Post by chalametthegreat on Jul 4, 2019 12:14:24 GMT -8
It looks like a fun schedule this year. I hope we hear the next phase of Marvel films. I think all of us know at least five of them from the media but it would be good to get some confirmations and dates.
Since you are fan as well, look for the exclusive Picard family crest pin in honor of the new show. I read that news on several websites.
I'm hearing horror stories about the strategic planning that goes into the line for Hall H, where the most popular and highly anticipated celebrity panels are for Comic Con. Hall H seats 6500 people, and on its most popular days, Fri/Sat, some people wait in line for 2 fucking days just to get inside. This is making me very nervous as I want to get the Hall H experience this year so that I can be better prepared next year, especially if there will be a Dune panel. The nerd factor is at record levels at this particular convention and I don't know if I have the stomach to deal with the chaos and physical/mental demands of standing in line with complete nerd strangers for more than 3 hours max, let alone camp out with these people.
Post by chalametthegreat on Jul 7, 2019 18:18:37 GMT -8
That's why I am so curious to hear your feedback. A lot of the cool things happen in Hall H, but I am with you about the waiting. Even though I love Marvel, Star Trek, Star Wars, DC, Dune, etc., I am not the type of person who will camp out for days. Plus I have never been camping Haha! I would certainly wait hours on the same day for something special but typically not overnight into the next day. But maybe you will say oh the lines for certain panels weren't so bad or certain events were definitely worth waiting a long time. Anyways, I'm looking forward to your critique and recommendations. Are you in a lottery for any autographs?
I'm in the lottery for Family Guy autographs. If I can get into the Star Trek panel in Hall H, there will be autographs there, but don't know how that will work out. Maybe an onsite lottery system. I'll know if I won the Family Guy autograph and panel session on July 9th.
But yes, it appears that lines for Hall H are much more formidable than I first thought, and it's a bummer.
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Hate to stress you out even further but see above article on Hall H. I think when you are there you should see for next year if people just want to do one panel, i.e. Dune, does that still require sleeping overnight in line. I would hope not as why pay all the money for a hotel!
I wonder too if Hall H empties out depending on the panel. For example, Marvel you know is always insane. Will Dune be the same level of intensity... not sure for 2020 but maybe 2021 when the first movie is awesome and the second is being made we can hope!
I wish there was a lottery system for panels too as it just seems fairer to give more people opportunities to see panels. I hope the Dune cast make other public appearances besides San Diego.
Thanks for that link, it was a very, very informative article, and pretty much confirms what I learned from the @sd_Comic_Con twitter account recently. They pretty much blew me off in a sweet but firm way when I told them that as a solo person, I don't have a group of five friends to do 'line waiting shifts' with in order to get into Hall H (JUST) for the Star Trek panel on Saturday morning, and that I'm concerned that someone like me don't have the time to dedicate to waiting in a fucking line, all by my damn self. They told me "don't do Hall H then, seriously". The holy grail Marvel panel will be on at 5:15 pm, so people will be camped out 4-5 days in advance just for Marvel. I read on the comic con forums that people start lining up on Tuesday, which will be the next Tuesday, July 16th to see the panels on July 20th! Once people are let in for Hall H at around 9am, you best believe that 95% will stay planted in their seats ALL fucking day until AFTER the Marvel panel has ended at around 7pm. It's completely mad and a bit fucked up that CC allows such craziness to transpire in order for people to get into Hall H. I mean, I can appreciate stan levels that are so astronomically high, that people are willing and able to camp out to see their favorite stars. It's more rewarding for them when they get inside, feels like they "earned it", as one CC line camper on twitter told me last week. However, I feel that CC should do a lottery for at least a few hundred seats just to give people like me who want to see the Hall H panels a small lucky chance to get inside.
This is my first comic con, and I'm so excited to go there. If I can't get into Hall H, which is appearing likely, I'll live, I'll be ok. It's those other CC nerds who will give life and limb to get into Hall H and I'm not paying $300 a night for a hotel just to sit outside with complete nerd strangers. No fucking way! But if a miracle happens, which in secret, I'm working on, if it's meant to be that I get into Hall H, then fine, I'll be there for Star Trek, and you know, fuck it, I'll stay for the holy grail of Marvel panel - Never mind about Marvel, it's too late in the day, and there are other CC events I want to attend. But this is all a big IF I can get in with my secret plan.
