Did your holidays (and next July) just get a bit more holly and jolly?
For the vast majority of potential San Diego Comic-Con 2024 attendees, today you either walked away with badges to the biggest North American pop culture convention and a smile on your face… or you got left with some coal in your stocking and dashed hopes.
Open Registration for San Diego Comic-Con 2024 occurred today, on Saturday, November 18. While Returning Registration (which took place earlier this month on Saturday, November 4) had a few glitches and issues, the second badge sale seemed like relatively smooth sailing.
THE WAITING ROOM
As of last year, Comic-Con has shifted over to Configio for the badge sales, instead of Expo Logic, though both are Community Brands products. Instead of logging in directly to a waiting room, attendees were directed to the Member ID portal to enter a QueueIt waiting room.
A few minutes prior to 8am, the waiting room opened early, and attendees were able to enter the QueueIt waiting room. With this new system, you don’t login until you’re selected to purchase a badge, so you’re taken directly to the waiting room.
The waiting room is open a bit early ( I think) pic.twitter.com/JiQT0fkgPV— William R Ward (@IronLegion87) November 18, 2023
You only needed to enter the waiting room prior to 9am. No matter what time you entered the waiting room, from there, it was just a waiting game.
Once the clock hit 9am users pages were automatically refreshed and those in the waiting room were randomly assigned places “in line” and given both an estimated time as well as the “Little Green Walking Guy”, the QueueIt harbringer of fate. This process was mostly instantaneous with no hiccups.
Most users reported initial wait times of “more than an hour”, but those quickly started to lower.
More than an Hour club 🙃 pic.twitter.com/RYtN6Gk5Od— Some Generic Name™ (@Comicbookgeek42) November 18, 2023
But the system was lucky for some as after a few minutes we began to see reports of badges being purchased almost immediately.
I got mine in 10 minutes! The fastest I’ve ever gotten them in 8 years🙌🏻😃. Going less days though just jumped on Friday and Saturday. Good luck to everyone else!— Antonio Alvarez (@TonyAlvarez305) November 18, 2023
Success! At 12 minutes, I was able to buy my Saturday badge! A record entry time for me. Thank God. I'm done!— Simone Cromer 🎥 🇮🇱 (@TheatreofZen) November 18, 2023
@SD_Comic_Con holy shit I think I actually have San Diego Comicon badges and for all days!! Won’t actually believe it’s real til the CC charge shows up and even then maybe not til badges physically arrive pic.twitter.com/VPZ7HhZ4Ay— Wes (@220221whatever) November 18, 2023
From there, it was a steady, but a little slow, plod towards selling out.
Took forty minutes but we were successful!— sabrinaobscura 🖕 (@sabrinaobscura) November 18, 2023
Got two days in returning and the other two days in open. Relief!
At 9:28am, Preview Night was officially sold out. This is faster than Open Registration for last year, which sold out in 32 minutes. It’s also less than Returning Registration for 2024, which took 41 minutes earlier this month.
Next, Saturday badges sold out in 42 minutes (just under 2023 which sold out in 44 minutes, and less than Returning Registration in 66 minutes) and Friday following at 52 minutes (compared to last year’s 53 minutes and Returning Registration’s 73 minutes).
Traditionally, Thursday and Sunday sell out at roughly the same time, and that was still true this year. Thursday sold out in 73 minutes (compared to 75 minutes for 2023 and 89 minutes in Returning Registration this year). Sunday sold out just a moment later at 74 (compared to 76 minutes in last year’s Open Registration, and 89 minutes in this year’s Returning Registration).
