Many of us have already started to prepare for San Diego Comic-Con 2014. My group already has a condo booked and many already have “back up” hotels all over San Diego. If you’ve never gone before, it can be a bit overwhelming and scary. And I’m just talking about the planning. Hopefully this post will help those of you out who are new to this.
1. GET A MEMBER ID
Seriously. You cannot attend SDCC without one. In order to purchase a badge everyone has to have one. It’s simple and it’s free. Just go here to sign up. Don’t wait, do it now.
3. FIND A GROUP/FRIENDS
Something that many of us recommend is trying to join or form a group to purchase badges. The way it’s worked in the recent past is you enter a virtual waiting room until your number comes up. Someone in the group might be higher than everyone else. If that’s the case, that person can purchase for others. Just make sure that person has ALL the information they need including the Member ID’s for everyone, Name, Address, and all the other typical information you need when making a purchase. In the past I believe you could purchase 4 total badges, meaning yourself and 3 others. One place I recommend for finding a Badge group is Friends Of CCI. It’s a message board with a ton of lovely and helpful people.
4. SAVE THAT $$$$
Especially if you need to travel to San Diego. You can expect hotels to be on the high end. You’ll see everything from $200 a night to $400 and up. Obviously the more people you have in your group, the lower the price is for everyone. Airfare has been all over the place as well. Be sure to keep an eye out for deals and book when you can. If you can’t afford to purchase round trip all at once, don’t be scared to split the purchase. I did that last year. Of course badges is another cost. Here are the prices for 2013:
I’ve heard that prices might go up but I haven’t seen anything official yet. It wouldn’t hurt though to save a little extra just for badges. It’s better to be safe than sorry. I’d expect badges to go on sale sometime early next year since preregistration (which you new people don’t need to worry about) is happening sometime in November.
5. BACK UP HOTELS
This is something many of us veterans do. We find a few hotels as back ups. Why? Well, CCI controls the hotels for Comic-Con. They’ll put hotels on sale later next year. How it works is you submit a list of hotels. You wait. You wait a little more. Then you’ll get an email letting you know if you got a hotel and which hotel it is. That’s right, you aren’t guaranteed a room. Instead of panicking, you can relax a little because you had a back up waiting in the wings. When booking a back up hotel be sure to read all the cancellation information. You don’t want to be stuck with a room you don’t plan on using or being charged for changing a reservation. I’ll say this right now though, many of the rooms downtown will be claimed by CCI and won’t be available for outside booking. Your best bet would be checking out the Mission Valley area.
6. BADGE SALE
I honestly don’t know what I can tell you to make you prepared for this. I guess the number one piece of advice is don’t panic. It’s very easy to get frustrated during the online badge sale. Something always goes wrong. Sometimes people get the “White Screen of Death.” Sometimes the waiting room freezes. Sometimes the badge you want sells out. If the badge you want is gone, move along to the next available day. Don’t waste time! There is something amazing and great to see everyday of Comic-Con. One of our own ended up with just 2 days one year and still had an awesome time! Remember, there is someone out there who would do anything for that badge you just purchased. Don’t complain about missing a day or not getting Preview Night. Be grateful you were able to score a badge at all. If you do run into a technical issue with the CCI badge website, be sure to do what they tell you in order to report it. In most cases you’ll need to take a screenshot of the error and email it to them. I believe they have a phone line set up during badge sale as well.
Also, I really need to stress this, do NOT purchase badges from anyone other than CCI. Yes, you will see legit contests but you’ll find plenty of ads on Craigslist and Ebay. CCI does search and check these websites for badge sales and will punish those that are caught. You don’t want to shell out some insane amount of money and then be told your badge is a fake or has been voided because it was sold. I know it’s tempting but it’s not worth the risk.
So, there you have it. I really wanted to keep this as basic and simple as I could. A few other little reminders it to check your spam for those CCI emails. Do your research. Again, keep calm. I know how easy it is to get flustered during all of this. Just try to relax and not stress about it too much!
If you have any questions feel free to email us and we’ll try our best to answer then. Be sure to visit the San Diego Comic-Con website as well. There’s a ton of information there and it’s all very helpful! I hope this post helped some of you out!
A few other SDCC websites:
San Diego Comic-Con Unofficial Blog
House Of Darkly: The Art of War SDCC Edition
San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) Community (Google+)
San Diego Comic-Con: UK Attendees Community (Google+)
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