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    My 2017 San Diego Comic Con Schedule

    My San Diego Comic Con 2017 Schedule // The Geeky Fashionista

    2017 San Diego Comic Con Schedule

    Can’t believe this will be my 11th year attending SDCC! The past couple of weeks have been pretty rough personally, hence the lack of posts and social media presence. Nevertheless, I’m going to try to put personal life on hold this week and try to enjoy what is always a highlight of my year.

    I’m always super ambitious with my schedule trying to pack as much as I can in 4 and a half days, but here’s a somewhat realistic list of where I plan to be in San Diego. I’ve also included a few things I wish I could attend – if only I could be in two places at once! If you’re also attending SDCC, let me know if you’re going to be at any of the same places by commenting on this post or on social media so I can say hi!

    Keep reading for my San Diego Comic Con schedule! Also, if you’re interested, here’s my schedule from last year!

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    Star Wars Celebration Orlando: 40th Anniversary

    Star Wars Celebration Orlando // The Geeky Fashionista

    I was planning to do just one Star Wars Celebration Orlando recap post but because of the sheer number of photos I took, especially on Sunday, I decided to split it up into three posts, one for each day I was there. This post will recap my first day of the convention which I spent pretty much doing one of two things: in panels or waiting in lines to get into those panels (or waiting in line to get a wristband to wait in the line for that panel…yes, that was a thing). 

    Despite all the line waiting though, the panels were amazing and well worth the wait for any Star Wars fan! Keep reading for my experience recap and be sure to check out my cosplay post from the event as well!

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    San Diego Comic Con 2016 Thursday Recap

    San Diego Comic Con Thursday

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    Today I’m sharing my Thursday aka Day One of San Diego Comic Con 2016 recap! After an amazing Preview Night, I was super psyched for the con to officially begin. I had my overly ambitious schedule prepared with first choice and backup panels and couldn’t wait to jump right into the craziness.

    The first panel on my list to check out was in the massive Hall H where the movie studios usually show all of their exclusive footage. This is also where Marvel, Game of Thrones, and The Walking Dead panels take place and, thus, some fans camp out to upwards 40+ hours just to get inside. Luckily, there was no need for that today. It was a pretty low-key schedule for Hall H that day so I was able to walk right into the first panel, DreamWorks. This panel would be one of the few times the majority of my friends (minus my sister) would all be together as we all had very different things we wanted to do and see – which I think is one of the great things about Comic Con – there’s just about something for everyone!

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    San Diego Comic Con 2016 Preview Night

    SDCC Preview Night

    SDCC Preview Night

    Sigh. San Diego Comic Con 2016 is officially over and now we wait another 359 days for it all to begin again. This was my tenth consecutive year attending SDCC and while I wouldn’t say it was my “best” year as it certainly had its lows (ahem, Hall H Line – you’ll hear more about that later), it was definitely memorable. 

    Following a (sort of) blogging tradition of mine and to fulfill one of my July Goals, I’ll be recapping each day of the con over the next two weeks (it takes me a while to go through the hundreds of photos I take) starting with Preview Night aka Day Zero of Comic Con. 

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    My 2016 San Diego Comic Con Schedule

    San Diego Comic Con

    2016 Comic Con Schedule

    I’m here at my tenth San Diego Comic Con (I can’t believe I was only 16 my first year)! I am always pretty ambitious when it comes to my itinerary (might as well aim big) and this year is no exception! I’m pretty happy with my schedule and the variety of panels this year – I’ve got some movie, anime, cosplay stuff, a few parties – seems pretty rounded to me. Below is a (somewhat realistic) list of everywhere I’ll be during the week. If you’re also at the con, let me know if you’re going to be at any of the same places – I would love to say hi!

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    What To Bring To SDCC: My Comic Con Bag Essentials

    Comic Con Bag Essentials

    It’s just days before what will be my TENTH San Diego Comic Con (HOW am I that old?)! Every year it never seems to come soon enough and then before you know it, it’s there and you’re still putting on the finishing touches of your cosplay, rush ordering your business cards, and scrambling to make sure you have enough spare phone and camera batteries – or maybe that is just me.

    Back when I was flying in from Florida or New York, I remember how much I would overpack because…well, you never know! Plus, well, I really didn’t know what to expect in those early years. Now after all these years, I still heavily procrastinate many things BUT there is one thing I have down – and that is my Comic Con bag essentials – the stuff you’ll be carrying each day, all day with you during the con. There were years where I brought way too much stuff with me and my poor shoulder would be aching after a few hours. Other years, I would bring too little with me and found myself having to make trips back to my hotel and wasting precious con time.

