“You can’t go if you don’t try!”
This was my mantra since signing up for a Comic-Con Member ID last year. I’ve heard the horror stories about how hard it is to get Comic-Con tickets. And the Big Bang Theory episode, detailing the guys’ obsession with trying to get set up and into the waiting room, did not help.
But I knew if I didn’t brave the on-sale craziness, there’s no way I’d ever be able to cross Comic-Con off my bucket list. It’s not like you just decide to go, buy your ticket, book your hotel, and voila! The demand is infinitely more than the available supply, and that is what creates the insanity and fan fervor over trying to grab tickets (or badges as they are referred to, officially.)
It’s all about luck. And if you don’t have it, you don’t get tickets. It’s as simple as that. Everyone who is eligible to purchase, sits in a virtual waiting room and are randomly selected to go on to buy whichever tickets they desire. Getting to the waiting early doesn’t provide an advantage. You’re simply at the mercy of a computer program. Yippee?
My friend and I didn’t have luck on our side this year, but we’ll try again next year. What we really need is a famous actor/actress friend to let us go with them. That would make things super easy, right? Or maybe we should start a blog dedicated to a film/project that regularly appears at Comic-Con. Then we could apply for press badges. There’s something to that method, because my former blog, SwimStars.org, gained me free admittance to the Olympic Trials in 2008. A ticket that is far more expensive than Comic-Con.
Oh well. It was quite the experience, even though I wasn’t triumphant this year. I will get there some day. Hopefully!