Today was the third attempt for Comic Con to sell tickets to the hordes of anxiously awaiting nerds (like myself). Because of the massive online traffic, the first two dates in November blew up the system faster than a torpedo down the exhaust port of the Death Star. The online frustration has been mounting. The legion of fans have been skulking outside the virtual doors of Comic Con like a Walking Dead zombie. Today was a test run of 1000 tickets to see if the new two-part system could handle the onslaught of fans. At 8:05 this morning, the early reports of ticket sales were not good. Twitter was a buzz with #fail hashtags claiming that tickets sold out in the first minute. A few had claimed success in attaining the coveted 2011 passes. A lucky few celebrated like they won the Willy Wonka Golden ticket. It appeared that by 8:30 few more successful transactions occurred. As the morning progresses, more confirmations are trickling in on Twitter. By 9:00 the Comic Con website posted:
“Thank you for your participation. The test is now completed and we are analyzing results“
Does anyone else here feel like a lab rat? I feel like Pavlov’s Dog salivating when the bell rings. I suppose if the test was ‘successful’ then more tickets will go on sale soon. Regardless if it worked, a MAJORITY fans online were not happy with the results. Many had to once again make special arrangements for a third time sacrificing work, school, or other commitments. Many felt they were being ‘strung along’ in this whole process. Comic Con, the test may have been successful but it also fanned the flames of ‘Angry Nerds’ all over the world. I’m not sure what can be done at this point to rectify the situation besides lowering the cost of tickets by 10-20% to make up for lost time and energy. Money speaks louder than words. My guess is that by the end of the day, all 1000 tickets will have sucessfully been sold. A win for Comic Con but a loss for the bulk of fans.
To my fellow nerds,
When we finally get to Comic Con 2011, there will be one huge 130,000 massive hug of relief saying ‘we made it!’. I know this year has been a hard and all of our patience have been pushed to the limit. But the 4 days in July in San Diego will make it all worth it. Stand strong my brother and sisters.
Let me know what your thoughts are to make this a better experience. Thanks!