The San Diego Comic-Con International has spawned 14 other Comic-Cons in the United States, 5 in Canada, 3 in the United Kingdom, 1 in Russia, 1 in Romania, 1 in India and 1 in the United Arab Emirates.
Comic-Con is probably the best and worst place to be at for any fan of films and comics. You get to meet people who have similar interests as you (I met two people who were fans of RoosterTeeth at the Middle East Film and Comic Con in April of this year), you get to meet your favourite celebrities, go to Q&As as well as, possibly, make new friends. On the flip side, there are a lot of people, so meeting celebrities is pretty expensive. Finding your way around can be complicated and getting to the toilet may actually not be worth your time.
First thing’s first, make sure you buy your tickets ahead of time. When you buy your tickets ahead of time, you avoid the hassle of going through long lines to get a ticket when you get to the venue. Earlier this year, I went to the third Comic-Con that Dubai hosted and the lines at the venue were long. I don’t mean SM cashier long, I mean hundreds of people long. That was for both ticket and non-ticket holders. Luckily, I bought my tickets previously and so the line was a lot quicker.
Next thing to do is, if you want to of course, plan and make your cosplay. I cosplayed as Elizabeth from Bioshock Infinite and it was a totally last minute thing. I looked quite tatty compared to the other Elizabeth’s at the Con and let’s just say that it also looked like some people had done theirs last minute as well. A man came to the Con dressed as Iron Man. Who used cardboard boxes. I kid you not. It looked like it was painted by a three year old. Then there were these two guys who cosplayed as the Mad Hatter and the Red Queen but they were astounding. I seriously couldn’t keep my eyes off of them - they were that good.
Obviously, there are more tips to going about a Comic-Con but one that is my personal favorite is to go on the last day and stay until the end of the day. At this point, exhibitors will try and get rid of their remaining stock and so they will be prepared to sell them at a cheaper price.
Well...that’s what they do in MEFCC.
- Jessica Brown
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Photos by Faria Ahmed