I am writing this from the Hall H line at around 3:00pm. So we still have about five and a half hours until wristbands are handed out for Saturday’s panels and even longer than that until they get to our section of the line.
So far I’ve had a good SDCC. The highlight so far was the Walter & Louise Simonson panel yesterday, which should’ve been three hours long. So many great answers to fan questions and some cool stories about great Marvel storylines.
A close runner up to that would be the Classic Doctor Who panel with Peter Davidson and Colin Baker. I didn’t know about the BBC/ITV streaming service Britbox, but that panel made me sign up for a trial for the Classic Doctor Who they have on it.
The con itself is pretty packed this year and it keeps getting worse every year. The Hall H line is even worse than it was last year where my group was put into group B and this year it looks like we’ll lucky to get into group C.
Trying to conserve battery as much as possible before tomorrow but I plan to Tweet live from Hall H as much as I can. I have a 15,000 mAh battery for my phone and it should only be halfway done by the time I go back to the hotel in about 12 hours, and I’ll get it a little more charge then before coming back to the line.
In other news it looks like Furious Fanboys is down. I’ve emailed them about it, but haven’t heard any news yet. This is the worst time for the site to go down, and I think this final downtime may be its death.
With just over a week and a half until D23 Expo and two and a half weeks until SDCC, my prep for both conventions is officially underway. Oh, yea. You have to prepare for these things. People who don’t end up having a terrible time, especially when they find out about the Hall H line and the fact that you have to camp out over night for it.
So I’m getting ready for two weeks of conventions. My MacBook Pro’s battery died and swelled up, breaking the trackpad, so I’m replacing both of those now so I have a laptop for both conventions. I also wanted to take my PS Vita for the Hall H line, but lost my charger. Since it’s a 1000 model, and uses the dumb proprietary connection, I had to track down an aftermarket charger since finding a Sony one for a system that isn’t “officially” discontinued is nearly impossible. I also have a new backpack to carry all my gear, which is also very important.
By the time SDCC rolls around the only thing I’ll need to get is a trolley card, which I’ll either do when I get down there or just use the phone app since I’m not driving to the convention center every day and paying for parking.
I’ve done these conventions for more than 15 years (SDCC) and the key is being prepared for days away from civilization.
Today marks one month until the start of Preview Night at San Diego Comic Con. While I am still going to D23 Expo the week before, I’ll probably be doing a lot more streaming/sharing at SDCC especially since they don’t confiscate phones in Hall H like they do at D23.
So right now this is my tentative plan for that week.
I’ll be doing Facebook Live broadcasts on the Furious Fanboys Facebook page. These will hopefully be throughout the days and between panels in Hall H, all depending on cell signal of course as it can be hit and miss in the convention center and especially in Hall H.
I’m not taking my laptop (at least not at this time) but I want to try to post some longer updates here beyond what 140 characters on Twitter allows.
And when I’m not broadcasting to the Furious Fanboys Facebook, I’ll be using Periscope to Twitter.
I’ll be there for all four days and Preview Night, although I may leave early on Sunday depending on what’s going on.