2012 TwiFans Guide to Comic-Con International

It's that time again, for those of you that enjoyed our 2011 San Diego Comic-Con Guide, here is the 2012 edition.  This is your UNOFFICIAL guide to San Diego Comic-Con 2012 (SDCC).  This guide will help you prepare for a terrific and drama free Twilight experience.  This guide will let you know what to expect when you are camping and what you should bring with your for SDCC.  This year the Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 panel is once again in Hall H of the San Diego Convention center.  The convention is from July 12th to July 16th.

San Diego Comic-Con is a grueling four day event that will push any fan to their limits.  This guide is a compilation of years of experience that is filled with amazing experiences with our favorite stars to huge let downs by not knowing how things worked.  This year TwiFans.com has been credentialed and we will be bringing you all of the information from the front line.  The rules in this guide come from the Comic-Con website and releases from Summit Entertainment.

As mentioned, it was just announced that the Breaking Dawn panel will be on Thursday July 12th in Hall H and it will be the first panel of the day.  Yippee.  Summit Entertainment will also be on the convention floor at Booth 4029 (Same booth as last year).  Every year that Twilight has had a panel at Comic-Con; the booth is where to get some BD SWAG.

Last year Summit Entertainment posted rules for Twilight fans.  Those rules fell on deaf ears and camping began the Monday before the Thursday BD1 panel.  For the first time since twi-camping for Hall H began, Comic-Con International, has posted their own rules regarding fan camping.  See their rules below:

Comic-Con International Line-Up Rules

While Comic-Con discourages any line-ups in advance at Plaza Park outside Hall H, if you do find yourself in line for an extended period of time, please adhere to these rules:

For safety issues we cannot allow anyone to line up in the Park until ALL tents, canopies, stanchions and work is completed at the Park. This also includes areas adjacent to the park, so please no waiting nearby for work to be completed. We anticipate that all work will be finished sometime Tuesday morning (July 10), however this is not a guarantee.

Because this is a safety issue, we have been told that anyone waiting in the area before all work is completed will be asked to leave regardless of time of arrival or length of time they have been waiting.

In an effort to accommodate as many people as possible with the least amount of impact for all, please follow the rules below:

  • Camping is not allowed.
  • No tents, canopies, inflatables, cots, beds, furniture, large coolers, heaters, large fans, large umbrellas, chaise lounges, open flames, or anything of similar size of any kind as determined by the Convention Center.
  • You are allowed to have one chair per person of relatively normal size. You may use a sleeping bag or blanket as well, provided it is only taking up the space of one person.
  • No facilities or services will be available in the Park, so plan accordingly.
  • Restroom access will be available in Lobby G of the Convention Center from 9:00 PM to 7:00 AM each night starting Tuesday, July 10. No other access to facilities will be available.
  • Please respect the grounds and dispose of trash in trash receptacles. Please do not leave any trash or waste behind.
  • No "saving" a spot in line unless it is only temporary, such as a restroom break.

So there you have it.  They don't want camping to start til Tuesday and they will ask you to leave if you show up before then.  Comic-Con has rented the Plaza Park and they are in charge, not Summit.  They did work around fans last year, but it was difficult and we assume that is why there are rules materialized from SDCC this year.

Hall H is located on the south side of the San Diego Convention center.  You will see a sign for where they want the line for Hall H to start.  This line generally starts in the grass of Plaza Park.  Plaza Park is just the grassy area south of the convention center.

What is most important for the best experience at Comic-Con? (Updated)

 

1.  Hotel- You should have got this long ago but if you haven't start looking in the surrounding areas like the harbor or Coronado.  Even if you have to stay 10-15 minutes away to get a good priced deal, it's worth it.  We just reserved a room last week.  They are harder to find, but still out there.  We found that websites said sold out, but that they still had a room here or there.

 

2.  Line buddies are essential for a good experience in line. Line buddies can be the people in your group or friends you make on either side of you in line.  Line etiquette:  Make sure to let everyone around you know how many friends are in your group and if it's more than just a few, people may not be happy.  Best bet is to all go at the same time.  Security will get very strict about adding additional friends to the line.

 

3.  Overnight -Being comfortable in line is different to everyone.  We saw lots of yoga mats, fold-able chairs, and cots.  Most importantly don't take up more than the width and length of your body.  You will be on grass so there is some cushion.  Some people made it through the night sleeping on a beach towel.  I used an Edward fleece blanket and was fine for overnight, but this is right next to the water in the bay and it does get cooler at night.  Be prepared.

 

4.  Shade & Sunblock- Once you are under the Hall H tents you will be mostly out of the sun unless you fall into the rare few that get a spot between shade tents.  With the new rules saying no beach umbrellas, I would bring a rain umbrella just in case.  It's small and easy to carry.  Sunblock is also a must!

 

5.  Snacks & water - whether you are waiting outside or holding onto your coveted seat inside, having a few snacks and a beverage is helpful.  There are concessions available for purchase if you are flush with $$$, but for better choices and convenience, bring a few of your own.  If you are flying in, not to worry.  There is a Ralph's grocery store a short walk from the Convention Center.  It is also important to stay hydrated when you are out waiting in the sun. 

 

6.  Bug spray-There are very large water bugs/roaches that came out of the planters at night. I will be spraying the ground all around me before setting up my area.  If everyone does it, maybe we will be safe from the creatures!  Last year we saw less, but if your food is not sealed the ants with show up in full force.

 

7.  Notebook & pen-It's fun to exchange your TwiFans profile address, cell phone numbers, and Facebook pages with each other to keep touch once you have made friends.  This is where Kim and I met for the very first time.  Aww Comic-Con memories....

