Long before going to NY Comic Con, I began planning mine and Luna’s outfits. I plan outfits for just about every occasion, but these had to be special, unique and themed outfits. They required research and planning. Thank God I had months to put together outfits for the both of us. One day had to be “Harry Potter Day”, and I found Luna the perfect onesie while carefully searching through Etsy…
“Accio boobies”. Perfect.
For those of you who aren’t Harry Potter fans (what is wrong with you?), “accio” is a summoning charm and is one of the first spells they learn at school (Hogwarts). I knew Luna had to have this onesie, and it’s perfect on her, right? I ordered the tutu from Amazon, the headband is from Violet Bowtique (review coming soon!) and the glasses and tie are from an old Hermoine Halloween costume.
The shirt comes from Kennie Blossoms. This shop is full of “funny apparel for geeks, brides and babies”, and there is really no better description. It’s a combo of Big Bang Theory, Dr. Who, Harry Potter and ultimate frisbee all printed on tees, bibs, coffee mugs and whatnot.
I like to think I’m a one-of-a-kind girl in this world, and I suppose I am, but on many levels I’m just you’re average girl next door. Can I still say that? Maybe I’m too old to call myself a “girl”? I don’t know… in any case, I drink Starbucks, shop at Sephora, eat lots of chocolate and peanut butter, know all the words to Taylor Swift songs, wear printed leggings, watch reality TV, read young adult trilogies, stalk people on Facebook, love yoga, babies, tacos, zulily and Justin Timberlake and I’m certain all of those things make me an average girl. I’m also certain that the average girl might need a survival guide when attending Comic Con.
I love Disney, Harry Potter, Hunger Games and few superhero movies. I also love dressing up, people watching, excitement and traveling. All of these are found at Comic Con, but there’s a hell of a lot more stuff that doesn’t exactly scream “Hilarie”. My first Comic Con experience taught me how to navigate the crowds, find the good stuff, stay fueled, avoid the crazies and all with a baby no less. If you’re planning on attending Comic Con (or any large convention/festival/exp/black Friday) you may want to read on and then save this survival list for future references.
1. Dress the part. I LOVE looking at everyone in their cosplay outfits at Comic Con. From the incredible super-expensive realistic costumes to the train wreck obviously-made-the-night-before outfits, it is FANTASTIC. I may be impressed or disgusted, either way I am entertained and I love love LOVE people watching and trying to find costumes that I actually recognize. I am not quite brave or fanatical enough to don a full-on costume, but I had fun wearing some themed accessories and shirts. I had Mary Poppins, Harry Potter and Hunger Games themed days. (All of which will have reviews and giveaways soon!)
2. Pack healthy snacks and water. Comic Con sells mostly junk, mostly disgusting junk. I waited in line for about 7 years to get chinese vegetables with tofu and rice that was definitely the most disgusting chinese food I have ever had. There were a couple of smoothie stands that were decent, but also wildly overpriced. I highly recommend packing granola, nuts, fruit and lots of water!
3. Learn the layout. There are not maps given out a Comic Con and the map on the app is useless and impossible to read. The best thing to do is to get there early, walk around, learn the layout and don’t be afraid to ask the employees for directions. Locate the bathrooms in the furthest locations (those will be the cleanest and least crowded), find the rooms for the panels you plan to attend, locate the Starbucks inside and outside (it is probably faster to leave and walk to the nearest Starbucks than it is to wait in the mile-long line inside) and take advantage of the press room if you’re lucky enough to score a press pass.
4. Don’t be shy. People at Comic Con will run you over and never look back if you let them. Speak up, say excuse me, make your way through the crowd, ask directions, talk to people who have similar interests, take peoples’ photos, share tips, move fast and don’t worry…everyone looks crazy.
5. Arrive early. On opening day the line to get in is insane. We were fortunate enough to have a press pass and able to use a separate entrance. Otherwise, we never would have made it to the Disney panel in time. At the Disney panel we won tickets to see an early viewing of Big Hero 6, but missed it because they ran out of seats and we didn’t get their early enough to get any. When The Walking Dead had a panel we tried to line up over an hour before it started and were still too late. If there is something you REALLY want to see, arrive EARLY.
6. Make a plan. Comic Con has an app that enables you to view and select any panels, autograph signings and events you like. The ones you select are saved in your profile and sends it reminders to your phone all day so that you don’t miss anything. It’s pretty handy. There is so so much to see and do that it’s beyond necessary to plan in advance. Even with planning, I still missed out on a few things I would have like to seen.
7. Bring chargers. Between snapping photos, updating your status, tweeting the latest news and using Google maps your phone is going to die fast. Bring your charger and even something to power your charger if you can.
8. Expect assholes. They’re everywhere, unfortunately. Do your best to ignore them. When that fails, drink more coffee. Or, maybe be extra nice to other people…which brings me to my next and final tip.
