San Diego Pass-o-ween: David Glanzer on selling tickets

While the annual internet meltdown for getting a hotel room at the Comic-Con International in San Diego is now an annual tradition, it still came as a surprise to many this year that just selling passes to the mega-entertainment/comics event got too big for a server to manage. On November 1, tickets went on sale for the first time, and the con’s website couldn’t handle the number of requests. On November 22, a second attempt with a new, professional event seller was made, but the demand melted their servers to slag, too.

With the expeditioneers set up at base camp, and looking anxiously at the snows about to come, San Diego is about to make another attempt to scale Everest. The con is trying a test tomorrow at 8 am PST with a two tiered system – Logging onto the site of Ticketleap – a ticketing company Ticketmaster alternative specially set up to handle huge web demand – will get you registered. Once the horde of hits is managed, an email from Epic Registration – which was handling ticket sales in the last attempt — will allow you to buy two tickets.

It’s a crazy solution for a crazy situation. We talked to David Glanzer, the CCI Director of Marketing & PR to find out what’s happening and how the con is growing this time.

Convention economics from a different viewpoint

Over the years we’ve published links to many an analysis of convention sales — what works, what doesn’t, what is the real economics. But here’s an interesting take from Tony DiGerolamo, writer of JERSEY DEVIL and several issues of BART SIMPSON for Bongo, and a webcomic called SUPER FRAT, among other things. His blog runs on The Webcomic Factory, a joint effort by DiGerolamo and Christian Beranek that publishes various webcomics. I couldn’t find DiGeralamo’s other writing credits easily on the site, but we hope it’s fair to say he’s one of those small publishers you see in various artist’s alley who have small press genre books — the kind of stuff that doesn’t get as much attention as mainstream or art comics — sometimes justifiably, sometimes not.