Comic-Con International Considering Physically Mailing Out Badges

The announcement from CCI means that they still haven’t made up their minds yet about whether they’ll be mailing badges out for 2016, but they are urging attendees to log into your Member IDs to make sure that your mailing address is up to date and correct.

“As always, we continue to try to enhance the attendee experience at Comic-Con,” David Glanzer, Director of Marketing and Public Relations of Comic-Con International, told us. “That certainly includes the registration process. At this time, mailing out badges is an idea about which we have had some discussion and should we eventually go down that route we want to be sure attendee information is as current as it can be. While we understand there are potential drawbacks to this scenario we are also exploring possible solutions to those drawbacks.”

On the one hand, the idea of not having to schlep over to the Town & Country in Mission Valley or join the massive queue at the convention center to stand in line for four hours just to get your badge is very appealing. On the flip side though, this is a surprising move (assuming it happens at all) considering how anti-badge-scalping Comic-Con International has always been.

Frustrating or not, having to stand in line and present a physical ID during the actual convention is a bit of an automatic deterrent to anyone thinking about breaking the rules and trying to re-sell their Comic-Con badge. By physically mailing out a badge, where scalpers could potentially even write down the unique code required to verify for Preregistration eligibility the following year (a step many believe was added specifically to deter scalpers), there are a lot fewer obstacles in the way of someone looking to profit. While most other conventions are mailing out their badges to attendees, no other convention is as in demand as SDCC (with the possible exception of New York Comic Con) — and that’s a market that every year, people try to capitalize on. This seems like something that’s only going to aggravate that particular problem.

There are also a lot of other potential questions, like — how would attendees get their WB bags or souvenir guides? While we can’t see those going away in 2016, how we receive those items would definitely be up in the air.

Watch The Full Game Of Thrones Panel From SDCC

Game of Thrones had a panel at this years SDCC in the infamous Hall H, hosted by late-night television star Seth Meyers and filled with cast members from the series. Now the HBO phenomenon based on the novels of George R R Martin has released a video of the panel for fans that didn’t see it live.

Season 6 of Game Of Thrones is in production now.

Pre-Order Your Comic-Con Shirt!

I know a lot of people collect the Comic-Con shirts and with the ability to pre-order, it gets it a little easier every year. Just remember, you have to be attending Comic-Con! There is no mailing of the shirts! This year there are three different designs!

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2014 CCI: Batman T-shirt

The Caped Crusader on a dark and stormy night, by Jim Lee with color by Alex Sinclair, on a navy blue T-shirt, celebrates Batman’s 75th anniversary.

ADULT S-XL $21.55
ADULT XXL $24.79
ADULT XXXL $28.03
WOMEN’S S-XL $21.55
YOUTH S-L $18.31

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2014 CCI: Toucan T-shirt

This year’s great Toucan T-shirt, with art by Rick Geary, saluting the OFFICIAL SDCC Blog!

ADULT S-XL $21.55
ADULT XXL $24.79
ADULT XXXL $28.03
WOMEN’S S-XL $21.55
YOUTH S-L $18.31

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2014 CCI: Comic-Con Logo T-shirt

This year’s Comic-Con logo T-shirt imprinted on a black shirt in men’s, women’s, and youth sizes. In addition, there’s a pale pink version for women!

ADULT S-XL $21.55
ADULT XXL $24.79
ADULT XXXL $28.03
WOMEN’S S-XL $21.55
YOUTH S-L $18.31

Along with the shirts you see above, you can check out two new shirts!

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2014 Comics Arts Conference CAC: Scholar T-shirt

The Comics Arts Conference is a SDCC staple: a 4-day track of programs devoted to the scholarly examination of comics. Show your support with this great maroon T-shirt, that reads, “I’m a Scholar, ask me how” on the back with the CAC logo on the front.

ADULT S-XL $21.55
ADULT XXL $24.79
ADULT XXXL $28.03
WOMEN’S S-XL $21.55

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2014 Comic Book Legal Defense Fund CBLDF: BONE T-shirt

Show your support for the CBLDF with this T-shirt featuring Jeff Smith’s BONE character, available on a jade shirt in men’s and youth sizes, and teal in women’s style.

ADULT S-XL $21.55
ADULT XXL $24.79
ADULT XXXL $28.03
WOMEN’S S-XL $21.55
YOUTH S-L $18.31
YOUTH S-L $18.31

And now onto the guidelines for ordering and picking up!

Before ordering, please carefully read the guidelines below:
Pick-up for pre-ordered T-shirts will be in the Santa Rosa Room at the Marriott Marquis and Marina Hotel.

