Starting today, San Diego will be teeming with Avengers, X-Men, Jedis, wookies, and other creatures for the 45th Comic-Con International, July 24-27. If you’re planning to attend, buckle up and plan ahead – last year more than 130,000 “beings” took over the town for the weekend. Here are some useful tips and must-haves around both the Comic and the Con to help you navigate and get the most out of your experience.
1. Official Comic-Con app
Comic-Con has just released the updated version of their free app on iOS and Android. Download it ASAP. It works without any Internet connection and also includes the complete program schedule, a detailed map of the Exhibit Hall, Convention Center, and hotels, and bios of all the special guests with photos, too.
2. Convention Center lost & found
In a mixed crowd of comic characters and galactic villains and superheroes, there is always a chance that things get lost. Label your items with your email or phone number and take pictures of them to make it easier to identify and find should they go missing. If you lose something, email detailed information (picture attached!) to email@example.com or call 619-525-5407.
3. Off-site events
4. Getting around
The Convention Center and many places in the downtown area are covered by free Comic-Con shuttles. The 24-hour service runs from Wednesday, July 23, to Sunday, July 27, with a 15-30 minute frequency throughout the day. As a more flexible and more expensive alternative, you can find cabs and sometimes extreme pedicabs, too.
Saving the world and networking with superheros can leave you famished. A new startup Mogl is a San Diego-based cash-back-reward app for dining. Diners earn cash-back rewards for dining that can be used or donated to a local food bank. Just create an account, link your credit card, and start exploring the restaurants. Available on Android and iOS.
See you next year: for anyone who can’t attend the show this year, check out the Badge FAQ to be prepared for next year.