San Diego Comic Con 2011 was a bitch to get into. In fact, it was rage-face inducing (FUUUUUU! all the goddamn way). The supply and demand issue was ridiculous. Basically, you had hordes of people trying to score badges on a inadequate website. Several server crashes and rescheduled sales made it a impossible experience. Many fans either didn’t get a badge, or they had to settle for 1 or 2 day badge. Heck, I met a girl who only managed to score a Sunday badge and she flew all the way from Australia. I felt so bad that she was only able to experience the tail end (and worst part) of the con.
So, will 2012 be any better? Well, the Comic-Con folks are certainly trying to make it easier. However, they’ve announced a bunch of pre-registration material that is just beyond daunting. Seriously, they’ve issued a 4 page PDF to explain 2012 badge sales. 4 pages!!! *facepalm*
Here’s some snippets from the “Comic-Con 2012 Helpful Hints and Tips for Online Badge Registration” guide:
When Comic-Con badge sales begin, thousands of people will be trying to access our registration system at the same time. Because of limited space at the San Diego Convention Center, we are required to limit attendance and do not have enough badges for everyone who would like to attend the show. Unfortunately, the high demand and limited availability can make buying a badge challenging and timeconsuming.
Although we are working hard on our registration system to make buying your badge a better experience, we want you to know what to expect during badge sales and have provided you with some tips below. Comic-Con will release the badge sales date and time via e-mail to everyone who has registered for a Member ID. Please check your email frequently. There will be no announcement on Facebook, Twitter, or the official Comic-Con website until badge sales actually begin. This is one of the many the benefits of signing up for a Member ID, you get first notice of badge sales before the general public! Please be aware that our e-mail notifications are released in batches, and you may not receive yours until a few hours after we begin sending them out. We are aware of this delay and have scheduled badge sales accordingly.
When badge sales begin, you will access the registration website according to the directions sent in your e-mail notification. Once you are redirected to the EPIC registration website, you will enter a waiting room where you will be able to see your place in line at the top of the screen. Do not refresh your screen or open a new browser! Refreshing your screen or opening multiple browsers while in the waiting room will send you to the back of the line.
When you reach the front of the line, you will automatically be sent to an online registration session to purchase your badge(s). You will need to enter your Member ID and last name for validation. You may purchase one 4-day badge or a combination of single-day badges per each unique Member ID. After you complete your first purchase, you will be prompted to either purchase a badge for another person or exit the process. You may register up to 6 people total during your online registration session, but you must have the unique Member ID and last name for each individual.
Read the rest, which includes detailed instructions, on their site.
Ugh, I know us nerds are smart and everything, but securing ones attendance to Comic-Con 2012 shouldn’t be this complicated.
*Sigh* I’m still debating if I want to go to Comic-Con. I’d really like to attend because it’s the end-all-be-all nerd scene, and well I need to cover the news, but I don’t know if it’s worth the time and frustration. My god, never have I been to a place that has caused me so much joy and anger. The toys, comics, movies, exclusives and cosplay girls with huge half exposed tits put a smile on my face (especially the latter). However, the long lines (4 plus hours to get into a hall), the hordes of people (I have boundary issues), over priced food and the general cost of going (plane, hotel..etc) is almost too much. I know if I don’t go I’ll regret it. *sigh* decisions, decisions.