Another July is here and that means another trip from Arizona to San Diego for the pop culture mecca that is San Diego Comic Con. A little history on my SDCC experience: I moved to Arizona in June 2007 and because I transferred within my company, I couldn’t ask for time off a month after arriving so I was determined to go in 2008 and I did. I’ve been every year since with the exception of 2010 because we had a small conflict (my wife was 8 months pregnant ha). SDCC is my yearly vacation (it costs just as much as going to Hawaii for a week, go figure) so like any vacation, I have to plan on what I want to do and what I’ll have to miss out on. Without further ado, here is what I’m excited for at San Diego Comic Con 2015.

The Chaos
As you’ve probably heard before, there is nothing quite like San Diego Comic Con. While attendance of the convention is usually around 130,00 which is enough to drive even the most social butterfly crazy, the Gaslamp area outside the convention center usually is just insane with the amount of people. However, you find that you enjoy being in a sea of like minded individuals whether you’re camping in line for Hall H with a few thousand people or you’re in line waiting for the sandwich artist to finish cranking out your Subway sub.

Chances are you’ll be in a crowd like this all weekend

The Offsites
Truth be told, when I first started going to SDCC, if it wasn’t in the convention center, I ignored it. I committed major time and money to get to SDCC and darn it, I was going to make sure I spend every exhausting minute walking the exhibit floor and getting in panels. Not until recently have I gotten into the offsite world of SDCC, events that pop up near the convention that you may or may not need a comic con badge to get into. This year a whole host of offsites are springing up and attend to take advantage of that. From the Nerdist at Petco Park, NerdHQ at the Children’s Museum, the Nintendo Gamer lounge, I’m ready to give those more attention.

The Assassin's Creed Course
The Assassin’s Creed Course

The Photos
Since starting this blog and the Twitter account, I’ve gotten to know a lot of people in the community. Most are really cool individuals that I’ve had a chance to meet here and there at various conventions. My goal this year is to take the time to meet even more people I haven’t had the chance to and photograph the entire experience. My streak of good luck on getting SDCC badges is bound to run out soon, so when the day comes and I’ve called it quits with experiencing SDCC, I want to make sure I have a good record of all the people I’ve been fortunate enough to get to know even a little thanks to this blog. So if we’ve chatted before at a con or on Twitter, its photo time!

Todd McFarlane was cool enough to take a picture last year

The Creators
What can get lost in Comic Con are the actual comics and the people who bring us those comics. I have a huge appreciation for all those awesome men and women who spend the majority of their time creating vast worlds and deep characters for readers to enjoy. My plan for Thursday is to stop by and see some of my favorite creators like Val Hochberg, Marv Wolfman, Rob Liefeld, and a few more. Where would a comic convention be with comics?

That is what I am excited for this year (besides Hall H which is a whole other article) and if you’d like to share what you’re excited for, feel free to! Hope to see you in a few days!