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Surviving Comic-Con With a Little Help From NBC

July 10, 2008 3:31 PM

NBC Comic Con Products

Comic-Con can be a stressful time. There are a lot of sweaty bodies—everyone, please bring some body spray!—crammed into the San Diego Convention Center, frantically running on very tired feet from one panel to stand in line for another one that doesn’t even start for at least an hour and a half.

The Daily Blink not so fondly remembers waiting for a Kevin Smith panel at a friend’s request. We stood in a line that wrapped around the outside of the building, with the hot, blazing sun bearing down on us, for at least an hour, only to find out Kevin Smith was running late and the panel would be rescheduled. Quick, to the air-conditioned convention hall, everyone!

But Comic-Con can be a lot of fun if you come prepared. NBC Universal has set up a store of Comic-Con exclusive merchandise, which is surprisingly useful for surviving the Con.

The convention hall food is disgusting, not to mention overpriced. I think my pretzel left a trail of salt from one booth to the next. Stock up at the Ralphs on G Street and take this “Battlestar Galactica” Cylon toaster to the nearest electrical socket—look for all the people charging their laptops—to make yourself a toasty sandwich instead. Price: $65.

Then wash it down with this “Eureka” color-changing tumbler. Fill it with coffee for the long day ahead, and the cast of the show will appear to wish you good morning. Price: $25.

Sylar Helix Watch

You’re in a panel, and it’s pitch-dark because they’re showing the trailer for a third time. Luckily, your Sylar Helix watch glows in the dark, so you can see exactly how much time you have before you have to skedaddle to Ballroom 20. Price: $45.

Leave the “Battlestar” poster in your hotel room and use the poster tube to carry giveaway posters. Warner Bros.’ totes are great, but they don’t keep posters from unraveling and getting bent under the weight of free swag. Price: $15.

 'The Office' T-Shirt

Perfect change of T-shirt for when the humid weather finally takes its toll, making you look like you just jumped in a pool. Plus, haven’t you heard? “The Office” is geeky enough for Comic-Con this year. Price: $24.

Surviving the Con: Priceless.

Vlada Gelman

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