Comic-Con 2012 badges go on sale Saturday

March 01, 2012 | 7:07 p.m.

Fans check out the Comic-Con exhibition hall on Preview Night at the 2011 convention. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

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.”

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Comments


28 Responses to Comic-Con 2012 badges go on sale Saturday

  1. Adri says:

    "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"

    All the more helped by you releasing information… Thanks!

  2. Lee says:

    Wow…they did ask that this NOT be published.

    You must be the person who failed the test because you didn’t read the directions saying to “Write your name on the top of the paper and turn it in…”

  3. luckypaul says:

    Yes, thanks for making the process more difficult for the folks who got the announcement email, read it, and followed the instructions in it. But what do the administrators/authors of HeroComplex really care, they get free tickets and don't wait in the ridiculous lines.

    • luckypaul says:

      In all fairness, at least ALL the information in the mail was not published.

    • Geoff Boucher says:

      I spoke to Comic-Con officials yesterday and they are totally fine with the article and how we handled it.

      • luckypaul says:

        I am glad they approved, but perhaps you should not rely on their approval and make your own independent judgment and think of the fans who signed up in advance and did follow the instructions in the email Comic-con sent out.

      • luckypaul says:

        Perhaps you should independently evaluate what is appropriate instead of checking in with your pals at Comic-Con (who get you to the front of the line and no doubt enjoyed the positive pub you gave them). The process was a disaster. How about covering why the process was a disaster and folks like me who followed the Con's email instructions were essentially shut out? How much of the problem was the deluge from the link the Con posted on its web site–after telling all of us to keep the sale secret?

        Enjoy your time at the Con (without lines or the hassles of regular people–must be nice and explains all the glowing stories) with youngsters who were savvier than a long-time attendee like me and got their information from twitter (or FB, where I eventually found out about a link that worked).

  4. clipperdarnell says:

    Another LATimes FAIL.

  5. Anna says:

    Why would you do this do us? This is so messed up. Thank you for making the process that much harder. But what do you care?

  6. Squallluis says:

    Nice. Make it harder for all of us who didn’t frakkin share it. Now everyone knows when they go on sale including people who will just be in line ready to crash the site.

  7. Blade says:

    Oh no – all the d0rks are in an uproar because the secret d0rk memo has been released among the muggles – the horror!

    • Smokeyling says:

      So why exactly are you taking the time to
      A) read this site
      and even more curiously
      B) taking the time to reply to the folks that posted??

      I think someone needs to get out of mom's basement and enjoy some fresh air every now and then.

  8. Smokeyling says:

    Really LA Times?!?! How is this even 'news'?! Everyone that needed to know this information (ie people who tooked the time and signed up before the deadline) already know!!!
    It's quality reporting like this that is the deathknell of the newspaper business…many thanks!!

    • Geoff Boucher says:

      I spoke to Comic-Con officials yesterday and they are totally fine with the article and how we handled it.

      • Samantha Mason says:

        THEY might be fine, but fans are NOT. Next time, wait for the official announcement.

  9. anon says:

    It's the day before. Word was already out. And the e-mail asked individual users not to tweet links. Not for the media not to cover what has become a national event. That would be ridiculous. Let's hope Comic-Con learned from last year's crash and invested in some decent infrastructure.

  10. Alex says:

    The SDCC has gotten too popular for me. Its one thing to wait over 4 hours to get into Hall H, but now its a hassle to get tickets (which went up a lot) and a lottery to get a decent hotel room for less than $300 night. The big studios are pulling back too since SDCC hype doesn't translate into big box office returns. See ya at WonderCon!

  11. bob says:

    What douche for posting this and causing the site be fucked by people that can't even purchase badges

  12. Geoff Boucher says:

    I spoke to Comic-Con officials yesterday and they are totally fine with the article and how we handled it. So your rudeness is ugly, misguided noise that reveals more about you as a person than it does anything published on this website. Maybe you should try a different approach to things? I'm sure the people in your life would appreciate it.

  13. luckypaul says:

    Mr. Boucher and all comic fans. How could Comic-Con send out an email and the link failed? If you were more than 5-10 minutes late, it meant you didn't get tickets. I know you are pals with the organizers, buy they seem incompetent. How about a story about their repeated failures? Is there really no way to run a large event without constant lines and frustration for the attendees?