    The following list is what I have found to be everything I need to get me through each con day.

    THE BAG: It’s really up to you what kind of bag you use. I prefer a bag that isn’t bulky and can carry quite a bit – because besides everything on this list, you also want to take into account all the swag you’ll be getting throughout the day. My bag of choice year after year has actually been one of those free bags you get as a gift for purchasing a perfume at a department store. It’s not fancy at all, but its super light and roomy – it can be as small or as big as I want it and really, it’s amazing everything I can fit in it. That’s me though. Some people prefer backpacks, I honestly find them a bit limiting in terms of collecting swag especially posters. My dad likes to use the same reusable blue grocery bag year after year. All you have is your Warner Brothers SDCC bag – that works too. As long as it can fit everything on this list, you do you. With all that said, let’s move on to what should be in our bag…

    1. Light jacket – While the weather outside is usually nice and warm during the day, nights and early mornings can get a bit chilly so it’s always good to have something to throw on for those times of the day. Also, they really crank up the AC in some of those panel rooms so it’s always good to have on hand.
    2. Cellphone (no, that’s not a Gameboy) – A must for most of us any day anyway. I use my phone for way more than just taking photos or keeping in touch with my family and friends (since we usually will end up splitting off to do our own things). To me, it’s all about Twitter – keeping up with line updates, special promos, live tweeting panels…Twitter has completely changed the way I do SDCC for the better!
    3. Portable Phone Charger/Battery – One of the absolute most essentials items next to my actual cellphone – all that tweeting can eventually run down your battery and with so much happening at Comic Con, you don’t have time to stop and wait while your phone charges at an outlet.
    4. Phone Wall Charger and Cord – When I do have some down time (for example, during lunch), I’ll find an outlet and charge my phone the old fashion way to conserve my portable battery (which I’ll also charge up if there’s two outlets).
    5. DSRL Camera – Cellphone pics are quick on the go and if you’re trying to be inconspicuous (you never know what celeb might walk by you), but for things like cosplay or special events like the Her Universe Fashion Show, I definitely prefer higher quality photos.
    6. Spare Camera Battery – No time to charge if my camera battery dies so I just bring a spare.
    7. Sunglasses – You’re in sunny California – it is bright during the day!
    8. Water Bottle – You’re going to be walking a lot and you will get thirsty! 
    9. Snacks/Food – Convention food isn’t the healthiest or the most affordable. Help your body and wallet out by packing your own sandwiches, fruit, and granola bars. There’s a Ralph’s that’s just a quick walk from the convention center where you can stock up on everything you’ll need for the week – this is what my family and I have done every year and it saves us TONS.
    10. Cash – Not all places take credit cards!
    11. Business Cards – Whether you’re a blogger, writer, filmmaker, this is THE place to network and meet like-minded individuals! Great for just giving out to new friends to keep in touch as well!
    12. Makeup/Toiletry Bag – To keep all my smaller items together and not roaming everywhere inside my bag. I’m obsessed with my Attack On Titan cosmetics bag from Hot Topic but, unfortunately, it’s sold out. Alternatively, they have a new one that features Mikasa that you can bet I’m going to be getting my hands on in the near future. EDIT: That bag is actually sold out too. Boo.

    My Bag Inside My Bag

    1. Bandaids – Accidents happen. Be prepared and bring a few different sizes.
    2. Lip Balm – Nobody likes dry lips. I also prefer something with SPF.
    3. Travel Size Sunblock – Protect yourself from the sun! Especially important if you plan on waiting long hours in the Hall H line!
    4. Hand Sanitizer – People everywhere means germs everywhere! 
    5. Mini Perfume or Rollerball – Because I still want to smell like a lady.
    6. Travel Size Deodorant – Because even girls sweat and can smell gross.
    7. Concealer – For touch ups throughout the day. My dark eye circles are no joke.
    8. Gum – You’re going to be meeting a lot of people, wouldn’t want your first impression to be that you have bad breath!
    9. Permanent Marker – For the random signing that just might happen!
    10. Rubber Bands – For all those free posters you’re going to receive. A poster tube is ideal but a rubber band works in a pinch.
    11. Hair Ties – For pulling your hair back when it gets too hot or the con just gets too crazy. Can also be used like a rubber band to secure rolled up posters.

    SHOES: I didn’t include this on the list (because it doesn’t go in a bag), but hopefully it goes without saying. You’re going to be walking A LOT. Wear comfortable shoes, whatever that is for you, whatever it is that you can walk MILES and MILES in without your feet cursing you. I’m a Florida/Cali girl so to me that means flip flops because my feet are not accustomed to things with backs so, yes, I’m that crazy girl wearing flip flops in the Exhibit Hall. I know the risks, and I’ve always survived. 

