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.

SDCC 2017 Returning Registration Date Announced!

Comic -Con is a mecca for comic and pop culture fanatics from around the world.  The hardest part is actually getting a ticket and hotel.  The date we’ve all be waiting for: March 11, 2017.  This the date that the returning registration will be open.  This is open to all past attendees who are eligible.  You can find out whether you are eligible by signing into your Comic Con account.  It will tell you up in the right had corner if you are Ok’d for returning registration.

Don’t worry though, if you should be unsuccessful on that date, you will have another chance on a yet to be announced date for Open registration.

On March 11th make sure you have a few things handy to make it a smooth morning for yourself (well as smooth as a day like this can be).

  1. Know your comic con id, and any comic con id’s of people you may be purchasing badges for, and their last name.
  2. Credit card information.  The quicker you can access it the better. I am hearing its going to be nearing $265 this year, that is including  Preview night.
  3. The link you will receive to the registration waiting room.  This is going to come to you in an email the day prior to the registration date. March 10.
  4. Know what type of badges you want to purchase and have a back up plan.
  5. There will be a registration code specific to each comic con id.  It will be in your Comic Con Id under “registration info”.  Very important.
Photo courtesy of Caprice Conley SDCC 2016

Badges will be mailed to the address in your member ID.  Make sure you check it so that it is updated.  Do that as soon as you can.

Historically the registration process will begin at 9 am on the date decided, which is March 11.  It is a Saturday.   It can be a quick process or take a little longer so set aside some time.

Remember you can’t use a mobile phone or iPad, so you will have to be  at a computer.

Will you be ready for next weekend?  Best of Luck to you all!  Remember, there is always open registration.

Photo Courtesy of Caprice Conley SDCC 2016

San Diego Without Comic-Con

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For many of us the one time we come to San Diego is when the yearly Comic-Con convention takes place here.  Hundreds of thousands of people descend on the Gaslamp district, in search of the pop culture mecca that is San Diego.

But what about visiting when there is no convention.  What about Comic Non?  I’m spending a week here, and it’s a very bustling town with a lot do to, even without the con.  It has a lot of culture and amazing food. It is also the best time to check out the hotels that you may be staying in during the beloved convention.

That is one of the things I’m doing while I am down here.  Last night I stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel.  Its usually a hotel that is always picked on the hotel lottery, but not that many people get it.  It is a party hotel, and for me that isn’t ideal.  However in off season it was great.  The bed was comfy and it was nice and roomy.  I also found out that you can rent a dj system or guitars if you feel the need.  I thought that was pretty awesome.

Today I’ve moved over to the Keating hotel.  A quaint hotel with the feel of Palm Springs and sounds of New York City.  It is right in the heart of the Gaslamp district.  In walking distance of all the spots you would ever want to get to.

I just happen to be staying here on the day where the Padres are playing the Dodgers at the ever accessible Petco Park ( sorry no zombies this time).  Luckily we can walk there, as traffic is crazy during this type of event.  In all honesty, the Comic-Con organizers do a much better job of directing traffic than regular event planners. Last night was almost impossible to get to the Hard Rock.  We made it, but it wasn’t pretty.  And when there is a baseball game letting out, the foot traffic is insane. Oh and one way roads everywhere don’t help, nope.  Not one bit.

I’d also like to mention a great place for breakfast, in addition to the amazing Richard Walkers for pancakes.  A ways up on 5th street is a place called Snooze.  Great food, mostly breakfast.  They are big on using cage free eggs, recycled paper, and saving where ever they can.  I like that in a restaurant.  It was definitely fresh tasting and had a great selection of food.  Highly recommend.

So if you enjoy coming to San Diego Comic Con in July, its definitely worth it to stay in San Diego when the convention is not ongoing so that you an truly enjoy the city.  It won’t have sci-fi cafe’s everywhere or giant Viking boats in random places, but you will definitely find a lot of fun things to do.