As New York Comic Con looms ever closer, they’ve announced the Main Stage Clearing and Badge Tapping – procedures and…wow, clearing rooms is not easy.
New York Comic Con will once again clear the Main Stage Presented by AT&T after each Panel.
This year you will be required to tap your Badge in the morning at the end of the line dedicated to the Main Stage Panel you want to see. That Panel will be coded into your Badge and when you arrive back in the Queue Hall prior to that Panel, you will tap your Badge again for entry into the Main Stage. Our super smart system will know that your spot is reserved.
That’s a quick snapshot so please read this page carefully for full instructions about getting into Panels on the Main Stage at NYCC.
I won’t recap the whole thing but you need to get in the Queue hall in the morning and get in line for the panel you want to see and then reserve a spot in the panel by tapping your badge. That’s the only way to get into the main hall LATER for the panel.
You will receive one Badge tap per Badge and you must be present to receive a Badge tap. A friend or family member cannot have your Badge tapped for you. Our team will tap your Badge using a scanner and this will confirm your space in the Main Stage for the Panel you are in line for.
This means that you don’t have to sleep outside for days, because that wouldn’t go over as well in New York in October as it does in July in San Diego. Although with the weather we’ve been having…who knows.
And don’t try to cheat when you enter the main hall for the panel!
• If you tapped your Badge in the morning for that Panel, the scanner will light up green.
• If you’re sneaky and trying to get in line for a capped Panel without tapping your Badge, the scanner will light up red you will be removed from the line.
Oh the shame.
Anyway, have fun! We’ll be in the back of the PW booth crying.
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.