Comic-Con blog: Surviving the Hall H line

The Hall H line starts a day before first panel
Posted at 6:45 PM, Jul 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-21 15:45:28-04

UPDATE (Thurs., 8:16 a.m.):

Gooooood morning Comic-Con enthusiasts!

The first official day of Comic-Con has begun and the Hall H line is short and has not moved. One thing I seem to forget every year when it comes to Comic-Con is that right across the street from the Convention Center is a train depot. Needless to say, I've been up since 3 a.m. and have had about 20 ounces -- and counting -- of coffee already.

The line for everything but Hall H is still moving and I can't seem to find the end of it. Word-of-mouth is the tapping of your RFID card to get in is slowing the entry a bit. But have no fear, my fellow Comic-Con attendees, I am sure they will figure it out soon.

Some serious Hall H drama went down last night around 11 p.m. when people tried to create a line for Saturday already and refused to break up when security told them the line could not be started. After talking with Comic-Con staff, there is nothing to fear. The fire marshall will not allow anyone to to line up for Saturday until 12 a.m. Friday.

Remember my tips and tricks everyone, be polite. The staff and security are working hard to make our Con experience as best as can be and a little sugar catches more flies than vinegar.

Thank you to all our men and women in blue out here protecting us today and all weekend. We appreciate you.

More to come from inside Hall H in just a few short hours.

Be sure to follow me on Twitter @broadwaybecca27 and Instagram @becksters.lab to see all my comic con updates and check out my awesome werewolf attack victim makeup for today!

UPDATE (Wed., 9:57 p.m.):

It's currently 9:57 p.m. and we got our Hall H wristbands about 45 minutes ago. Even though the crowd is smaller for Thursday panels, the crowd was so excited when wristband time came!

It's hard to miss the distributors, their bright green vests have bright red lights lining them. If you're looking for a wristband late tonight, look for a person that glows like Rudolph's nose!

We are all super excited for tomorrow's line up in Hall H. For the past hour, my sister has been yammering on about Justin Timberlake being in the same room as her. (It's partially sugar talking but she is only 14 too).

Personally, I can't wait for the Valerian panel. I have a serious girl crush on Cara Deleveigne and can't wait to see her in two panels this weekend! Exciting stuff is happening people! Anyone have any questions they can suggest asking the casts and creators this weekend?

Preview Night is starting to quiet down but it's not quiet here AT ALL. The same train has been passing by, very loudly, for about 10 minutes and the very nice man in front of me has started snoring. That's not including the very excited Timberlake fans a couple groups in front of me. Should I have invested in ear plugs? I'm starting to think yes.

Don't forget to follow all the excitement on Instagram @becksters.lab, on Twitter @broadwaybecca27 and Snapchat @beckster1992. Tune in tomorrow for all the Hall H fun!

Wed., 6:18 p.m.:

Comic-Con is upon us!

Right now people are flooding the Gaslamp District and San Diego Convention Center for 'Preview Night' and preparing for tomorrow, the first official day of the Con.

Right now you can find me in the Hall H line and I'm ready. For the first time, Comic-Con attendees, I have a few tips and tricks of the Hall H line that I have picked up over the years. I'm feeling a little generous so I guess I will share!


  • Use the buddy system: Having people with you makes a lot of things so much easier! Need coffee? Send mom! Need the restroom but don't want to lose your spot in line? Have a friend there to hold your spot. Remember ladies and gents, the phrase is "stranger danger." Having a buddy keeps you safe in those overnight sleepovers with 1,000 of your closest strangers.
  • Pack your own food: Convention food is not all that yummy and, let's be honest, a little over-priced. Do yourself a favor and go to the grocery store and pick up something to snack on at midnight.
  • Find a comfortable chair: lots of sitting means the ground gets super uncomfortable. I found a chair with a footrest at Big Lots for only $18.
  • Coffee, coffee, coffee: To quote the Gilmore Girls, "I like coffee with my oxygen." Coffee will keep you going. When you get woken up at 2:30 a.m. by the guy behind you snoring, it will be your saving grace.
  • Bring a book: Or anything else to keep you entertained for the hours you will undoubtedly be waiting in line. Personally, I have both a book and a coloring book. (I'm still a child at heart, but aren't we all?)
  • Arrive early: The earlier you get in line, the better seats you will get inside Hall H. And we all want to be front-row center for Justin Timberlake on Thursday. Last but not least...
  • Be patient: It's a long wait, and the further into the weekend we get, the grumpier people get. We are all just as excited, but it's best to be as nice as possible to your neighbors and all workers!

Everyone enjoy yourselves and have fun! May the Hall H odds be ever in your favor!

To watch all the fun, see my awesome outfits, and get updates on everything Comic-Con follow me on Instagram @becksters.lab, on Twitter @broadwaybecca27 and Snapchat @beckster1992.