Comic-Con Ticket Sale Delayed

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    NBCSanDiego

    After a technical glitch, Comic-Con 2011 tickets aren't available just yet.

    The convention of all things pop culture will open in July 2011 as usual and tickets were expected to go on sale Monday, Nov. 1. However, a website crash caused a little hiccup in those plans.

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

    According to a message on the event's website, they will announce the plan to register for next year on Monday, Nov. 8.

    "Only a handful of badges were actually sold today," the note states to Comic-Con fans.

    For awhile, Comic-Con's future with San Diego was doubtful. It's 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 last week. "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.