That was amusing, especially from you. :evil: ;)
That was amusing, especially from you. :evil: ;)
Apparently there is not going to be on site preregistration at SDCC for 2013 badges. I got sent a survey from them today containing that bit of information as well as questions assessing the viability of alternatives to the on site prereg.
I also filled out that survey. There should still be pre-registration, but I suspect they will be altering the method. How did you all respond to the survey? I submitted that there should be on-site pre-registration, where 60% of the tickets are available. I don't think that the pre-registration is SDCC's Achilles' Heel. It seems their online method is the problem, along with overselling the show.
I got another email today regarding the upcoming last chance badge resales. So rather than offer 4 day badges, they've decided to just split the ones that were returned into single days.
That means I won't have any shot at preview night but maybe Friday and Saturday? (I hope!)
As for that survey, Maradona, I said yes to pre-reg and 50%.
I say they split it. One convention for the geeks who want to go for comics, toys, maybe some video games and movies. Another convention for the "wannabes" (and I really do hate using that, since I'm not trying to be derisive) for the big Hollywood blockbusters.
Interesting stuff. I can see why they'd want to dump pre-reg, it is a disaster now and makes the convention a closed-loop system, impossible to bring in new blood. On the other hand, the pre-reg crowd is a guaranteed payer, already knows the rules and how the system works, and the disaster of getting tix online later is avoided for half those people.
Hey Chux, when was the last time you went to Wondercon, or any of the LA monthly Comic & Sci-Fi cons http://www.comicbookscifi.com/ ? I don't think SDCC is 2 conventions, I think it's 1 convention and the fans simply have ever-widening tastes (even the awful Twilight fans and such, even the Gleeks - nobody pays $175 to camp in line overnight to see 1 90-minute panel and NOTHING ELSE).
I still think people should pre-register for seats in panels they plan to attend so they won't have to spend all the convention waiting in line.
Rooms can be entirely cleared that way, and those who have tickets to panels in the same room immediately following one they just attended can produce them for security so as to not be escorted out.
Thus, you can stay in the Star Wars room all day if you pre-registered for that - and now save your "good seat," or move up.
Before the panel starts, a line for those waiting in hopes of No-Shows will be admitted to the room's capacity.
The only pressure it to be on time for your panels, because you won't be admitted once the seats are occupied to up a full house when the No Show Opportunity Line is let in.
Having no pre-registration for next year by this current year's attendees will further strain the system.
I would suggest that two sites be operated online - one accessable by the current attendees whose 2012 badges have random passcodes on them for 2013 registration - and only a certain percentage of them being valid. Whether your passcode works will be determined at the 2012 re-registration held online before the newbie 2013 tickets are sold. This way there will be opportunities for those who didn't attend 2012, and also a chance for regular attendees to get a second chance at returning, a fair and equal opportunity with everyone else.
Meanwhile, it sucks if you wait in line to go to a convention, only to miss it, waiting in another line to go back the next year to the same convention.
That's just creating an added layer of bureaucratic interference which means higher costs (gotta pay people to pre-reg the panels, then pay people to deal with that at the doors), and will only lead to even WORSE problems for lines and scalping. Moreover, it's pretty much impossible since the panel schedule isn't set until less than a month before the show and even then is fairly fluid even up until the last day of the con.
Well, I tried JT.
Could you FIX Comic Con for me and the rest of us, please? Thanx!
Bigger rooms. More thoughtful counter-scheduling. The acceptance that the venue isn't remotely big enough for demand anymore so you have to put up with lines. Use more of the rooms above Hall H. Run more big-panel replays in the evenings. Use both Hall H and Ballroom 20 on Sunday instead of one or the other. Extend convention day times by 1 hour. Use Hall H at night. Rent the lawn outside of the Bayside Hilton and create a temporary panel venue. Rent more of the Marriott's space and use it for programming. Rent the parking lot on the jetty on the west side of the convention center stairs and turn it into another panel venue. Use Petco Park for programming. If you look at it, there's actually a lot of free space around the convention center being unused or under-utilized which could provide some level of short-term relief until the new convention center wing is built.
Also, it'd help to build another convention center extension over the west stairs leading down to Embarcadero Marina Park (south) and the 5th ave pier, keeping the harbor on the north side. Since that area is already an artificial marina, it won't be hard to drain the sections needed and build a foundation. It's already the right shape, and half the space is pre-built foundation since it's a roadway jetty. There's also a parking lot on 1st and Island, I'd knock that down and put up a multi-story parking lot that digs down if possible. As for the band shell on the park, just move it from the South to the North park.
As for people sitting in a hall all day to see 1 thing, that's not going away, it's time-consuming and expensive to sweep big rooms - Hall H has its own bathrooms, how are you going to ensure you get everybody out of there without legal issues? All you can do is extend day hours, use counter-programming and smarter scheduling, and limit the number of people at the venue in general.