I confess I am still scratching my head a bit over the fact I actually got those Comic-Con passes. Someone up there likes me, maybe?
Here’s a UPI story that ran about the rapid sellout:
SAN DIEGO, Feb. 17 (UPI) — Tickets for the annual pop culture orgy Comic-Con sold out in less than two hours online, organizers said.
Tickets to the event, sold in single-day and four-day passes, were gone in little more than 90 minutes. With an online waiting room reaching capacity in mere moments, many would-be attendees were shut out shortly after the 9 a.m. start-time.
Organizers acknowledge the event, which draws some 130,000 attendees to San Diego each July, has sorely outgrown the city’s convention center. Plans to expand the center to accommodate the event are stalled, awaiting a court’s decision on whether an increased hotel tax aimed at helping fund the $520 million expansion is legal, U-T San Diego said Saturday.
An economic study found Comic-Con generates $67.8 million in economic activity annually for the city. Organizers said they’re committed to keeping the event in San Diego through at least 2016, despite being heavily courted by other municipalities
I really, honestly, truly feel sorry for most of the people who tried to purchase Comic-Con passes, following all the instructions to the letter, and yet still got caught up in the technical glitches that struck Saturday morning. This is not the first time would-be ticket buyers have cried foul over how the system is set up, either. Surely there has to be a better way?
But for some, I do not feel sorry. The person who whined about already shelling out $1600 for hotel and plane tickets without having Comic-Con passes in hand?
As someone commented,“What’s really annoying and frustrating? Hearing someone stupid enough to prepay for stuff for an event that they didnt even have confirmation of attendance to and then complain as if it is someone else’s fault.” Totally agree.
There’s actually quite a lot going on outside of the convention center that doesn’t require the “golden ticket.” Benny doesn’t have a pass for Saturday, so I am guessing he will be checking out some of the alternate offerings. I really don’t think he’ll be bored.
As for what will be offered inside, Comicbook.com is speculating the following panels will appear in massive Hall H this July. I think I could live with sitting in on some of these sessions:
Marvel Studio Panel: Lots to promote, including Thor 2. Yeo, that means Chris Hemsworth and a certain Hiddles that a number of RA fans also crush on are likely to be present, plus expect early looks at Captain America 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy.
20th Century Fox Panel: With Wolverine set to open the week after Comic-Con, it seems a sure thing that the film’s director James Mangold and star Hugh Jackman will be on hand and an early screening is likely. Director Bryan Singer and several cast members for the next X-Men film, Days of Future Past are also probably going to be in attendance.
Sony/Columbia Pictures Panel: With the Amazing Spiderman 2 coming out in May 2014, this will be the only opportunity to promote it at Comic-Con. Director Marc Webb (who is already promoting the film on Twitter) and key cast members including Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx are almost certain to appear.
Warner Brothers Panel: Man of Steel opens before Comic-Con and no new Batman film has yet been announced. But those weren’t your top priorities, were they? Because WB is the studio that will bring us The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which Comicbook.com is certain will be featured during the studio’s panel. There may also be footage from the Godzilla reboot and some sort of presentation on the 2015 release, Justice League, but no director or cast is expected. Who will show up to represent for TH? We’ll have to wait and see . . .
I think there should be an even LONGER Hobbit presentation this year with massive amounts of Richard Armitage in the flesh and in movie previews as Thorin. But that’s just me. 😉
(Picture courtesy of HeathRA Productions. Please credit accordingly.)
- They have my money, so it’s official. (thearmitageeffect.wordpress.com)