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My Road to my first San Diego Comic-Con – Part 1

During the last week of April I found out that I got into San Diego Comic-Con as press, which was absolutely mind blowing. I had high hopes, but wanted to wait until I had that last 0.01% confirmed for sure. That way I didn’t need to be devastated if it didn’t work out, because in all honesty… It’s been my dream to attend for years.

It took me a full day for the news to sink in. Even though my editor messaged me, and I got the confirmation email. I felt like I must be dreaming it all up, because there is no way this was real and I knew I was going to wake up once I believed in it.


I have been hopeless in preparing myself and trying to make a plan for my trip, because I have no idea what to expect other than walking in and being dazzled by just having a dream of mine come true.

Slowly but surely, I have been starting to make some plans and listening to everyone’s suggestions. So far I know when I will be flying in (the Tuesday before the con) and that I will be staying a few extra days to explore the city. There’s no way I will not be going to the world famous San Diego Zoo (it would take an army to stop me). I am also really excited to enjoy the sun, see some old friends and just have a fun time.

Don’t get me wrong, I am over the moon to be going to SDCC. The true dream of all con-goers, I just have no clue what I’ll even be doing there (just waiting for the schedule to come out in about 2 months). I do only have one thing on my list to do at the con itself, and it is to do everything in my power to meet one of Comic-Con’s special guests for this year, Junji Ito (I would die to get a book signed by him). The manga artist famed for his horror, and the only type of true horror manga I’ll ever read. I still remember reading Uzumaki and being terrified by spirals for years after. 

Lastly, the only other planning to get my mind off my freaking out about going to San Diego Comic-Con, is cosplay planning. I’m trying to be smart and go with some new ideas that would be fun to make before going, and would not kill me with the heat I know I will be facing. So far I have…One Piece. Don’t think too poorly of me, but of all the ideas I have for cosplay to do, the only ones that would be good in the heat of San Diego would be fun twists of One Piece characters. So far I only have three ideas of what to do, and I’m still drafting everything out and trying to envision how they would work out. I will be doing some pro/con lists to figure which characters I would want and could possibly make in time for this legendary con that is just over two months away! 

I do hope you all will follow along as I work to get ready for SDCC, mainly just freaking out and feeling like a chicken with their head cut off. But, I think it’s all going to turn out okay. I know already that I am going to have a blast and I have been to so many cons over the years, I should be able to prepare myself a little bit so as to not be too overwhelmed at SDCC. 

Are you going to SDCC? Do you have any tips for Ali as she makes her way to SDCC for the first time? Let us know in the comments or chat with us on Twitter at @TheConCollectve!

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Ali Raphael
Ali Raphael
Ali is a professional workaholic but likes to add more to her plate by reviewing comics/books/ tv shows/movies and anime. In every other waking moment, she breathes books, manga and anything Marvel. Every day she wishes she was a Part-Time Avenger, instead of a full-time Target employee.

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