The Great Comic Con Disappointment: Episode I

February 16, 2013. Comic Con badge registration day. I woke up early, turned on my computer, and waited with thousands of others for the landing page to open. Coffee to my left, fingers poised, cursor at the ready, I twitched in nervous anticipation for the clock to strike 9 a.m. PST.

At precisely 9:00:13, I clicked on the registration link. After a few anxious minutes, I entered the waiting room as number, wait a minute, 34,930. WTF? I clicked the link 0.13 seconds after it opened and I’ve got almost 35,000 people in line ahead of me? WTF.

52 minutes later, the 4-day badges sold out. Eight minutes after that, the Saturday passes were gone. By 10:35 a.m., all badges for the Comic Con 2013 had been sold.

Now cracks a noble heart…

Vanished were my hopes of a group Firefly cosplay or of being within 50 yards of The Hobbit cast and crew. (Update: We at The Collective are much appeased at the fact that Martin & Benny did not make an appearance at SDCC2013).

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Sorry Martin, our adventure will have to be another year. *tears*

Most people would say, “Oh well, I’ll try again next year.” Then most people would move on.

I’m not most people.

I’m not quite done stewing in bitterness because of my bad luck or because of the shoddy way that the Comic Con registration website seems to work. Think I’m being a bit overly sensitive or irrational? Bite me. The San Diego Comic Con is Mecca for nerds.

In spite of my disappointment, I still find myself regularly scanning the Comic Con website for updates on this year’s line-up. The full special guest list won’t be posted until much closer to the convention dates. However, Comic Con has ever-so-kindly been putting up a list of the special guest writers/editors/artists from the comic book world, which chafes my bitter hide. Their talent list is impressive, but I’m particularly upset that I won’t be able to meet/see/hear these persons:


  • Congressman John Lewis, one of the last living leaders of the Civil Rights Movement.He has over 50 honorary degrees from various universities. He is often called the “conscience of the U.S. Congress.” That’s right, I’ll be missing out on meeting one of the most important historical figures of the last 100 years.

Jefferey Brown, creator of Darth Vader  & Son. His work is adorable. Nuff said. darth-vader-and-son-toy

  • Neil Gaiman. NEIL FUCKING GAIMAN. If you don’t know who he is, go back to the rock you live under. He  loves libraries. He’s done journalism and once wrote a book about Duran Duran. He’s a graphic novelist. His work Sandman was the first comic to receive literary awards. He is considered to be one of the creators of modern comics and is acknowledged by the Dictionary of Literary Biography to be one of the top ten living writers (suck on that, Stephanie Meyer). He writes for audiences of all ages. Young, adult, young at heart—he’s effectively tapped into the conscience of his audiences and gives them what they want.

Need more proof? Here’s a link to all his awards.

In a nutshell, I’m not over you yet, Comic Con. I have more bitterness to spew. Ye be warned.

To be continued…

-The Collected Canadian


16 thoughts

  1. Last year I wasn’t able to get a badge because, yeah, the buying process is insanely messed up. I flew down anyway. It was totally worth going even without a badge. A lot of events spill into the streets and the nearby open areas. If you’re lucky enough to know someone with a badge, you can borrow there’s for an hour or two while they get lunch.

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