I can’t believe it, but this is officially it; my coverage of San Diego Comic Con 2011 has come to a close. For five incredibly long days, the experience went by in a flash. The action was non-stop from the moment I touched down in San Diego and while it was extremely exhausting and probably one of the most trying working experiences I’ve ever gone through, it was beyond worth it.
So, what’d you think? Did you like my coverage choices? Were the formats I chose to report in effective? Do let me know because I’m thrilled to say, it looks as though I’ll be returning to Comic Con next year!
I do know I learned quite a few things for myself while out west. First off, I need to pack more food than a box of granola bars, or at least make time to pick up some items at a local supermarket. Between running around collecting coverage and then writing it up, there’s little to no time to grab a bite. Second, if I want to cover a panel, I’ve either got to get on line at about 5am or hunt down a press pass. I arrived for The Walking Dead panel over three hours early and the line to get into Ballroom 20 was already about 10,000 people long!
Overall, the most important thing to keep in mind while covering an event like this is to take things in stride. As much as you plan, there’s still a chance things can come crumbling down. Getting stressed is pointless; interviews are rescheduled, events run late and all you can do is adapt. But, more importantly than anything, even though I’m there for work, it’s vital to have a good time with the fantastic people that are right in there with you.
Clearly I’m in a very good mood courtesy of this fantastic experience, so, you know what? I feel like giving away some free swag. Who wants my official Comic Con bag as well as a Green Lantern ornament? All you’ve got to do is tell me how you feel about the Shockya.com SDCC coverage. What’d you enjoy most? What do you wish I got to that I missed? Anything I should keep in mind for next year? Put your two cents in the comments section of this article and you’re automatically entered to win. Don’t forget to sign into your Twitter account when posting and to follow @Shockya so we have a way of getting in touch with you if you win. If you don’t have a Twitter account, just post your response in the comments section and then send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. You’ve got until Friday, July 29th to enter. I’ll pick a winner at random the next day.
To help you out, here’s a full rundown of all of my Comic Con 2011 coverage. Enjoy and thank you for following!
1. Hello San Diego
2. Shark Night 3D Party
3. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Press Conference
4. Game of Thrones Panel
5. Interview with Drive’ Ron Perlman
6. Final Destination 5 Party
7. Interview with Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’s Guy Pearce
8. Torchwood: Miracle Day Panel
9. The Walking Dead Panel
10. Interview with Tucker & Dale vs Evil Director Eli Craig
11. Fright Night Press Conference
12. The Darkest Hour Presentation
13. Interview with Griff the Invisible Director Leon Ford
14. Interview with The Vampire Diaries Writer-Producers Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson
15. Interview with The Vampire Diaries’ Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev
16. Interview with The Amazing Spider-Man’s Marc Webb and Andrew Garfield
17. Interview with Immortals’ Mark Canton, Gianni Nunnari, Tarsem Singh, Henry Cavill, Kellan Lutz and Luke Evans
18. Interview with Warm Bodies Author Isaac Marion
19. The MIMOBOT Booth