So you want to go to Comic-Con 2013?
July 16th, 2012
08:57 AM ET

So you want to go to Comic-Con 2013?

After hearing so much about San Diego Comic-Con, you may be considering attending next year. If so, here are a few helpful pointers:

Start planning early - like, now:
No trip to Comic-Con can be spur of the moment. Tickets go on sale months ahead of time–and usually sell out instantaneously. Once you have those tickets, you will want to lay out your plan of attack for the time you're there, not to mention figure out your accommodations, a separate battle.

Lines, lines, everywhere a line:
The lines at Comic-Con, especially for Hall H, make theme park lines seem like a breeze. This year, the line-to-line-up for Hall H serpentined past the convention center and around the back of the gigantic hotel next door - at 6 a.m. People sleep out there. Unless you have no interest in any major panels, you will wait in line seemingly endlessly. See this as a chance to get to know your fellow Con-goers.

Bring along a Con-veteran:
It can be a tremendous help if you have a friend with you who has been there and done that. It can get difficult flying blind. Especially with rumors of crowds pushing the 200,000 mark, if you don't know where you're going you may have no choice about where you end up.

Plan your day wisely:
"Never do anything before 11," said Geek and Sundry's Felicia Day. "And make sure you have dinner with the people you really want to catch up with. You can go from thing to thing and be so frenzied about it. Make your Con about things you really love, because there's so much to distract you."

Stake out specific panels:
The nichiest of niche panels exist at Comic-Con, such as the "Ball Jointed Doll Collectors Group" or "The Chilling Archives of Horror Comics 'Zombies' Panel." Look hard enough and you may find one for you, with a much shorter line to get in.

Prepare to geek out:
"You get to meet your heroes. It doesn't matter if you're here or if you're Peter Jackson," remarked "Doctor Who" star Matt Smith. "I bet Peter Jackson saw someone and said, 'Wow, you're here, too. Cool.' "

Whether it's going to a panel for something you like or finding a toy or comic book you've been looking for, prepare to squee.

See you at Comic-Con 2013!

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  7. OC

    Any advice to solve this is very much appreciated. I did not receive a membership I.D. and would like to purchase a badge. Is it possible to purchase a badge from someone?

    February 16, 2013 at 2:33 am |
  8. Kitchie

    hi, i'm thinking of going to comic-con 2013 but i only want to purchase merchandise from the stalls, and on just one day. do i still need to buy a badge if i'm not going to any of the panels or signings?

    December 23, 2012 at 6:34 am |
    • Marianne

      We go every year and YES, you do need a pass. You'll need one to even walk through the door, each door! But 1-day passes will be easier to obtain then the coveted 4 day passes. If you just want to browse and buy, try for a Sunday pass. The vendors are often from out of state and DO NOT want to ship the merchandise back and cut amazing deals with you! The hours on Sunday are shorter though, so keep that in mind. If you want those limited edition figures from Mattel and other vendors, buy a Thursday badge. Collectors race to those booths!! GOOD LUCK!

      January 26, 2013 at 1:40 pm |
      • stephanie

        i am wanting to get tickets for my husband when he comes home from afgan but idk if i should, is there something for everyone there? he loves green lantern and batman...will those famous people be there? i love supernatural do they go every year? i want this to be a surprise for him but dont know much about it and dont want to spend the money if "our" heros arent there. im not finding a line up anywhere,

        February 5, 2013 at 12:03 am |
  9. bigbangluva

    I am going to Comic-Con for the first time this year and have some quick questions. Is there any sense in camping out the night before to pick up badges? How early should one wait in line to get into the panels (especially the H Room?). Is there anyway to meet the actors after the panel or anyway at all?

