Confessions of a San Diego Comic Con Newbie

Countdown to SDCC

I have no idea what I’m getting into.

Well, that’s not exactly true. I’ve been to conventions before, but they’ve mostly been single-fandom affairs. The Rooster Teeth Expo, the occasional Creation Con, other affairs of fandom, and film festivals like Fantastic Fest. But SDCC? That’s a whole different thing, isn’t it? Comics, movies, television shows, marketing, fans, fans and more fans. The big one. Geek Mecca, everyone’s gotta do it once in their lifetime, right? Get those crazy con stories to tell your grandkids and internet friends. “So this one time, at Comic Con….”

Sometimes I think I’m making too much of it.

However, over-reacting or not, I’m going and I have somewhere in the neighborhood of zero to a hundred and fifty different plans. I have schedules that I’ve planned and replanned and I’m in the final stages of putting my cosplay together. I’m looking at my closet, deciding on shoes, looking at my comics, deciding on what I might want to try and get signed. I’m looking at a lot of things, actually, and the more I look the more I think… I’m really over-thinking this.

I’m a fan of a lot of things, comics, movies, webseries, and I’m about to hit ground zero for the year’s biggest celebration for it. If I get hung up on making every panel I’m interested in and getting all the signatures and commissions I want, sooner or later I’m going to end up disappointed. What’s the point of that? Why plan this thing at all? Why not just go with it? Wander at will and see what I find. Sure, there are a couple things I really want to get to; panels that I’m really interested to hear or panels I’m covering for this site, but beyond that? Maybe being a free agent is the best thing.

Some of the best times I’ve had at film festivals have come about because I couldn’t get into one thing so I dashed into another. There’s the element of spontaneity and surprise when you find yourself in a room with unexpected delights that you don’t get when you’re slavishly following a schedule. And that I think, more than anything, is what I’m looking forward to. Being in a room of passionate people, excited and surprised, celebrating our love of comics and entertainment. My people. My Con. Bring it.

I have no idea what I’m getting into, but I’m okay with that.

More to come.

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