On a fateful Saturday morning in late October–mere days before All Hallow’s Eve–the quest to achieve admittance into the Holy Grail of comic book conventions began for those who had made the quest before. Registration for returning Comic-Con International attendees opened up. But, there were no guarantees. Who would make the cut? Who would be castaway only to grumble on social media?
A mere 23 minutes into the process Preview Night (Four-Day) badges were sold out.
That left badges available only for single days of Comic-Con 2018. Any hopes of attending Preview Night, and more than likely, all four days of the event were now out the window. Then 25 minutes later the official Comic-Con Twitter account tweeted that Saturday badges were no longer available.
Now, it’s difficult to say that Saturday is the “busiest day” of the show seeing how all four days and Preview Night all seem like a three-ring madhouse when your in the midst of the convention floor, but it does sell out more quickly than any other day. Saturday does tend to have more cosplayers wandering the aisles as the Masquerade is held on that night. That being said, a mere three minutes later Friday badges were sold out.
Attending Comic-Con on Friday, in addition to Saturday and Sunday, made the show the ultimate comic book (or pop media fan) three-day weekend. If you were still waiting online to purchase your Friday badges after 9:51 AM you were out of luck. An hour and five minutes after Comic-Con badges went on sale, it was announced that Thursday badges were sold out. That meant all that was left were “hungover” Sunday single badges.
If you have never attended Comic-Con, and Sunday was the only day that you managed to get a badge for, then you probably wouldn’t notice the difference. But, Sunday’s tend to be a bit more subdued than the other days of the shows. Celebrity and talent guests are a bit worse for wear having endured four nights of industry partying. Exhibitors and vendors are dreading packing up what has sold and just want to get out as soon as possible. And, attendees who did manage to get a badge for all four days and Preview night have morphed into something resembling the walking dead. But, these were returning attendees attempting to get Comic-Con badges and they wouldn’t settle for just a mere one day Sunday badge. Or, would they?
Eight minutes later, San Diego Comic-Con alerted the masses via Twitter that All Returning Registration badges had been sold. So, if you had attended the show in 2017 and hadn’t managed to secure your badge (for whatever day) within the hour and thirteen minute window for #RR2018, you were out of luck.
Comic-Con International (or San Diego Comic-Con) is by far the premiere comic book convention event of the season. As the show becomes more infamous, badges will only continue to become more difficult to obtain through “normal channels.” Congratulations to those Returning Attendees that did manage go secure your 2018 Comic-Con badges. For those of you that did not attend Comic-Con 2017 you’ll have your opportunity to play Comic-Con Roulette later this year when First Time Attendees badges go on sale. Good luck.