Comic-Con 2014 Returning Volunteer Registration Opens Today, February 4th at 9:00am!

Comic-Con 2014 - Volunteer Registration - SDCC - HeaderFor those who completed at least one volunteer assignment in 2013, you will have the first chance to register as a volunteer today, February 4, 2014!  An email from Comic-Con International with instructions on how to register online through your Member ID account was sent to you last week. We are very excited to see many returning faces for 2014, so please be sure to follow the instructions in your email for registration today.

Here’s the CCI email sent to those pre-approved for 2014.

At last – what you’ve been waiting for! Beginning at 9:00 am Pacific Time on February 4, 2014, online volunteer registration for Comic-Con International 2014 will be open to YOU, our PREAPPROVED VOLUNTEERS (those who completed at least one assignment in 2013).

Instructions: Beginning at 9:00 am Pacific Time on February 4th, you may log into your Member ID, click on the “VOLUNTEERS” tab and you will see the link for online volunteer registration. Click on the link and follow the instructions. It’s easy! You’ll get an email confirmation at the end of the registration process.

Only those on our preapproved list will be able to see the link when they log in to their Member ID.  You will have 10 days to sign up to volunteer for 2014.  Preapproved volunteer registration will close on February 13, 2014 at 5:30 pm Pacific Time.  At a later date, we will open online volunteer registration to those on the Interest List. Once we reach our limit, we will close the volunteer program and there will be no further opportunities to register to volunteer for 2014.

Hope to see you in 2014!

Our volunteer program is so popular that the Volunteer Interest List for Comic-Con 2014 reached capacity early this year. Over 11,000 of you have expressed an interest to volunteer this year and we wish we could take every single one of you! For those of you who are already on the Interest List, please keep in mind that space is extremely limited and not all of you will be accepted. Once returning volunteer registration has closed, check your email frequently for the announcement regarding Interest List registration. We anticipate that volunteer registration for those on the Interest List will reach capacity the same day that it opens.

If you did not volunteer in 2013 or did not sign up for the 2014 Volunteer Interest List, you will not be able to volunteer for Comic-Con this year, but rest assured there will be another opportunity to express your interest in the 2015 volunteer program sometime after Comic-Con 2014.  And please don’t forget about our sister show, WonderCon Anaheim! WonderCon Anaheim also utilizes a large volunteer pool and will have open volunteer registration sometime in March.

For more information, please click here to visit the Comic-Con Volunteers page.

via CCI

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Hallmark Introduces 2013 Exclusive Keepsake Ornaments at SDCC, NYCC and D23 Expo!

Hallmark - Man of Steel - Superman - Comic-Con 2013 - SDCC Exclusives - HeaderHallmark continues its participation at the nation’s largest pop culture fan conventions with four Keepsake Ornaments exclusively developed for 2013 events.

Three ornament designs will be sold in limited quantities at Comic-Con International, to be held July 18-21 in San Diego, Calif., and at New York Comic Con, set for October 10-13 in New York City:

  • Wrath of the Rancor™ – Created especially for event sales, this ornament captures Luke Skywalker’s struggle with the savage creature dwelling below Jabba the Hutt’s palace as seen in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi™.Hallmark - Wrath of the Rancor - Comic-Con 2013 - SDCC Exclusive
  • U.S.S. Kelvin™ – As featured in the 2009 Star Trek movie, this Federation starship exclusive is a “battle-scarred” variant of the same Keepsake Ornament available starting in July in Hallmark Gold Crown® stores.Hallmark - Star Trek - U.S.S. Kelvin - Comic-Con 2013 - SDCC Exclusive
  • Man of Steel – Inspired by this summer’s big-screen adventure of the same name, Superman is the subject of this event-exclusive Keepsake Ornament. Details and images of this ornament will be announced later this year.Hallmark - Man of Steel - Superman - Comic-Con 2013 - SDCC Exclusive

At the D23 Expo 2013, slated for Aug. 9-11 in Anaheim, Calif., Hallmark will offer limited quantities of one design:

  • Cinderella’s Castle – Featuring battery-operated light and sound, this exclusive Keepsake Ornament will boast a different look from the ornament available starting in July in Hallmark Gold Crown stores.Hallmark - Cinderella's Castle - Disney D23 Expo 2013 Exclusive

More information about Hallmark’s plans for these fan events will be announced closer to the respective dates.

Starting April 15, the 2013 Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Dream Book showing this year’s entire line of Keepsake Ornaments will be available in Hallmark Gold Crown® stores and online at Hallmark.com.

