So if you were one of the tens of thousands of people this morning sitting in front of their computers with cleared browser caches and only one window open with a certain coveted email loaded up and waiting for 8am PST to hit, you were probably in the same boat as myself and Chan. I set three alarms (two on my iPhone and one good, old fashioned battery backup), popped out of bed before the first one, did a morning work out, then settled in for the wait. Chan alerted me that she was awake, filled herself with coffee, and we then joined forces to wait for the clock to hit the appropriate second.
If it sounds like we were preparing for a marathon, well, that’s how it felt to me.
It isn’t any secret that Comic Con badges are hard to come by, no matter what kind or amount you’re in search of. They go on sale once, sell out quickly, and go for several times the original selling value on eBay and Craigslist. And if you get one, you will find yourself equally loved and hated by those you call friends.
After last year’s badge sale process, unpleasant as it was, I was admittedly bracing myself for the worst. The Member ID registration was painless, but that was just the warm up. This was going to be something else entirely. Chan and I both made the decision to be, in our respective states and time zones, locked and loaded with payment information and all necessary Member ID information (to take advantage of purchasing multiple tickets for our traveling companions). Whoever was able to get in first would handle the transaction for all of us involved. Needless to say, we both attempted to enter the EPIC waiting room at exactly 8am PST.
Chan received a place in line. I was rewarded with a blank screen and a whirling circle icon courtesy of Google Chrome.
Surprised? We weren’t. That’s the way of the Comic Con registration process. Enter at the same exact second as your friends, possibly be kicked several places apart in line. It’s all about server traffic and Internet connection speed and a whole list of other factors. But that’s why we did things in pairs, and in our different states we prepared accordingly. Chan was able to complete the registrations for all members of our party, and before 11am CST we were officially registered for Comic Con 2012.
With all of that in mind, it goes without saying the registration process went far better this year than the previous one. There was undoubtedly an overload on the servers and the resulting slow traffic, but that’s to be expected. We weren’t suffering from error messages or server time outs, just the waiting period, which we were very well prepared for. I took up the role of spectator, but Chan didn’t appear to be rattled at all. It was actually a very simple process – hop into line, wait, drink your coffee, have a chat, reminisce a bit about SDCC 2011, speculate on hotels for this ye – OH IT’S OUR TURN IN LINE, GO GO GO –
– And then, just like that, it’s over. Well, unless you count the excited laughter and phone calls and/or text messages to the involved parties to pass on the good news.
Overall, I send props to the SDCC team for setting up registration in this particular way. I think it’s a definite step in the right direction. Chan may have other thoughts and another perspective to add as she was the one actually typing things in and submitting information, but from the spectator perspective it seemed to go very well. I could be biased due to our success, but hey – who can blame me, right?
Til next time!