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What it's like to attend San Diego Comic-Con for the first time

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Posted at 1:11 PM, Jul 24, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-26 18:59:44-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - After two years and a special edition, hundred of fans from Marvel to Anime and every other fandom descended on the Gaslamp Quarter for this year's San Diego Comic-Con.

And this year, I joined them for the very first time.

Sure, I have been to Wonder Con in Anaheim, D23, and even Stan Lee's Comikaze, but never to the mother of all cons. Because of my previous experience, I know to pack plenty of portable chargers, snacks, water, use sunscreen and wear comfortable shoes. No matter how prepared I was, there were a few things I could have done better.

The weeks leading up to Comic-Con were a bit overwhelming as I patiently waited to see the panel schedule for each day. I found the SDCC Unofficial blog did a great job of breaking down the major panels by room and day. I do highly recommend bookmarking the pages on your phone as they can get buried on their website.

I planned to attend the House of the Dragon and Star Trek panel inside Hall H on Saturday before taking a look at the expo floor.

11:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. House of the Dragon Panel

The panel included a Q&A featuring co-creators George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal, plus stars Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D'Arcy, Paddy Considine, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Fabien Frankel, Milly Alcock and Emily Carey.

The series is set hundreds of years before the original series takes place and tells the story of the Targaryen family as they ruled Westeros. It will cover their history, which is featured in R.R. Martin's Fire & Blood.

During the panel, Alcock and Best described their experiences filming their dragon-riding scenes.

You're propped up on what looks to be a mechanical bull that you might ride at a bar or a pub, and they harness you in. You're lifted like six feet off the ground, and there's four guys with leaf blowers. It's strange."

The series is set to debut on Aug. 21.

12:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Star Trek Universe Panel

The Star Trek panel featured back-to-back conversations with the casts of Star Trek: Picard, Lower Decks, and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. The biggest announcement in this panel included the cross-over episode in season two between Strange New Worlds and Lower Decks which will feature live-action and animation.

"We're going to show up and stress them out," Dawnn Lewis said.

Sir Patrick Stewart talked about what inspired his role in Picard and how it's different from Next Generation.

After the panels, I checked out the expo floor and saw a number of amazing cosplays.

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Takeaways

I think the biggest takeaway from attending my first Comic-Con is not to expect to see everything. There is so much going on inside and outside of the con that it's truly impossible. I sometimes found myself a bit overwhelmed with everything there was to see, so making a game plan is definitely a must. I highly recommend snacks and eating breakfast before heading out because food lines are long, especially in Hall H. A good idea is to pace yourself over the course of con and take breaks as needed. Also, make sure to dress comfortably and for the weather.

I also suggest using public transportation to get to the con. The MTS does an amazing job of running extra routes along the Sycuan Green Line, UC San Diego Blue Lines, and Orange Line. There's a multi-day pass you can purchase via the Pronto app that makes it super convenient.

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Hall H

If you plan to attend Hall H, be prepared to camp out overnight to get in and stay in if you plan to see multiple panels there. You are allowed to go out to use the restroom and get food, but once you leave the area, you can't come back in. Bring a sweater or a light blanket if you do plan to stay in because it does get cold in there, especially if you plan to stay in for multiple panels.

Outside experiences

I would suggest doing these before Saturday and plan to dedicate one day to do them. There are many, are spread apart and have long waits. So please plan to arrive early.

But remember, despite how hectic SDCC can be, make sure to have fun! After all, it comes only once a year. Enjoy it!