About Hallmark Cards, Inc.
Hallmark makes the world a more caring place by helping people express what’s in their hearts and spend time together – a privilege few other companies in the world enjoy. Hallmark greeting cards and other products are found in more than 39,000 retail outlets in the United States, including the network of flagship Hallmark Gold Crown® stores. The brand also reaches people online at Hallmark.com and on television through Hallmark Hall of Fame original movies and cable’s top-rated Hallmark Channel. Worldwide, Hallmark offers products in more than 30 languages available in 100 countries. This privately held company is based in Kansas City, Mo., and is led by the third generation of the founding Hall family. Visit http://corporate.hallmark.com for more details.

via Hallmark Press Release

Pre-Paid Parking for Comic-Con 2013 will Open on April 19th at 9am!

Comic-Con 2013 - Pre-Paid Parking - SDCC - HeaderAce Parking will open sales for Comic-Con 2013 Pre-Paid Parking on April 19th at 9:00am PT. More info will be posted as it becomes available.

Parking passes will go on sale on April 19th at 9am - Ace Parking - Comic-Con 2013 - SDCC

Basic Info
Rules and Regulations
  • You MUST PRINT your parking permit and provide it to the parking attendant for lot entry. Each permit is only valid on the date displayed and at the facility identified on this permit. Without permit, vehicle will be subject to the posted parking rate provided availability exists. All permits must be fully displayed on the lower-left-hand corner of the driver-side windshield with the bar-code facing up. Failure to properly display permit will result in vehicle receiving citation, additional charges to customers’ credit card and/or tow at owners’ expense.
  • Permit good for a single entry – no in & out privileges. Parking will be guaranteed for the day and spaces shall be on an unreserved, first come, first served basis.
  • NO OVERNIGHT PARKING. Permit expires at 2:00am. Any vehicles left after 2:00am will be subject to tow at owners’ expense.
  • No refunds for permits after purchase. Not valid for RVs or oversized vehicles. No replacement for lost or stolen permits.
  • Any vehicle parked in an unauthorized area is subject to removal from the facility at the sole cost and expense of customer.
  • This is a license to park only; therefore, no bailment is created. Customer is granted the license to park the automobile identified in this Agreement at the location described. This license is personal and is not transferable. This license is applicable only to the automobile(s) identified set forth in this Agreement and only one automobile listed in this Agreement is permitted to park at this location at any one given time. No one may enlarge or increase Ace’s liability in any manner or under any circumstances. Customer shall indemnify and hold Ace harmless from and against all loss, damage and liability, including reasonable counsel fees and costs, from, pertaining to or related in any way to the presence or use of any vehicle or contents thereof in or about the subject parking facility.

Official Comic-Con Parking - Ace Parking - SDCC 2013 - Parking Passes

Steps to take once Online Parking Sales is Open
  • Step 1: Choose your parking location.
  • Step 2: Choose your dates and complete payment information.
  • Step 3: Review and confirm that the information is correct.
  • Step 4: View your permit and PRINT IT OUT!

Select a location from the map - Ace Parking - Comic-Con - SDCC - Sample Parking Locations Map

Direct Links

Pre-Paid Parking for Comic-Con 2013 will be Available Mid-April!

Comic-Con 2013 - Pre-Paid Parking - SDCC - HeaderOnce again, Ace Parking has begun emailing some people about Pre-Paid Parking for Comic-Con 2013. This email confirms that it will take place mid-April. More info will be posted as it becomes available.

Greetings,

Advanced sales for parking will be made available in mid April. Please check the Comic Con web site’s parking link or Ace Parking’s website at http://www.aceparking.com for information updates.

Thank you.

Ace Parking

At this point, there has been no information provided by Comic-Con International.

Comic-Con 2013 Badge Purchase Information

Comic-Con 2013 - Attendee Badge Purchase - SDCC - HeaderComic-Con International has sent out the e-mails WITH the LINK to the Comic-Con 2013 Badge Purchase if you have a valid Member ID (and have not opted out from emails). You can also view the “How-to” video below. Good luck to all those who are going to purchase badges!

Comic-Con 2013 - Open Online Registration - SDCC - Badge SalesDear Comic-Con Member,

Comic-Con 2013 badges go on sale at 9:00 AM Pacific Time (PT) February 16, 2013. Please find below the link to access the EPIC Registration landing page for Comic-Con badge sales.

