I Have a Badge & Hotel for San Diego Comic-Con 2018 — Now What?

Yesterday, we posted our annual I Don’t Have Have A Hotel — Now What? post, to help the thousands who were shut out of the first two rounds of Hotelpocalypse placements.

But what if you’re on the other side of that predicament? If you already have a badge and do have a hotel or other sleeping arrangement already squared away — first of all, congratulations! You are one of the lucky ones, and you should feel good about that.

We’ve still got a long ways to go, though, and that means that there’s still a lot to get done between now and Preview Night. So let’s take a look at what’s coming up:

  • Parking: Your immediate concern right now should likely be parking. You have between now and April 22 to fill out the online form (up to two entries per e-mail) to sign up for the parking lottery. New this year, you’ll also need to fill out your credit card information – though your card will not be charged. You can use the same credit card up to twice when signing up. After that, a random drawing will be done to select the winners, who will then be divided into groups, with a new group gaining access to book their space each week (beginning with Group 1 on May 1). Normally, Ace Parking has put attendees into six groups – but this year, it simply states that this will continue “until all groups have had a chance to purchase their permits”, at which time the remaining inventory will open to the general public.
  • Exclusives: As we get closer to the convention, we will begin hearing big news about exclusives from the major companies. We already have a look at several exclusives from Hallmark and Cryptozoic, but you can also expect to hear news from companies like Hasbro, Mattel, Entertainment Earth, Factory Entertainment, Diamond Previews, the rest of Hallmark’s SDCC exclusives, and many others. Many companies will also hold pre-sales for their exclusives — so make sure you pay attention.
  • Panels: Panel confirmations should be going out in just a few weeks. That’s always when we officially declare Comic-Con news season is “on”. Already, though, we’ve learned of several very likely panels, including Shadowhunters and Legends of Tomorrow. While the official Comic-Con schedule will come out July 5-8, many panels will be confirmed long before then.
  • Offsite Announcements: We already have 15 different offsite events on our 2018 Comic-Con Offsite Calendar — and there’s going to be so many more still to be announced.
  • SDConCast: A whole new season of SDConCast, our weekly podcast series, returns on May 8 at 6:30PM PT. We’ll have special guests, Q&A sessions with our readers, and of course, all the SDCC news we can cram into an hour-or-so-show, and opinions. We hope you’ll join us!

About Kerry Dixon

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