If you tried over the weekend and didn't snag tickets, you already know. If you had no idea that tickets went on sale, you're out of luck. But suffice it to say, Comic-Con has officially entered the realm of annual must-attend public events that have become as difficult to acquire tickets as it is to win the lottery.
Comic-Con demand for tickets continued to grow exponentially beyond the available supply when single and four-day badges went on sale to the public on Sat., March 3, and sold out in a mere 1-1/2 hours. Attendance to the massive annual pop culture meetup taps out around 130,000 attendees, according to organizers. Comic-Con 2012 takes place July 12-15 at the San Diego Convention Center.
The event, which has evolved into a major buzz-generating and promotional tool for Hollywood - and a vehicle for major star appearances - has driven the popularity of the event from a modest gathering of comic book geeks into a must-attend event for the mainstream public.
Without a doubt, Comic-Con could easily sell double the amount of tickets to the event if San Diego's convention center could accommodate it, and in recent years, it has been lured by larger facilities in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Anaheim. Comic-Con, which originated in San Diego in the 1970s, signed on through 2015 with the hope that a convention center expansion gets approved.
So, has Comic-Con become too big for its own good?