The 93-minute melee for badges was only the first hurdle on the road to Comic-Con International. The next trial is this morning at 9 PT, when the mad dash begins for discounted hotel rooms in San Diego. Obviously, attendees don’t have to go through this process to find accommodations, but they’re likely to end up paying two to three times the Comic-Con rate.
Nearly 60 hotels, from Downtown San Diego to the airport to Mission Valley, are part of the convention block, offering room rates ranging from $149 to to $357 per night during the July 18-21 event. All but three offer shuttle service to the San Diego Convention Center, so even if you end up in the hinterlands, you’ll likely be no more than a 45-minute ride away. Unless you’re in Mission Bay, then … sorry.
Conventions | The hotel reservation system for Comic-Con International in San Diego will open Thursday at 9 a.m. PT, as the yearly mad dash for discounted hotel rates begins. CCI has posted a list of hotels, and if you’re willing to stay in Mission Valley, you can book a room early. The process will be the same as last year — select up to 20 hotels where you’d be willing to stay, and you’ll get a confirmation email no later than April 1. You can leave your April Fool’s jokes in the comments below. Also of note this year, shuttles to and from hotels will run 24 hours a day during the show, beginning at 5 a.m. Thursday. [CCI]
Editorial cartoons | Michael Cavna rounds up nine editorial cartoons commenting on the killing of Florida teenager Tryavon Martin. [The Washington Post]
Comics | A near-mint copy of Amazing Fantasy #15, the 1962 comic featuring the first appearance of Spider-Man, was purchased in a private sale on Monday for $1.1 million — short of the record $1.5 million paid in March 2010 for Action Comics #1. “The fact that a 1962 comic has sold for $1.1 million is a bit of a record-shattering event,” says Stephen Fishler, chief executive of ComicConnect.com. “That something that recent can sell for that much and be that valuable is awe-inspiring.” [The Associated Press]
Comic-Con | Hotel reservations for Comic-Con International open this morning at 9 PT. A preliminary list of hotels included in the Comic-Con block is available on the convention website. [Comic-Con International]
Comic-Con | ICv2 has announced it will host the its Comics, Media and Digital Conference on July 20, in conjunction with Comic-Con International. [ICv2]
Broadway | The New York Times reports the producers of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark are considering delaying the $65 million musical for a sixth time, until as late as June, a move that would make the show ineligible for this year’s Tony Awards. Speculation about another possible postponement follows a wave of scathing reviews, reports that comics writer and playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa had been approached to rewrite the book, and the hiring of veteran conductor and musical supervisor Paul Bogaev to help improve the production. A spokesman for the show would only say that, “Opening night remains scheduled for March 15.” [ArtsBeat]
Comic-Con | Hotel reservations for Comic-Con International will open at 9 a.m. PT on March 9. A preliminary list of hotels included in the Comic-Con block is available on the convention website. [Comic-Con International]
In addition to the bags that Warner Bros. is offering at Comic-Con this year, they’re also bringing back the hotel room keys that they did at last year’s con. A total of 29,000 branded room keys, designed to promote DC Comic’s digital comics application, Batman: Under the Red Hood, V, Smallville and Supernatural, will be distributed at 36 participating hotels throughout the San Diego area during the week of the Con. You can find more details here, and check out additional key artwork after the jump.
If you were one of the many Comic-Con International attendees who ended up with a room in Mission Valley or Shelter Island when booking your room through Travel Planners in March, the CCI folks are attempting to ease some of the pain of being so far away by expanding their shuttle route to include those areas.
“The hotel reservation situation this year didn’t go as well as it should have,” said David Glanzer, director of marketing and public relations, in a press release. “As a result, many people who expected to be closer to the downtown area found themselves in hotels farther away. For this reason we have expanded our shuttle route to help accommodate those who are staying at Mission Valley and Shelter Island hotels.”
You can find the shuttle schedule here. They will also keep their bag-checking services open longer each night so attendees can check their bags while hitting some of the night time events. And for those who choose to drive to the show or rent a car, they’ve made a deal with some of the local parking lots to sell permits in advance.
In a little more than an hour the mad scramble for discounted hotel rooms begins again as Travel Planners opens reservations for Comic-Con International.
That’s at 9 a.m. Pacific/noon Eastern. But if you’re going to the convention, you’re already well aware of that.
This year’s process is being handled differently, with reservation hopefuls entering 12 hotel choices, in order of preference (you probably should be using this hour to work out your picks). You’ll be required to give additional information, such as occupant names and arrival and departure dates. Once that’s completed, your submission will be time stamped and logged in the Travel Planners database.
If all goes well, within three to five hours you’ll receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to provide your credit card deposit to secure the reservation. You have to submit a deposit equal to one night’s room charge (plus tax) within five business days of receiving the confirmation. Those who don’t do so will have their reservations canceled.
If you’re planning to attend Comic-Con International, you likely need no reminder. But just in case: Hotel reservations open today at 9 a.m. PDT, noon EDT, via Travel Planners.
The Comic-Con website cautions: “Hotels do not allot enough rooms to meet the demand of everyone who wants to attend Comic-Con International. Rooms do fill up within the first few hours so you may want to book a room directly with the hotel of your choice now.” So … yeah.
The list of hotels can be found here.
As we noted on Monday, four-day passes to the con already have sold out. And Saturday is at 39 percent, with four months still to go. Today’s not going to be pretty. Expect the Twitter accounts of comics folks to be littered with profanities — well, more than usual — beginning in about three hours.