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Old May 20 2015, 10:06 PM   #1
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Will I like Comic-Con?

I’m going to be in the area for the San Diego Comic-Con this summer. I’ve been thinking of going but don’t know much of it I’d be interested in. I don’t have much interest in comics in and of themselves, I was kind of expecting a bunch of interesting vendors that might have Star Trek books or autographs or other merchandise and stuff, is this true? Basically I’m trying to figure out how much time I might want to budget for it. I’m sure it’s awesome and everything but just for the purposes of this question, consider it from the perspective of someone who primarily likes Star Trek and doesn’t have much comics interest (neither is entirely the case for me but just to get a first-order idea).
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Old May 20 2015, 10:16 PM   #2
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Re: Will I like Comic-Con?

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Iím going to be in the area for the San Diego Comic-Con this summer. Iíve been thinking of going but donít know much of it Iíd be interested in. I donít have much interest in comics in and of themselves, I was kind of expecting a bunch of interesting vendors that might have Star Trek books or autographs or other merchandise and stuff, is this true? Basically Iím trying to figure out how much time I might want to budget for it. Iím sure itís awesome and everything but just for the purposes of this question, consider it from the perspective of someone who primarily likes Star Trek and doesnít have much comics interest (neither is entirely the case for me but just to get a first-order idea).
It's called Comic-Con, but, from what I understand it's really SciFi Con, so, you have all manner of SciFi being represented
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Old May 20 2015, 11:14 PM   #3
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^What he said. I even went to Comic Con in a Trek outfit once (I was lazy that year). I'm sure you'll find Star Trek merchandise there, the hard to find stuff too. Prices will range. One vendor may sell a Trek comic or novel for a few bucks while another will sell a bat'leth or a full sized mannequin or other wild items that you didn't even know existed until you saw it for hundreds.
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Old May 20 2015, 11:44 PM   #4
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You'll find tons o' stuff at a ComicCon...

-Naturally, lots of comic book stuff. Books, artists, writers, etc.
-Lots of sci fi materials, merch, and actors.
-Video game stuff.
-RPG stuff and Collectible Card stuff. Gaming sessions as well.
-Perhaps representation from the local (or closest) chapter of the 501st (Vader's Fist) fan club. The folks who dress up in elaborate Vader, stormtrooper, Imperial, Rebel, and Jedi gear.
-Cosplayers (sometimes galore, sometimes not so much).
-And of course, folk to chat with about your favorite passions in sci-fi/fantasy/comics, etc.

The last ComicCon I went to, there was a wall display of various sci-fi weapon replicas, from the double laser pistol in The Black Hole, to Han Solo's DL-44, to the Weirding Module from David Lynch's version of Dune.

Plenty of Star Trek and Star Wars related merch too....from old action figures and ships, to newer models.

Oh, and also, you'll find tons of movies on ripped DVD's. (Not near the quality of retail/commercially available stuff....) but it is a great place to find rare, hard to find sci-fi shows, movies, anime, Japanese live action shows, etc.

Yes, I think you'll find ComicCon a worthwhile experience. I usually go with at least 300-400 bucks just in case. But it really just depends on what you want to come away with.
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Old May 21 2015, 05:47 PM   #5
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Re: Will I like Comic-Con?

I've come to a couple of Vegas ST conventions, how much stuff is there in the vendors room compared to one of those? At least stuff that relates to the more Star Trek/Star Wars sort of mainstream sci-fi non-comics stuff I've been mentioning.
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Old May 21 2015, 07:52 PM   #6
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It's the biggest nerd event in the world. Go. Have fun.
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Old May 21 2015, 11:11 PM   #7
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Captain_Koloth wrote: View Post
I've come to a couple of Vegas ST conventions, how much stuff is there in the vendors room compared to one of those? At least stuff that relates to the more Star Trek/Star Wars sort of mainstream sci-fi non-comics stuff I've been mentioning.
A Star Trek or Sci-fi convention would probably have more Sci-fi stuff than Comic Con but they're all in the same ballpark.
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Old May 22 2015, 02:36 AM   #8
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are there even any tickets for SDCC left?
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Old May 22 2015, 03:21 AM   #9
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are there even any tickets for SDCC left?
That's what I was thinking -- San Diego Comicon isn't a spur-of-the-moment kind of convention. I can't imagine that tickets would still be available this close to the actual event.

