Woohoo! The big day is almost here. In about 24 hours, dreams will be fulfilled and souls will be crushed. One random click of the mouse will mean the difference between you experiencing 4 days in Comic-Con ‘nerdvana’ or staying at home in July watching re-runs of CHUCK on Netflix. I have to warn you, after Saturday, you might feel like a devastated Seahawks fan on the 1 yard line… times a 100 😦 But hopefully, with some resolve and attention to detail, you will walk away victorious! Don’t worry, I’m here for you. If you are new to this craziness, I’ve outlined 5 steps to ensure your chances to attending the San Diego Comic-Con 2015:
1. The Basics
A reminder of the cost: Adult badges cost $50 per day over the four day event (July 9-12). There is a preview night, July 8, which costs $35. You can get discounts for juniors (age 13-17), seniors (over 65) and members of the military. There won’t be a ‘4-Day’ option and each day must be purchased- and you can’t buy the same two days. Also, in order to get a Preview Night pass, you must buy all 4 single days. In general, just buy everything you can first and figure it out later. Lastly, only one credit card can be used during purchase.
2. Am I Eligible?
While this is called ‘Open Registration’, it doesn’t mean it’s open for everyone. If you did not register a Comic-Con Member ID before last Friday (13), then it’s too late to be eligible for this badge sale. If you have a valid Member ID, then you should have received an e-mail announcing the Saturday badge sale earlier this week. Then on Thursday, CCI sent a second e-mail providing the link to the EPIC registration site. If you did not receive either of these e-mails then there is a problem. If you are Creative Pro or Press and your verification status is “Not Due“, then there is no need to purchase a badge on Saturday. As an attendee, you will be allowed to purchase for yourself and two others- but all people must have a Member ID and qualify for the badge sale.
3. How Does This Go Down?
The registration site will open at 8am pst and will allow entry up to 8:59am. You can come in at anytime during that hour and it won’t affect your place in the line. Coming in after 9:00, means you are out of luck. Once it turns 9a, the waiting room will open and the super Comic-Con mega-computer will randomly order everyone into a cue. This is basically a lottery since there will be hundreds of thousands trying to get about 50k badge. You will probably wait anywhere from 30 mins to an hour in the waiting room. Last year, the sale was complete in a little over an hour. If you are granted favor by the con gods, you will have about 15 mins to purchase your badges. Make sure to have:
- All Member IDs
- Last names
- Registration link (from e-mail)
- Registration code (from Mem ID)
- Credit card info
- An unblemished goat to sacrifice as a burnt offering to the con gods
4. What Days Should I Buy?
If you are a first timer to Comic-Con, you probably don’t know what days to go for first. If you planning to attend all 4 days, then buy and ask questions later! However, if you can only pick one or two days, how will you know which to pick?? In regards to the showroom floor, it really doesn’t matter which days you attend. However, Saturday is the craziest so the floor will be at a fever pitch- not for the faint at heart. If you are interested in programming, then know that Friday is the big TV day while Saturday is the big movie panels. So in order of demand, it will go Saturday, Friday, Thursday, Preview Night, Sunday, then first born children. Check out my recent post about if Preview Night.
5. What Are Common Problems?
With 1.21 Gigawatts of nerd energy coursing through the system, there are bound to be a few hiccups. So here are a few cautions to take. Make sure to use a desktop or laptop- not a smart phone or tablet. Definitely don’t try the outdated tactic of opening multiple browsers. This is like crossing the Ghostbusters streams. Whatever you do, DO NOT REFRESH YOUR SCREEN…you will die. Finally, don’t forget to take screen caps of everything as proof. CCI is pretty reasonable. If you have screen caps then they will usually take care of you.
My last bit of advice is to buddy up with two others who are also qualified to go. If you each participate, it will greatly increase your chances of everyone getting some sort of badge type. When you are on your own, odds of getting a badge is like 1 out of 3. If you don’t know of anyone else, Tweet at me and I’ll RT your need out. Saturday’s sale will most likely be the only chance you’ll get. Looks like there will NOT be a ‘resale’ opportunity later. Good luck, let me know how you do, and may the Force be with you!