    December 16, 2012 at 11:52 pm |
    • colonelpanik

      No, doing not camp out for badges they are not a problem to get and the lines move quick, especially if you are there for preview night, a few hours early should be enough. As for hall h, well the earlier the better as in the night before if there is something you really want to see, if there is something late in the day that you want to see you need to be there early in the morning, after most people get in the hall for the day they don't leave, so keep that in mind. Meeting actors is very difficult, after most major panels there is a signing or something at the studios booth in the main hall, and unless you are the Flash you are not going to get from the hall to the signing before the line is to long and capped. But pay attention to the program or do what I do and download the app a few days before and see where people are going to be. Hope this helped, I have been twice by the way, I am in no way an expert but I remember my first time two years ago and I had no idea how to do it,so ask as many people as you can and get tips man. Good lock at con. Please forgive typos this was typed on a nexus 7

      December 20, 2012 at 12:16 am |
  10. LAR

    Did tickets go on sale for the 2013 NY comic con and sold out already? Or is the site not updated since 2012 ticket sales? Could someone please tell me. And if they are sold out, is there somewhere i can buy 2 tickets? thanks

    December 10, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
  11. stonjalm

    Is there a way to find out who will be there, and what days they will be there before you buy tickets?

    November 5, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
    • Henry Hanks usually lists guests of honor but that's just a tiny fraction of the people who will be there. If there is someone you want to see there in particular, chances are they will be there.

      November 8, 2012 at 9:53 pm |
  12. Sabina

    I think the people who purchased pre-registration badges should not be allowed to purchase badges during open registration. Talk about selfish! You already have your badges shut up and be happy! Leave some badges for the people who weren't allowed for pre-registration. This is much more fair and SDCC should change it to this way. It's a brilliant idea.

    October 22, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
  13. Ludus Tours

    Come Join us at San Diego Comi-Con

    We set up full packages and tours, from San Diego natives that are heavily tied into the Event.

    October 15, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  14. Wrenn_NYC

    Probably not, verging on a No.

    It's gone too mainstream. It's gotten far to big.

    And I say that as someone who most likely would not have to 'buy a ticket'. Pros go through another sort of process, asking to go and getting approved for free memberships for themselves and their spouses. I fall in the 'spouse' position.

    The same goes for ComicCon NYC and Dragon*Con, for pros. I will be at both.

    August 6, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • Wrenn_NYC

      ah. what I meant was – the same process on getting memberships works for other conventions – like NYCC and Dragon*Con.

      Both of which I'd rather go to.

      August 6, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
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  16. Lori Tucker

    I'm hoping to go 2013. My 11 year old sons are supergeeks and I would do most anything to support that. They aren't athletes. They are nerdy nerds like I was, but other than math field day, or the yearly science fair a brainy girl like me never had a venue to tap into my inner geek goddess. So I plan to take them on the pilgramage, to Geektopia, and hope Comic Con will inspire them to think, dream, and create! I am willing to hire a personal guide veteran so reply if interested.

    August 4, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
  17. starkgirl

    This year I went for my first comic-con and it was all worth it. A couple of my friends and I were lucky to be able to get a room in the Marriott (which is connected to the convention hall). One of my friends is also a con-veteran and he's been going for the past 8 years, so, he helped us a lot (yes, it's advisable to go with a veteran if you can).

    As for the lines, it's not as bad as I thought it would be. For the first day, we lined up for our badges 5 hours early. But I was with my friends so it felt like nothing.
    I also lined up for Hall-H for about 5 hours (that day's line up was Big Bang Theory, Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Looper, Resident Evil, and Total Recall) . I was alone at that time but it wasn't bad cause I brought my laptop and watched X-Men Trilogy while waiting :).

    August 4, 2012 at 10:59 am |
  18. Cici

    I went for the first time this year, and it wasn't as bad as I thought it'd be! As in "bad", I mean not as much crazy crowds and long lines as I expected.

    The people there are generally polite and friendly to each other and the longest line I had to wait in was 2hrs for the Dexter panel. I couldn't decide if I wanted to see the Wilfred or Dexter one, and a half hour before Wilfred, I changed my mind and STILL got into the Dexter one.