In my area, even smaller (relatively speaking) shows like the Motorcity Con or Wizard World Chicago have sold out days and sometimes entire weekends.
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Old May 22 2015, 03:53 AM   #10
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There's usually a set number of walk in purchasable tickets but you'd have to get up pretty early (or stay there overnight) and wait in line for them.
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Old May 22 2015, 07:50 AM   #11
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From http://www.comic-con.org/cci/purchase-badges

OPEN ONLINE REGISTRATION
Comic-Con 2015 Open Online Registration is now closed. All badges have been sold. We thank you for your continued support and are very grateful to receive such a high level of interest in our event.
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Old May 27 2015, 01:20 AM   #12
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Sto-Vo-Kory wrote: View Post
kitik wrote: View Post
are there even any tickets for SDCC left?
That's what I was thinking -- San Diego Comicon isn't a spur-of-the-moment kind of convention. I can't imagine that tickets would still be available this close to the actual event.

In my area, even smaller (relatively speaking) shows like the Motorcity Con or Wizard World Chicago have sold out days and sometimes entire weekends.
The motor city con didn't sell out this year or the last few. I think they have actually upped attendance and are selling more tickets. It was so crowded this year I could barely walk. Most people weren't even looking at the comics. More for me I guess.
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Old May 31 2015, 05:40 PM   #13
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So is there at this point any way to get tickets? Ebay, extra ones at the door, panhandling?
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Old June 2 2015, 08:24 AM   #14
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There may be scalper tickets available but they'll be very expensive and, of course, that sort of proposition is risky. Thing is, though there's a LOT to do off-site that doesn't need a badge. SDCC outgrew the convention center years ago.

Given your stated interest, though, it may not be worth it for you if you can't get into the dealer's room AND maybe not even then. Comic-Con is very much about what's new and about exclusivecollectables as well as seeing the new and upcoming movie and series. Lots of great panels but I haven't notices a lot of Trek focus (but I wasn't looking).

Do some searches for offsite events and see if it might be interesting for you. Hotel rooms and parking are at a premium, too so be sure to have someplace to stay before you get there.

Not meaning to be a downer but as stated above, Comic-Con's not a casual decision to drop in anymore. But it's a great place to frolic with 130,000 of your closest friends.

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Old July 7 2015, 07:55 AM   #15
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The Crazy Lengths People Go To For San Diego Comic Con

Everyone always talks about how insane San Diego Comic-Con is. The crowds, lines, smells, excitement—and it’s all true. But what most people don’t know is just how crazy and stressful it is to actually attend Comic-Con. There are levels upon levels of hoops to jump through.

You’ll need a badge, you’ll need a hotel, you’ll need parking, you’ll need a game plan, and each part of the struggle is almost pointless, unless you’ve completed the ones before it. So, without further ado, here’s a run down of the incredible lengths most people must take to attend San Diego Comic-Con.

1. Get a Badge

If you want to attend Comic-Con, you’ll need a ticket, which they call a badge. There are multiple levels of badges ranging from four day with the preview night, down to each individual day. Can you only attend one or two days? You can get badges for that. Prices range from $17 for a single, off-day if you’re a “junior.” or $220 for a full, adult, four day badge with the extra preview night. (There are also exhibitor, professional and press badges, as seen above. Each is its own, other, separate headache.)

The problem with badges is the process to acquire one is incredibly difficult, and happens earlier than most people would think. Seven years ago, this wasn’t an issue. At that time, badges took at least a few weeks to sell out. But in the past five years or so, getting Comic-Con badges has become a stressful, instantaneous roll-of-the-dice for fans.

Before you can even consider buying a badge though, you have to sign up with a Member ID. This is the easiest part of the process and, hypothetically, it cuts back on people buying multiple badges to scalp them. Once that’s done, the first people who can buy badges are the ones who attended the convention the previous year. Those people have to hold onto their old badges because Comic-Con requires them to qualify for a special pre-purchase period. This goes down in the Winter—so, yes, you need to start planning Comic-Con upwards of nine months out. Comic-Con doesn’t totally sell out during that process though. They hold back around half the badges for general purchase.

When the general sale date comes around, if you’ve registered for a Member ID, you’ll get an early email notification. It’ll give you a time, date and instructions to log onto a special website. This process has changed drastically over the past few years, but the latest way it’s done is as follows. Before the designated time, everyone enters an online waiting room (one that can only be entered with a special number provided in the aforementioned email). When the time comes, everyone in the online waiting room is assigned a randomized spot in the queue. If you aren’t in the room at that time on that date with a working browser, you can kiss your chances at a badge goodbye. But, if you are in, then you wait. And wait. And watch as the four-day badges sell out, then Saturday, Friday, Thursday and Sunday. Hopefully, you got a good slot, and can get the day or days you want. If not, you’re done. Comic-Con is sold out.


edit: Exactly, Captain_Koloth what was your plan..?

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