If you’re like me and approximately 174,999 others, this week you’ll be heading down to San Diego, intent on getting in on that sweet Comic Con action and hopefully brushing against Number Six’s boob in the food court. But with such an epic undertaking as grazing boob is, you’re going to need to be prepared. One does not simply walk into San Diego Comic Con. With that in mind, I consulted some of my nerd forefathers and compiled a list of things you may want to bring if you’re coming or just playing along at home.
The most important piece of wardrobe you bring is undoubtedly comfortable shoes. Second perhaps only to comfortable socks, which barely won out over retro distressed Spider-Man tee. So number one, make sure you’ve got some nice shoes on, because you’re going to be walking. Secondly, dress comfortably. If you’re just chilling around the Con, no reason not to pimp out some shorts and a tee. Then again, dressing up as one of the Thundercats, complete with fursuit, is pretty badass.
Digital camera. Check. Cell phone. Check. Other than that, you probably don’t need it. Cell phone to stay in touch and alert your friends to the leggy blond advertising World of Warcraft and your camera to capture pictures of Imperial Storm Troopers escorting Bothan Spies to the restroom. Hopefully if you’ve realized you’ll want these two items, you’ll also realize to bring the chargers for both.
Loot Bag, Essentials
What’s the point of going to Comic Con if you’re not going to get your hands on as much free loot as possible? You’ll also probably end up justifying it to yourself to finally buy that replica of Mal’s pistol from Firefly as well, so you definitely need a nice bag or backpack to carry around all your things. In this bag, you might also want to throw in some granola bars, some bottles of water, and stuff like gum. Just little things to keep you going on hour 9 of the day.
Treasure Map, Booty
What I mean here is that you should carry around some Comic Con schedules so you know which direction you’re headed and what time you should be there. You should also carry cash because I’m going to shake you down and rob you and would like a big pay day. If you’re one of the lucky ones who escapes my bathroom beat down then you’ll have the cash on hand to buy all those exclusives without standing in the 45-minute line for the ATM.
I like writing with pen and pad, so I carry a few pens and some paper wherever I go. At the Con, you’ll have plenty of opportunities for sketches and autographs, so you’ll definitely want a few nice pens, a sketch pad or two, and maybe a folder to carry autographed photos. Toss in a black and a silver sharpie and you can have them sign anything.
Con is a great time, so don’t worry yourself if you didn’t bring enough card stock to back your signed books. It’ll be ok. Take your time and have fun. Pack some booze for the nights in your room with the three guys dressed as Ghostbusters and maybe they’ll let you be Dr. Stantz for the night. And for the love of Odin, it is a packed convention hall – please shower.