Comic-Con Hopes Its Problems Are Solved

Only a handful of badges were sold

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    Comic-Con 2011 tickets were supposed to go on sale on Nov. 1, but thanks to a technical glitch membership sales were delayed. Now, Comic-Con says sales will resume on Monday, Nov. 22, 2010 at 6:00 a.m. Pacific Time, according to their website.

    Badges for the event are only available online and usually sell out pretty quickly.

    On Nov. 1, people were disappointed when they went to the website to purchase their 2011 Comic-Con memberships, after a website crash caused a little hiccup in their plans.

    Comic-Con officials noticed there were issues with the site and decided to shut down registration and investigate, Comic-Con spokesperson David Glanzer told our media partners the North County Times.

    "Only a handful of badges were actually sold today," stated a note on the organizers website to Comic-Con fans.

    For a time, Comic-Con's future with San Diego was doubtful. Its current contract was set to expire in 2012.  Anaheim and Los Angeles were courting the convention amid complaints that the local hotel industry was gouging on room rates. Now, after some high-level diplomacy, 'it's all good.'

    "The truth of the matter is, the city, the hoteliers and Convention Center and the mayor really came to bat for us," Glanzer said. "And if these next five years can work, then I hope that the years after that will be successful as well."

    The organization has now committed to extend its stay through 2015.

    Comic-Con was born in 1970 in the basement of the U.S. Grant Hotel in the heart of San Diego but has grown into a behemoth taking over the convention center and many meeting rooms of nearby hotels. Its costumed attendees flood the city by the thousands, and, for a few colorful days a year, transform the city into a metropolis out of the pages of fantasy and science fiction.