As comics’ fiscal year ends, and we take a collective week off to recuperate, celebrate, and gossip, it’s time to note two pieces of advice that will make your Comic-Con 2013 much easier.
#1: Start your to do list now.
That’s right. Sign up for Evernote or Wunderlist and start a to do list of all the things your forgot or messed up this year. I did this in 2011 and it did make this one of the better organized shows I’ve done. In Wunderlist you can easily create a new To Do list called (if you can stomach it) “San Diego 2013” and just add to it as you think of it along the way. Trust us, you will really be happy you did this while the pain is fresh.
#2: Never, ever, ever EVER say “I’ll get that done at the show.”
Despite our to dos and pre-show prep, due to the sheer volume of it, there were a few key items that we left to do in San Diego, thinking that we could do that Tuesday night, or Wednesday morning. Of course they were then put off until the middle of the scrum with the result that we missed many things that we otherwise wished we might have done. Which was, frankly, a bummer. But it was our own damned fault.
Anyway, DON’T LEAVE ANYTHING MORE COMPLICATED THAN PICKING UP SOME LUNA BARS TO DO AT THE SHOW. The stress level will intensify commensurately.
A few supplemental tips:
• Go to Ralphs as soon as you land! Seriously! The best tip.
• Get a good team! Beat Events editors Jessica Lee was on hand to help with little logistical matters on site and she was an absolute necessity. “Assemble a team” was one of the things on my to do list after 2011, and getting it done helped immeasurably.
That’s it—we still have some panel reports, photos, and the big think piece to go this week but thanks for everything, people. We laughed, we cried, we had Con.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.