04 JULY 2012
For anyone who didn't get the CCI email, online pre-registration for 2013 will be held in August - but only for people attending the Con this summer.
We knew CCI would hold some kind of attendee-only registration before holding the main registration day. What we didn't know: you can only buy badges for other current attendees.
"Those eligible for Comic-Con 2013 online preregistration will be able to purchase up to 3* badges total. You will need a unique Member ID for each badge purchased. Eligible 2012 attendees may purchase badges for other eligible 2012 attendees, but they will not be allowed to purchase badges for those who did not attend Comic-Con 2012 or for any of the ineligible categories**above."
That's really annoying for those of us whose friends already got left behind this year. Why should we be trapped into going with the same people as this year? But of course there should still be a large number of badges available on the regular registration day. Usually CCI sold off 10-15K badges onsite, and although there's no reason to think those numbers will be duplicated for the online pre-registration, it's likely they'll still limit the badges available.
So there you have it. If you're eligible, you'll be notified after the Con with the time, date, link, etc. And don't be too smug about getting a jump on regular registration day - this could be worse, as it's still a huge pool of people fighting for a much smaller number of badges.
* 3 badges is such a weird number. Somehow the expectation is for multiples of 2.
**The ineligible categories referred to above are professionals, guests of professionals, exhibitors, exhibitor purchased attendee badges, volunteers, staff, and press.