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San Diego Comic Con Tips and Tricks

Updated August 30, 2017 471 votes 97 voters 47.4k views14 items

Comic Con is just around the corner. Soon, San Diego will be filled with thousands of people, many in costumes. They will be fueled by energy drinks and ready to buy rare collectables, sit in on panels, and get autographs. Whether it's your first time or your tenth time attending; here's a helpful list of things to prepare you for a successful Con.

It's easy to get overwhelmed at a massive convention like Comic Con, so it's always best to have some sort of game plan going in to the event. We've got the best tips here for you to ensure that you have the time of your life. Vote up which items you think are the best tips through surviving another amazing Comic Con.
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    Plan Your Schedule In Advance

    When you check in at Comic Con, you will receive a book full of everything. Schedules of events, panels, special sales, etc. It's easy to get overwhelmed and start running around trying to see everything. You'll get much more done if you take the time to sit down and plan out your days on paper.

    It's also really helpful if you create a plan B. Sometimes panels get filled up or events sell out. Always have a back up party or panel to attend.
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    Avoid ATMs

    Hall H isn't the only place where you will find outrageous lines. Something as simple as the ATM could potentially end up being a half hour of standing around. On your walk to the convention center, you should try to find a bank ATM and just bring cash with you to the center. You don't want to miss a chance on a SDCC exclusive because you were standing in an ATM line.
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    Hall H Nightmares

    Hall H Nightmares
    Photo: Doug Kline / flickr / CC-BY 2.0
    The most exciting stuff at Comic Con typically occurs in Hall H. If you're interested in one of the panels taking place there, just be prepared to stand in a long line throughout the day. There's only so many people allowed in the room at a time. Good advice is not to allow this time in line to be completely wasted, talk to the people around you. Eat a snack or take this time to chill and recollect yourself. Don't make a big fuss about minor issues like someone holding a spot for their friend. You'll find that Comic Con karma exists and kindness to something small will come back tenfold this particular week.
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    iAnything

    If you want to hit up some of those panels in Hall H that I spoke of earlier then this is crucial. As you've seen, even without Hall H, you'll be waiting in many lines throughout the week. iPods, iPads, iPhones, books, card games, these will all be your best friends in these situations. They'll specifically help you pass the time if you have no friends to talk to.
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