Today, returning registration for San Diego Comic-Con begins at 9:00 AM PST. We wouldn’t be The Geek Homestead if we weren’t trying for passes to this annual geekfest! This year, we are hoping to go two days instead of just one. We will also try to be better about posting during Comic-Con to the blog!
UPDATE: Returning registration sold out so fast for the days I wanted! So Josh has Thursday and I have Friday and Saturday. So as of right now, we can’t even go together to Comic-Con. We will be trying for the remaining days at open registration in April.
We stood in a really long line to get into the Convention Center at 9:30 AM. Turned out once we got to the front of the building, we could go in any door. Note to self for next year: Come right at 9:30 AM (if we’re not trying to get popular exclusives) and walk right in from the other side of the Convention Center without waiting in line!
Petco Park from the pedestrian bridge to the Convention Center side of the street
The line into the Convention Center
This is back BEHIND the convention center! It was hot!
Nice view of the Coronado Bridge from back here though!
We’re making progress!
The tents in Plaza Park beside the Convention Center. It was nice to be in the shade!
We took the trolley into downtown. Usually, we don’t have Comic-Con badges so we have no reason to be in the areas that are in the pictures above.
Since we couldn’t be in line at 5:00 am, we are standing in line for probably about 2 hours now in the sun.
Nope! Not even a little bit!
Tomorrow is our one day that we will be at Comic-Con International at the San Diego Convention Center. Will it be crazy? Yes! Will there be lines? Yes! Will we be taking a ton of pictures? Yes!
Please visit us on our Facebook page at The Geek Homestead for updates throughout the day tomorrow! We will try to keep it exciting!
Josh and I have been going downtown either with or without our kids for Comic-Con every year for the past 3 or 4 years. We haven’t had tickets though and usually just walk around outside the convention center to experience all the free events. We always have a great time. But every year that we’ve gone downtown during Comic-Con time, we’ve said to each other, “Next year, let’s try to get tickets.” But we never did. Until this year.
There are some pretty crazy hoops to jump through before you even get the chance to buy Comic-Con badges. I found this out last year in February when I wanted to attempt the badge lottery. You had to create an account with the Comic-Con website before February 11th this year in order to even enter the waiting room to get a badge on February 20th. Last year, I was too late to create an account so I waited until last year’s open registration was over to create my account, and I had Josh create his account. That way, I knew we would be ready when this year’s open registration rolled around.
Comic-Con is probably one of the larger convention center events that happens here in San Diego every year. It’s fun and crazy and very, very crowded. I’ve only had tickets to Comic-Con once before, about 20 years ago, when it wasn’t quite as popular as it is now.
Downtown San Diego during Comic-Con – July 2014
One of the free events we go to every year – NerdHQ.
Open registration this year was this past Saturday. So I let my kids play video games while I spent an hour online waiting to see if I would get into a registration session to buy tickets. You start out in a waiting room and then are randomly selected from there to enter a registration session. I never got in! But, a friend of mine was logged in just to help me have a chance to buy tickets. She got in! The day we wanted was sold out already, but there were still Thursday badges available. So she was able to get two of those for us. It’s not an ideal day for us (our mid-week church services are on Thursday) but we can spend at least part of the day at Comic-Con before we head to church.
We will definitely blog about our adventures that day and post a lot of pictures!
Looks like I will need to create some kind of geeky category. After all, we are The Geek Homestead!
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