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For those that read our blog I apologize for the non-postings.  I (JOhn) got a new job and am in the middle of packing for my move back to Michigan this weekend.  SDCC fever is in full swing and with less than a week away there definitely is a ton of stuff going in the toy world.  I am hoping to have some more posts up as well as some helpful info on exclusives at the Con. 

But for now here is helpful information if you plan to attend any panels (What?! There is more to do than just buy toys?!  Get out of here!)

If it’s popular SDCC probably will have a panel for it.

Here are some tips:

  1. What is a Panel?:  Like most other comic conventions, a panel is a time and place where fans gather to learn about their favorite pop culture obsessions with the creators, producers or actors.  Panels cover anything from comic books to video games to upcoming movies and TV shows. 
  2. Know Your Schedule & Panel Room Locations: If you ever have went to or plan on going to SDCC you undoubtedly have heard of Hall H and Ballroom 20. These are the two largest rooms at the convention center but also the most popular and most crowded.  This is where you will see panels like (Twilight, Big Bang Theory, Psych, The Expendables 2 etc.) If you want to see a panel in one of these rooms be prepared to be in line extremely early…(more on why in a min.)  Other panel rooms are smaller, but make sure you are familiar with their location and that room’s schedule.  Knowing what is before or just after the panel you want to see can help you plan out your day. has posted the panel schedules and has some helpful maps and scheduling tools including an iPhone app (which is actually becoming functional) to help plan out your day.
  3. Get there Early:  Panel rooms are not cleared out after each panel. This creates “panel campers,”  people that stay in a room the entire day and are usually only interested in one or two panels.  Plan to be in line at least a few hours before your panel and if it is really popular…otherwise there is a good chance you will miss it.  People will campout overnight (sometimes multiple nights for the beginning of the con) to make sure they get to see the panel they want to.
  4. Ask Smart Questions: After the Actors/Creators/Producers finish their talk they usually allow fans to ask questions.  Once this portion begins my advice is to leave the panel.  The vast majority of fan questions are either terrible, terribly specific (something the actor won’t know or it’s trivial), can’t be answered (the answer would include spoilers), or ask the actors for something (ie. a hug, autograph or some other time consuming crap.)  It’s rare that a fan will ask an educated worthwhile question.  So if you are inclined to ask a question go for it but think twice otherwise you could get booed.
  5. Make Friends in the Panel:  If you plan on being panel camping, make friends with people you are sitting by.  This can help if you have to get up to use the bathroom (which you can do, but don’t forget to grab a panel ticket on your way out or you won’t be let back in) and you don’t want to lose your seat.  Being nice could also help you avoid being stabbed with a pen (not like what happened a couple years ago.)
  6. Clean Yourself: If you plan on camping at night or during the day make sure to clean yourself so you don’t smell.  It is really annoying to sit next to a smelly fanboy, because they haven’t showered or cleaned themselves in a couple days.  At the very least bringing some deodorant and gum can save you some embarrassment.
  7. People Love Free Crap:  If they are handing out free swag at the panel get ready to fight people for it.  People love free stuff and will pretty much trample you to get it.  This happens more on the convention floor but it can happen in panels too.  So prepare yourself.

My thoughts on panels:  Panels can be fun.  I was able to go to a few panels last year and enjoyed myself.  But nothing groundbreaking is announced that I would want to waste an entire day camping out for just to see one panel.  If you love panels, then have at it.  But you really won’t catch me in line for Hall H.

In its debut, Morgan Spurlock brings his newest film Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope to a limited number of movie screens and accessible on video on demand through most cable providers.

Filmed during the 2010 San Diego Comic Con, Spurlock tries to explain the magnitude the Con has on the geek/nerd population.  Along with following the fans journey to the Con there are a lot of interviews and perspectives from celebrities like Seth Rogen, Seth Green, Joss Whedon, Kevin Smith, Stan Lee and others. 

A main point of the movie is that there are different types of people that attend Comic-Con and the documentary follows the trials and tribulations of fans that are attending the con. 

Here are the types of people that were covered:

The Cosplayer: This type of person walks around the Convention floor (and/or in the Masquerade) dressed as their favorite comic/video game/anime character.  Costumes at SDCC range from horrible to elaborate professional grade, that can take hundreds of hours to create.  It is amazing the lengths some fans will go to create costumes.  For the movie Jessica and her cosplay crew created some pretty crazy Mass Effect costumes.

The Comic Artist: This type of fan brings his art portfolio, in hopes of becoming a professional and breaking into the comic industry.  Many companies will hold portfolio reviews to critique artist’s skills.  It’s a tough industry to break into, but if you have the talent Comic-Con is a great placed to get noticed.  The movie shows the highs and lows of 2 artists as they try to break into the scene.

 The Comic Vendor: This fan runs one of the many thousands of booths on the convention floor.  The vendor featured in the movies is the owner of Mile High Comics.  The proclaimed largest comic vendor in the world.  The focus is on the decline of interest of actual comics at the Con which the vendor feels has been taken over by the huge production companies.  He is trying to sell a Red Raven #1 with a price tag of $500,000 to help pay off his debt.  (From experience Mile High has one of the largest booths for selling comics. I purchased some comics from this vendor at last year’s Con.) 

The Panel Camper:  “Panel Camping” refers to fans that go to Comic-Con and sit in a specific Hall and stay there the entire day.  This happens with the rooms that host the most popular panels (usually Hall H or Ballroom 20).  Due to limited space and since they do not remove people from the halls, if you want to see a specific panel you need to be in line hours beforehand which can take up the majority of your day.  This can be annoying especially if there is other stuff you would like to do at the Con.  Some people begin to camp right after the con closes for that day.  The couple in the movie started dating at Comic-Con and the guy is planning to propose to her during a Kevin Smith panel.

