How to Attend SDCC: A Guide for Newbies

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How to Attend SDCC: A Guide for Newbies

San Diego Comic-Con is the biggest pop culture convention in the United States.  Badges sell out in less than an hour and the hotel lottery is mysterious and intimidating. Then once you get there, there’s so much going on that it’s hard to prioritize what’s important to you without fear that you’ll be missing out on something else. But this is a convention, isn’t it? It’s supposed to be fun!

Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.

We’ve compiled a list of the articles we’ve written that’ll give you advice about many important aspects of San Diego Comic-Con.  Within those articles are links to other vital sources to help you get badges, get a hotel room, and see the stuff you want to see.  We’ve also included important links to official websites and some of our friend’s archives so you can see what other long time attendees have to say.

Each personal source linked on this page are from knowledgeable long time attendees that we know and trust.  They are the ones that helped us when we were SDCC newbies and we couldn’t be more thankful.

Let’s start with the basics…

How to Attend SDCC: Badges

SDCC 2016San Diego Comic-Con Badge Sales: A Beginner’s Guide
There’s been a lot of changes with how SDCC badge registration works, so we’ve written up a new beginner’s guide to help navigate the highly competitive system.  This article is current as of 2018 as will be updated each year as things change.

It’s good to read it now, even if you struck out for 2018, just so you can adapt for any changes that may come next year.  These tips will give you the best chance at walking away with tickets to San Diego Comic-Con  under the current system.  It’s true that it’s a challenge to get badges for the event, but it’s not impossible.  About 130,000 people attend the con every year and you can be one of them if you study how the system works and stay on top of things.  That includes learning how the system works now, then catching up with the changes as they come.

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How to Attend SDCC: Hotels

SDCC Hotel Tips/FAQ
Unlike badge sales, not much has changed since we wrote this Hotel Tips guide back in 2014.  There has been minor tweaks to the system and we’ve updated the post accordingly (each change has been noted in the article itself). You can use this resource to understand which hotels you’ll want to stay at and how to improve your chances of getting a good room.

If any major changes come out we’ll be sure to write a new article explaining those changes and note what year those changes went into effect.

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How to Attend SDCC: General Tips

You’ve got your badges. You’ve got your hotel.  Awesome.  Now what?

Check out our general guides about programming, events, and much much more.  These are tips from first time attendees as well as returning SDCC convention goers.  Hopefully they’ll help you make the most of your time while attending SDCC and you’ll walk away with an experience you’ll never forget.

First Time SDCC Attendee Reports

These articles were written by Geekiary staff members who attended SDCC for the first time and chose to share their experiences with us.

Are you a first time attendee? Are you curious what it’s going to be like jumping head first into the biggest geek convention in the United States? Check these stories out! You might learn something from seeing the convention through the eyes of another newbie.

10 Things I Learned During My First SDCC
A First Timer and Cosplay Perspective

Returning SDCC Attendee Reports & Tips

These articles were written by Geekiary staff members who were returning to SDCC, but sharing unique experiences that help others.  They’re sharing they’re wisdom to help you, the new attendees, navigate the biggest pop culture convention in the United States just a little bit easier.

My Adventure as a Palenist
Secrets of Comic-Con: Things Attendees WILL Tell You
Exhibit Hall Adventures

Now that you’ve learned what needs to be done to attend SDCC, consider checking out our extensive San Diego Comic-Con Masterpost to see what we’ve been up to since 2013.  You can also view many of our press rooms on our YouTube channel and follow our San Diego Comic Con Pinterest Board! We’ve also started a brand new SDCC Tips Pinterest Board specifically geared towards newbies.

San Diego Comic-Con is an amazing experience and anyone who wants to put in the effort should have a chance to attend.  We hope you’ll use these tips and enjoy the convention!

Note On Affiliates: All of our affiliate links are thoroughly vetted. They are friends of ours, mentors, and partners.  We trust them with SDCC advice and you should trust them too!