    WHAT NOT TO BRING: Leave the laptop, iPad, and books in the hotel room! I’ve brought them all at one point and usually regret it – UNLESS it’s a situation where I know I’m going to be camped out in one room all day and won’t have to worry about lugging all that extra weight around with me. Then by all means, bring the laptop and get some extra blogging done! Bring a book to read between waiting for panels – although really you should be talking to people and making new friends, but I’m shy so I understand. If you have one of those Macbook Airs that might be a different story too or if you’re a strong guy. Me – I’m a rather small girl so I’d rather not deal with it.

    That concludes my Comic Con Bag Essentials! Hope you found this list helpful in your last minute preparations! If you have any questions or think I left something out, feel free to leave a comment below!

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    My Anime Expo Schedule

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    Tomorrow I will be going to Anime Expo!!

    Since I have to catch an evening flight to Seattle, I can only go for half of Friday, but regardless this will be my first time attending, and I am super excited! Even with my limited time (and maybe even because of it), I really wanted to plan a solid schedule so I could make the most of my day.

    Badge pick up for attendees has been open since noon today and is open until midnight which is pretty awesome. I was originally planning on going around 1pm but a quick look at Twitter with its photos of HUGE lines at the convention center of people who had CAMPED OUT quickly made me change my mind. To avoid both LA traffic and lines, I’ll probably go for my badge a little closer to midnight. Good thing I’m a night owl!

    Since I won’t have to worry about picking up my badge tomorrow morning, I’ll be able to jump right into the convention…so without further adieu, here is my (hopeful) Anime Expo schedule. 

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    Cosplay: Bangkok Comic Con

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    Can you believe it – San Diego Comic Con is less than a month away! Every year it seems so far away then it’s there before I know it! This year, I’m trying to stay on top of things, but I’m sure I’ll still be scrambling at the end >.<

    Today I am sharing with you some cosplay photos from another Comic Con quite a bit away from San Diego. My dad loves going to conventions almost as much as I do and snapped these photos at Bangkok Comic Con during a trip to Thailand. They definitely get me excited for my own experience next month!
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    My WonderCon 2016 Experience

    I went to my first WonderCon! My boyfriend, Luke, hooked us up with professional badges – whoo! Unlike years past where it’s always been held in Anaheim, this year it took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center downtown which made it super convenient for us. With work and Easter Sunday, we were only able to go on Saturday. I had to take it a bit easy walking around, but it was actually really nice being able to take our time around the convention center not rushing from one place to next like we usually do at most cons. 
    After picking up our badges, we went to the beautiful Microsoft Theater for our first panel of the day, New Line/Warner Brothers Presents… We had no idea what movies were on the line up – it turned out to be two new horror films coming out later this year: The Conjuring 2 and Lights Out. Director James Wan (Saw, Insidious, Furious 7, upcoming Aquaman) was there to talk about his horror sequel and present a first look at its trailer and, I gotta say, it looked pretty freaky! He was also there to support Lights Out, a movie from his production company that started out as a 3-minute short before becoming a full length Hollywood film starring Maria Bello (who was present along with the film’s director). The trailer was terrifying! There were definitely parts where I had to look away from the screen! While horror isn’t exactly either of our favorite movie genres, there was still some really cool comments about filmmaking and advice for filmmakers that made for a really interesting panel.
    I had planned to go to the Geek Wars panel, but it reached capacity before I was able to make it in so Luke and I walked around the exhibit floor, and I started counting the number of Rey from The Force Awakens cosplays (my count was 12 although I’m sure there were more).
    At the Comic Con HQ booth, they had a big wall where people could do little doodles and drawings. Luke and I each contributed (above).
    We split up so Luke could go to the Star Wars VFX panel, and I went to a panel about working in the “Nerd Business” since that is something I am very interested in doing one day. I really enjoyed it – the panelists gave some really helpful and informative advice. One of them, Donna Ricci, runs a local geek-themed tea shop called Geeky Teas that I can’t believe I’ve never heard of or been to (but I plan on changing that!).
    I was really excited to see the many food trucks (I’m such a sucker for them) but was not so happy to see the ridiculous lines or the huge waits for food after putting in your order. I was feeling a bit faint from not having eaten much all day and went to the shortest food truck line for a grilled cheese sandwich and fries (totaling $22.50 – yikes!). While waiting for my food, I got some shaved ice to hold myself over. After 30 minutes, I got my sandwich but they were very behind on fry orders. After another 20 minutes and still no fries in sight, we just asked for a refund so we could continue on with our day. I can understand food orders getting backed up and having to deal with frustrated customers, but I will probably not eat at food trucks at my next convention after this experience.
    Our friend Kyle joined us, and we ended our day with a special screening of the new documentary “The Giant’s Dream” about the making of The Iron Giant. The film was followed by a Q&A discussion led by the documentary’s director Anthony Giacchino and The Iron Giant’s Brad Bird and co-creators. The documentary will be included in the Signature Blu-ray Edition of The Iron Giant along with two new scenes to be released in September. 
    Despite taking it pretty easy and not doing a ton of stuff, I still had a lot of fun and am glad I was feeling well enough to go. Hopefully, I’ll be in full health when Comic Con and Anime Expo roll around in a few months! 

