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Hot Nerd Girl San Diego Comic Con

San Diego Comic-Con.

It’s my favorite and least favorite time of year. So much fun! So much stress!

Going to Cons for almost 15 years couldn’t even prepare me for the madness that is Comic-Con. Luckily, I’ve learned to relax, take it all in stride, and not try to do every. single. thing. Every year I go is a completely different and unique experience and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Here is some general information, tips, lessons learned, where you can find me, and people/panels I feel deserve to be seen. I’ll be posting Con coverage on my social media during the Con (so be sure to follow!) and some wrap ups afterwards.

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May the Con be ever in your favor!

Panels I’m thinking about attending:

My list is much longer than this but here are a few panels that I plan to attend that have nothing to do with a TV show or movie. I’m a bit biased because I have friends and acquaintances involved in each of these but they definitely deserve some attention and if you want to meet me there’s a good chance you’ll get a chance at one of these panels! Again, I can’t guarantee (things happen, one must be flexible at SDCC) but I’m going to try my best! Either way, these are panels and topics that are definitely worth checking out!

Thursday:

10:00am – Wrath of Con Bloggers (Room 14A)

12:30pm – Roddenberry Entertainment Presents (Room 24ABC)

2:00pm – Greenlight Your Passion Project (Room 7AB)

7:00pm – PodCRASH with That Chris Gore Live (Room 25ABC)

Friday:

10:00am – Geek Wars: The Nerds Awaken (Room 14A)

12:00pm – Star Wars Goes Steampunk (Room 14A)

Saturday:

11:00am – Andre the Giant: The Man Behind the Legend (Room 29AB)

4:00pm – Oddball Comic Live! (Room 7AB)

Where you’re guaranteed to see me:

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I’ll be at the Game of Bloggers meet up on Wednesday night at the Dragons Den next to Petco Park 9pm-12am hosted by Tony Kim of Crazy4ComicCon fame

For more information on how to attend go HERE!

People to visit in the Exhibition Hall:

I-07 – Sergio Aragones (one of the nicest people you will ever meet)

1915 – DC Entertainment (great photo op! The photographer with the spiky white hair is my friend Tre Ridings. Everyone be sure to tell him that I say “hi” 😉 )

4037 – Hollywood Sci-Fi Museum (great photo op!)

4016 – Ivy Doomkitty (she’s hosting a bunch of your favorite cosplayers, check out her Twitter for a schedule)

1947 – NASA (because…NASA…)

1309 – National Cartoonists Society (specifically Greg Evans and Karen Evans)

2543 – Roddenberry Entertainment

The single most important piece of advice I can give you:

At Cons I shake a lot of hands and am touched by a lot of people. I’m a hugger and a touchy-feely person who puts my hands on people while we’re talking. I’m also Obsessive Compulsive and I get sick VERY easily. Therefore…

Hand sanitizer, hand sanitizer, hand sanitizer.

I cannot emphasize this enough. Even if you’re pro-germ, anti-anti-bacterial (I get it, I use good old fashioned soap and water at home), make this the ONE time of year that you use tons and tons of the stuff. The more alcohol the better (none of the “all-natural” stuff). You WILL get Con Crud. Frequent applications of healthy-sized dollops (none of these little mini squirts) of hand sanitizer will help prevent Con Crud. I promise. Get one of those little bottles that hangs from your backpack. Everyone has them, no one will think you look like a dork. Hand wipes also work but are harder to use on the sly. But get some becuae you will use them, often. And wash your hands with soap and water as often as you can.

TMI WARNING:

Girls, if you’re surfing the crimson wave, RUN and get yourself a period cup. Moon Cup, Lily Cup, Whatever Cup. Doesn’t matter what brand (they’re a personal preference thing anyways). You will not regret it. I’m convinced that it is the single most important item a woman can have in the zombie apocalypse as well.

Other helpful advice based on my experience:

Relax. For real. There’s NO WAY on God’s green Earth that you’re going to get to do everything you want to do. Pick and choose and make a plan. Want to see the Doctor Who panel in Hall H? Plan to camp out that night.

Which brings us to Hall H. Frakking Hall H. It used to be so simple. Not anymore. I’m older and wiser now so it would take a lot to persuade me to camp out (the need to camp out is a relatively recent phenomenon I’ll point out), especially with the new wrist band requirement. I used to get with a group of friends and take turns, I could go shower, eat, brush my teeth, etc. We were all there for some part of the night and weren’t letting in a huge group of people at the last minute – usually just my Mama but she’s tiny and doesn’t count. It was a very non-douchy way of helping each other out. With the new wrist band requirement you can still do that but say goodbye to any parties, meetups, premiers, or evening activities that night. If you’re not there when they hand the bands out, you’re not getting in. Unless you’re between the ages of 18-25 and can handle night after night of it, camping out sucks. Decide which day is most important to you and do it once. I’m not gonna lie, it’s a huge rush to be in the Hall and to see everything first. It’s also where I first saw Tony Kim of Crazy4ComicCon and the Button Lady. I have some amazing memories in Hall H. Now they pretty much release most of it online immediately after so I’m over the camping. That being said, I was in Ballroom 20 for the 10 year Firefly reunion and you can bet your ass I’d be camping out for the 20th. If you can’t live without it, camp for it. Otherwise, don’t bother.

Where to drink according to Discover SD:

*Disclaimer: I’ve only personally been to a few of these so I can’t vouch for them personally

Best downtown bars

Comic-Con specialty cocktails

Things to do around Comic-Con if you couldn’t get tickets:

Find ideas HERE and HERE.

