By the time you read this, we should be safely in a foreign land– specifically San Diego California– home of the San Diego Comic Con. As anxiety and unfathomable excitement sets in, we’ve been inundated with nuggets of delightful news coming forth on a daily basis about guests, exclusive toys, and world premieres.
A quick summary of some of things we hope to see (so far):
Kiefer Sutherland, Hulk Hogan, Dean Norris, Seth Green, Jack Black, Sean Bean, Key and Peele, Jack McBrayer, Dan Harmon, Frank Miller, George RR Martin, Adam West, Rob Corddry, Aisha Tyler, Robert Kirkman and BETTY. FUCKING. WHITE.
Evangeline Lilly, Adventure Time Cast, David Boreanaz, Troy Baker, Kurtwood Smith (Red Foreman!), Kirsten Schaal, Sansa, Arya, Jamie, The Hound, Brienne of Tarth and Jon Snuhhh of GOT, Chris Parnell, Jim Rash, Mike Tyson, Daniel Radcliffe, Robot Chicken (with Breckin Meyer!), the creators/cast of Rick and Morty, H Jon Benjamin and the Bob’s Burgers cast, the Archer cast (complete with Judy Greer), the Arrow cast, Kevin Smith and Kevin Conroy!
Matt Groening, Warner Brothers Studios and TV, James Spader, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, Weird Al, the Cast of True Blood, John Barrowman, David S Goyer, MARVEL STUDIOS with Kevin Fiege (and *GUESTS*), DC Entertainment, Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Michael Chiklis, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Emma Roberts, Chuck Palahniuk and David Fincher, the Mythbusters… And many, many more. This is the BIG guest day!
Sesame Street, Kevin Bacon, Sons of Anarchy cast with Katey Sagal (*swoon*) and Guillermo Del Toro
Of course, there’s also huge number of comic book creators– as well as many other members of the professional comic book and media community– who will be making appearances. It’s all very overwhelming. This being our first year, it’s so hard to decide whether or not to spend the entire weekend waiting in lines, or to spend the time exploring and mingling amongst our people. Apparently, lines for Saturdays ‘Hall H’ events– which include Marvel, Legendary Pictures, Dreamworks Animation, Sin City and Warner Brothers– starts lining up at 2am. Oh boy.
On top of all of the stresses of planning our weekend, I’ve also put together my very first cosplay. Here is what I have learned so far:
• 1. PLAN AHEAD!! I had the idea in my head for months on end, but I didn’t start physically seeking out pieces of my costume until a month or so ago. I ordered custom contacts from a website that I have never used before– and they were lost in the mail once already.
• 2. Check out thrift shops and eBay before buying expensive, pre-made costumes. I have managed to put together a costume on a budget, and thanks to Value Village— I have an entire outfit for about $20. A wig from eBay was about $10, plastic toy weapons came from the Dollar Store and water based body paint from Michaels craft store was about $12. Not only is it cheaper overall, but it is a lot more satisfying to piece together something bit by bit.
• 3. Try out your costume a few times before the big day! I took one night to put together my face and let it sit for a while, just to see how it would hold up to activity and wear and tear. Though it may not hold up nearly as well in California heat, I have a pretty good idea of how long it will take to put together every morning.
And so here we sit, just hours before our very first trip to San Diego Comic Con.
Be still, my heart.