- Acquire a Member ID. Comic Con Member IDs are free but you absolutely need one to even have a chance at a ticket. General badge sales will open up at random typically sometime in February-March and you need a Member ID to be able to line up in the queue. However, Member ID registration will shut down without warning a few or more weeks before. Once it closes, you will be unable to even try for a badge if you didn’t get one. Sign up today before you forget and you will be good to go, even if you decide not to go this year. IDs last forever so it only sets you up better.
- Recruit help. Start thinking about who can help you purchase a badge and get them to sign up for a Member ID as well. They don’t need to go themselves, but the more people in the queue for you, the better your chances are. Currently the ticket system is a random draw so just you in the queue is a slim shot. Also look for others who also want to go to the Con or got their tickets in Pre-Registration and ask them to help. You can buy badges for 3 people, including you, in the queue so a mix of helping others buy badges and having people only in the queue for you is the best way to go.
- Plan now to avoid being homeless there. Unfortunately hotel queues are worse than badge queues and any hotel remotely close to the convention is bought up by SDCC, which means you have to go through them. Now is the time to think about other options. Do you have family or friends in the area? Any Airbnb options or similar rentals? Ask around before you resign yourself to the hotel queue. If nothing pans out, you are not in any worse shape, but if you start asking after hotels, it might be too late.
- Act now, decide later. If you are unsure whether you want to go to SDCC, try for it anyway. Get an ID, try to get badges, and then decide if you want to go or not. This helps you not get your hopes up if you don’t get a badge. And if you do and decide later you can’t or don’t want to go, badges can be refunded for a small fee. It is better to lose 10-20 bucks than to decide you want to go badly and not even have a chance at all months before the con. I hear time and time again how much people wished they would have tried, especially after seeing updates from friends and family there. Act like you mean to go so you can at the very least have a shot.
- Ask Fanpup! If you still have questions, comment below with any questions relating to the con. Several people on Fanpup’s staff have been before and would only be too happy to answer questions, share strategies, or talk about their experiences and help you have an equally awesome time!
by Maddy Vonhoff
San Diego Comic Con Pre-Registration just closed, which means general tickets are just around the corner. Thinking of going to SDCC this year? Too often I see people deciding to try for tickets, only to realize they are a few months too late in the planning process. Here are the things you should be doing RIGHT NOW to put yourself in a position to go.