1. From the Breaka Breaka Dawn, It's On!
I remember the year V for Vendetta was going to be the big-deal panel in Hall H. I got to the convention center an hour early, joined the line that was near the back of the building by that point, and got in.
I remember a couple of years later when Watchmen was the big deal, and I got in line two hours early, made it to the grassy part of the line, and got in.
Those Twilight fuckers ruined everything by showing us you could camp out overnight. This year, I decided I could skip The World's End and just line up after during the Veronica Mars panel. Six hours later, I wasn't even inside.
The next day, I had a new plan. Get a wakeup call for 4:30 a.m., because no way in hell was I gonna miss Godzilla. I got there at 5:25 a.m. Here's what it looked like by then...
The line was already as long as it had been for V for Vendetta back in the day. Meaning I probably could have gotten in, but instead, I found a friend who'd been there since 3 and plied him with favors like a Monster energy drink. This was the view from my new spot:
It wasn't as rainy as it looked, but it wasn't dry, either.
To answer the inevitable question: press passes do not get you any privileges at Comic Con, besides a badge free of charge. VIP access to a panel is up to the studio or people running the panel; they may choose to give you a pass if they like you, but with the New York Times and Wall Street Journal coming to cover the show now, who do you think gets priority?
2. Mucho Effort, Meager Reward
It used to be that the long waits in line paid off with exclusive swag, but now it's like the studios really don't care because they know people will camp out anyway. Kudos this year to Fox, for doing it old-school with enough X-Gear to make us forgive the complete lack of any formal X-Force movie talk.
That second shirt is for Planet of the Apes.
3. Uninspired Rip-Offs
Really, you're gonna run with that as your premise? Okay then.
4. Intentionally Inappropriate Things.
5. Fucking THIS
I find out who say yes to this I break their back make them humble worse than the Kevin Von Erich.