Brace yourselves, San Diego Comic-Con 2017 is here
Now introducing your survival guide to SDCC 2017..
4:58 PM, Jul 13, 2017
11:47 AM, Jul 19, 2017
SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego Comic-Con is finally here.
San Diego's annual comic book and pop culture mecca routinely pulls out all the stops to give attendees and those without passes a one-of-a-kind experience. Nearly 150,000 fans pack the convention center every year for to check out panels, collectibles, and get unique experiences with their favorite artists and celebrities.
This year proves to be no exception, with a number of anticipated visits and events being announced in the weeks leading up to the Con.
WHAT TO PACK
You'll need supplies if you're heading downtown - badge holder or not.
Consider packing some essentials in a backpack to have so you're not left to fight lines in stores:
Deodorant (Don't be that person...)
Portable chargers or batteries
Cash for places that don't accept electronic payments
Also consider packing snacks to avoid fighting the lines at quick-top shops and vendor carts.
If you are looking to stop somewhere to eat that is getting in the spirit of SDCC, we've compiled some delicious options throughout the Gaslamp District offering themed-items.
Also, dress for the occasion. That doesn't necessarily mean your best Batman cosplay (unless you're planning for that.) Traversing downtown for the day could require:
Sturdy, comfortable shoes
Light, comfortable clothing
A light jacket for the evening
Just make sure you're comfortable throughout the day. (And don't forget your badge if you're attending!)
INSIDE THE CON
If you're heading into the convention center doors anytime between July 19 - 23, congratulations. You've overcome incredible obstacles.
The fun starts Wednesday night with preview night festivities. The exhibit hall will open at 6 p.m. with preview night footage and displays open to 4-day plus preview attendees. Even still, the lines for the rest of the week have already begun...
Whether it's your first or tenth time at SDCC, knowing where things are ahead of time is important. Comic-Con has a handy map already available on their website for attendees to download. It's SUPER helpful.
Two things you'll notice: A lot of the big-name companies making an appearance will be found toward the middle of the exhibition hall. Marvel, DC, Netflix, Image Comics, etc. This is where the majority of foot traffic will be, so know that now.
To the left of the hall, Artists Alley gives fans the opportunity to speak with their favorite comic artists and even purchase their art. All the way to the right of the hall is where video game publishers and demonstrations will be staged, which can be a highly trafficked area as well.