16 FEBRUARY 2015
In the SDCC version of Groundhog Day, something happened this weekend that happens every single year: the online buzz about Open Registration caught the eye of interested but naïve people, who rushed to get in the game. And of course, they discovered they were too late. And so I just returned from a weekend away to find multiple emails all saying help!
If you don't have a Member ID already, I can't help you. No one can.
I know it sucks, but going to SDCC really does require massive advance planning and careful attention. In your case - I'm speaking to you people who tried in vain to sign up for a Member ID this weekend - advance planning of a year and a half. Because unless you win a contest, 2016 is the best you can shoot for.
Probably that sounds unfair, but it's best to get used to it now. There's nothing easy, smooth or guaranteed about going to San Diego Comic-Con. (Well, frustration is almost guaranteed.) Sign up now for a new Member ID and you'll get an email about a year from now informing you of Open Reg for 2016. Another thing you can do: put yourself on the Volunteer Interest List for 2016. That will open up in late summer or fall, and you'll be notified over the winter of when Volunteer Registration is.
If you're very serious about walking through those doors next summer, read this blog and other Con blogs for tips on what to do and what to expect. There's a learning curve in terms of getting hotel rooms, allocating your time wisely, and seeing the panels and attending the events you want to experience. It's kind of like Disney World - you can just show up and wing it, but then you'll probably waste a lot of time in long lines and miss some good rides. But if you go into it with some strategy, you'll make smart choices and enjoy yourself more.
Sorry I don't have better news for you. As always, I'll suggest you look into other Cons to console yourself with - Salt Lake, Dragon*Con, NYCC (it's bigger than SDCC now), Denver, Phoenix, Toronto and others, depending on where you live. Emerald City still has some day badges available for next month.
Everyone else, I'll post my specific advice on Open Reg in a day or two.