21 Jun Comic-Con, Here I Come! (First Time!)
That’s right – you heard it here first, folks! I am GOING TO COMIC-CON!
For anyone who doesn’t know what that is (does someone like that exist in today’s day of interconnectedness?), the San Diego Comic-Con is a 45-year-old conference that takes place over 4 and a half days and is one of the largest pop culture phenomenon’s of the year. What started as a conference to celebrate comic books and sci fi has grown and diversified to include tons of games, TV shows, movie franchises and more. The days are filled with inspiring panel discussions, exclusive merchandise, previews of upcoming TV show seasons, autograph signings with stars and content creators… you get the picture.
Comic-Con was on my radar last year, my first summer in L.A., when I realized how close San Diego was. I spent my late summer days watching YouTube videos of various panels and interviews. With all of the incredible content that made its way to the web, I knew that an in-person SDCC trip was in my future.
Growing up, I didn’t identify as a geek/nerd. I loved math and science, but I also did well in English, danced ballet, did sports, and loved playing games. As an adult, however, it seems clear that I am a total nerd. I have a shelf in my apartment that holds all of the Harry Potter books and various Harry Potter paraphernalia. My mother even made these adorable Hogwarts invitations and had plush owls “deliver” them to my hotel room to announce that my parents were gifting me a day at the Wizarding World in FL in 2013.
And yes, she dyed them with tea and did several trials to get it just right… so perhaps I get some of my nerdom from her 😉 I also have a Time Turner, but let’s be honest, I keep that in my purse because it is valuable and I use it almost every day (don’t tell the Ministry!)
I’m also a fan of Doctor Who, The Hunger Games, Star Wars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Game of Thrones, Bones, Orphan Black, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Star Trek, Grimm, The Librarians, and Once Upon A Time. (I’m sure I’m forgetting a few.)
So, yeah. I think I qualify as a nerd.
Starting less than a year go, I put it out into the universe that Comic-Con was something I would like to attend at some point. For some reason, I had a feeling that I would get to attend in 2016. I also figure that sometime in my future I will be performing on a show or in a movie that attends Comic-Con, and I really look forward to that experience – attending as a performer and getting to interact with fans.
A few weeks ago, a perfect opportunity to attend SDCC this year came up. Leah Cevoli, who is producing 2 panels and speaking on 3 all on the same day, was looking for an assistant to help her out for the day. I know Leah through Ms In The Biz, and she is a strong actress and wizard crowdfunding expert. So in exchange for helping her out that day (and Leah is pretty awesome, so that in itself will be fun!), I get a pass for the entire Con. I am so stoked.
Being the nerd that I am, I’ve been doing a lot of research. This will be my very first Comic Con, and I want to make the most of it and have an idea of what to expect so that I can enjoy myself.
These are some articles I’ve found most useful:
Why am I so excited? These are the stories I love to see/read/experience. They are the ones that hook me, and now that I find myself spending more time writing the stories I want to act in, I’m noticing the types of common themes that I gravitate towards. For 4 days, I am going to be at one of the largest gatherings of like-minded content creators and content consumers in the world.
The projects represented at Comic-Con are some of the incredible stories that touch people’s lives. They let us escape. They help us recognize our humanity. They allow us to explore different cultures and alternate dimensions. They grant us access to the deepest corners of our imaginations and encourage us to exist there for a time.
And as an actor, storyteller, content creator, and fellow human… I think that is incredibly awesome!
Will I see you there? Do you have any advice for a first time Comic-Con attendee? I’d love to hear from you!