9. Don’t be an asshole. It will be very attempting to join them. You will want to run over everyone’s toes with your stroller, throw some elbows and shout “are you kidding me!?!?”Don’t give into temptation. Do the opposite to counteract their behavior. Let someone get in front of you. Help someone up, pick up the pamphlet that person dropped, show patience, kindness and compassion. I promise it feels better than joining the other team.
That’s it. Now you just gotta find some nerdy convention to sing up for, or maybe a local festival to attend! Either way, you should probably start planning your outfit.
Have you ever got the feeling that you don’t belong? Felt like you stuck out like a sore thumb? Had that moment of being lost in a crowd? Wondered “where do I fit in?” Yeah…that was me at Comic Con this past weekend.
Because I am a lucky little duck, I scored press tickets to NYC’s Comic Con. But, let’s be real…Husband is the lucky one. Husband loves video games, the newest computers, all things techy and lots of other “nerdy” things. When I got the press tickets for this event, I was excited about ONE very important thing. One BIG thing. One thing that qualifies me for the “nerd” category. (Hate that word BTW).
That one thing? The Disney panel.
Okay, well actually, I was pretty damn excited to dress up, and by “dress-up”, I mean buy new things. I didn’t wear full on costumes, but I did have a nice theme everyday (Luna too!) Day 1’s theme? Mary Poppins!
Disney’s panel was on Thursday, just a few hours after we landed. We ran off the plan, hopped into a cab, sped to the apartment, unloaded, changed a baby diaper and hopped into another cab. “Javits Center and step on it!” We bypassed the very long line (thanks press pass) and zig-zagged through the ridiculous crowd until we found our way to the large press room. The seats were lined with Big Hero 6 posters and swag bags. The room was packed with Disney fanatics, journalists, photographers, bloggers and fans of all ages. I was stoked.
The panel began with Big Hero 6. I knew little about this movie, so I was happy to learn more and really happy when I did. The movie is collaboration of Marvel and Disney, inspired by the Marvel Comics of the same name. It takes place in San Fransokyo and is about a young robotics genius, a super cute/sweet/funny/smart robot, named Baymax, and a team of underdog-type heroes who band together to solve crime. Seeing the stars and hearing the interviews was cool and interesting, but the best part, by far, was seeing the many “seen-for-the-first-time” clips!
We got to see the introduction scenes of all the robotics team, the introduction of Baymax, a hilarious scene where Baymax needs to be recharged and is basically drunk, Baymax learning to fight and a pretty crazy car-chasing scene. Every exclusive trailer made me fall more in love. I CANNOT wait to see the movie! I love that Disney is able to take the most un-cuddly looking characters and make them super lovable. Speaking of “seeing the movie”, Disney actually gave out passes to see an exclusive viewing of the movie that night to random people in the audience, one of which was me! Luckily, you are allowed to bring someone with you. Unluckily, after waiting in a very long line that night, they ran out of seats! Boo! Guess I’ll have to wait until November 7th. (We went out and bought Luna a plush Baymax anyways. I’m pretty sure we’re going to love the movie!)
Then, just when I thought it couldn’t get any better…in fact, I was so satisfied I forgot there was more, Disney began discussing Tomrrowland, the movie. The tagline for this heavily anticipated movie is “Imagine a place where nothing is impossible.” I love this because when I hear that quote I think of Disney, where Tomorrowland is of course located. The movie is a science fiction mystery adventure film, and we got to see the exclusive world premiere trailer! It was about a 30 second clip that let us know basically nothing, yet left us wanting more. The gist? There’s a troubled girl and a pin. When she touches the pin she is immediately transported to another land…Tomorrowland perhaps?
Immediately after, a few stars were brought out to discuss the moving, including Hugh Laurie. The cast members were charming and constantly joking about how they could tell us virtually nothing about the movie. After each question was asked, they looked to the director nervously and told us they were scared to give away too much. Hugh Laurie, began talking about what it was like to work with George Clooney on set. He joked about the drinking, the bad behavior etc when who else, but George himself appears on stage!
Mr. Clooney was as cool as you’d imagined. He wooed us all with his wit and good looks. He commanded the room and insisted we see more of his movie, so we were then shown an entire 5 minutes of the movie! Yup, more never before seen footage. AMAZING. The scene took place in Frank’s (George Clooney) house. The main girl in the movie sneaks in and insist on getting his help. He is obviously some sort of genius inventor, but doesn’t want to get involved with the girl and the pin. The house is soon after bombarded by what I can only describe as human-like robots. A wild fight scene ensues and it all ends with the two main characters blasting out of the house in a bathtub/rocket-ship!?
The panel ended right after the final clip. The crowd went wild and social media began blowing up. I loved the whole experience. And that was my first 2 hours at Comic Con… much more to come!