All badges for Comic-Con 2024 have been sold! Comic-Con thanks you for your continued support. For those unable to purchase a badge today, we appreciate your commitment. #SDCC #SDCC2024 pic.twitter.com/GhPEyukiC8— Comic-Con International (@Comic_Con) November 18, 2023
COMMON ISSUES & GLITCHES
Compared to Returning Registration, this sale seemed to run considerably smoother — but certainly not without a few hiccups. Some reported Comic-Con’s system not recognizing their information, even though correct:
I got in and was unable to complete the purchase because the site wouldn't accept my postal code. 😡— xxThreshxx (@xxthreshx) November 18, 2023
Some weren’t even able to add either themselves or friends to their order. It’s of course possible these could be user error or someone being in another cart, or even not having their last name correct now that this new system combines suffixes. But it’s also possible that these were legitimate errors/glitches:
@SD_Comic_Con Since I know you track: couldn't add anyone to my order, and I tried for about six minutes before giving up- I kept getting this but it wouldn't give me options of days to add for them (had multiple friends missing one or two days and I tried for each of them) pic.twitter.com/ejPxW6GKYc— Amy may have miscalculated (@spooloflies) November 18, 2023
I had an issue during returning registration where nothing showed up even though I got in when everything was available. Reached out for help but same issue today! They messed up my Member ID so bad during SDCC23 I'll probably have to create a new one just to buy badges now. 😫— Loser Bay-bayyyy (@Gnolstrom) November 18, 2023
In but it can’t find users!! pic.twitter.com/sJmhXhRsAX— ｋέЎ Ｔⓞ 𝓳𝓸𝔦(っ◔◡◔)っ ¿ʇǝʎ ʎɹɐnɹqǝℲ ʇı sI #TOWL (@joifull1st) November 18, 2023
Others reported issues with mobile devices:
Yeah so after about only 15 min it says I was about to be directed to the site to purchase. It reset my wait time because I was trying to get in using my phone😩 my desktop still looks promising though. Different IDs.— Drop Johnson (@BookieLazar) November 18, 2023
OVERVIEW & NEXT STEPS
Compared to Returning Registration, Open Registration was a swift sale with relatively few hiccups and errors.
One of the most common complaints we’ve seen about both this sale and Returning Registration is that the process to add a Preview Night badge is a little confusing, as it’s not on the initial screen you’re sent to. Instead, once you add Thursday-Sunday badges, it will take you to a new screen to add it (because it’s only available as an add-on if you have all badge days) — or alternatively if you had purchased Thursday-Sunday in Returning Registration and only needed to add on Preview Night you had to click on a specific tab. This isn’t the most intuitive system and could certainly be made clearer.
Certainly the largest problem was (and always is) that everyone who participates simply cannot be accommodated. The convention center has a maximum capacity and the San Diego Fire Marshals are not about to look the other way.
Compared to other years though, it certainly “felt” like more people were able to get a badge than normal. According to our very unscientific Twitter poll, only 24% of our readers reported walking away with nothing at all. For our money, it feels like demand may be a bit less this year (potentially due to factors like the economy and possibly even the newly-ended strikes as there’s still questions over what will be ready to show off even by next July now).
If you were ultimately unsuccessful and are currently empty handed in the badge department, don’t give up all hope. If you signed up for the Volunteer Interest List, registration is still open. Comic-Con has also auctioned off badges closer to the convention date in support of the Comic-Con Museum, though these will be above retail price. The Comic-Con Museum also has a “Legend” Membership tier, which includes a four-day plus Preview Night badge… but it’s $1900.
And though 2023 didn’t see many of them, historically there are also several contests, so keep your eyes peeled.
So, you might be doing the “Snoopy happy dance” right now, or you might be doing the “Sad Charlie Brown walk”. Comic-Con Registration never fails to run the gamut of emotions.
Nephew and his girlfriend opened on their phones.Crazy but successful! Congrats to all holding a 2024 badge!☘️🎉— Carol ☘️ (@carolisabando) November 18, 2023
Didn't get Saturday but that will be the off-sites day 👍— Eddie (@BrooklynEddie58) November 18, 2023
its absurd to have both of these registrations in November. Especially the week of thanksgiving/black friday. No reason to have them in the calendar year 2023— bruh. (@oh_swick) November 18, 2023
Were you able to get what you wanted today? Let us know in the comments.