 What will happen when they let us into Hall H?

 

There will be tons of Comic-Con employees making sure that you aren't running or saving seats, so try to keep your group together.  The room is huge.  About 200-300 fans will fit in the first couple rows, so don't freak out.  You will get a good spot either in front of the panel or in front of a large screen (which you end up watching for close ups anyways).

 

Once you are in your desired spot, don't move unless you are going to the bathroom.  Even then, make sure you have someone watching your seat like a hawk.  They will give someone your seat.  This is no joke so potty fast.

 

8.  Questions for the panel:  Get your questions ready for the Twilight cast.  Please ask something that gets new information about the film. Open-ended questions are best, not a question that could be answered with a yes or a no.  They screen questions so "can I give you a hug?" will be an absolute no go.

 

9.  Cameras-Photos and videos are permitted for the panels.  They will ask that you not film any footage on the screen while they play clips.  Historically they play two clips during the panel.  Security is extremely tight during the clips.

 

10.  Poster container or rubber bands-When walking the floor last year we received all types of cool posters, including Breaking Dawn - part 1 posters.  But they aren't any good if they are all wrinkled up after a day of getting smashed.  A poster container will be great place for a brand new Breaking Dawn - Part 2 poster and the bag you will receive at registration has a poster tube holding area!  WOOP.

 

11.  Patience and a sense of humor - Comic-Con has some of the most amazing people watching.  Many come in costume.  Most in costume love to get their photo taken or to be in a photo with you.  Don't be scared to ask.  It is a lot of fun, but it can be very crowded and involve tons of waiting to get into panels and between events.  Try to enjoy the experience of being there and make new friends.  Where else can you go and know that Twifans aren't the biggest geeks in the crowd?  Enjoy!

Hall H is only part of the Comic-Con experience.  There are rooms with panels and the convention room floor to explore.  Here is the Convention Floor map

12.  Know the schedule -Make your schedule after you register on the Comic-Con site at http://mysched.comic-con.org/.  Comic-Con has a program that let's you click on the highlighted panels you want to see each day to make your own custom schedule for the days you are going to be there.  You still might not be able to get into the rooms you want to.

13.  Autographs-Autographs are a ticketed affair.  Last year there was a lottery for 50 lucky Twilight fans to get autographs from the stars.  This happened in the Hall H line last year the morning before the panel.  This by no means guarantees that it will happen again, but a girl can dream.  If you are looking to other autographs then check here for the schedule and read where to go for tickets here.

14.  Free junk and even more free junk-Almost every booth will be giving out free promotional items.  Some things are worth carrying around and most of it's not.  At first you are so excited to be getting free stuff that you say yes to everything.  Our advise would be to be selective.  By the end of the day you could be weighed down so much that your back is in agony the next day.  Then you get home and end up throwing it all away.  

15.  Parking -Some parking spots are still available through Comic-Con here.  Other than the Comic-Con shuttle is the best bet for travel from your hotel to the convention center.  See the shuttle route here.  Parking is available on streets far from the convention center.  Last year we parked near Island Ave. and 14th street.  We parked over there everyday.

We will be updating this blog with all the Twilight related Comic-Con events.  Stay tuned...in the meantime read Twilight Bond's Comic-Con experience from Comic-Con 2011 here.

Reminisce while watching Part 1 & Part 2 of the Breaking Dawn - part 1 panel videos:

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Comment by Kim on June 28, 2012 at 3:51pm

Everyone probably remembers that last year the ppl that were first in line magically "drew" the lucky tickets that got them into the autograph signing that Summit did with Bill, Rob, Kristen & Taylor.  They either magically drew them or were just given them by Summit for being first. If I was lining up I would try to be first....bottom line.

Also, last year was the first time the stars came & visited the camping line the morning of the panel at Comic Con. It was a huge surprise for fans bc they had not done that at Comic Con before. Stars like Ashley Greene, Liz Reaser, Boo Boo Stewart, Tinsel Korey & Nikki Reed. I can't remember who else. Summit also gave the fans camping, breakfast the morning of the panel...muffins, fruit & juice. Plus they handed out Breaking Dawn swag in line such as posters & cups the morning of the panel as well.

On the morning of the panel, if you're going to run back to your room do it the night before or super early in the morning and hurry back. Some in our group missed the stars visit to the line the morning of the panel because they went back to the room and didn't make it back in time.

Comment by Alison Genet on June 28, 2012 at 3:56pm

Haha Kimmy!  Way to start a panic LMAO.

Comment by Kim on June 28, 2012 at 4:07pm

Just keeping it real LOL :)

Comment by Ana on June 28, 2012 at 6:19pm

I had a question....is there any point in going if you don't have a ticket to the convention.  Do you have to have a ticket, because i heard it was all sold out.

Comment by Alison Genet on June 28, 2012 at 6:47pm

Ana-Comic-Con does not sell tickets on site and they have been sold out for months.  There is no way to get in.  Sorry :(

Comment by Ana on June 28, 2012 at 8:14pm

Thanks for answering, and hope you all have fun :)

Comment by Shannon Jung on July 1, 2012 at 2:24pm

This is my first time going, I'm flying in From New York.  So excited and nervous at the same time.  Thanks for the tips.  keep em coming! 

Comment by PlaneJane on July 3, 2012 at 2:55pm
My first time too. Got lucky - friend works at a major studio & gave me his guest pass or I'd have been SOL!
Comment by Shannon Jung on July 5, 2012 at 5:10am

I'm flying in on Wednesday.  Is anyone going to line up for Hall H?  And if so what time?

Comment by denise koutra on August 5, 2012 at 12:21pm

:)

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