    Did I get a good seat?
    No, I couldn't even see the celebrities in the enormous Ballroom 20, but the huge monitors cured that problem.

    Even the badge pick-up on Wednesday wasn't a long line. Maybe 20 or 30 minutes? And I showed up around 2 hours after they started giving out the badges.

    So I guess it can be hell if you want to be face-to-face with celebrities or get autographs (getting Andrew Hussie's autograph to an hour long line and I doubt you even know who that is.)

    Then again, I only went for one day due to slow internet connection during bade sales and I spent most of it in the lovely Exhibitors Hall. It depends on how big the stuff you want to do are, I suppose.

    August 3, 2012 at 8:25 pm |
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    July 27, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  20. Arlette

    So I don't know much about any of this. All I really know is I <3 Supernatural and I want to meet JENSEN and Jared. So.. my question is do they attend Comic-Con, and how do you find out???

    July 24, 2012 at 11:36 pm |
    • Cyn Bermudez

      Yes, they were there on Sunday. TV and Movie panels are usually made up of cast (characters), writer(s), and producer(s). If that is all you want to see, look it to a Supernatural convention (I'm sure there are some) because at Comic-Con you're a not guaranteed entrance into a panel. TV shows are the are hardest to get into and many people camp out. A show specific Con will guarantee you access to their panel. I personally love Comic-Con, but I'm a total geek and love the smaller panels too. Good luck. 🙂

      July 26, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
    • Jessie

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      September 12, 2012 at 7:53 pm |
  21. Holly

    We've wanted to go for several years. How on EARTH do you get tickets??? It seems like they sell out to those who have gone the prior year and anyone else is just out of luck!

    July 18, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
    • Cyn Bermudez

      You have to plan early (like the article states). You have to register for a member id at the SDCC website and wait until the give you a registration date. Be prepared to wait in a virtual line for this as well. Log on as soon as soon as they open to get in line. Expect to wait a few hours before you can buy, and don't be disheartened when you see 20,000 people ahead of you. SDCC reserves a certain amount of passes for per-registration but there will be some for new comers to buy.

      July 26, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • Maranda

      I went to SDCC this past year, for the first time. I registered for a Member ID in February, and I think tickets went on sale in March (or at the end of Feb). I followed the instructions and went to the site right at the time stated. I wasn't in the virtual line for hours. It was maybe 10-15 minutes, and I got my tickets. I know they sold out within hours, but I think if you really go right away, it's not a tremendous wait. I did figure it'd be three-four hours, but not at all. Once you go, you're able to pre-register, which helps take some of the stress away, LOL. I think most of the previous attendees swoop up the Four Day badges. I bought badges for individual days, which was convenient because I only wanted it for three of the four days. This year, though, I'm trying for the four day badge. I want to be able to go to everything!

      August 3, 2012 at 11:22 am |
  22. viking

    So... Is there a VIP tickket where you can skip all the lines and BO, watch all the fun stuff without being herded by security and get drunk on old Scotch with the geek girls? And smoke a sigar within 10 klicks from the con area? Money is no problem. I'm a filty rick viking with lot of pillage. But for many years the geeks at the office have said: "This year we have to go to ComicCon". And then we watch the first photo of the lines and we go "So.... What about a weekend in eastern europe with fighter jets and tanks?". But after a few years its "been there, done that". Except ComicCon. And after all, when its possible to get a guided VIP tour to Monaco during the Formula 1 race next summer for an extra handfull of euro, how hard can it be to get a VIP treatment on ComicCon? If anyone have a link, please share. Its time to begin planning "business trips" for the next year. 🙂

    July 16, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • Cyn Bermudez

      No, there isn't. There is reserved seating for executives/staff for their respective panels (i.e. TV show writers/executives not on the panel). There is also reserved seating for the disabled. I'm glad that SDCC doesn't cater to that elitist crap. There are people who camp out and they earn their spot in the front rows.

      July 26, 2012 at 1:38 pm |