For those keeping up to date with all of the badge changes for SDCC (if not click the link for the details) there’s been both a response and somewhat of an update from Comic-Con International regarding why they made the changes, and what we can expect on the battlefield… er registration site.
In a likely response to all of the hooplah on social media sites last night, the Toucan Blog posted and tweeted an explanation behind the change, and showed us what to expect when we actually purchase.
According to their blog post, the primary reasons for the changes were:
“give each attendee more flexibility when purchasing. Since we no longer offer a discount for purchasing all four days, the 4-Day option was repetitive and often lead to people purchasing a 4-Day badge despite not needing to attend every day. We hope this change will allow attendees to purchase only the days they truly need and maximize the number of people who can get a badge to attend Comic-Con”
To us.. that just means more newbies… but hey we were all newbies to SDCC once, so no newbie hate here.
Now, what’s more interesting than the explanation, which jives with what the SDCC Unoffical Blog editor Jeremy Rutz was saying, is the now unveiled process for purchasing tickets, as shown below:Now, while the process itself actually looks far better, and more encouraging to SDCC hopefuls than we ever would have expected (given all the delays, and changes), we can’t help but wonder if their implications about the actual purchasing process were intentional or not. You see we couldn’t help but notice the Game of Thrones names used as mock attendees. It might have just been something that they thought was cute considering what a big draw GoT is for SDCC. On the other hand though, when you consider how digitally difficult it can be just to get on to the registration site, and the queue issues in making a successful purchase all we can think of is a new way to describe the badge process “Comi-Con: You win or you die”!
What are your thoughts on the latest update from Comic-Con International, let us know in the comments, or send us a tweet.