Comic-Con International, the massive San Diego expo celebrating entertainment of the fantastic, is more than four months away, but it will be the hot topic this weekend: Entrance badges go on sale online Saturday at 8 a.m. PST.
Fans that met the Feb. 28 registration deadline to register for a Member ID (a new first step added to the process this year) can purchase badges via Event Planning International Corp. (EPIC). Here’s hoping the rush to secure admittance to the event doesn’t launch the flurry of “epic fail” puns that followed last year’s online badge sales, which crashed Comic-Con’s website on three separate registration opening days. Eventually, on the final attempt in February 2011, the badges sold out in less than one day.
An email Comic-Con International sent out to those with Member IDs today declared, “As you know, because of limited space at the San Diego Convention Center we have had to cap attendance for the last few years. The new Member ID registration process is an attempt to streamline the process of purchasing a badge and hopefully reducing, to a great number, those who purchase badges only for resale.”
The pop culture event runs July 11-15, 2012. Over 126,000 attended last year.
Coming up first, though, is the con’s baby brother, WonderCon, which is at the Anaheim Convention Center (it’s usually at San Francisco’s Moscone Center, but that site is under renovation) March 16-18. The event this year includes panels for the films “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “Snow White and the Huntsman.”
– Emily Rome