You should click this link or copy-and-paste it into your browser now:

xxxxx (Link removed to prevent those that don’t need access to bloat the servers)

To avoid delays during the registration process, those attempting to purchase multiple badges should verify the correct spelling of the Member ID and last name of each individual they intend to purchase a badge for. This information can be found under  “Show My Info” in your Member ID account.

If you are a junior, senior, or member of the military, but are not shown any discounted badge options during your online registration session, please purchase a regular adult badge anyway and contact Comic-Con via email after the sale.

If you want to stay one step ahead of the competition, we suggest that you read the very detailed Comic-Con 2013 Badge Purchase “Cheat Sheet” and watch the instructional video found under the “2013 Badge Purchase” section of our website.

Please save this email since we will not post the EPIC link on our website, Facebook, or Twitter. Our customer service hotline number will be posted on Facebook at 8:30 AM Pacific Time (PT) on February 16.

Thank you for your continued support and good luck!

via Comic-Con International

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Comic-Con Member ID Site Will Close on February 12, 2013!

Comic-Con Member ID Registration will close on February 12 - SDCCGo register NOW before the Member ID site closes, whether or not you think you might or might not go! You only have to register once. Doing so now will alleviate problems in the future (with regards with having a Member ID). Remember, ALL attendees need a Member ID, not just the person purchasing the badges. Click on the image below to go to the Member ID site.

Comic-Con Member ID Registration - SDCC 2013

Comic-Con 2012 Second Chance Badge Resale

As you may be aware, badge sales on March 3rd did not proceed as we had hoped. All of us at Comic-Con have been working on trying to make registration as stress free as possible, even delaying badge sales to accommodate new and updated information. Obviously we still had issues that resulted in some people not being able to purchase the number of badges they had hoped. For those who missed an opportunity to purchase a badge due to the email link delay, we will have a very special second chance badge resale of returned and refunded badges!

The Comic-Con second chance resale will be open only to those who had a valid and confirmed Member ID as of February 29th, 2012. Additionally, anyone who has already purchased a 4-day badge (with or without Preview Night) or a Saturday badge will not be allowed to participate in this resale.  This special badge resale is only for those who missed a chance at purchasing a badge, not those who wish to upgrade or change their badge selections.

The purpose behind not allowing anyone who purchased a Saturday badge to participate is that Saturday badges were the first single day badge to sell-out, so those who purchased a Saturday badge had the opportunity to purchase a Thursday, Friday, and/or Sunday badge during the online sale, but voluntarily chose not to. This special second chance resale is only for those who did not already have the option to purchase all 4 days.

The special resale will begin on March 27th, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). There will be no link provided on our website or any social media sites to access the sale directly. Comic-Con cannot however, stop people from posting this link if they receive this email. Posting this link will only decrease your own chances of obtaining a badge by encouraging people to access the waiting room even though they do not have a qualifying Member ID.

The link for this resale is: — Check Your Email! The link is not posted here. —

Please note, this link will not be active until 8:00 a.m. PDT. If you click this link early, you will receive a “404 – NOT FOUND” error page and you will need to close your browser window and click the link again at or after 8:00 a.m. PDT.  We recommend that you bookmark this link prior to the sale, copy and paste it into your browser, or manually type in the URL.

The badge purchase process will be exactly the same as the March 3rd sale, however, you will only be able to register up to TWO people total during your online registration session, and you must have the unique Member ID and last name for each individual.

To verify the Member ID and last name you should use to sign-in to the EPIC online badge system, please visit https://secure2.comic-con.org/memberid/ and login to your Member ID account. Your correct EPIC login info will be displayed at the top of the page.

Please keep in mind that returned and refunded badge inventory is very limited. There are more single day badges available than 4-day badges. Although we would like to accommodate everyone who wants to attend, Comic-Con in no way guarantees that you will be able to obtain your desired badge category during this resale.

Comic-Con will also sell additional returned badges sometime after the refund deadline date of May 15, 2012.

Please direct all questions regarding this special badge resale to attendeereg@comic-con.org.

This email pertains to attendee badge purchases only. If you do not intend on purchasing a badge during online resales, please disregard this message. This message is not related to Professional, Volunteer, Exhibitor, Press, or Program Participant Registration. For all other inquiries regarding the registration departments above, please visit www.comic-con.org

You are receiving this email because you have signed up for a Comic-Con Member ID. If you would like to opt-out of these reminders please visit https://secure2.comic-con.org/memberid/ and login to your Member ID account. Select the “Change My Preferences/Unsubscribe” option and select your preferred communications opt-outs.