The Marriott Marquis is located adjacent to the Hall A side of the San Diego Convention Center. The Santa Rosa Room is located off the walkway between the Convention Center and the Marriott Marquis Hotel’s South Tower, next to the escalator to the hotel lobby. Come out of the Convention Center at Hall A and take the first left to walk back between the center and the hotel.

COMIC-CON MERCH IS OPEN EARLY ON PREVIEW NIGHT FOR PICK-UP ONLY!

PLEASE PRINT YOUR RECEIPT AND BRING IT WITH YOU, ALONG WITH A PHOTO ID!
The mobile networks are very busy during Comic-Con and may not be reliable for pulling up your receipt onsite on your phone or mobile device.
Wednesday, July 23: 12:00 PM–5:00 PM

The store will reopen on Wed., from 6:00–9:00 PM for pick-up and onsite sales (where available) for people with Comic-Con 2014 badges only.
COMIC-CON MERCH HOURS (for people with Comic-Con 2014 badges only)

Thursday, July 24: 9:30 AM–7:00 PM
Friday, July 25: 9:30 AM–7:00 PM
Saturday, July 26: 9:30 AM–7:00 PM
Sunday, July 27*: 9:30 AM–3:00 PM

* YOU MUST PICK UP YOUR SHIRT BEFORE SUNDAY, JULY 27, AT 3:00 PM (NOON).

The shirt style and size you ordered will be reserved for you, so you don’t need to wait in line prior to the opening of the show. Please enjoy Comic-Con International 2014 and pick up your guaranteed shirt at your convenience.
You will need your PRINTED receipt, along with your driver’s license or another form of legitimate photo ID to pick up your shirt(s).

If you’re ready to order, just go here where you can find info on sizes as well. Remember, you must be attending San Diego Comic-Con!

No Badge Resale for Comic-Con International 2014

In past years Comic-Con International has been able to hold a sale of returned and unallocated badges in June. Unfortunately, due to an extremely low rate of refunds and cancellations this year, we are not able to hold a resale of Comic-Con 2014 badges. Thank you for your support and understanding. – See more at: http://www.comic-con.org/toucan/no-badge-resale-comic-con-international-2014#sthash.56XOpAtp.dpuf

First Guests Announced for Comic-Con International 2014!

Comic-Con International features one of the most diverse guest lists of any convention. The first wave of guests for 2014 includes creators from mainstream and alternative comics, graphic novels, comic strips, animation, and science fiction and fantasy books. Confirmed for Comic-Con International 2014 are these special guests:

Comic-Con International 2014 Special Guests

Amanda Conner, artist, Power Girl, Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre

Brian Crane, cartoonist, Pickles

Eleanor Davis, cartoonist/illustrator, Stinky, How to Be Happy

Jane Espenson, writer/producer, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Husbands

Raymond E. Feist, author, Riftwar Saga

Drew Friedman, illustrator, RAW, Old Jewish Comedians, Heroes of the Comic Books

Michael T. Gilbert, writer/artist, Mr. Monster

Willie Ito, animator/cartoonist, Disney, WB, Hanna-Barbera

Caitlin R. Kiernan, author, The Drowning Girl: A Memoir, Alabaster: Wolves

Lucy Knisley, writer/artist, Relish, French Milk

Comic-Con International 2014 Special Guests

David Lasky, artist, The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song

Graham Nolan, artist, Detective Comics, The Phantom, Joe Frankenstein

Jimmy Palmiotti, writer, All-Star Western, Painkiller Jane

Benoît Peeters, writer, The Obscure Cities, The Leaning Girl

Don Rosa, cartoonist, Uncle $crooge, Donald Duck

Jim Rugg, artist/illustrator, Supermag, Afrodisiac

François Schuiten, artist, The Obscure Cities, The Leaning Girl

Scott Snyder, writer, Batman, Superman Unchained

Fiona Staples, artist, Saga

Gene Luen Yang, writer/artist, Boxers & Saints, American Born Chinese

More guests will be announced soon … check back for details!

– See more at: http://www.comic-con.org/toucan/first-20-guests-announced-comic-con-international-2014#sthash.cKsN8ugh.dpuf

San Diego Comic-Con Preregistration Will Not Occur In November!

I think by now it’s safe to say this isn’t a surprise. Since Thanksgiving is next weekend, they pretty much ran out of November. I’d expect to to be sometime in December but I have no inside information on that! It’s just a guess on my part. Here’s more from CCI:

We wanted to give everyone a heads up that 2014 badge preregistration for Comic-Con will not occur in November. EPIC registration is fine tuning the process and needs a little more time to make sure everything is in order. As soon as we have a better idea of the timeline we will let everyone know at least 48 hours prior to preregistration going live. So in the meantime, please relax and enjoy your upcoming Thanksgiving weekend!

The post features some other tips too like making sure to double check your Member ID, making sure you’re receiving the emails, and the most important thing, that you’re eligible.