It may be 9 months till the San Diego Comic-Con but it’s not too early to prepare. If you are interested in experiencing it for the first time or a long time attender, early planning is the key. While SDCC is the most popular comic convention to attend, it is also one of the most difficult. I’m already receiving e-mailsand DMs about what hopeful fans should be doing right now. So here are a few tips to prepare you for the 2015 show:
1. Mark Your Calendar!
This year show is a little earlier than normal- July 9-12 with Preview Night being July 8. You will be allowed to buy one day or multiple days. If you are new and don’t know what Preview Night is, don’t worry, I will cover that when it’s time.
3. How Do I Get a Badge?
There will be two different badge sales coming up- one later this fall and one early next year. The first one is for early those that attended this year’s 2014 show. Eligible attendees must register their badge from the show (more details below) in order to get info on the upcoming sale. If you did not attend last year and youare brand new to this process, make sure to get a Member ID in order to be informed of the sale for you happening in early 2015. So if you start seeing a flurry of tweets about “Preregistration Badge Sales”, don’t worry. Your turn in coming up.
4. Badge Validation (Deadline today)
For return attendees, SDCC is asking you to register your badge from this past year. In order to participate in this Preregistration Sale, you must validate your badge by October 15, 2014. To validate your badge ID, log in to your Comic-Con Member ID account and go to the “Registration Info” tab. There you will find instructions to complete your badge ID validation. Reminder that you should never throw away your Comic-Con badge! It’s the trophy to commemorate your past Comic-Con!
5. Press and other Badges
Another common request I am being asked is about Press. If you have not been applied for Press before, you still have some waiting to do. Typically Press applications and approvals will fall later in 2015. This means if you know your Press verifications will be due or you are applying for the first time, it would be prudent to purchase a first time attendee badge to be safe. I would encourage you to make sure you are creating content now that would make you eligible for 2015 Press. Professionals, guests of professionals, exhibitors, exhibitor purchased attendee badges, volunteers, staff, etc will all happen later in Spring 2015.
Who you select to take this journey with you is very important. The San Diego Comic-Con is not for the faint of heart. It takes time, money, and effort to get you there. For some, they may be excited to experience this pop culture extravaganza, but the excitement mind wain by the time hotel registration begin. There is nothing more frustrating than working out details only to have people in your group drop out last second. Plus, they might not be able to keep up with the rigorous schedule while you are there.
If you have never been to SDCC before, you may be wondering why you currently can’t get reservations at any of the adjacent hotels to the convention center. Comic-Con reserves a huge block of hotels at a discounted rate for the 2015 show. The hotel sale usually happens after the regular attendee sale sometime in Spring. If you are as paranoid and a control freak like myself, you will probably want to go reserve a hotel room that is farther out. Then you will have a back up plan if you get shut out of the Comic-Con hotel lottery. If you do, make sure it has a free cancelation policy so you don’t get stuck with extra fees. Once either of the badge sales are completed, the available hotels out there will diminish.
Hope these tips help you prepare- and more to come! For more help check out the Toucan Blog, the official blog of Comic-Con International.