1 AUGUST 2013
It looks like we're going to get a respite from the online inferno that is San Diego Comic-Con pre-registration. It's not happening until November or December.
Who it's for: Anyone with an attendee badge from this year. No pros, volunteers, press, exhibitors, etc. Just people who wore an attendee badge around their necks two weeks ago.
When: between November 1 - December 31. Let's hope it's closer to November because no one wants to add another burden to their credit card in December.
How: eligible attendees will get one of those special CCI emails sometime in November with information. It will be sent to the email associated with your Member ID.
Special instructions: if your child attended Comic-Con this year as a kid (if they were 12 and under) BUT they'll be a worldly thirteen come November 1, they'll have to register for a Member ID to participate in pre-reg. They'll have to log into their Member ID account after 8 August and follow specific instructions to qualify for pre-registration.
And of course everyone needs to use this year's badge to pre-register.
Why? On a practical level: probably because of the numeric code on it. On a strategic level: probably because CCI is secretly hoping that enough of us will lose/misplace/toss out our badge over the coming months that the pre-registration swarm won't be quite so deadly.
So there you have it. Some of us will be getting a 4-day badge for Christmas and others, a round of impotent fury and disgust.
And remember, people for whom this will be the first pre-registration, only a small percentage of total badges go on the block for pre-reg. Yes, the world at large has been eliminated as competition and you're only competing with your fellow 125,000 attendees from this year - those bastards - but you're all competing for a small number of badges. Don't ask me how many. I don't know. My point is, this isn't your only shot at a 2014 badge. The public badge sale will be a few months later and you can try again then if this doesn't work out.
That said, hold onto your badge.