    BTW, the Image Expo last week in Oakland was great. Why no reference to in your paper?

    EPIC failed me and many others: After ten minutes of the email link failing, I checked FB and learned there was a link from the Comic-con site (which is awfully public and contrary to the official email about secrecy etc.) and was able to get into the waiting room around 8:14. I got Thursday tickets because I didn't want to break my 9-year streak with my son.

    And don't get me started about waiting for four hours for Hall H and not getting in because of line cutters etc. (And only Draco Malfoy was there for all the Potter fans!?) And why can't the organizers tell people at the back of lines they don't have a chance of getting in? How about tickets for rooms (other than costume ball) so that there is some predictability? And if you are waiting in a two-hour line, why can't you sit down? How about distributing tickets in advance so that you don't have to wait for hours to get in on Thursday? There are so many areas of the Con that could be better organized. Who are these people running it???

    Time for another Con to rise up!

  14. Michael says:

    Tickets sold out right when it was my turn to buy them. I'd like to think this article played a small role in that. I'm fine with the article, but I think posing the link to the ticket sales was unnecessary…

  15. Demonc says:

    They messed up the process yet again. Pre registered folks were instructed to click a link in their email that didn't work! By the time you figured out that you had to copy paste it into your URL you were hopelessly back in the que……yet again, an event by, for, and about, nerds who despite being nerds can't figure out how to run a computer event…

  16. luckypaul says:

    Mr. Boucher and all comic fans: How could Comic-Con send out an email and the link failed? If you were more than 5-10 minutes late into the "waiting room", it meant you didn't get tickets. I know you are pals with the organizers, buy they seem incompetent. How about a story about their repeated failures?

    BTW, the Image Con last week in Oakland was great. Why no reference in your paper?

    EPIC failed me and many others: After ten minutes of the email link failing, I checked FB and learned there was a link from the Comic-con site (which is awfully public and contrary to the official email about secrecy etc.) and was able to get into the waiting room around 8:14. I got Thursday tickets, but wanted 4 days, and only purchased so my 9-year streak with my son is not broken. And now I will have to wait hours to get our tickets and get in (or arrive at the Con Center at 4 a.m.)

    And don't get me started about waiting for four hours for Hall H and not getting in because of line cutters etc. (And only Draco Malfoy was there for all the Potter fans!?) Why can't the organizers tell people at the back of lines they don't have a chance of getting in? How about tickets for rooms (other than costume ball) so that there is some predictability for attendees? And if you are waiting in a two-hour line, why can't you sit down? There are so many areas of the Con that could be better organized. Who are these people running it??? They need some competition–because then they will be gone. Sadly, I bet the Disney Con is much better organized.

  17. Badgeless says:

    You could have written this story without including the date and time. Something like "The date and time for Comic Con badge sales has been set and supplied to hopeful attendees in an email sent out earlier this week. Members who registered were asked not to reveal specifics of the sales event to avoid site outages from excessive traffic as has happened in the past."

    See how I did that? I wrote something that took into consideration THE ACTUAL STORY and THE PEOPLE that are potentially affected by it. But then, you're a journalist, what do you care about these things?

  18. Hidinginthemist says:

    Sold out in under 90 minutes…. insane.

  19. Shaun Dale says:

    Comic Con does not care about the people who have been going to the con before it became "the thing to do" they need to run the show for 8 days and you can go to 4 days of A or 4 days of B you pick the one you want to do to YOU can not go to both. it is all ready set up and they could make twice the money. But they are a non profit org. Yeah Right where does the money go?

  20. Phil says:

    Comic Con posted a link in the email that got swamped and didn't work. People who followed directions probably lost out on tickets. Can Comic Con not do anything right? We had to go to the registration website to wait and only got Thursday and Sunday. The Comicon link, which they insisted you follow, went through Google analytics which failed. Why? Why go through the Google instead of linking straight to the registration? It's no good after it starts to tweet it….later….after the site crashes and people who followed the rules couldn't log in, Some of us aren't on the tweety.

  21. Yet another reason not to buy the LA Times. Why pay for irresponsible journalism?

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