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The line to San Diego starts this morning

Art by Thom Zahler

Art by Thom Zahler

Preregistration for the 2014 Comic-Con International in San Diego started at 9 a.m. Pacific today for those who attended the con this past July — and of course have a valid member ID/registration code.

According to many, many people on Twitter, registration seems to be progressing slowly but surely, with many excited to have bought their tickets already while others anxiously wait in the virtual line.

As Steve noted earlier this week, the purchase process has been changed from years past, adjusted with user feedback in mind. By far the largest shift in protocol is the change to a random distribution system as opposed to the first-come, first-served policy of the past.

The Comic-Con Twitter account has not been updated since 9 a.m., which is probably a good sign if you’re in the queue for tickets — no doubt the next update we’ll see will be the first notice of tickets selling out. I’ll provide updates as those occur.

In the meantime, here’s a couple of tweets that denote the difference in experiences for badge hopefuls:

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Update, 9:35 a.m.: Some folks are reporting that the Preview Night tickets set aside for preregistration are sold out.

Update, 9:52 a.m.: Another new enhancement to the registration process: a yellow bar that provides updates and pop culture references. Someone should cosplay as the yellow bar this year. Oh wait …

Also, people are still apparently buying passes for all four days almost an hour into the process. Last year four-day passes were gone in about 37 minutes.

Update, 10:05 a.m.: That didn’t take long.

Update, 10:26 a.m.: It looks like tickets for Friday and Saturday preregistration are now gone.

Update, 10:51 a.m.: Thursday appears to be gone now as well.

Update, 11:27 a.m.: I haven’t seen anything about Sunday being gone yet, but CCI updated their Twitter account with a link to general sales information, so I’m going to quit for the day. Keep in mind that if you didn’t get tickets, or didn’t get all the tickets you wanted, this isn’t the end — there’s still another opportunity to buy tickets or perhaps come away equally as frustrated when tickets go on sale to the general public.

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I waited over 2 hours for nothing. Not worth the cost of the trip for a single day. I did that last year and it was a nightmare!

Yeah… I kind of went over board on tweeting some people but I don’t think it’s fair people are spreading the message it was easy and stress free. Past 2 years I’ve gotten all 4 days now I got Sunday and that’s it.

Anyway, thanks CBR for the twitter love! Best of luck to us in the general sale.

What I liked was there wasn’t a mad rush trying to be the first one @ 9:00:01 am to try and get whatever you could. I didn’t have to worry about some last second distraction or frozen keyboard or whatever and then BAM… only Sunday left, if at all. At least, I could log in during the 2 hour preliminary period, relax after that, and let it roll the dice.

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