See you at SDCC!

After many years of working conventions on a rigorous schedule, we've both enjoyed taking a break from them for a few months while we got the company up and running. Now that the dust has cleared, we are able to start going to conventions again and first up is San Diego Comic Con! 

We're very excited about being able to attend and we're even more excited about seeing you guys there! 

You can see us on the following panels: 

Will You Go to the Dance with Me? How Homecoming Dances and Epic Parties Have Shaped Storytelling
Thursday, July 19 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm • Room 24ABC

From Pretty in Pink to Pride & Prejudice's ball at Netherfield Hall, parties have always served as excellent plot devices. In this panel, moderators Sam Maggs (Girl Squads, Anthem) and Amy S. Foster (The Rift Uprising) along with panelists Alexandra Monir (Timeless, The Final Six), Rachel Heine (editor-in-chief, Nerdist), Camilla Zhang (comics outreach, Kickstarter), and Rowan Rowden (founder, Dual Wield Studios) will talk about their favorite fictional social blowouts and discuss changing social mores, traditions, and celebrations through the ages. And who doesn't love a good party?

I Will Always Love You: A Panel Dedicated to Our OTPs
Saturday, July 21 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm • Grand 9, Marriott Marquis

Let's chat meet-cutes, destined-to-bes, and all the different archetypal romantic pairings of great fiction. Moderators Sam Maggs (Girl Squads, Anthem) and Amy S. Foster (The Rift Uprising) with Melissa de la Cruz (Love and War: An Alex and Eliza Story), Robbie Thompson (writer, Silk, Supernatural), Adri Cho (founder, Dual Wield Studios), Mey Rude (writer, Autostraddle), and Susana Polo (editor, Polygon) for a look at how some favorite pairings have evolved through LGBTQ+ culture and third-wave feminism-and how they haven't changed, because love is love is love is love.

 

We are also planning to attend the following panels:

If you are attending SDCC for the first time, here are some general tips:

  • If you have a preview night pass and intend on buying things, go that night. It's still going to be very busy, but significantly less so than on later days and you'll have a better shot of buying what you want before it sells out. 
  • Comfortable shoes will make this (and any other) convention so much more enjoyable. The convention center is enormous and there will be a lot of standing and walking through crowds.
  • Take advantage of your hotel amenities! If your hotel has a pool, go swimming. The con will still be there and sometimes you need a break to just relax. This is also a great chance to meet other fans who are attending the show.
  • Bring a battery pack and expect that your phone service will be a little slow, especially on busier days. So many people and devices packed into one place means that you're going to run into issues using your phone at points, and charge stations aren't as plentiful. If you're looking for a good, cheap phone charger, ones like this will work in a pinch! 
  • If you're attending a panel, make certain that you arrive well in advance. If it's in Hall H (the main hall reserved for the biggest, most popular panels), look up what you need to do LONG in advance to make sure you get in!

Here are some recommendations for food:

  • If you are a group of more than two people, make a reservation as early as possible, ideally a day or two in advance. Downtown quickly becomes congested and wait times for food can be hours.
  • Werewolf is a great brunch spot.
  • If you really want to treat yourself and don't mind spending extra, Nobu is always a great meal. 
  • The Broken Yolk is an affordably priced breakfast/brunch/lunch spot, but can get pretty busy. 
  • If you don't mind walking a bit further, Royal India has some of the best Indian food downtown. 
  • If you're vegetarian/vegan, you can scope out what's available ahead of time on The Happy Cow.
  • Don't feel like going out but don't hotel food? Check out delivery apps! They'll often be faster than getting meals at a location and cheaper than room service.

If you're looking for fun things to do at night: 

  • Shout House is a dueling piano bar where you can sing and shout along to music with a huge group of people. 
  • The Tipsy Crow is multilevel bar and always has good drinks and music. 
  • Whiskey Girl has dancing some nights and good drinks every night.
  • Any of the hotel lobbies will have something going on. The drinks will be more expensive, but there are always interesting people to make friends with! 

Want some more information about what's happening at SDCC? Check out The SDCC Unofficial Blog, When Nerds Attack, and of course the official Twitter.

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