SDCC 2018 National Geographic Nerd Nite Party

We attend the National Geographic afterparty at SDCC. It was fun, with a bit of knowledge.

 

When most people think of San Diego Comic-Con, they think of the elaborate studio displays, the endless tables of comics and the innovative photo opportunities for some upcoming or established shows.  However, those who have been going to Comic-Con for a while, know, it’s what happens after the convention that can bring the most fun and at times, knowledge.  The after parties.   There are so many that you have to choose which one you are most interested in attending.

This year we chose to attend the National Geographic Nerd Nite Party that was on Friday at the Solamar Terrace&Pool at the Hotel Solamar.

Walking in to the Hotel Solamar is quite a view, it is a gorgeous hotel.  Once you get up to the pool area, you immediately walk into a well organized party, where National Geographic is celebrating second season of Mars 2 which will premiere in November, 2018.  There is a lot going on, from astronauts on stilts handing out some fitting Mars bars, great posters for the show and tables of some very well catered food.  It is rather impressive.

The vibe of the party is wonderful and a welcome escape from the chaotic day we’ve all had at the convention.  It is a party where you can relax, and learn at the same time.  They had a lot of fun things going on especially this performer in a ring.  Everyone had eyes on him.

The party also had presenters one being Leland Melvin, Former Astronaut.

Bobak Ferdowsi, M.S. “The Mowhawk Guy” Systems Engineer at JPL, NASA, Fault Protection Lead on the NISAR Mission.

 

As well as Emily Manor- Chapman systems engineer, JPL, NASA, instrument operating engineer for the InSight Mission to study the interior of Mars.  The party also featured Alejandro T. Rojas, culture reporter, Den of Geek.

The National Geographic party was one of the best that we attended this year.  It’s unique to San Diego Comic Con and can add a bit of extra fun to your experience.

Comic Con 2018 What You Need to Know

We all know that San Diego Comic Con is just around the corner, July 19th through July 22.  In just over a week, it will begin.  There are a few tips that we’ve gathered through the years that we’d like to share with everyone.

Pro-Tip, bring two back packs one with items you get from Comic Con, that one you drop off at your hotel or car, taking out the just what you’ll need. Then you have one to carry just the bare essentials, this one you will bring with you back to the convention center, and have room for more goodies..  Now what exactly should you have in your backpack at all times?  A refillable water bottle, a small med kit, with any medicines you require, lip balm, hand sanitizer, band-aids, and even a packet of moist towelettes will come in handy and fit in your zipper compartment.

Through the years I’ve found few things I bring from home can make life simpler from me, such as rubber bands for posters, zip lock sandwich bag, which will come in hand for all the small things you are given by vendors such as pins, coins etc.  That way you won’t have them floating around your bag.

While we are on the subject of sandwich bags, don’t forget snacks.  Protein bars, energy bars, and trail mix, are going to give you comfort while hanging out in a line.  Don’t forget to keep your energy up and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

A couple items to keep in the back of your bag: bags and boards, people will give you comics whether you want the or not.  The comic con quick guide, this will be the smaller of the two guides you receive, and you’ll be able to reference quickly.  I suggest bringing a highlighter and a pen to make notes.  There is an app, but the wifi isn’t the best sometimes and while much of this information is on the app, you may not be able to access it.

Sharpies, a couple different colors.  I recommend, black, silver or gold.  That way when you meet your favorite artist you have one on hand to get that special item signed.

Charged battery packs,  and cell phone chargers should also be in your backpack, as they don’t let people sit on the ground and plug in like they used to, so bringing the best battery pack, charged, is highly recommended.

These are just a few things I’ve found that have made my life easier; simply by carrying them in my backpack.

A great pair of shoes is a must. At least 2 pair. While most will want to wear a brand new shoe, I recommend wearing a shoe that you have broken in and you are comfortable wearing.  However you can never go wrong buying an insole.

In case I haven’t mentioned it, deodorant is a must.  Frequent showers will make con pleasant for you and for everyone else with you, or, not with you.

Know before you go.  Take a good look at the convention hall map, as well as the Gaslamp area map, which is easily accessible on google maps.  Have an idea how far you are, and time it accordingly.  There will be a lot of people in town.  If your hotel is on a shuttle route, know the pick up spots, and times.

At some point you will want to eat.  Prepare to retreat back into the Gaslamp.  With the amount of people in town it won’t be so easy to grab food as you might think.  Hence, a protein bar here might be quite helpful.  If you want more than just the hot dogs and the usual unhealthy food, I suggest walking over to the Hilton or the Marriot Marquis.  They both have a quick grab and go area with healthier selections.

Other restaurants in the immediate area are Mary Janes at the Hard Rock Cafe.  They always have something fun going on.  Further into the Gaslamp  there is the Werewolf, bar and grill which have great sliders.   There are a lot of food trucks, some offering free food, but here is my famous bonus tip: the Ralphs grocery store, thats is hidden in the middle the Gaslamp, seems to be the geekiest grocery store ever.  They sell groceries and know things.  For the week they have all kinds of hot and cold items ready to go, and much cheaper than dining in the Gaslamp.

Be Kind.  Don’t forget to ask if you are a fan of a cosplayer, always ask if it is okay to take a picture.  They will usually always say yes, but in the off chance they say no, they probably just did a 5 hour shoot and will be grateful that you asked.

Be polite and try not drink too much.  Don’t waste your comic con and the people who are hanging out with you, by getting drunk most of the time.  It’s hot, it’s humid.  Don’t get sick,  stay hydrated and have fun.

In my opinion this is the funnest event of the year.  Anything you do will be the best thing you do all year.  Have a back up to your back up. Or go into the convention and see what happens, what you can discover.  At worst you’ll leave with great pictures and good friends.  Keep an eye out for each other and have a good con.

Renaissance Faire 2018 is a Must Visit

 

This years Renaissance Faire will transfer you back to the past.  With its authenticity and its jovial characters you will feel as though you’ve stepped through a portal, or perhaps travelled via Tardis, (which by the way there is one) to a time period long before the one we live in now.

How the times have changed.  However, the Renaissance Pleasure Faire stays pretty consistent and is always an event to look forward to each year.

One of our favorite things to do at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire is to watch the Queen’s Joust. Yes, that’s right I said joust.  It’s actually pretty fun.

Two jousters prepare to entertain the queen. Rallyin the crowd.

Once everyone has made it to their stands, where each person sits around the arena.  One thing to note is that the queens entrance is somewhat spectacular and another thing to look forward to each year.  Her presence is larger than life.  I’ve been coming to the Renaissance Pleasure Faire for a few years now and one thing I like about this fair is that the queen seems to be the same each year.  A familiar face.

The Queen has arrived

Everyone you come across is a character from another time and place.  They do not break character and that is one of the coolest parts of the Renaissance Faire that I love.  It feels real.

One thing that is of important mention is the selection of drink and food.  From Turkey legs to a simple sausage, bread and cheese plate, will take you into a food paradise.

If you are looking to be taken into an authentic  world, then Renaissance Pleasure Faire is for you.  Check it out, you won’t regret it.

The Renaissance Pleasure Faire  runs on weekends from April 7th until May 20, 2018.  Hours are 10am-7pm.  Bring the whole family!

Address:

15501 east Arrowhead Highway

Irwindale, CA

Or give them a call at 626-969-4750