This is how I felt today when I tried to get a badge to the San Diego ComicCon 2013:
I signed up in August and waited anxiously for today. It is something I’ve wanted to do for years, and I finally committed to myself to really go — but the ComicCon corporation has evidently decided to create a system that will inevitably lead to heartache and disappointment.
They open registration to EVERY registrant (estimated at 2 million people around the world) at the same moment — 9:00 AM, PST — expecting them all to click a button on the internet simultaneously, and by chance, some will be directed into a “waiting room.” From there they hopefully get to the ticket buying before they are sold out.
I was set up and ready, with TWO computers poised to register – I began clicking a minute before the designated time and I was READY. Both computers began entrance into the queue, but at 9:02, the message came up that the waiting room was full and all badges were taken. NINE OH TWO.
Two minutes to go from excitement and hope to CRUSHing disappointment.
The other side of this excellent plan by ComicCon was that at the LAST SDCC, everyone with a 2012 badge had the opportunity to pre-buy badges for 2013! That means that thousands of badges were already taken by people who’ve ALREADY BEEN TO SDCC!! So new fans who wanted to experience the SDCC had even LESS chance to get badges today.
I was really excited – it is the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who this year. The new Star Trek: Into Darkness comes out this year. Iron Man 3 comes out this year. My son would be 11 and the perfect fun age to go. I was so hopeful that I would have something to finally look forward to. But like tens of thousands of others, I didn’t even get a chance.
If they had run it as a lottery, I feel like I might have had a better chance. If they had divided it into sections based on when people originally registered as members, everyone might have had a better chance. If they limited the number of 2012 attendees who could buy early, that might have given first timers a better chance. Overall, there are TONS of ways that fans, and especially first time hopefuls, could have had more access to attending the Con of their dreams.
In the grand scheme of things, this is obviously not a major world crisis. It just was really, REALLY disappointing. But even though I’ll miss that coveted 50th Anniversary of the Doctor, I will try again next year. Because I’m a fangirl with the #1 item on my bucket list yet to be fulfilled.
After losing out on SDCC this morning, I went to drown my sorrows in a giant bin of popcorn because it was a GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD. Next time SDCC, Next Time: