Feeling Kind of Geeky: Retrospective Look at San Diego Comic-Con 2013

I’ll try not to bore you with words  and try to keep this as short as possible (damn…Bore You With Words would have been a great name for this blog).

Random Note: If you watched the season finale of Game of Thrones the other night, I’m listening to the song that played along with the first scenes on repeat while I write this post. It’s called Light of the Seven by Ramin Djawadi, and you can listen to it on Spotify:



Let’s be honest. There are two reasons why people want to go to San Diego Comic-Con: have tons of fun and bragging rights. It’s literally how I started most of my conversations with women in my single days to try and impress them. “Yeah, I’ve been to San Diego Comic-Con a couple of times. Can I buy you a drink?” (looking back, it probably wasn’t the strongest foot to put forward). Surprisingly, my pick-up lines get much worse than that (or not surprising at all). So as I said in my previous post, I was in a relationship. We were actually engaged to get married (spoiler alert: we didn’t), so I was saving up for the wedding. After that fell through, I found myself with a nice chunk of change. Instead of investing or saving the money which would have been the responsible thing to do, I blew a good amount of it on a 4-day badge which I got in the resale and getting myself to Comic-Con (and then the rest at Comic-Con…and alcohol). No regrets (I’m in severe debt though, so there’s that).

After making my preparations and bragging about going to SDCC on Facebook (that’s the most important step), I had no idea how to prepare for the behemoth itself. Prior to my first trip, I failed to search for helpful guides like SDCCblog.com. It’s seriously, one of the best resources for preparing before SDCC. I frequent it about a million times right to help me prepare for the war (inappropriately overexaggerated). Instead I painstakingly reviewed the schedule, and picked the panels I wanted to attend like a fool. In the end, I didn’t even go to one single panel I intended to see. That is not a testament to my failure but to how much there is to do and see at SDCC.

As I write this, I realized how difficult it would be to encapsulate all that I experienced during SDCC 2013 without making this too long of a post. Also, since I had no earthly idea what I was doing at my first Comic-Con, I’m not exactly sure that I would be able to paint an orderly (or coherent) picture.

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Me at SDCC 2013 literally the whole time.

So in order to make this bearable to read, I’m just going to pick some of my favorite moments along with some witty commentary (and when I said “witty”, I meant “not witty”).

Meeting the crew of Regular Show
So once again, I was completely unaware of how any of this worked. I pretty much walked around aimlessly and just let things happen. Somehow that actually worked. I happened to walk across the Cartoon Network booth, and they were handing out tickets to meet the cast and crew of Regular Show.

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For those not familiar with Regular Show, it’s a cartoon about two best friends that work at a park. The main cast consists of animals, a ghost, a green guy, and a gumball machine (brilliant!).

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Coincidentally, I’m a very big fan of Regular Show. I actually have a tattoo to prove it (because simply enjoying a show is not good enough). So yes, in my hand I have the chance to meet the people who created and work on the show. I get starstruck pretty easily sometimes, and I say stupid things like “you are awesome” or “show is good.” Well, I may have sounded like an idiot, but I got to meet them. And that’s all that matters. I didn’t get the greatest picture with them, so I got this from the Cartoon Network Tumblr.

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Cartoon Network Comic-Con 2013 Tumblr

Regular Show: Regular Zone
Continuing on with more Regular Show fandemonium, Cartoon Network had rented out the San Diego Children’s Musem and set up a Regular Show-themed arcade called the Regular Zone. I was in a euphoric state just taking a bunch of pictures with a huge smile on my face (it doesn’t take me much to reach euphoria).

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Then the lights went out. The employees told us to rush to the other room. (This next part is full of references from the show, so feel free to skip it if you’d like) We were greeted by Mordecai and Rigby . They informed us that the power outage was due to the Destroyer of Worlds who has once again escaped his arcade game to destroy the world (obviously). And just like in the episode, we had to wield game controllers to aid them and the Lemon Chef and button mash our way to  defeating the Destroyer of Worlds. Since I was too busy button mashing, I couldn’t take a picture. So here’s a picture courtesy of CNN.

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CNN

We got a really cool poster for our trouble.

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Adventure Time ConQuest
Cartoon Network really had some of the best events. During SDCC, they were hosting an Adventure Time scavenger hunt. This was apparently they’re second year to do it. (Once again, I’m going to make some references to a show you may have not watched.) The Ice King has kidnapped princesses in the Land of Ooo, and it’s up to you to save them through texting. Starting at the Cartoon Network booth, there was a number you could text.

You would then receive a reply of where to find one of the princesses in the Exhibit Hall.

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Each one would lead you to a certain booth with a sign of a secret word to text. What was really awesome was that some of the booths would give out free Adventure Time swag along the journey. The final hint would lead you to a designated area outside of the convention center to claim the main prize .

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Your reward: a really badass medal (badass not included).

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Nintendo Gaming Lounge
There is not much to say about this event other than Nintendo filled up a room full of popular games and upcoming releases. While playing the games, you would be able to collect tickets. You can then exchange those tickets for some really cool exclusive Nintendo Comic-Con items (double the exclusivity).

Just being at San Diego Comic-Con
Once again, there is no way to summarize any of my SDCC experiences and really do it justice. And really I haven’t gotten anywhere close to what other events and sights that Comic-Con has to offer in this post (which makes me wonder why I wrote this in the first place). Being there is surreal and a dream come true for me all at the same time. It’s something I’ve been wanting to go to since back in high school, and I’ve been fortunate enough to go each year since San Diego Comic-Con 2013. I’ve met great people, seen awesome things, and have a lot of memories to look back on. It truly has been a life-changing experience for me. If you are at all curious or rabid about going to SDCC, I would highly recommend it and am willing to help in your venture. Just look me up next time, and maybe I can help get you a badge or find a place to stay. It’s something I get to look forward to every year and share with others. I’m lucky enough to go this year (with the help of some great friends I’ve met in Comic-Cons past), and hopefully that luck and help will continue on.

Oh, and don’t forget:

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