Comic-Con International have announced the time and date for the eagerly anticipated Open Online Badge Registration, the badge sale available for first-time and gap year San Diego Comic-Con attendees, as well as those 2017 attendees who were unable to secure badges in the Returning Registration Badge Sale – clear your calendar and make yourselves available, people, for 5pm GMT (that’s 9am PT / 12 Midday ET) on Saturday 9th December!
As always with Comic-Con International, when it comes to their intentions and planning, it’s all about clues. The big clue that the organisation would be gearing up for Open Online came in the shape of the temporary closing of the Member ID system – the process by which fans of Comic-Con are catalogued by the organisation – over the weekend, usually a sure sign that buttons are being pressed, tectonic plates are shifting and momentous events are on the horizon. (And then, of course, there’s the eager ramping up of the @Comic_Consocial media: proof that someone is alive and awake at the keyboard.)
The badge buying process detailed on the CCI Toucan Blog pages appears to be identical to Open Online Badge Sales gone by – potential applicants with a valid CCI Member ID enter a Waiting Room via a URL, emailed to them at least twenty-four hours before the sale or found on their Member ID page. The Waiting Room is opened at 4pm GMT / 8am PT / 11am ET, ONE HOUR before the actual sale in which applicants are randomly selected from the pool for buying sessions.
You can get a sense of the process in the official video posted for the Open Online Badge Registration for 2017 – by the looks of things, nothing has changed much in the interim. If it isn’t broken, right…
Break out your hat and whip because Comic-Con 2018 Open Registration is on December 9, 2017! You can access the Expo Logic waiting room beginning at 8:00 AM Pacific Standard Time (PST). The badge sale will begin shortly after 9:00 AM (PST), so make sure you aren’t out of range!
Fortunately, you do not have to be an obtainer for rare antiquities to participate! As long as you have not purchased or registered for the Preview Night (Wednesday, July 18) option, and your Comic-Con Member ID was created and confirmed prior to November 27, 2017 at 9:30 AM (PST), you are eligible to participate in Open Registration. To see if you are eligible, simply log in to your Comic-Con Member ID account and select the “Registration Info” tab.
If you are eligible, your personal registration code and a link to the Expo Logic waiting room will be sent to you via email at least 48 hours in advance of the sale. The contents of your Comic-Con Member ID account’s “Registration Info” tab is highly magnetized so if you do not receive your email, log in to your Comic-Con Member ID and check there. Your registration code and link to the waiting room will be there at least 48 hours in advance amidst a pile of asps … just kidding! We don’t do snakes.
We don’t suggest joining a buying group if Mola Ram is in it! Only join groups with people you trust, because Comic-Con cannot swing in and help if someone posts your registration code or personal information online. Your registration code is only good for one entry into the waiting room, and sharing your code could get you locked out. Also, if someone in your buying group attempts to sell or scalp their badge, all badges in the order will be canceled, including yours. Don’t risk it. Only work with people you personally know.
Although the waiting room opens for entry at 8:00 AM (PST), badges won’t go on sale until shortly after 9:00 AM (PST). There is no need to rush to the waiting room at 8:00 AM (PST)! When the badge sale begins, members will be selected for a registration session at random. So, save time, sleep in, and join us about 10 – 15 minutes prior to 9:00 AM (PST). It does not matter what time you enter the waiting room, your chances of being selected are the same. Trust us, we’re professors… part-time.
Show us the X that marks the spot! We encourage you to log in to your Member ID account to
check for snakes double-check that your contact information is correct. The deadline to change the badge shipping address in your Member ID account is May 14, 2018.
Are you planning on buying a badge for Short Round? Well, no need! Comic-Con offers one of the most generous child badge policies in the industry. Children age 12 and under are free with a paid adult! That’s our idea of a swell time!
And finally, we know that obtaining a Comic-Con badge can sometimes feel like a hopeless crusade, but there are simply far more eligible members than badges available. Entry to the waiting room does not guarantee you a badge or registration session. You can increase your chances by reading all of the information here, check Toucan, the official blog of Comic-Con and WonderCon Anaheim frequently, and follow us onFacebook, Twitter, and Instagram, for the latest registration updates.
Comic-Con thanks you for your support and we hope to see you in July.
And remember… no camels.