Despite hiring an outside firm to handle badge sales, the San Diego Comic-Con has once again been forced to halt ticket sales. The Epic registration site crashed almost immediately after badges went on sale at 9:00 am EST. The site has still not come up again and now the con has officially suspended sales:
Once more, unfortunately, there have been issues with Comic-Con registration. So we have, again decided to close it down.
We are well aware that many people have taken time from work, school or other activities and others woke up very early. There really is no way to convey our level regret for this turn of events.
We are currently researching our registration options.
Perhaps, as some of our commenters suggested, the idea of an all-or-nothing Passoween isn’t even a good idea.
Demand melted to slag the website of Epic Registration, a professional meeting badge vendor:
EPIC’s mission is to partner with trade show organizers to deliver value added trade show registration, lead management services and housing solutions. The attributes and quality of our products and services will help our customers differentiate themselves from their competitors. We will never sacrifice quality for growth. We will seek to continuously improve our products and services and focus development on activities which offer a strategic advantage to our customers. We will deliver them at a manageable growth rate. We will accomplish our mission in a stimulating and enjoyable environment through team-oriented associates accountable to each other, our customers and our shareholders.
Obviously, Epic had never met anything the size and scope of Comic-Con before.
How do they sell tickets to the Super Bowl anyway? Maybe (and it gives us no joy to suggest this) badges need to go on sale through evil, evil Ticketmaster or some such. Those guys handle surges for things like Justin Bieber concerts, so maybe they could handle Nerd Prom.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.