Comic-Con International is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.

via Comic-Con Email

APE 2011 Swings in to San Francisco October 1-2

The Alternative Press Expo (APE), the country’s largest alternative and independent comics convention, arrives in San Francisco this weekend, October 1–2, for what promises to be one of the most exciting events to date. Every year APE boasts an impressive guest list, and this year’s lineup is no exception. Special guests appearing include award-winning cartoonists Shannon Wheeler, Kate Beaton, Daniel Clowes, and Adrian Tomine. APE is held at the Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 8th Street in San Francisco.

Additional special guests include Matthew Thurber, whose book 1-800 MICE makes its West Coast premiere at the event. The new book is a collection of the critically acclaimed first five issues of Thurber’s comic book series, with 64 pages of new material. And special guest Craig Thompson also makes a long-anticipated return to the graphic novel medium with his new book Habibi debuting this week. Habibi marks seven years since Thompson’s Blankets, which won numerous industry honors in 2004, including two Eisner Awards.

“We are excited to have such inspiring and accomplished guests at APE this year,” said David Glanzer, APE spokesperson and director of marketing and public relations for parent company Comic-Con International.

In addition to the impressive guest list, APE features two full days of comics programs geared around the show’s special guests and various aspects of independent and alternative comics. These programs promise to be fun, informative, and enlightening conversations with some of the top creative talent working in comics today. And if that were not enough, APE also offers a fascinating, and informative group of hands-on workshops covering everything from comics writing to world building, self-publishing, and bookbinding.

This year APE introduces its first-ever free courtesy shuttle bus service. Attendees can travel from Caltrain, BART, and the San Francisco Centre shopping mall and food court to the Concourse Exhibition Center, with a shuttle leaving every half-hour. Click here for schedules and locations.

            Advance tickets for APE are $10.00 single day, $15.00 both days and can be purchased by clicking here.

About Alternative Press Expo:
Alternative Press Expo (APE), the country’s largest alternative and independent comics convention, is part of Comic-Con International (CCI), a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms. The organization achieves its mission primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. In addition to the San Francisco-based APE each fall, CCI organizes San Diego Comic-Con each summer (the world’s largest comics convention of its kind) and WonderCon in Anaheim, California, this spring. On the web: Comic-Con.orgFacebook.com/APExpoTwitter.com/APExpo.
via Press Release

WonderCon To Be Held in Anaheim, CA, March 16-18, 2012!

C2E2 and Wizard World to Accommodate Change

WonderCon, part of Comic-Con International‘s (CCI) family of conventions, today announced that the 2012 show will be held March 16-18, and Anaheim, California, will play host to the long-running comics and popular arts convention. San Francisco’s Moscone Center, WonderCon’s traditional venue, will undergo renovations in early 2012, leaving the 25-year-old show in the unenviable position of either being canceled or finding a new venue.

In a move to help alleviate an overcrowded calendar, ReedPop’s C2E2, which has been waiting to announce dates for its own show in March 2012, will now seek alternative dates while Wizard World has announced that it will postpone its April 2012 Anaheim show.

“It certainly was not our wish to move,” commented David Glanzer, director of marketing and public relations for the nonprofit event. “However, when faced with the prospect of canceling the show for a year or moving locations, after careful consideration we decided to keep WonderCon on the 2012 calendar at a venue that could accommodate our needs.”

“We fully understand the challenges of trying to secure dates at any venue, let alone one undergoing renovation,” said Lance Fensterman, Group Vice President of ReedPop. “In an effort to minimize the impact on exhibitors and attendees we are currently looking to shift C2E2 from our traditional March dates.”

Gareb Shamus, CEO of Wizard World offered a unique solution to offset any potential conflict for fans and exhibitors: “All of us who produce conventions know securing dates can often be a frustrating experience especially when you find yourself having to move to a new city.” Shamus continued, “Because of their long history, Wizard World has decided to accommodate WonderCon and postpone our April 2012 Anaheim show.”

“We appreciate the efforts of Lance and Gareb for going above and beyond in making the WonderCon transition more manageable,” said Glanzer.

About WonderCon
WonderCon, one of the country’s best comics and popular arts conventions, is part of Comic-Con International (CCI), a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms. The organization achieves its mission primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. In addition to San Francisco-based WonderCon each spring, CCI organizes San Diego Comic-Con each summer (the world’s largest comics convention of its kind) and San Francisco’s Alternative Press Expo (APE) each fall. On the web: WonderCon.org, Facebook.com/wondercon, Twitter.com/wondercon.
via WonderCon Press Release