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YOUR LAST MINUTE SDCC PREP GUIDE

BWB-Comic-Con-Prep-Header1-1024x206Hey Brunch Babes (and boys)! It’s FRIDAY!! More than that it’s the last FRIDAY before Comic Con!! TGIF!! Having enough Cons under my belt I have sort of gotten lazy with all my prep. I still make my schedule for panel and events, but other than that I am a bit behind. Are you like me?

Well instead of freaking out – here is my last minute plan for how to prep for SDCC! Here is what I am thinking about this weekend to get ready for next week!

WHAT ARE YOU ACTUALLY DOING AT SDCC
Good news – you haven’t missed anything yet… unless you wanted to go to the 501st Party… The full SDCC schedule is up and waiting for you. Take a half hour to really look at what you would like to accomplish.

Sample SDCC Schedule

I develop my schedule 2 ways… I start with my full wish list. I put it all in an excel spread sheet, then I highlight my really try for, and finally go with a plan b option as well.

KNOWING WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO WEAR
Don’t just start your packing list… start packing!

Following my spread sheet I write down everything I will need outfits for… things like “Full Con Day”, “501st Bash”, and “Geek Girl Brunch Happy Hour”. From their I can decide what I need to wear and pack it all up accordingly.

SDCC Outfit planning

 

 

Word to the wise bring at least one full extra outfit, pack a swimsuit, and always bring an extra pair of tried and true shoes. Bad shoes will kill a Con faster than anything else.

Got your outfit list together? Good! You still have the weekend if you need to run to Target or Hot Topic for a final accessory or if you are me to pick up some white sneakers.

PACK YOUR PACK
What is going with you to the Con everyday is your lifeline! There are numerous articles written on this but it boils down to a few essentials: Hydration, Fuel, Hygiene, and Power.

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My pack is a black small backpack and my friend Chris uses the Think Geek Con Survival Bag. We both always have hand sanitizer, portable batteries for our phones, and charging cables. My pack includes Wet Wipes, a water bottle, make up for touch ups, and my blog business cards. Oh and some snacks – always have snacks!

COSPLAY?
Cosplay is a choice… even now in the height of costuming you can still have an awesome experience at SDCC without a costume! The one thing I actually did do was finish a new costume for SDCC – stay tuned!! If you are cosplaying be sure to check everything a few times. Make sure your have safety pins, extra velcro, bobby pins – you know EVERYTHING you will need!

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Want to watch me prep for SDCC – head over to my SnapChat where all weekend I will be covering my SDCC Prep!!

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SDCC PRE-PREP

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Hey Brunchers! So I am a little late on starting this years SDCC Prep but honestly I have written so much on the prep for SDCC over the years.

Last year I wrote my ultimate SDCC prep post and shared my favorite apps for SDCC!

Something I haven’t written on before it what you need to do before the Con – which does not involve packing… do your research and sign up for stuff. Ok well consider me doing your research for you!

NERD HQ
Most SDCC Vets will share a love on Nerd HQ! Its a great place to explore “outside the con” and has some pretty epic dance parties. Be sure to register before you go here! This year you can even reserve game play opportunities in advance! Last year we got to test out Star Wars Battlefront early! Also stellar are the Conversations for A Cause which bring panels to you with tickets! No waiting in line, but getting those tickets are not easy.

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Nerd HQ will be back at the New Children’s Museum this year!

ADULT SWIM ON THE GREEN
Another favorite of mine! Adult Swim On the Green is a free “carnival” themed with all your favorite [adult swim] shows and is located behind the convention center. They ask you to RSVP here – you will still have to wait in line (but a shorter one). Sometimes I wonder if I should even share this stuff…

NERD OUT

Nerd Out App
Seriously if you need to know where to go for all the fun at Comic Con get the Nerd Out App on your phone! Awesome events including probably the biggest database of Cosplay Meet Ups are all on the app. To see the SDCC activity download the app and go to Calendar > California > San Diego. Then you can hit the drop down at the top and selection Conventions. From there you can view all the events happening during San Diego Comic Con! You will be glad you did!

I will be coming out with more unique prep posts as I think of them (it’s getting real over here) but if you want to relive the glory days of SDCC 2015 you can read last years re-caps below:

Day 1 – Wednesday Night Parties and Nerdist Conival
Day 2 – Nerd HQ Daytime Fun
Day 3 – Fear the Walking Dead, Star Wars Cantina, and Geek & Sundry Party Time
Day 4 – Last day, wrapping up

Potter Month: Ilvermorny

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Hello brunch babes! I am so excited because it is officially Potter Month and every Friday this month we are talking about our love for Harry Potter leading up to Harry’s birthday and the release of the long awaited follow up story… Cursed Child!

As you may know, I am (in my opinion) the definition of the Harry Potter generation. I grew up with him and his friends… We lived it all together and that was special!

So for our first post I thought I would talk about something new to all of us – Ilvermorny.

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Truthfully, I had mixed feelings when I first heard about the American Wizarding School. I mean I am a Slytherin, I feel like I knew Harry, Hermione and Draco… I was not stuck in the America school when our European brother and sister witches were fighting Voldemort… I was there at the Battle of Hogwarts!!

But then J.K. Rowling goes and writes a beautiful story about the schools founding and the new houses inspired by Hogwarts four house system and well… I might be sold.

Why I am an American Witch
First off, I will never not be a Slytherin and I will never forget my adventures at Hogwarts… But if this was real life I would have gone to Ilvermorny. My family actually were settlers in Jamestown – we were here before the Mayflower. Hi there I am #MericaWitch from Ilvermorny (always gonna be Draco’s first ex wife though).

I am a Wampus!

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There is it… I am a Wampus! Another difference between this new telling from our favorite magical world and the stories I grew up with… We did not have Pottermore. It was years after I had read all the books when Pottermore appeared with its final judgement of what house you are in. This time we are learning about the world knowing where we fit in it. These houses are completely different from the Hogwarts houses and no house equals another.
My house, Wampus, is the warrior house that represents the body of a wizard. It is named after the magical Wampus, a panther like creature that is very hard to kill.

So, in short, I am coming to grips with my new school and house and cannot wait to learn more!

For more Harry Potter love read some of my favorite Potter Posts:
The Greatest Lesson’s Dumbledore Taught Me
What’s In Hermione’s Bag

Until next Friday – keep counting down to Cursed Child!