San Diego Comic-Con 2013 – Get Your Tickets Next Month

This years San Diego Comic-Con was a mighty fine time. Where else can you go to bump into the likes of Robert Downey Jr., Peter Jackson, Lou Ferigno, Arnold Schwarzenegger, WWE wrestlers, MMA fighters, Knight Rider and a plethora of cosplayers? It’s a nutty combination. but that’s what Comic-Con really is, a mashup of super geekery over the things we love most.

I love Comic-Con but did not enjoy the pricey $18 cheese burger at the SyFy restaurant! SyFy restaurant, I hope you’re reading this.

Things are changing for next year though, such as no physical line to pick up tickets for next year if you were already a attendee this year. The cost will remain the same $175 but you’ll have to sign up next month online if you want to go next year.

“There’s no more pre-registration,” lamented Chris Herrera, 26, of Los Angeles, who was attending his sixth consecutive Comic-Con. “Now you have to register online, and that website always crashes.”

Fans used to be able to register onsite for the following year’s convention, but organizers eliminated that option this year for the 2013 convention, set for July 18-21.

The event has become so popular that organizers have capped attendance at around 130,000 and implemented the digital-registration system to reduce long lines onsite (there are enough of those already) and to prevent ticket brokers from buying blocks of admission badges for resale.

“It seems more and more crowded every year,” Herrera said of the festival, which has become as much a marketing mecca for movie studios and TV networks as a celebration of comic books, which is how it all began.

Lines stretched around the San Diego Convention Center this year as fans camped out overnight to attend the most popular panels, including an appearance Saturday by the cast of the HBO vampire drama, “True Blood.”

Panels for “The Walking Dead,” ”Game of Thrones,” and the final “Twilight” film drew overnight lineups, too. One “Twilight” fan who had been camped out days in advance was fatally injured by a car as she dashed across a street in front of the main convention hall.

A book signing by the author of the erotic romance sensation “Fifty Shades of Grey” also attracted overnight waits.

Other popular events included previews of Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” Guillermo del Toro’s massive-monsters-versus-robots adventure “Pacific Rim,” Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” and a new “Godzilla” film is in the works.

This year’s conventioneers can pre-register for Comic-Con 2013 next month. Aspiring first-timers have to wait until later to sign up for the 44th annual Con.

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