The 2017 edition of San Diego Comic Con starts on Thursday, so if you were procrastinating and hoping to get tickets at the last moment, you are out of luck. Tickets for SDCC sell out months in advance, so your best bet at this point is to take in the festivities from home and start planning for 2018.
Comic Con International, which organizes SDCC, strongly advises against buying tickets from third-party sellers. As organizers warned, badges are non-transferable and any seller claiming that they can change the badge to your name is not telling the truth.
CCI also doesn’t make badges available for third-party sellers and will void badges it sees being sold on the secondary market. The organizers note that they scan sites like StubHub and eBay and will track down the seller to disable the RIFD card inside the badge. That will make the badge invalid when scanned, so buying tickets on these sites is a big gamble.
StubHub shows zero tickets available. There are tickets listed at ViaGoGo for Thursday, Friday and Sunday, but none for Saturday. You can also look for tickets on eBay, where you can see this listing for two four-day passes for $900. But again, buying these tickets is a gamble. They would only work if CCI staffers missed them while monitoring these sites.
Organizers also frequently check for counterfeit or shared badges. That’s right – you’re not supposed to share your badge. According to the terms and conditions:
“SDCC may perform any of the following validation of badges on entry to any area of the convention. These measures are an effort to prevent illegal badge duplication and unauthorized reselling. SDCC may scan the bar code, require a photo ID that matches the name on the badge, scan RFID embedded in the badge, and examine the badge with other technological and/or physical methods to verify authenticity of the badge and holder. Before leaving any registration area, please make sure that the name on the badge matches your identification.”
Therefore, at this point, it’s a good idea to start planning on SDCC 2018 or attend any of the other hundreds of comic book conventions that take place throughout the year and all over the country.
If you are interested in the 2018 convention, it has already been scheduled. The convention will run from July 19 to July 22, 2018 at the San Diego Convention Center. CCI has renewed its deal to keep the convention in San Diego through 2018.
To get tickets for next year’s event, you’ll have to click here to create a CCI Member ID. Once you have that, you can take part in the Open Registration process, if you’ve never been to SDCC before. You can watch a tutorial video of the process for 2017 below. There’s no limit to Member IDs and getting one doesn’t guarantee a badge. If you’ve been to SDCC before, you can take part in Returning Registration.
SDCC was established in 1973. As the Los Angeles Times notes, an estimated 135,000 people attended last year’s convention.