San Diego Comic-Con: Everything You Need To Know And Then Some
We’ve already posted several round-ups of where you can find information about tickets, programming and other concerns related to this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego next weekend, and while I’ve been considering the idea of some sort of official guide to the show, I might be better off just directing you to the exhaustive "Guide to Visiting and Enjoying Comic-Con International" posted by Tom Spurgeon in May.
Sure, the article was published more than a month ago, but much of what it details holds true now — and if you’re like me, you’ve avoided thinking about anything related to "Nerd Prom" until you absoluely have to do so. It’s well worth the time it takes to read through the article, and offers up the sort of wisdom that only years upon years of attending the show tend to produce.
Among the topics Spurgeon addresses in his guide are "What to Prepare in Advance" and "Ways to Maximize Your Hotel Experience," as well as tips about the local transit service, notable sights and services, and a metric crap-ton of other helpful hints.
From "Eighteen Random Observations About San Diego Hotels":
The trend downtown is towards 1) boutique hotels that cost an arm and a leg with features to match, and 2) big-name luxury hotels that can ramp up their room prices to those levels. Soon, no one without a major film development deal will be able to afford a downtown hotel, and all the comics people will stay in a tent city north of the zoo, burning old copies of Star Comics to keep warm at night and staging gladiator-style fights between inkers vs. colorists for entertainment.
If you’re headed to San Diego, this is pretty much required reading, folks. Do yourself a favor and give it a read.