The most important day in a geek’s life, the day it is decided that one is SDCC San Diego Comic Con worthy or not. Geeks who purchased badges last year qualified for an early badge purchase event (“pre-reg”), but were not guaranteed a badge. Those who were unable to acquire an early badge, or the general populace, have a chance to get Comic Con badges during “open reg,” (tomorrow).
STEP1: To getting a SDCC San Diego Comic Con Badge:
Get a Member ID (if you don’t have one now, you wont be able to get badges (tickets) this year, but get a Member ID now, so you can get badges next year). Member ID is free and fast, and relatively painless (just verify your email). Choose Member ID well, as you not ever EVER (EVER EVER, without exception) be able to change it (NOT ever). Choose a name like you would a twitter handle, something that means something to you, like “geek in seatle” or “Han shot first” (pretty sure that second one is taken). Follow this link to get a Member ID. Here is a tutorial on how to create a Member ID. (and another here).
STEP2: Badge Day : The Most epic Day in a Geek’s Life
Badge purchase begins every year on a Saturday at 9am (Pacific).
Wake up early, reset your browser, close unnecessary applications, restart your computer, reset router and modem, anything you can do to increase connection speed and computer lag time.
Log in with Member ID (comic-con.org)
Click on the link.
You are now in the “Epic Waiting Room.” It is not epic in any way, but SDCC Comic Con sells their badges (tickets) through a third party service named, “epic.”
Once you are in the “epic waiting room,” you wait and wait and wait. (before 9am Pacific, you can relax, because no one gets badges (tickets) before 9am. After 9am, stress the F- out! Seriously, start stressing. Stare at your computer screen and don’t flinch. Don’t grab your phone and check out Twitter notifications or work on level 400 for Candy Crush. Eyes on the prize. At random, without any warning you may be selected to get to the next step. If you miss it, you miss it, no going back. Yes, have coffee, food, bathroom breaks beforehand, nothing else matters but the Golden Ticket to Geek Heaven.
If you make it to the next step, you will be given the opportunity to select the days you wish to buy badges for. If you’ve been waiting more than 20min, Fri & Sat may be sold out already. Select all the days that are available Wed (Preview Night” 5pm to 8pm), Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun. You can buy badges for up to 4 people; you must have the Member ID for every person you are buying tickets for.
The Tricky Part. Don’t ever EVER EVER!! hit the back button on your browser (even if you change your mind about the badge selection). If you do hit the back button, you will be booted out of the system and you will NOT be going to SDCC Comic Con this year. (It happened to me :(.
Pay for your Golden Tickets / SDCC Comic Con Badges. You will receive a confirmation email. It is recommended that you print this out in July before you leave for SDCC Comic Con. If you can’t find the confirmation email, it’s ok, they can look it up using your MemberID or driver’s license.
Good Luck! And May The Force Be With You..
(Live Long and Prosper..)