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    My First D23 Expo – Friday!

    What is this? Another convention already? Yes! After Star Wars Celebration and San Diego Comic Con, I end my summer of conventions with Disney’s biennial D23 Expo in Anaheim. It is their fourth expo since 2009 and my first time attending it. Even though I do consider myself a big Disney fan, I had no idea they had their own convention! I never would have known about this event if it weren’t for my boyfriend, Luke, who went in 2013.

     
    Like most conventions, there was still a good bit of waiting in lines involved before the convention even started. Luckily, it gave us plenty of time to decide what we wanted to do during the day.
     

    First up on our schedule was the Disney Legends Awards Show. I had no idea what to expect, and it completely blew my mind. Disney certainly knows how to throw a truly magical awards show! In between honoring Danny Elfman, Susan LucciGeorge Lucas, and others who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy, there were wonderful performances to keep you entertained. Some of these were Ne-Yo singing Aladdin’s “Never Had A Friend Like Me” as a tribute to Robin Williams, Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart singing “Oogie Boogie’s Song” from Nightmare Before Christmas, and dancers from Dancing With the Stars ballroom dancing to music from Sleeping Beauty.

    The show concluded with a surprise announcement that Johnny Depp would also be honored with a Disney Legends award. The crowds went crazy as Jack Sparrow himself walked onstage and accepted his award.

     
    The other big event we were looking forward to that day was the Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studio panel with John Lasseter. They showed clips and brought out cast members along with directors and producers of the many upcoming projects. We weren’t allowed to use our cameras or phones during the panel (and were given sealable plastic bags to put them in as an extra security measure) so, unfortunately, I don’t have any photos to post. 
     
    A few highlights: Ginnifer Goodwin showed up for Zootopia – the biggest laughs came from a gag involving sloths working at the DMV – pure comedy gold; the songwriting duo behind Frozen played a storyboard version of a new song from Gigantic (Disney’s version of Jack and the Beanstalk) called “Little Man” that was very cute and charming but won’t be the movie’s most memorable song; and The Rock talked about his character Maui in Moana, a movie that takes place in the South Pacific and looks beautiful.
     
    Pixar started their portion of their panel showing the complete short film “Riley’s First Date” which will come out with the Inside Out Blu-Ray in the fall. The short was absolutely hilarious and definitely one of the biggest highlights of the day for me. Next, was The Good Dinosaur which I’m really excited to see this fall because dinosaurs. Most of the cast was on hand for the eagerly anticipated Finding Dory including Ellen DeGeneres, Ed O’Neill, Ty Burrell, and Kaitlin Olsen. The clips and new characters looked super funny. They showed a short but very colorful and eye-catching diorama for the finally-titled Coco inspired by the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos. Wrapping up the panel was Toy Story 4 which I learned would be co-written by one of my faves Rashida Jones (along with Will McCormick). Not much was given as to the plot, but it was mentioned that each Toy Story movie has been a different genre and this will be a love story centered around Bo Peep and Woody. Awwww. 



    The rest of our day consisted of walking around the massive exhibit hall, collecting freebies and checking out the various booths. There were still lines (the longest probably being where you could personalize your own Coke bottle – we decided not to wait in the 2 hour line) but nothing like Comic Con. There was definitley a lot to see, but the hall seemed so big and spacious, and I loved how easy it was to maneuver and walk around. No hysteric crowds trying to grab a t-shirt or fear of being trampled over. I’m sure it will get more crowded in the years to come, especially since Disney now owns both Star Wars and Marvel, and I’ll be ready for it when the time comes, but it’s certainly nice for the time being.

     That’s it for my first day at D23 and what a first day it was! I was definitely looking forward to Day Two! Look out for that post coming soon!

    What Disney Animation or Pixar movie are you most looking forward to?

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