Author Archives: Andy Wagner

Short-Term Rentals: A Viable Alternative to Hotelpocalypse?

Hotelpocalypse. Say the word, and chills run down every SDCC attendee’s spine. The name by which Comic-Con International’s hotel lottery has come to be known is no less descriptive as it is accurate. Just as with SDCC badges, there are far fewer hotel rooms than there are people who want them – 19,500 or so rooms in the CCI hotel block compared to ... Read More »

Editorial: Breaking Up (With Exclusives) Is Hard to Do

MattyCollector, what have you done to me? Last year, you seduced me with your wares, and I dove head-first into the world of Comic-Con exclusive pre-orders. I was nervous and trembling, but you took my hand and led me through the process so gently. Then, I found it: Leonard Nimoy in his Spock costume leaning against his 1964 Buick Riviera. ... Read More »

Under the Tents: Factory Entertainment, Image Comics, DC Cosplayer Photoshoot, Del Rey, Dan Veesenmeyer

The floodgates are open. Returning Registration (formerly Preregistration) is soon upon us, and more artists/exhibitors are announcing their presence at SDCC. Are you ready for Saturday? Check out our Returning Registration Visual Guide to make sure you are. In the meantime, you can mark more items on your Comic-Con calendar. Here’s a look at the news you might have missed: ... Read More »

Under the Tents: Adam Savage, Mattel, Comic-Con Merit Badges, California Browncoats, Geek Chic Road Show

Well, it happened. San Diego Comic-Con International broke their long, sullen silence and announced badge sales this week. Returning Registration (formerly Preregistration) will go down next Saturday, March 11. Are you ready? Have you found your Badge Buddy/Buddies? Is your credit card paid off from last year yet? In the meantime, while visions of Comic-Con dance in our heads, we ... Read More »