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Even with the accompanying level of insanity that goes with attending or working at Comic-Con, it always ends up being worth it. You can repeat that like a mantra when you start freaking out about not being ready.
In case you'd rather just have the text:
Training for SDCC
Four weeks before
Get your shoulders and back ready.
- Find the bag you're taking to Comic-Con.
- Day one: put 1 bottle of water, 1 protein bar, and a magazine the size of the SDCC program in the bag. Walk around with the bag on your shoulder or back all day.
- Add one book a day for a week, keep the bottled water, put in an iPad, and add more protein bars for the rest of the week.
- If you're a reporter working the convention, add a laptop, recorder, camera, chargers, and replacement batteries.
- If you don't have a purple and red bag rash, you're doing it wrong.
Three weeks before
Practice the walk.
- Have friends set up an obstacle course where they push strollers at your ankles and hit you in the face with giant cosplay wings.
- Practicing navigating aisles with your shoulder bag, a paper bag twice the width of your body stuffed with boxed exclusives, and an expensive print that the artist won't give you a plastic sleeve or cover for.
- Get used to avoiding freebies. Mask your face with steely resolve and look forward no matter what kind of postcards or useless posters people shove in your face.* If you want to earn bonus points, go to Las Vegas to practice the technique.
- *This does not apply if the freebie is a button. You must collect them all.
Two weeks before
- Hone your standing-in-line skills. Develop coping mechanisms. You might have to talk to strangers. Even if there's not a line at the movie theater or the coffee shop, you must wait. Start the line.
- You've been meaning to go to the DMV, no better time than just before Comic-Con.
- Go to the grocery store on a weekend afternoon.
- Go to a theme park and only go on the most popular rides. Try to wait in line for at least half of the day.
- Get used to sitting on the floor in the tiniest possible place.
- While you're at, go ahead an practice sleeping on the ground.
One week before
- Day one: Cut back to two big meals a day with a snack of either a protein bar or a soft pretzel.
- In the evenings, have at least two alcoholic beverages before consuming any food.
- By day four: only eat one meal a day and random snacks you bum from friends and/or strangers. Forget about consuming any food after you start drinking.