UPDATE: Four-day passes sold out about 4 pm EST. Single-day tickets are still available. For now.
To the surprise of no one, when passes for this year’s CCI:SD went on sale this morning at 9 am P.S.T., even the industrial-grade servers at TicketLeap were immediately hobbled. Sales have been going on all afternoon, with this the most seen screen:
However, hanging in and hitting F5 eventually gets you through if you are patient enough.
This is the fourth time that the con has tried to sell badges — the first two times resulted in total server meltdowns, the third was a test to see if TicketLeap could handle the stress.
Although there are problems — and Twitter has erupted with tales of woe and frustration–it appears that ticket sales are going through.
As of about 2:30 EST, TicketLeap tweeted:
@Comic_Con Four-Day badges are almost sold out. One-Day badges are still available. #sdcc
So by the time you are reading this, four days will most probably be gone bye bye and all tickets will be gone by the end of the day.
CCI organizers were obviously not happy with the slow progress, tweeting earlier over the span of about an hour:
We’re obviously not happy with this morning’s events. We are trying to find answers and get to the bottom of this.. While we know the process is slow and frustrating, badges are being processed and sold, so we will keep the site live for now. Badges are being processed at an extremely slow rate and, while you may receive a sold out message, many badge types are still available.
For fans, the process brought out frustration:
And the occasional joy:
Our take: Come on people, what did you expect? Remember when teenagers slept out overnight to get tickets to see New Kids on the Block? This is the digital equivalent and instead of a sleeping bag you get to sit in your comfy chair. While people are bagging on TicketLeap, we’re not sure there’s any way to sell something this desirable without a certain level of computer failure. You’ve got to want it to win it.
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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.