Details About San Diego Comic-Con Returning Registration Emerge — But Still No Date

First off: We still don’t know when Returning Registration or Open Registration for San Diego Comic-Con 2017 are happening.

But thanks to a new update from Comic-Con International, we do know some information.

The system will apparently look largely like it has in the past, with the EXPO Logic Waiting Room (formerly EPIC Registration) still in play. You’ll still be able to purchase up to three badges during the sale, including for yourself, assuming that each individual person is eligible on their own. For Returning Registration, that means that each person must have attended in 2016 as a general attendee (so no press, pros, volunteers, etc.). For Open Registration, all you need is a Member ID to participate.

The biggest change this year is that badges will now be shipped directly to the badge holder, rather than the individual buyer (just make sure you’ve double-checked your mailing address in your Member ID by May 18, 2017). That’s good news for many, and should make group buying easier, as you won’t have to worry if your buyer is going to ship you your badge. However, just like last year, international attendees will still pick up their badges onsite.

We also now have badge prices for 2017 – with prices up $5 per day Wednesday-Saturday for adults compared to 2016, and Sunday staying flat to last year. If you choose to purchase all four days plus Preview Night, a badge will set you back $265. Here’s a look at this year’s prices:

What’s most interesting to us about this news is that several representatives for EXPO Logic told us a few weeks ago that they weren’t currently contracted to work with CCI this year. Considering how delayed everything has been, we’ve been thinking that they were moving to a new system. Since they’re not, does that mean that CCI attempted a new system and tested it extensively, found it lacking, and decided to go back to EXPO? Or does it mean that these late badge sales are just “the new normal”?

You can read the complete update on CCI’s site.

Are you excited to at least have some information? Let us know in the comments.

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Kerry Dixon is Editor-in-Chief of The San Diego Comic-Con Unofficial Blog and the site's resident panel guru.
  • David

    They don’t seem to be far enough along in the process for “returning registration” to be this Saturday (March 4th), so maybe we are a GO on March 11th, what do you think?

  • Michael Ebel

    I have never been able to buy a four day pass and wondered if buying a ticket for preview night is worth it? I find it odd that it cost more than a Sunday ticket and yet you have less time on the four compared to Sunday.

  • Makes sense to us. Seems a bit silly to say “badge sales soon” on a Monday then turn around and give the exact date 1-2 days later. We’ll see though. We’ve given up guessing.

  • It mostly depends on what you’re going to the convention for, as the only things open on Preview Night are the show floor and TV screenings in Ballroom 20 (no cast). If you’re primarily there for panels, it’s probably not worth it to you. If you’re there for exclusives or anything really in-demand on the show floor, it can be a great time to knock out some things on your to-do list.

  • Michael Ebel

    Thanks for the info 🙂

  • SaburoDaimando

    It won’t be long till a 4-Day+ Comic-Con badge will run you at $300.

  • GreenRockyTea

    I was accepted as a Trade professional this year (even though I am an animator) and saw that on the original post that I couldn’t participate in Returning Reg. However, I logged on to my account and it said I was still eligible for returning Reg. I’m assuming that’s incorrect.

    Also, I emailed pro reg back asking why I got Trade instead of professional about 2 weeks ago and have yet to hear back. Ideally, i’d like to get creative so I could get a guaranteed badge like last years pros. When do they usually do Trade professional badge sales?

  • It normally goes up $5 per day, every day, each year. So… yeah. It’ll be 2018, basically.

  • Do they have you listed in your Member ID as a professional now?

  • Michelle

    I imagine that since the creative badges are complimentary, they are quite a bit picker about who gets them. Especially if this is your first year getting Pro. My husband just got pro too, his job qualifies him as “creative” as outlined by the CCI website, but he only got trade. They can’t just give out free badges to everyone. You’re still eligible for Pro for the next 3 years. Maybe when you’re due to send in for re-verification if you keep building your credits you’ll get creative next time around. But they’re going to be less generous with the creative badges simply because they’re complimentary. This is also why when you submit, they don’t let you pick which category you belong in, CCI decides what type of Pro badge you get.

  • Michelle

    I imagine that since the creative badges are complimentary, they are quite a bit picker about who gets them. Especially if this is your first year getting Pro. My husband just got pro too, his job qualifies him as “creative” as outlined by the CCI website, but he only got trade. They can’t just give out free badges to everyone. You’re still eligible for Pro for the next 3 years. Maybe when you’re due to send in for re-verification if you keep building your credits you’ll get creative next time around. But they’re going to be less generous with the creative badges simply because they’re complimentary. This is also why when you submit, they don’t let you pick which category you belong in, CCI decides what type of Pro badge you get.

  • GreenRockyTea

    Yeah, next to my name on the top of my homepage it has the trade logo. But on the right it says “verification not due” and also “OK CCI’17 Attendee Return Reg”

    How long after Return Reg does sales happen for professionals? Also, is it pretty on par with how stressful it is to get a badge if you’re going as a regular attendee?

  • Nicki Y

    Oh, I guess that makes sense. Thanks for the insight! I was really confused because literally my job title is right there in the creative description. This is my first year out of school and into the working world so I guess once I get more credits I finally get a complementary badge (here’s hoping)

  • Investigatin Detective

    Trade Pros are usually the last category to get badges. Typically it’s Pre-Reg, Creative, General, Trade. It’s a fairly simple process though and removes a lot of the question marks in buying. You won’t be “guaranteed” a badge but as a trade pro they’re not difficult to get. Congrats!

  • Nicki Y

    Sweet! Thank you for the badge sale timeline. I feel less antsy now. Thanks again!