When it debuted in 1970, Comic-Con was held in a hotel room where fewer than 200 people showed up to share their love for superheroes, comic books, and anime. Fast-forward 44 years and Comic-Con now takes over the vast San Diego Convention Center and attracts more than 130,000 attendees.
In the past few years, the convention has become so popular that badges go on sale five months before the event and they can sell out in less than a few hours. This year, even a diehard fan like myself couldn’t score a pass to Comic-Con, which came to San Diego this past weekend. Thus, the question: How do you get into Comic-Con?
The convention occurs in late July and the date of next year’s Comic-Con is usually announced a few days after the current convention ends. Want to make sure you secure a badge for Comic-Con 2015? Start planning now. Seriously.
1. Become a Member
Due to Comic-Con’s sheer size and continuous growth, the only way you have a shot at getting a badge is to create a Comic-Con member ID. Luckily, it’s free.
Pro Tip: Make sure to do this ahead of time. Registration for member IDs temporarily closes a few days before passes go on sale.
2. Wait for an Email (or Two or Three)
Once you have your member ID, you’ll start receiving email notifications. One of them will contain instructions telling you how to register for a badge and giving you a personal registration code for the EPIC waiting room. Look for this email in March.
3. Register for the EPIC Waiting Room
On the day that passes go on sale, use your personal registration code to gain entry into the virtual EPIC waiting room. You MUST do this BEFORE you can buy your badge. Registration for the EPIC waiting room begins at 7 a.m. Pacific Time.
4. Buy That Badge!
At 9 a.m. Pacific Time, eligible members who are already in the EPIC waiting room can buy their badges. Type fast and have your credit card handy!
5. Save Everything
Once you’ve bought your badge, hold onto the barcode confirmation email and bring it to the convention center to exchange it for the actual badge.
Good luck and may the force be with you.