Going to Comic-Con with your kids? Then don't miss this!
Comic-Con, the biggest comic book and pop culture convention in the U.S., is finally here ... and teens and tweens everywhere are gearing up for the event of the year. Many moms are gearing up, too. If you're one of them, we've got your back.
When you go to a convention packed with 125,000 other people, it can be overwhelming. But don't worry ... momlogic's got you covered. Here's a list of don't-miss events, along with Comic-Con survival tips and tricks to navigate this mob of fan boys, comic book vendors, and costumed characters like the superhero you are.
Here are our top 10 tips for enduring and enjoying the Con.
1. Get the ticket!
If you don't have a pass yet, beware: They're sold out! Beware of buying a pass on eBay or Craigslist ... they may be bogus!
2. Familiarize yourself with the area.
Check out this Google map of Comic-Con (courtesy of planet715) to get the lay of the land.
3. Wear comfortable shoes!
You will be doing A LOT of walking ... so make sure you wear comfortable shoes. Leave the heels at home!
4. Get on the train!
If you're driving from L.A., consider taking the train. The heavy traffic to and from Comic-Con can turn the normal two-and-a-half-hour drive into a five- or six-hour drive. That's no fun with kids. Check Amtrak for details.
5. Bring cash.
Many vendors take cash only ... so make sure you have cash on hand. There are ATMs on the site, but they charge a service fee.
6. Get a babysitter!
If you're traveling with small kids, good news: This year, Comic-Con is providing childcare! KiddieCorp, a long-time presence at Comic-Con, is committed to providing your children with a comfortable, safe, and happy experience. They offer age-appropriate activities that include arts and crafts, group games, music and motion, board games, story time, dramatic play, and much more. KiddieCorp provides snacks and beverages, but parents must supply all meals, as well as diapers, baby formula, and a change of clothes. Check out the Con's child care guide for more information!
7. Bag it!
Bring a large bag for all the freebies and schwag you will score. If you don't bring your own bag, be sure to swing by the Warner Bros. booth for the studio's signature, oversized graphic tote bags -- called the Con's "ubiquitous accessory" by Entertainment Weekly.
8. Bring water and snacks.
Bring bottled water, fruit, or nuts. The best food on-site is the pizza sold in the mezzanine and the Greek gyros sold on one of the carts.
9. Go postal.
There is a FedEx/Kinkos business center on-site ... so if your teen buys too many things to carry around, you can always ship them home!
10. Meet and greet.
Make sure to designate a meeting place in case you get separated from your tweens or teens. Comic-Con is an intense experience, with mobs of people everywhere. If you have them, bring multiple cell phones so you can call each other if you get lost.
DON'T MISS EVENTS
Warner Bros. Booth (Friday to Sunday)
Warner Bros. Entertainment (WBE) will once again have a can't-miss, nearly 3,000-square-foot, two-story booth on the convention floor. Booth activities and tons of giveaways include:
• Exclusive Comic-Con Bags: A limited number of the studio's signature, oversized tote bags -- called the Con's "ubiquitous accessory" by Entertainment Weekly -- will be distributed exclusively at the WBE booth.
• "Where the Wild Things Are": Step into the world of the Wild Things in a re-creation of their ultimate fort.
• "Shorts": Beware of the Giant Booger Monster. Pick it if you dare!
• "LEGO® Rock Band®": Jump onto the LEGO-inspired stage and be among the first to play the upcoming game from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, the LEGO Group, Harmonix, and MTV Games.
• Exclusive "Harry Potter" giveaway items.
Friday, July 24
• "The Middle" screening
Calling all Con Moms to the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel on Friday, July 24. The Warner Bros. Television Group (WBTVG) is presenting an exclusive premiere screening of the pilot episode of the new comedy series "The Middle," starring Emmy® Award winner Patricia Heaton ("Everybody Loves Raymond"), and airing Wednesdays at 8:30/7:30 CT this fall on the ABC Television Network.
"The Middle" is a new comedy about raising a family and lowering your expectations. Frankie Heck (Heaton) is a superhero. Well, no, not an actual superhero -- but sometimes it seems as though getting her kids out the door for school every morning is a superheroic act. Middle-aged, middle class, and living in the middle of the country, this harried wife and working mother of three uses her wry wit and sense of humor to try to get her family through each day intact.
-- Patricia Heaton will make her Comic-Con debut to meet fans and fellow moms,
and to introduce the special sneak peek screening on Friday, July 24,
during the 12 noon-1 PM hour in the Hilton's Indigo Ballroom.
-- Momlogic.com will partner with WBTVG to distribute gift bags to the first 200 people who attend the screening, and will also hold a raffle to give away exclusive Momlogic.com prize packages.
-- Additionally at the screening, WBTVG will be giving away three complete sets of the studio's oversized Comic-Con canvas bags.
And for additional information on Warner Bros.' plans for Comic-Con, please follow us on Twitter @thewbdotcom or log on to www.TheWB.com/ComicCon (beginning in mid-July).
Check out a sneak peek of "The Middle" here:
• "Batman: The Brave and the Bold" Screening and Q&A (Room 6DE, 10:00 AM-11:00 AM)
Gotham takes over San Diego as Diedrich Bader ("Surf's Up"), the voice of Batman, returns to Comic-Con alongside executive producer Sam Register ("Teen Titans"), producer James Tucker ("Justice League Unlimited"), producer and story editor Michael Jelenic ("The Batman"), and voice director Andrea Romano ("Superman Doomsday"). Fans can catch the world premiere screening of the upcoming "Mayhem of the Music Meister" episode -- featuring the voice of Neil Patrick Harris ("Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog") as the Music Meister -- and enjoy a lively discussion and Q&A with the show's dynamic creative team. From Warner Bros. Animation, "Batman: The Brave and the Bold" airs Fridays at 8:30 PM ET/PT on Cartoon Network. "Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Volume 1" will be released on DVD August 25.
Saturday, July 25
• "Futurama" (Ballroom 20, 1:00 PM-1:45 PM)
• "Glee" (Bayside Hilton Indigo Room, 1:30 PM-3 PM)
• "The Simpsons" (Ballroom 20, 1:45 PM-2:30 PM)
• "Mythbusters" (Room 6BCF, 7:15 PM-8:15 PM)
Sunday, July 26
• "American Dad" (Ballroom 20, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM)
Below are all the Comic-Con TV panels that have been confirmed so far, in alphabetical order -- check schedule for times:
• "Battlestar Galactica: The Plan"
• "Big Bang Theory"
• "Flash Forward"
• "Human Target"
• "Legend of the Seeker"
• "Past Life"
• "The Prisoner"
• "Stargate Universe"
• "True Blood"
• "Vampire Diaries"
• "Warehouse 13"