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Comic-Con badges go on sale today [Updated]

comic-conNo doubt those of you who are planning to go to Comic-Con already know this and are probably hunkered down in front of your computer (or computers) with your browser (or browsers) already opened and ready to rock. (And maybe Twitter as well, as the excitement has already begun).

That’s because badges for the 2013 Comic-Con International in San Diego will go on sale to the general public at 9 a.m. Pacific today.

As I noted earlier this month, you have to have a Comic-Con Member ID to be able to be buy a badge. If you don’t have one, you won’t be buying badges today — the site is closed to new registrations and will not reopen until next week.

Also, if you purchased a four-day badge with Preview Night during pre-registration in August 2012, or if you are a professional or guest of professional who has registered for a Comic-Con 2013 professional badge, you are not eligible to participate in open online registration and can’t buy any badges today.

Watch for updates here as badges go on sale (and sell out).

Update, 8:54 a.m.: This might be handy for anyone who has trouble with the system this morning:

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Update, 9:05 a.m.: Five minutes in, and lots of folks on Twitter are reporting “server errors” or “the waiting room has reached capacity” messages … while a few report they’ve made it into the virtual waiting room.

Update, 9:23 a.m.: Yep.

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Update, 9:28 a.m.: Reports on Twitter that people are getting badges; one person said all days are still available:

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If you’re still in line, or not in line but trying to get in it, keep at it until you hear something official. Comic-Con hasn’t updated their Twitter feed since before 9 a.m., and no doubt they’ll give official word on when badges are sold out.

Update, 9:50 a.m.: Four day passes with preview night are sold out.

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Update, 9:53 a.m.: All four-day passes are gone.

Update, 10:01 a.m.: And now Saturday single-day passes are gone.

Update, 10:12 a.m.: Friday is also gone.

Update: 10:35 a.m.: CCI has called it: badge sales are now closed:

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Roughly an hour and a half, which is longer than I expected them to last. Lots of happy people with tickets, lots of really unhappy people who never made it into the waiting room. Now when do hotel sales open?

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May the odds ever be in your favor.

I was unable to even get in line by about 9:10 :-(

Yep, server error right at 9:00 and then by 9:01 waiting room was full. Customer service line is busy without end. Just moved to Los Angeles and the only bright point of living in this god forsaken town was my first comic con in July. :)

Tried to link 30 times between 9am and 9:01am with 20 attempts left hanging and by 9:01:40 waiting room full message started to pop up.
Was hoping that since Twilight was finished it would have been a little easier….guess not.
At least I got a badge in 2010….the last sane time that the badges were on sale…. and I live in San Diego.

Comic Con Badges are a FRAUD! Here is the video that exposes the event as fraud.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7Q-KgZTMf8

No hope in hell

This totally sucks! Watched my browser search until it was too late. “Don’t refresh” they say, “or you’ll go to the back of the line”. Should be a LOTTERY ! ! !

dissappointed fan

February 16, 2013 at 10:54 am

Followed the directions, and clicked at 9:00. Sent me to the message that the waiting room was full. What the heck? I have been going to the con for 20years and maybe it is time to stop going. This is for wannabes that take all the swag and put it on Ebay! Not true fans.

Yea, nothing but grumbling here too. Third year inba row that ive been waiting at 9am, only to get the server error message. By 9:01, waiting room was full. Lame.

clicked at exactly 9:00 and my browser was trying to get in until 9:10 when it timed out. i refreshed it and it said full capacity. On the other hand my sister who lives in san diego clicked at 9:00, her browser tried connecting for 5 minutes then she got in and she was 8000th in line! lucky! she was able to buy 2 4-day passes but we didnt think to call each other at the time. poo, guess i dont get to go this year.

Clicked at 8:59, got in line, had tickets in 3 minutes

Had multiple devices and two other people helping, one of which was located on the other side of the country. After manically refreshing I managed to get in around 9:15am around the 37000s. Bought 4 one-day badges around 9:50am. Saturday badges sold out shortly after.

If this is the system next year, I have no idea how to improve my chances. I seriously got lucky this year!

This what happens when casual fans think they are geeks. Something needs to be done to keep the peole who only care about the Avengers because of the movie away from cons, or at least comic con.

Yup, got the same time out after clicking at 9am on the dot. 5 mins later when I got that and retried it was full capacity. Maybe they should stop selling the tickets early to the people already at comicon to give us that DIDN’T get to go a better chance.
I miss the days I could just walk up to the booth and buy em there -___-

I so wanted to go this year, man. Well, atleast I’m going to Wondercon. Some people don’t even have that luxury. Although, SDCC should fix their badge purchasing system. Remember when they had the meter bars on their website on which days were still open or full? http://youtu.be/1LLQdPT4i1w

7 people each with multiple browsers and computers, all online at 8:45 and clicked at 9:00 am…and only 1 person got in. Guess we’ll just be partying up at the beach house in SD instead of going to the convention.

Yup, shut out. I’ll be headed to Phoenix Comic-Con over Memorial Day, instead.
Less lines, less gouging, and less madness. With all of the fun. Last year, I got to meet George Perez for a sketch in my New Teen Titans book and I wouldn’t have been able to get within 100 feet of him in San Diego.

Same thing here, My friends and I were trying to get tickets, of 5 of us only one got in the waiting room and he didn’t even get tickets, we’ll stick with NYcomic Con. Less on travel since we’re in NY so we can spend more on con stuff. SDCC can bit me my shiny metal ass!!!!!!!!!

I’m so happy that I live in NY and don’t have to put up with this crap.

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