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Tips For Covering SDCC

Valnet’s team with Screen Rant and Comic Book Resources (CBR) is always ready for an action-packed week at San Diego Comic Con (SDCC). With a convention this massive, featuring a high volume of off-site events and parties, a small army of cosplayers, flash mobs, and all the biggest names in entertainment (as well as the usual panels and exclusive releases), it can be a little overwhelming. Never fear, though - we’ve got some great quick tips on how to make the most of your time at SDCC.

1. Figure Out Your Focus: There is so much going on that it would be impossible to cover it all - and attempting to will just give you a headache. Pick an angle, whether you are going for comics, the Arrowverse, cosplay, toys, or something else. 

2. Know What A Press Pass Gets You: If you are one of the lucky ones to score an official press pass, bear in mind that it does not give you access to absolutely everything. You still need to reach out to people individually for interviews, and some panels or events will need a separate pass, especially the biggest panels of the weekend at Hall H. 

3. Interviews Are Better Than Panel Time: While panels will give you great quotes, they are the same quotes that everyone with a pass and a social media account will have. Reach out to the reps of individual people that you want to speak to, and get quotes that only you will have. 

4. Pack Wisely: Don’t forget to bring at least one portable battery, because outlets are few and far between, and there’s fierce competition for them. The WiFi is extremely overloaded, so think about making sure your data is up to the task. Finally, channel your inner “parent”, and bring water, snacks, and comfy shoes. 

5. Teamwork Is Everything: One of the most important tips for covering a convention as large as SDCC is to have a team on which to rely.  At Screen Rant and CBR, we balance the team who is actually attending SDCC with a second team behind their screens, ready to write full articles as news breaks. By having two teams, there’s no need to drag a laptop around, cramming in posts every spare second, and missing the best parties to try and write the daily news. 

Have an incredible San Diego Comic Con!

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