Links to last year’s SDCC coverage by yours truly:

2014 Part 1 (Panels and Floor)

2014 Part 2 (Costume Contest and Cosplay)

2014 Part 3 (Joss Whedon Nerd HQ and Outlander Premier)

My two favorite Comic-Con insider blogs:

Crazy4ComicCon

The Nerdy Girlie

Stay tuned for more San Diego Comic-Con coverage!

San Diego Comic-Con 2014 (Part 2) – Costume Contest and Cosplay

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Welcome to the Part 2 of my San Diego Comic Con wrap-up! This section is all about the costumes. In Part 3 I’ll finish up my wrap-up with coverage of the Joss Whedon Nerd HQ panel and the Outlander premier.

If you missed Part 1 (Panels and Floor) be sure to check it out HERE!

We’ll start with the Costume Contest that took place over at the Courtyard Marriott stage at Petco Park. It was judged by none other than Greg Nicotero and Norman Reedus from The Walking Dead. Getting in as Press with my NerdBFF, Geek Outlaw, meant that we had access to the section right in front of the stage. I may or may not have wandered in early by accident and snuggled right up to the edge of the stage. More than once Norman Reedus’ crotch was within a foot of my face. Which was equal parts awkward, fascinating, and amazing.

*Ahem*

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The crowned “King of Cosplay” was a cosplayer we see and take pictures with frequently, Chris Monfiletto (aka the Gregarious Geek)! I saw him with his Robot Chicken head off and literally yelped when I saw who it was. I pointed him out to Geek Outlaw and, naturally, we had to root for him!

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The crowned “Queen of Cosplay” was a woman dressed as Lisa Marie‘s “Martian Girl” from Mars Attacks! The girl was amazing, she stayed in character and had the movements and attitude down pat. We also learned a nice little fun fact from Greg Nicotero while she was up there. Turns out he designed the original eyeball ring worn by the character in the movie.

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All hail the King and Queen!

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Here’s a video of the entire event:

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The following day they competed in the Finals judged by George RR Martin! To see the rest of the costumes, check out Geek Outlaw’s full coverage of the event HERE.

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Aside from the amazing costumes, it was definitely a perk to meet Greg Nicotero and Norman Reedus. Turns out Nicotero is a fellow Trekkie. I felt like we bonded a little over that.

HNG GN1Norman Reedus is a charmer and a half! He very gallantly kissed my hand and called me sweetheart. Though he’s not one of my 7 Guys Worth Nerdgasming Over, I can see why so many ladies swoon over him and I may just need to revise my list! 😉

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If you want to hear even more, check out Episode 15 of Podthingy – “Nerdi Gras”

Totally random aside – turns out one of the other press ladies who we made friends with, Tara from A Geek Saga, has the same exact last-minute business cards that I do. How bizarre and funny is that?! We had to take a picture.

Hot Nerd Girl SDCCOn to Cosplay!

To be honest, I take FAR less cosplay pictures at Comic Con than I do any other convention. The reason being that there’s just. so. much. of. it. It’s EVERYWHERE. and it’s CROWDED. So trying to even take pictures is ridiculous and time consuming. Therefore, I only take them at SDCC if the opportunity is ideal or it just strikes a chord. Here’s what I ended up with. Since I dressed up as Captain Hammer and Captain Malcolm Reynolds, let’s start with Sci-Fi, shall we?

I ran into a few other Captain Hammer’s, including the guy and his family at the top of the post, and this nice gentleman who sat next to us during the Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog Sing-Along.

IMG_3360This Doctor is not Horrible, but I can’t help if Rose needs a second to catch her breath

IMG_3330Speaking of Doctor Who, this girl walked around in a TARDIS for at least two days of the Con.

IMG_3528We ran into this gorgeous River Song (who happens to be friend of Firefly Drinking Game contributor and Pajiba reporter Vivian Kane) while leaving Nerd HQ.

P1050110Photobombing the Emperor’s Royal Guards is risky business, but someone’s gotta do it.

IMG_3538There were a ton of these Eliott/E.T.’s all lined up doing something attention-getting. I never did find out what it was supposed to be for. Meh.

IMG_3383These were the first of many, many, many Star Trek cosplayers I saw. Seriously, there were more Trekkies than I’ve ever seen at Comic Con before. It was awesome.

IMG_3321I next saw saw this little Borg-ish Star Trek collective.IMG_3544This family was rocking the Star Trek: TOS “Arena” cosplay.

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In the realm of Fantasy, we had this lovely and creative Atreyu/Falcor Neverending Story cosplay.

IMG_3586And from A Song of Ice and Fire we had Daenerys Targaryen and Drogon.

IMG_3591The crew from King’s Landing and, randomly, Khal Drogo.

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And finally, Sandor Clegane aka The Hound!

P1040366This real-life Rogue‘s hair is 100% natural – how awesome is that?!

IMG_35561960’s era Batman and Rogues Gallery!

IMG_3763The Human Being from Community! #sixseasonsandamovie

Saw this guy dressed as a sharknado at the Sharknado 2 panel we were forced to sit through. The costume was super rad and creative.

IMG_3358MAC has Marge Simpson makeup now apparently.

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I took this picture of Megaman for my friend Brian who’s a big fan.

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I ran into this Pac-Man and ghosts group several times in one day and this picture of their backside is the best one I got o.O

IMG_3573The guy wearing Optimus Prime made these himself. Now THAT’S talent.

P1050129The delightful Tony B. Kim of Crazy4ComicCon always makes the best outfits out of Comic Con bags. Last year he made a Doctor Who jacket and Matt Smith signed it during the Hall H panel!

IMG_3589And, finally, let’s end sort of where we began, with some The Walking Dead cosplay. The Maggie, in particular, was an amazing representation.

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Thanks for checking out Part 2!

If you missed Part 1, be sure to check it out. And stay tuned for Part 3 of my San Diego Comic Con wrap-up!