Prepare for San Diego Comic Con’s Open Registration

The announcement for San Diego Comic Con Open Registration will be soon. Open Registration is for new attendees, or any attendee who didn’t attend in 2017. Those who attended in 2017 have already had their Returning Registration.

Exactly when badges go on sale isn’t important right now. What is important is preparing for the registration now, as it will be too late to do so later. To buy SDCC badges you must register a Member ID with SDCC. The catch is, they shutdown the new Member ID system, without notice, before badges go on sale. So if you don’t register before hand, you can’t get badges.

Preparing won’t take much time, and there is no commitment or cost. If you decide not to go this year you’ll be ready for next year.

Create a Member ID

First step is to create a Member ID with SDCC. Everyone in your party over the age of 12 must have a Member ID. Children 12 and younger can attend for free with a paying adult and they do not need to pre-register.

  1. Go to the SDCC Member ID Registration page.
  2. Click New Member ID if this is your first time. If you already have a Member ID see below for what steps you should take.
  3. Read and agree to the terms and conditions, then fill out the form.
  4. On the second form page you can opt-out of communication options. Do NOT select Email Opt-Out. You will need to receive the emails to buy badges.

Once you’re verified your email address you are good to go. Skip ahead to the Open Registration Notification section below.

Verify Your Member ID

If you already have a Member ID you should check your information.

  1. Go to the SDCC Member ID Registration page.
  2. Click Member ID Login. If you have problems use their “I forgot” link.
  3. Verify your email address, physical address, and that Email Opt-Out is NOT selected.
Open Registration Notification

SDCC will email you before badges go on sale, usually 48 hours ahead of time. They will also email you information unique to your Member ID to help with purchasing badges. Be sure to check your registered email address daily.

You can also get text notification via Twitter.

  1. Log into Twitter, or create a new Twitter account. You do not have to be active on Twitter and you can enable all the privacy settings you like.
  2. In Twitter click on your profile icon in the upper right and go to Settings & Privacy.
  3. Go to Mobile and enter your cell phone number.
  4. Enable “Tweets from people you’ve enabled for mobile notifications.” Feel free to disable all other notifications.
  5. Go to SDCC’s Twitter page and click Follow.
  6. Click on the dotted lines to the right of the Following button. Then click Turn On Mobile Notifications.

You will receive a text message any time SDCC sends a tweet. Once the sale has come and gone feel free to disable mobile notifications, until next year.

What You Need On Open Registration Day

On the day badges go on sale you will need the following:

  1. Member ID login.
  2. Unique code or link emailed to you by SDCC.
  3. A Visa, MasterCard, or American Express debit or credit card. Other form of payment, including PayPal, are not accepted.

Be sure you’re ready to login the minute it starts. There will be an instant queue and badges sell out.

SDCC 2018 Prices

Buying for a Group

While one person can buy badges for a group, you are all better off working together to secure badges.

  1. Have everyone in your group sign up for a Member ID, right now.
  2. On the sales day have everyone try to get through the queue.
  3. Keep a line of communication open during the attempt, so if someone gets in everyone will know.

A conference call, group Skype call, or even instant message will work. The point is to prevent over buying badges.

Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst

SDCC badges are quick to sell out. Saturday badges will be the first to go, followed by the other days. Decide in advance if you’ll be fine going everyday but Saturday.

Don’t book a non-refundable hotel or make any other plans you can’t back out of until you know whether you’ll have badges.

If you don’t make it you’ll at least have seen the experience and can try again next year. In the meantime, there are lots of other conventions out there. Find a more local or regional con to explore in 2018.

For more information check out SDCC’s Purchase Badges page and Badge Purchase FAQ.

Good luck!