A 10 AM PST attending professionals could register through the Comic Con International website. When registering pros are allowed one free guest badge for their spouse, child, etc. Over the years those badges have become harder and harder to get. This year, within five minutes of the registration opening reports were popping up that the guest badges were all gone.
Dan Taylor, former IDW Editor and writer/creator of Hero Happy Hour posted that he got his badge but all the guest badges were gone. Tony Parker, artist of Boom Studios Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep had the same result. A quick scan of Facebook and Twitter saw more and more professionals commenting on the problem.
This of course doesn’t count the number of professionals who get their badges and guest badges through their publishers.
How this will affect other badge availability will be interesting to see. This afternoon the press gets to register. Will we see an increase of media badge requests? Pros are allowed to purchase extra badges, if the allotment of free ones went quickly, how many were purchased and how does that affect badges made available to the public? Add that to the changes on how badges are sold, day by day instead of all four in one, and I have a feeling there will be a lot of discussions about what went right and wrong shortly after the show this year.
This is only talking about the guest badges that are made available to attending professionals. Professionals themselves can still sign up and have the option of purchasing additional badges.