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News: Comic-Con Pre-Registration Closes February 28

WonderCon Might Be An Alternative CHoice

Above: Who wants to go to Comic-Con? I do, I do! Pre-registration for this year's Comic-Con closes February 28.

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Aired 2/22/12

Comic-Con has been guarded about releasing information regarding its upcoming ticket sales. Last year their site crashed when they received 250 requests per second. Yesterday they made an announcement on Twitter.

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Comic-Con has been guarded about releasing information regarding its upcoming ticket sales. Last year their site crashed when they received 250 requests per second. Last month Comic-Con initiated a new system requiring potential attendees to register now in order to buy tickets later for the July pop culture convention.

Yesterday they made an announcement on Twitter.

"It's just letting people know that when badge sales go live those who've registered for a member ID will be getting an email notifying them of that," says Comic-Con spokesman David Glanzer. "By having this member ID scenario now, we're hoping to streamline the process and hopefully also cutting down on some of the scalping that's been going on."

You can register for a member ID through February 28.

"They can go to our website today and register for a member ID," says Glanzer, "but that will be the only way to purchase a badge."

Four day badges with preview night are $175. Single day are $40. Comic-Con is expected to sell out again and you must have a member ID in the system before the end of the month to purchase a badge. But people who want the Comic-Con experience might want to check out WonderCon March 16 through 18. The show is in it's 26th year and is normally held in the Bay Area. It's run by the same non-profit organization that puts on Comic-Con, and for the first time it's being held in Anaheim because San Francisco's Mascone Center is undergoing renovations and will not be available this year. Anaheim was the only location that was big enough and available to house the convention, which last year drew almost 50,000 attendees.

"That's half the attendance at Comic-Con," says Glanzer, "It's a event that a lot of people have called Comic-Con-lite. It's a really fun event I think for people who haven't been able to get to Comic-Con or want to see the Comic-Con experience with a little less craziness will find it's a great show to check out. In the past it had the complete cast from 'Star Trek,' and they didn't do any other shows, not even Comic-Con. So the networks and studios have a strong presence."

All the major comics publishers will be there in full force as well. Plus, tickets for WonderCon are on sale now and readily available.

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