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February 01, 2013

Tickets for San Diego’s Comic-Con International on sale Feb. 16

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A cosplayer at Stan Lee's Comikaze in Sept. 2012. Many attendees of the homegrown pop culture convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center arrived in costume. (Noelene Clark / Los Angeles Times)

Cosplayers at Stan Lee's Comikaze in Sept. 2012. Many attendees of the homegrown pop culture convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center arrived in costume. (Noelene Clark / Los Angeles Times)

A cosplayer at Stan Lee's Comikaze in Sept. 2012. Many attendees of the homegrown pop culture convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center arrived in costume. (Noelene Clark / Los Angeles Times)

A cosplayer at Stan Lee's Comikaze in Sept. 2012. Many attendees of the homegrown pop culture convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center arrived in costume. (Noelene Clark / Los Angeles Times)

A cosplayer at Stan Lee's Comikaze in Sept. 2012. Many attendees of the homegrown pop culture convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center arrived in costume. (Noelene Clark / Los Angeles Times)

A cosplayer at Stan Lee's Comikaze in Sept. 2012. Many attendees of the homegrown pop culture convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center arrived in costume. (Noelene Clark / Los Angeles Times)

Cosplayers at Stan Lee's Comikaze in Sept. 2012. Many attendees of the homegrown pop culture convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center arrived in costume. (Noelene Clark / Los Angeles Times)

A cosplayer at Stan Lee's Comikaze in Sept. 2012. Many attendees of the homegrown pop culture convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center arrived in costume. (Noelene Clark / Los Angeles Times)

A cosplayer at Stan Lee's Comikaze in Sept. 2012. Many attendees of the homegrown pop culture convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center arrived in costume. (Noelene Clark / Los Angeles Times)

A cosplayer at Stan Lee's Comikaze in Sept. 2012. Many attendees of the homegrown pop culture convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center arrived in costume. (Noelene Clark / Los Angeles Times)

A cosplayer at Stan Lee's Comikaze in Sept. 2012. Many attendees of the homegrown pop culture convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center arrived in costume. (Noelene Clark / Los Angeles Times)

A cosplayer at Stan Lee's Comikaze in Sept. 2012. Many attendees of the homegrown pop culture convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center arrived in costume. (Noelene Clark / Los Angeles Times)

A cosplayer at Stan Lee's Comikaze in Sept. 2012. Many attendees of the homegrown pop culture convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center arrived in costume. (Noelene Clark / Los Angeles Times)

A cosplayer at Stan Lee's Comikaze in Sept. 2012. Many attendees of the homegrown pop culture convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center arrived in costume. (Noelene Clark / Los Angeles Times)

A cosplayer at Stan Lee's Comikaze in Sept. 2012. Many attendees of the homegrown pop culture convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center arrived in costume. (Noelene Clark / Los Angeles Times)

A cosplayer at Stan Lee's Comikaze in Sept. 2012. Many attendees of the homegrown pop culture convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center arrived in costume. (Noelene Clark / Los Angeles Times)

Cosplayers at Stan Lee's Comikaze in Sept. 2012. Many attendees of the homegrown pop culture convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center arrived in costume. (Noelene Clark / Los Angeles Times)

JP Roth, web comic creator, poses at Stan Lee's Comikaze in Sept. 2012. Many attendees of the homegrown pop culture convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center arrived in costume. (Noelene Clark / Los Angeles Times)

Cosplayers at Stan Lee's Comikaze in Sept. 2012. Many attendees of the homegrown pop culture convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center arrived in costume. (Noelene Clark / Los Angeles Times)

A cosplayer at Stan Lee's Comikaze in Sept. 2012. Many attendees of the homegrown pop culture convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center arrived in costume. (Noelene Clark / Los Angeles Times)

Tickets to Comic-Con International — the annual pop culture expo that takes over San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter — will go on sale Saturday, Feb. 16, at 9 a.m. PST, the organization announced on its website Friday.

Comic-Con badge sales are open to the general public, but all registrants must set up a member ID by Feb. 11 in order to register on Feb. 16. Comic-Con’s registration system is notorious for glitches and server crashes, as well as for selling out in minutes after opening. The member ID system aims to limit registrants to one ticket apiece — an effort to curb scalping.

The convention — to be held July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center — is a gathering of some 130,000 professionals and enthusiasts in the realms of sci-fi, fantasy, video games, comics and horror. The expo features panels, film and TV screenings, portfolio reviews, merchant booths and a masquerade.

In recent years, Hollywood has taken hold of the convention’s biggest exhibit hall — Hall H — for interviews with movie stars and first looks at some of the most anticipated films; in 2012, Comic-Con attendees enjoyed an early glimpse at footage from “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “Iron Man 3″ and “Pacific Rim,” among other films.

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Comic-Con has also expanded to the Gaslamp Quarter area near the waterfront convention center, with pop-up galleries, food trucks and genre-themed art turning the district “into a kind of high-tech ‘Twilight Zone,’ with some of the best people-watching you’ll ever see,” said former San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders.

Sanders announced during his final weeks in office last year that Comic-Con organizers extended their contract with the convention center to 2016 after a skirmish with Los Angeles and Anaheim to retain the convention, which brought in $68 million in tourism dollars to the city’s economy last year.

Four-day Comic-Con badges for adults cost $150, or $175 including the Wednesday preview night. For active U.S. military and juniors ages 13-17, four-day badges are $75, or $87 including preview night. Single day badges for Thursday, Friday or Saturday are $42 for adults and $21 for military and juniors. Sunday passes are $24 for adults and $12 for military and juniors. Children 12 and under attend free with a paying adult.

More information on badge purchases and member IDs can be found at www.comic-con.org/cci/2013-badge-purchase.

If the massive crowds and registration rush aren’t your thing, there’s always WonderCon, the Anaheim convention that serves as Comic-Con’s junior sibling, which runs March 29-31.

– Noelene Clark
Twitter.com/@NoeleneClark

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