Joey Arnta, Briana Roecks, Michael Peterson, Josh Brown, Chris McElhatetton and Adam Earnhart suited up in San Diego. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)Link
Briana Roecks dressed as Batgirl at Comic-Con 2013. The San Diego Convention Center is in the background. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)Link
Sharing a high five are, from left, Briana Roecks as Batgirl, Adam Earnhart as Robin and Kristin Sanchez as Batman character Harley Quinn. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)Link
Adam Earnhart, Kristin Sanchez and Briana Roecks role-play at Comic-Con. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)Link
Briana Roecks, dressed as Batgirl, holds a fan's baby. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)Link
Briana Roecks strikes a pose at Comic-Con 2013. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)Link
Briana Roecks checks her utility belt, which carries her makeup and lipstick. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)Link
Adam Earnhart and Briana Roecks designed their Batgirl and Robin costumes. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)Link
Adam Earnhart as Robin and Briana Roecks as Batgirl pose with other Comic-Con attendees. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)Link
Adam Earnhart and Briana Roecks are interviewed by college students at Comic-Con in San Diego (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)Link
Briana Roecks, dressed as Batgirl, gets costume tips from Josh Brown (Batman) and Joey Arnta (the Riddler). (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)Link
Adam Earnhart and Briana Roecks ready to save the day. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)Link
Briana Roecks of Los Angeles is one of the many Comic-Con attendees to arrive in costume. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)Link
Adam Earnhart adjusts the wings of Briana Roecks' Tinker Bell costume. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)Link
Comic-Con International is making some changes in its registration and ticketing process for its 2014 San Diego expo, including eliminating the extremely popular four-day badges.
Only single-day badges will be sold for this year’s convention, which runs July 24-27 at San Diego’s waterfront convention center.
People who want to attend Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday will have to purchase a badge for each day, Comic-Con explained on its website. Only those who purchase badges for all four days will be eligible to buy a badge for Wednesday’s Preview Night, which is not a stand-alone badge option. Attendees who purchase badges for all four days will be able to consolidate them into one four-day badge onsite.
Comic-Con International is implementing additional changes to its much-maligned registration system, which is notorious for glitches and system crashes, including a new pre-registration option for those who attended in 2013 and have a valid member ID. (In 2015, Comic-Con will also require attendees to retain their physical badges and badge codes from 2014 in order to pre-register.)
Other changes include a shopping cart feature, single-session purchasing for multiple guests, landing page validation to keep ineligible registrants out of the queue and improved site performance due to load-testing, according to Comic-Con’s official blog.
Dates for preregistration have yet to be announced but are expected to occur this month. Those who are eligible to preregister will be notified via email at least 48 hours prior to the sale. Open online registration for the general public, as well as for professionals, exhibitors, volunteers, staff and press, will occur at a later date.
Ticket prices have increased for 2014, with single-day badges for adults costing $35 for Preview Night, $45 for Thursday-Saturday badges (up from $42 in 2013) and $30 for Sunday (up from $24). People who attend all four days and Preview Night this year will pay $200; last year’s four-day badge with Preview Night cost $175. Minors age 13-17, seniors and U.S. military pay discounted prices. Children 12 and under are free with a paying adult.
The annual pop culture expo typically draws some 130,000 people to San Diego’s Gaslamp District each year, a massive convergence of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, video game, comics and other genre entertainment enthusiasts and professionals. The behemoth event includes panels, screenings, portfolio reviews and a masquerade, and has become the site of many major Hollywood announcements and first glimpses of film footage as well as a retail mecca.
Click through the images in the gallery above for a look at some of the costumed attendees who turned up for the event last year.
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