The Collector:  This type of fan spends most of his time on the convention floor at different vendor booths standing in line and purchasing the different Comic-Con exclusives to add to their collections.  The movie follows one such collector in his quest to purchase his exclusive toys (We at N3rd Link fall into this category.) 

So here are my thoughts on the movie and if it’s worth your hard earned $6-8 to rent.

The Good:

The movie does a good job of giving an overview of the convention, and how the convention has evolved from a “comic-centered” convention visited by a couple hundred people to a pop-culture mecca with over 140,000 visitors and now sells out almost instantly.  I also believe it did a good job portraying the different types of people that attend the Con.  There are so many different types of fans that attend Comic-Con and I was glad to see that Morgan Spurlock made that known.  One important theme the movie shared was, that  although it is called the San Diego “Comic-Con” comics definitely take a back seat to the movies and TV production companies.  If you have attended Comic-Con recently you probably know that if you want a break from all the pushing and crowds you walk over to the comic section.  There you won’t find people shoving each other to get whatever free thing that is being passed out.  It’s a little sad that comics get overshadowed at the Con even though the many of the blockbusters that have been coming out lately are comic related.

The Bad:

Understanding that this movie is more about getting understanding what the San Diego Comic-Con is…the love of pop culture and the newly accepted celebration of your inner nerd/geek, there isn’t a ton I would change.  I wish they had gone a little more in depth with the process.  Whether it’s the behind the scenes of putting on the Con or a more realistic perspective of the steps fans go through to get to the con and what they put up with to attend (Although if that happened half the movie would be standing in lines.)

The Verdict:  If you are a fan of Comic-Con or interested in what the big fuss is about then it’s definitely something to check out.  If you have been to Comic-Con you probably won’t learn a lot of new information much but you will recognize a lot of what you see in it and it can help tide you over for the 3 month wait for SDCC 2012 to start.  Go check it out! 

It’s available now on your VOD cable provider, itunes.  Morgan Spurlock is taking his movie on tour to select cities with a Q&A after the screening.  Click here for more information.

Badge…Check.  Plane ticket…Check.  Hotel room…not yet.

If you missed the 2 chances to grab passes for the San Diego Comic-Con you are out of luck (well for at least the next couple months when returned badges go up for sale.)  

For those that have their badges or planning on going to the San Diego during the Con and need a place to stay the SDCC hotel block goes live today (3/29) at 12p edt (in about 2.5 hours.)

With approx. 60 hotels in the block Starting prices range from $153/night to $299/night and distances from “Adjacent” to about 6 miles from the convention center.  The further you are from the convention center does not necessarily mean you will pay less.  Some of “cheaper” starting prices are 1 or 2 blocks from the convention center.  The Comic-con website has a list of all hotels and their starting prices.

Act quick because I can almost guarantee the hotels will sell out faster than the badges did.

Here is the info you need to know:

What: SDCC Hotel Block Release

When: Today (3/29) at 12pm (noon edt)

Where: The comic-con website.  Just click here

Cost: Starting prices seem to vary between $153-299/night with varying distances from the convention center.

How:  At noon the comic-con website will have a form for you to fill out.  You may choose up to 20 hotels.  On April 1 you will receive a response with the hotel you were chosen to receive a reservation for.  You then can accept or cancel the reservation.  If the reservation is accepted you will be required to place a 2 night deposit, which is refundable up to May 4.

Good Luck – John

Did you miss out on passes for the San Diego Comic-Con?!  Well if you missed out and already have registered for a Member ID you are in luck! 

Those that did not purchase a 4-day pass received an email for a second chance badge sale.

So here is the info you need to know.

Sale Date: March 27, 2012 (Tomorrow!)

Time: 11am Eastern

Only those that registered by February 29th are eligible.  So, if you don’t have an Member ID you are pretty much out of luck for now.

There will be no twitter or facebook update the only way to access is through the email sent by Comic-con International.  But if you haven’t received the email in time we have been nice enough to include the link below.

SDCC 2nd Chance Link  (the link will not be active until the start of the sale). 

Good luck!

At some point on February 28 sign up for a Comic-Con ID will be closed.

If you have been living under a rock for the past few years you know that passes for San Diego’s Comic-Con have been tough to get.  Buying passes has become extremely annoying and sell out in a matter of hours.  But we at N3rd Link are still planning on going.

This year Comic-Con international has started a user ID badge system.  If you want to go to SDCC you need to sign up for an ID which you will need to order your badge.

So you have approx. 12hours before the 28th .  After that the ID registration could close at any time (Comic-Con international hasn’t said the exact time the id badge will close save that it will be the 28th.)

After the close of ID registration Comic-Con International will announce the time and date for the actual on sale of the passes.  And be prepared.  If you aren’t there right when the badges go on sale you most likely will be sol’d

 Sign up here

It seems like SDCC 2011 just ended.  But in just 6 short months (July 11-15) get ready because step one of the registration process for 2012 is upon us!

To help avoid the ticket leap debacle of last year’s badge release Comic-Con International is requiring everyone wanting to attend SDCC to sign up for a user ID to which you will use to actually purchase your 2012 badge.

When you sign up for your ID you will be signing up for the SDCC newsletter which at some point down the line it will announce the day and time that badges will actually go on sale.

If I were you I would sign up sooner rather than later because I have a feeling badges will sell out faster than they did last year.

Just a heads up for SDCC has raised prices and has discontinued discounts on 4 day badges ($175w/preview night, $150 without)

 So go ahead check out the website and Click the Red Box on the right hand side!


Just click this link

Look for this Red box on comic con’s web site!