Badges for the always sold-out Comic-Con went on sale Saturday, and within 1-1/2 hours they were gone as purchasers waited in line in a new randomized system for admission.
According to U-T San Diego. this year's online process ushered in a big change in the way organizers dole out badges in recognition that there are far more people seeking entry than there are available tickets. Instead of its previous first-come, first-served process, Comic-Con International sorted all those trying to buy badges in a random order to avoid the technological crashes that come with everyone logging onto the registration website at precisely the same point.
Each year, the pop culture gathering attracts more than 130,000 attendees from all over the world, and many more cannot attend because the four-day convention long ago outgrew the downtown Convention Center.
Aspiring attendees shared their joy over snagging badges while others vented their frustration at not being able to attend when Comic-Con arrives July 24-27.
Shortly after the badges sold out a little before 10:30 a.m., organizers posted the following on Twitter: "Comic-Con International 2014 Open Online Registration is now closed. All badges have been sold. Thank you for your support. #SDCC"
It's possible there may be one more sale to absorb those badges that are returned. In past years, organizers have scheduled a second-chance badge-buying opportunity.