These are panels, autographs, and discussions only. There are only two Hall H panels I'm really interested in new Witcher Netflix series starring Henry Cavill, and of course, Star Trek. All the other discussions are in smaller conference rooms where it can still be a struggle, but nothing like the Hall H beast.
The one glimmering hope I can tell you all about Hall H is that near the end of the day at 8:30pm, there is a 1.5 hour video presentation of all the panels that occurred in Hall H earlier that day that you can watch. So if I can't get into Hall H during the actual panels, I'll have to settle for watching the recording of it at the end of the day.
I have always wanted to attend the San Diego Comic Con, and my goal was to attend once I relocated here to Southern California. I'm going to make the most of this and just roll with the flow so that I can have an awesome time, and take notes on how to prepare when I attend next year in support of Dune.
Last Edit: Jul 8, 2019 8:23:52 GMT -8 by Simone: added revision about Marvel
Praise Jeebus! Comic Con has instituted a NEW Hall H lineup policy with wristbands. In summation, for the Saturday panel that I want to attend, wristbands will be given out on Friday evening at a designated place and time (purposefully preventing nerds from camping out in the current Hall H line up). Basically, everyone who receives a wristband, will gain entry into Hall H. Here are the three line up rules:
Toucan Tracker wristbands will be given out the night before for the next day’s Hall H first seating. For example, Saturday morning’s wristbands will be given out on Friday night. After verifying your badge, Line Staff will hand you a wristband, which you will need to securely attach to your wrist, and then you will present your badge for scanning by staff prior to leaving the line. The scanning staff will verify that your wristband is attached securely and then scan your badge for the next morning’s first seating of Hall H. When you enter Hall H the following morning, you will need to show your wristband and scan your badge. Once you receive your wristband, you have three options:
1. You may immediately line up for the following day’s first panel in Hall H.
2. You may leave someone to hold your place in line, and return before 7:30 am to meet them. You will be allowed to join them in line as long as you have a matching wristband for your group. If your group wishes to enter together, all members of your group will need to get wristbands at the same time, so plan accordingly.
3. You may leave, get a good night’s rest, and return to the end of the wristbanded line before 7:30 am. Please keep in mind that you must be there before 7:30 am.
If you decide to leave the line at any point, you may return to the end of the wristbanded line prior to 7:30 am and still gain entry to the first panel of the day in Hall H. You do not need to wait overnight! If you return after 7:30 am, you will have to go to the end of the Hall H line and may not receive first seating.
Naturally, the 3 day camp out nerds are pissed off, but I think this is very fair. I'm willing and able to go to the designated spot at the designated time on Friday evening to get a wristband, and then go back to my lovely comfy hotel room and have a restful night. I have no problem getting into the Hall H line by 7:30 am on Saturday morning to ensure that I get inside to see the Star Trek panel. After that's done, I'll have the rest of Saturday to enjoy the fantastic CC.
Last Edit: Jul 10, 2019 10:10:12 GMT -8 by Simone: added link
Post by chalametthegreat on Jul 10, 2019 11:01:13 GMT -8
WONDERFUL NEWS!!! This is so much fairer. I dont think it is right at all that certain people get to have a monopoly on Hall H just because they camp out for days which is insane and then never move from Hall H. Maybe you will have time for the Marvel panel too.
^ No, I have 'Family Guy' after Star Trek, and there is a journalism panel I want to attend at 4pm. the Marvel panel comes on at 5:15, and I'm not pressed to see them, even if America's Ass (aka Chris Evans) is there, I'm not going to camp inside Hall H this year.
Now next year, for hopeful Dune, I'll plant my ass in my seat all day if necessary. But still no camping out. LOL!
Well, I failed the first big test. I entered the lottery for the Family Guy panel and autograph, and access to some select vendors to get prized expensive junk I most likely didn't need. Well, I logged in and found out that of the 47 points I distributed through the several exclusives, I didn't get shit. Dang! This is a test run for next year, and, it's ok, I look at it this way, I SAVED MONEY!!!! I'll continue to enjoy CC with vendors that don't have a lottery. Be warned, there could be a lottery for Warner Bros/Dune next year.
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David Dastmalchian, who'll be playing Peter DeVries in the new Dune, will be at Comic Con for Sushi Girl Movie promotion and autograph session. But dammit, his signing is during the time I'll be in Hall H for Star Trek. So I tweeted to him, and he liked my response!!! Looks like he's looking forward to returning next year for Dune as well.