ;)

RandomChance 7/11/2010 1:54:50 AM

The food inside is hideously expensive. If the shuttle routes are the same as they have been the last few years, the Orange Route shuttle bus will have a stop right outside the Ralph's store in downtown SD, which is highly preferable to buying 8 dollar nachos and 4 dollar cans of sprite.

As far as making purchases, if it's for something non-exclusive and non-limited (ie, something you think you can risk waiting a day or two for without it being sold out), I've found that a lot of booths tend to have some pretty good bargains on Sunday, since they'd rather sell their stuff rather than pay for shipping it back home.

Take advantage of Preview Night if you've got one of the 4-day preview night packages. It'll give you a peek at the exhibit hall before everyone else shows up on Thursday morning, and a couple of times i've seen exhibitors who've had some special Preview Night bargains or who've given people a heads up on some events that they were planning early on Thursday morning which i might've missed otherwise.

If you're going to Comic-con in a group, set up a meeting place beforehand, because depending on your phone carrier you can get really spotty reception.

The masquerade on Saturday is a ticketed event, and tickets can sometimes go fast. But there are several alternatives to seeing it in the actual ballroom. They've usually got a simulcast that runs in a set of the larger conference rooms, another simulcast in the pavilion/autograph area, and a repeat showing on Sunday afternoon. If you're more interested in the costumes themselves rather than the contest, there's also an area behind the ballroom where the contestants come out to take pictures for press/photographers.

The ATMs run out sometimes after the first day or two. You might wanna check with your bank to see if they've got a branch/ATM close to the convention center or to your hotel.

And finally, keep your eyes open when you're walking through the exhibit hall and convention center. You never know who you might bump into!

Hope everybody who got tix has a blast over there. This is the first SDCC I'll be missing in more than twelve years.    *Shakes fist at early sell-out dates*

uglycouchshow 7/14/2010 10:15:35 AM

Good guide, but there's a lot more information about comic-con that's necessary for the first time con-goer without someone to guide them personally. I'm a 10 year veteran of comic-con, and my mentor is a 36 year veteran! Check out the Comic-Con Guide on uglycouchshow.com. It's a video survial guide.

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