San Diego Comic-Con is one of the biggest events in the comic industry, with fans coming from around the world to participate in the festivities. Not only is SDCC known for cosplay and creator panels, but it is also a prime location for companies to unveil new games and movie information based on popular properties.
Though the event isn't until July, open registration starts next week. The San Diego Comic-Con staff updated the event website with information on both when registration begins and other information that fans will need to get their tickets.
According to the update, open registration will begin on February 20, 2016. A highlighted portion at the top of the page informs visitors of the following:
Comic-Con 2016 badges will go on sale Saturday, February 20, during Open Registration! The EPIC waiting room will open for registration code authorization at 8:00 AM Pacific Standard Time (PST), and badges will go on sale shortly after 9:00 AM PST.
Once a registration code is authorized in the EPIC waiting room, users will have an hour to finish entering their registration information. When badges go on sale at 9 AM PST, access to the waiting room will close and only those who have previously entered will have a chance to purchase a badge. Individuals in the waiting room will be chosen at random to purchase badges, so accessing the waiting room early doesn't provide an advantage over those who arrived later. If chosen to purchase a badge, users will have 15 minutes to complete their purchase.
Individuals buying badges are allowed to buy badges for themselves and up to three other people; children under 12 years of age are free, but must be accompanied by a paying adult. The San Diego Comic-Con website stresses that accessing the EPIC waiting room isn't a guarantee that users will be able to buy a badge. For legal reasons, it also points out in the "Fine Print" section that the site isn't responsible for problems that people experience while trying to purchase badges and provides no guarantee that users will be able to successfully complete the purchase process.
Reading through the details of the registration and purchase system, there are obviously a few hoops to jump through just for a chance to attend SDCC. Some potential attendees likely aren't too happy at the random nature of the badge sale, but it does help to prevent selling out because of an early rush. There will still likely be a rush to get in the waiting room early, but thankfully those early visitors won't be the only ones to make it to San Diego Comic-Con.
With SDCC open registration being just a week away, it's yet another reminder that a summer full of comics-based blockbusters is on its way. Comic-Con will be here before we know it, along with all of the revelations that might be made there about future films from the Marvel and DC slates (and every other property that gets announced in San Diego.) Of course, we'll be here to bring you all of the news that gets revealed along the way.
San Diego Comic-Con runs from July 21-24, 2016, with a special preview night on July 20.
Source: Comic-Con International